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Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America

Our 22nd Season is Going Strong!

We are thrilled to continue our 22nd season by providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. This season promises to bring another stimulating line-up of woodworking classes and workshops, taught by the very best woodworkers the world has to offer, in the very best equipped facilities in North America.

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This week, we welcome 3 more superb skill building classes to our shop facility. In the front bench room and machine room, our own Marc Adams leads “Sculptural Rocking Chair.” The class is a opportunity to spend a week building a Maloof-style rocking chair while learning what makes a chair comfortable, aesthetically pleasing and ergonomic. Participants will also learn how to shape wood with rasps, gouges and grinders and learn about the joinery that is most appropriate for chairs. By the end of the week, students will be tired, but they’ll leave with all the joinery done, including the placement of the rockers, and they’ll have made a good start on the shaping process. This is one of our most intense classes, but well worth the effort in the end. Just ask the hundred’s of people who have taken this class in the past!

Next, in our Outpost bench room, we welcome a new instructor, David Kreider for “Multiple Media Pyrographic Arts in Wood: Color, Texture & Adding Dimension.” In this class, students will be introduced to multiple media pyrography. David will share his 30+ years of experience in adding color to wood burnings to create a whole new category of decorative embellishment. With David’s help, student will have plenty of opportunity to experiment with color and texture, in conjunction with pyrography, to ultimately bring a unique personal multiple media project to life. They’ll leave with many new options for creative projects in their mental toolbox.

Finally, in our back bench and machine room, we’re pleased to see Doug Stowe at the instructors bench again. Doug will be teaching “Small Decorative Boxes: The Next Level.” This workshop may be a great refresher for some, and a more adventurous way to develop new wood working skills for others. Special attention will be given to a wide range of box making topics, such as a discussion of the practical aesthetics of box design, selecting and preparing stock, joinery, precision milling of multiple parts, assembling and finishing (to name just a few). As with Doug’s other box classes, each student will complete the week with numerous (and we mean it!) completed boxes to keep or to gift to friends and family. No matter what their experience level, each person will leave for a new appreciation for the design and construction of unique, creative boxes!

Just another typical week here at Marc Adams School of Woodworking!


Craftsman May Be Lying To You

By Scott Grove

The last time Scott Grove taught at the school, he shared this presentation, prepared for the TEDxFlour City Talks, during our Tuesday Night slide shows. In it, Scott addresses the rise of technologically driven production methods and its relation to our definition of traditional, hands-on craftmanship. Ultimately, he asks us to consider just what hand-made means in the 21st century and how do we communicate that our customers. It generated lots of discussion that week and we felt it important to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

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Masters

Masters

MASW has an incredibly strong teacher base which gives our program diversity and depth. Students that pursue our Master's designation are assured of receiving a well rounded education by teachers that make their living as Master woodworkers. Read More

Fellowship

Fellowship

The Michael Fortune Fellowship program picks up where the Master's program leaves off and is open to all who have completed their Masters designation. This program leads the student towards a profession or a passionate avocation as a respected woodworker. Read More

Wood Turning

Wood Turning

Working closely with program director Alan Lacer, MASW has created this unique opportunity for wood turners to challenge yourselves and broaden your woodturning skills while exploring a the wide array of different techniques that is woodturning. Read More

Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops

Super weekend specials are designed to give you an opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the masters in the field of woodworking. Classes are scheduled just Saturday or Sunday or both Saturday and Sunday. Read More