Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 24th Season Marches On!
We are thrilled to offer our 24rd season; providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our 2017 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.
The month of August continues and that means three more workshops are already in full swing. In our front bench room and machine shop, we're pleased to offer "Making a Federal Tea Caddy with Ronnie Young." for you period furniture makers. In this workshop students will build a tea caddy in the Federal style. These handsome boxes were often decorated with inlays typical of the period and will have mitered corners, applied French feet, inlayed stringing, and a paterae decorating the top. The caddy may be small in size, but it uses the same construction techniques applicable to larger period case pieces. That makes it an excellent learning project and a wonderful heirloom to take home at the end of the week.
Meanwhile, in our Outpost, we are happy to welcome back Scott Grove for "Edges and Inlays: Edge Details, Embellishments and Surface Decorations." The objective of this class is to learn to add an incredible range of exciting curved edges and detailed inlays to these students skill sets. The class project is to design and create an organic form tabletop with an extreme French curved hardwood edge and "over the top" fine inlays — lots of them! Students will come away with a better understanding of how to embellish their work with wood and metal inlay, how to add striking surface decorations and how to add complicated curving edges. That sounds like the next level to us.
Finally, in the middle bench room and machine shop, we have week one of the two-week "Apprenticeship with Stephen Proctor." Stephen's class is a concentrated study of the furniture-making art, from the very basics of hand tool use, to very advanced machine tool techniques. During the second week, students will design and construct an individual project, based on the exercises and skills learned during this first week. They will study bending, shaping and carving. They delve into the design process while they master new hand tool and machine tool techniques. Finally they'll explore making jigs and fixtures and cutting traditional and innovative joinery before they tackle week two!
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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