Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America
Our 24th Season Is Off and Running!
We are thrilled to kick off our 24rd season; 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 first month of the 2016 season wraps up with 3 more first class instructors. Occupying the Outpost bench room is "Leaded Art Glass: Painting with Light with John Hamm". Students in John's class will participate in a hands-on, in-depth exploration of the techniques used to create leaded art glass. Beginning with an introduction to the proper tools and their use, his students will proceed to learn about glass selection, and the artful use of colored-opaque glass, glass cutting, copper foil construction, soldering a copper foil panel, and the design and production of original designs. Students will also explore the secrets and techniques of Greene and Greene style leaded glass. By the end of the week, each participant will have made an original art glass panel designed by John specifically for this class. They'll also have the skills to pursue adding leaded art glass to their fine woodworking.
Meanwhile, in our back bench room and machine shop, Jeff Headley and Steve Hamilton return to teach "Make a Federal Bow Front Sideboard". This class will conduct an extremely intensive study of the joinery needed to produce this exquisite furniture masterpiece. After the joinery, comes the Federal embellishments. The case will be constructed with mortise and tenon legs, sides, back, and rails and the top front rail will get dovetailed into the front leg. Students will be encouraged to hand cut dovetails for each drawer box and veneer the drawers and doors. Steve will demonstrate cutting and setting inlays and bell flowers along with fine line details while Jeff will show how to make a cock beaded Federal drawer. Participants will come away with new skills and a new American masterpiece.
Finally, in our new lathe center, we pleased to welcome back "Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes". Jimmy is recognized world-wide for his ability to make woodturning accessible to new (and experienced) woodturners. This week he'll help them master sharpening their lathe tools before beginning a series of spindle turning exercises to learn the basic cuts. After spindle turning, comes bowl turning. They will learn how to easily obtain a pleasing curve which then can be refined to the finished piece. From there, the class will branch out to boxes and platters. Finally, Jimmy will teach his class ways to color a project in order to emphasize the grain or figure. Everyone will leave with a good grasp of the fundamentals of woodturning and be ready to tackle many projects on their own!
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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