MASW Student Gallery
Celebrating Your Achievements
It's one thing, to consider learning the craft of woodworking so that you can make furniture "someday"; it's another thing entirely, to commit to a series of woodworking classes and make that goal a reality today.
We, at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, would like to celebrate the achievements our students who have not only made that commitment, but have grown in the process, and are now capable of creating these beautiful wooden masterpieces.
Won't you all join us monthly, in this rotating gallery, as we celebrate the achievements of our alumni. Better yet, why not send us a few pictures of your latest achievement. After all, that's the reason we are here.
Butterflies on Sycamore
Dan has this to say about his piece...
I took second place in the 2014 Fresh Gallery Juried Show. The Fresh Gallery is a co-operative gallery run by the Springfield Regional Arts Council, a sub group of the Missouri Arts Council.
The piece that won the award is entitled "Butterflies on Sycamore." It is a 10 inch diameter by 3.5 inch high bowl that is thin turned to a thickness of approximately 1/16 inch. It has butterflies wood burned and colored with prisma colors. The background is airbrushed acrylic color and the piece is finished with lacquer.
A Bicycle Made of Padauk and Maple
Burr Ridge, IL
Here are some of Mark's thoughts about his project...
I built this bike for my wife, finishing the frame over the summer and the build-out was completed early last fall. The wood used was Padauk and tiger striped maple. Milling brings out the red color in Padauk, but it turns brown from exposure to UV rays or oxygen--I'm not sure which--so to slow this down, I sprayed 6 coats of General High Performance Poly. So far it's been about 9 months and the color seems fine.
There are a few wood frame builders around the country and in Europe. I had been admiring their work for a few years and finally built my first prototype in the fall of 2013. I tested dozens of joints to their breaking point and determined that blind double mortise and tenon joints were the strongest and most attractive for the front triangle and that is what I use. Some of the commercial wood frame builders use finger joints which were the weakest that I tested and the least attractive.
One of the biggest challenges has been sourcing the metalwork where the fork, cranks, front derailleur, rear wheel, rear brake, and seatpost are mounted. The only part I was able to buy was the bottom bracket shell for the crank bearings. I machined all the other parts for the basic frame in my shop with the acquisition of a vertical mill and metal lathe. The rear dropouts (where the rear wheel attaches) has a sort of "CNC look" to them. Some of this look is achieved by using baltic birch templates and a laminate router to form the curves.
Going forward I would like to incorporate some of the embellishment techniques I have learned at MASW such as silver wire inlay, engraving, and beyond.
A Trompe L'oeil Napkin
Les says this about his Trompe L'oeil peice...
Wendel Castle was the inspiration for this piece. The napkin is carved in mahogany and then bleached and white washed. I used a real napkin as a model for the carving.
If you'd like, you can learn a little more about the piece here at Les's post on Lumberjocks. You can read all of Les's posts and see his gallery here.
Apprenticeship Table in Mahogany
The driver behind this table was my daughter's interest in a circular sofa table like the antique one my wife and I have in our home. We talked about basic designs and my frustration that my children want basic arts and crafts type furniture and my desire to make other designs. My daughter finally said she wanted a table 32" high and 34" in diameter in a dark wood otherwise I could build it anyway I wanted.
I was about to attend Marc Adam's Apprenticeship class to complete my masters and he stated that he would like us to build a table. It seemed like the stars were aligned. Marc indicated that we needed to use several processes or techniques that were new to us in this project. I think we over did it.
I knew I wanted to build this table out of mahogany so I purchased some very figured mahogany veneer form Certainly Woods and a perfect mahogany board measuring 2.5" by 14" by 12' for the legs. When I got to MASW Marc immediately noted that I could not cut the legs from the great board but would have to laminate the legs for strength and that he was relatively sure we could not bend the designed curve without the leg snapping during glue up.
In building this table I used several new processes; a 10 way matched top both design and construction, multiple ply edge banding, laminated, tapered lags using resin glue, skirt veneering, tapered laminates on the planer measuring 40" by 2" tapered form 1/16" to 1/8" using 14 per pair of legs. Doug and spent a lot of time trying to figure out both how to make the legs and how to overcome the severe bending stress. I have to tell you that the Marc Adams support personnel are very, very good at what they do.
All in all the table was a first for my woodworking experience on many fronts and provided a number of repair opportunities and after several finishing challenges turned out very well. I think all projects of this type have issues and mistakes to overcome and for my money one of the most important things taught at MASW is how to fix "issues". Thanks to all the incredibly talented folks at MASW for their dedication to the craft, sharing of years of developed knowledge, and most of all to Marc for taking the time to set up the opportunity to learn from so many experts and avoid the pitfalls they have spent a lifetime learning to overcome.