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 kick off our 23rd season of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our new 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.
Our begin our second month of classes with three new instructors at the workbench. In the front bench room and machine shop we’ve got the our own Zane Powell teaching “Make an Elegant Chest of Drawers”. The week will start with students evaluating their stock to learn how to determine where the best grain patterns lie and how to prepare the stock to enhance those patterns. After milling the stock, participants will learn the safe way to cut all their parts. By the middle of the week, students will be working on their drawers as they cut dovetails and custom fit the drawers and drawer dividers. Then it’s on to making bracket feet and a shiplap back panel for their chest. By Friday, with drawers will be ready for hardware and their chest will be ready for finish. Everyone will leave with lots of knowledge and a beautiful family heirloom!
Next up, occupying the Outpost bench room, we are pleased to welcome back Scott Grove for “Edges and Inlays: Edge Details, Embellishments and Surface Decorations”. Students in Scott’s class will participate in a hands-on, in-depth exploration of the techniques used to add an incredible range of exciting edge and inlay treatments to their woodworking. The class project is to design and create an organic form tabletop with an extreme French curved hardwood edge and detailed inlays in wood, stone, metal and composite. Each day Scott will discuss process, material selection, and alternatives (lots of them) for choosing the right technique and tool for each task. Everyone will get plenty of hands-on time to practice and experiment. Each student will come away with a better understanding of how to embellish and distinguish their work and the skills to do it.
Finally, in our back bench and machine room, “Make Your Own Solar Drying Kiln with Gene Wengert” is gearing up for a busy week. Not only will they be building a substantial kiln, capable of drying 300 board-feet of lumber, they will be learning the science behind drying wood at the same time! Each day will include discussions on the principles of solar lumber drying including; solar collection, lumber drying, drying defects and their control, as well everything students need to know about operating the kiln. Gene and his students will learn the building techniques by making a kiln for the school before moving on to building their own kilns. By the end of the week, each participant will have their kiln built, broken down for transport and ready for assembly back home.
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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