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

Our 23rd Season Is Off to a Great Start!

We are thrilled to present our 23rd season of classes and proud to once again provide you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our latest season promises to bring you an inspiring line-up of hands-on woodworking classes and workshops, taught by the very best woodworkers the world has to offer, in the best equipped facilities available anywhere in North America.

Doug DaleTim PuroAlan Lacer

In our front bench room and machine room, we are pleased to have one of our own, Doug Dale, teaching “Making ”Timeless“ Furniture: Bring Your Own Personal Assistant!”. Participants in this class will spend the week exploring things that can positively impact their craftsmanship and productivity while developing a routine for building furniture that will improve both safety and precision. His students will put their lessons to work as they use their newfound skills to build a traditional styled cherry wall clock. Best of all, they get to share the experience with a friend or spouse. This class is sure to be an all-around win!

In our Outpost bench room, we welcome back another session of the popular “Furniture Restoration, Repair and Refinishing with Tim Puro”. This workshop will teach the skills and techniques professional refinishers like Tim use to make old furniture beautiful again. Throughout the week, Tim will help each of his student develop a restoration plan for a piece of furniture they bring to class and then guide the students through the steps of removing the finish if necessary, performing repairs and ultimately applying a new finish to their furniture. Not only will students gain insight into the processes needed to refinish their own piece, they will also get to observe the process and demonstrations applied to all the other students furniture pieces. By the end of the week, they’ll leave with a refinished piece and the know-how to refinish many more.

Finally, in our lathe room, we’re pleased to offer a sold-out session of “Turning Between the Centers: Skew Chisel Training Camp with Alan Lacer.” If you’re looking to master the Skew chisel, there’s nobody better to walk you through the process than Alan Lacer! In this unique class, Alan will challenge his students to use only the skew chisel during the entire week. After learning to produce “scary sharp” edges, Alan will take them through at least ten different cuts with this versatile tool. Following that, the class will make a variety of items that reinforce each of the different cuts. These projects will include making at least six of the following: tool handles, spinning tops, stick-type ink pens, door stops, short table legs, off-center legs and finials. By the end of the week, his students will be well on their way to mastering the skew chisel!

Just a “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