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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 offer up our 22nd season of classes; 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.

Headshot of Marc Adams Headshot of Alison McLennan

We finish off the month of August with 2 exciting classes. In our front bench room and machine room we have “Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams”. During this sold-out class, Marc’s students will receive a thorough introduction to the skills needed to begin a discovery of the joys of woodworking. Beginning with tool safety and control, his students will quickly graduate to joinery, veneer work and shaping. Before the end of the week, each person will have crafted their first piece of furniture - a sculpted nightstand made of maple. By Friday afternoon, with plenty of practice time under their belts, they will be well on their way to discovering the fun that is woodworking!

Next up, occupying the back bench room and machine room is newcomer to the school, Alison McLennan, and “Building Versatile Nesting Tables & Stools in the Z Style”. Students in her class will learn how she builds her signature nesting Z tables, derived from the classic Z-chair made by Gerrit Rietveld in 1934. The design emphasizes the strength of a simple two step joinery method using mitered spline joints. Alison will discuss different types of wood, proper milling techniques, and how to make their own jigs that facilitate accurate results. By the end of the week, her students will leave with 3 perfectly nesting Z tables or chairs. They’ll also have a thorough understanding of the aesthetics and joinery behind this iconic piece of furniture.

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