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.
We begin our last month of our 2015 season with 3 classes guaranteed to take your skill set a a couple notches higher. In our front bench room we have “Cabinetmaking with Marc Adams”. This class is geared towards the professional that wishes to make cabinetry for profit. It will focus on designing, estimating, purchasing, laying out, dressing the stock, planning joinery and assembling the case with special emphasis on making doors and drawers and choosing and installing the hardware. By the end of the week, students will have made a 36" dry sink unit which includes face frame construction; efficient assembly procedures; unique doors, drawers, trims and moldings; and several ways to mount the top. Not only will they have the dry sink to take home, they’ll be ready to tackle their first big cabinetry project!
Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room we are pleased to welcome “Grit” Laskin back to the facility to teach “Inlay & Engraving”. The first two days of this 5-day class will focus on inlay; covering all of the steps required to create inlays out of a variety of shells and stone. Students will learn the basics of how to adjust thickness, cut, file, and accurately inset these semiprecious materials into an ebony fret board. Day three begins with an ongoing discussion of inlay design, outlining Grit’s approach, and how participants can go about creating their own designs. The class will wrap up with a focus on hand engraving, the technique that has traditionally brought detail and dimension to inlay. By the end of the week, Grit’s students will have learned how, with just a simple hand tool, to achieve an unprecedented degree of realism in their future inlay work.
Finally, in the back shop is “Thin Wall Vessels: Surface Design with Binh Pho”. In this workshop, you will learn how Binh creates his one-of-a-kind signature pieces, including the techniques he uses to turn thin wall vessels, open vessels, and winged vessels. Participants will learn everything they need to know about the drying their pieces, surface preparation for design purposes, using airbrushing techniques, gilding, texturing as well as proper turning and hollowing techniques. With plenty of hands-on-time, they will all decorate several vessels over the course of the week while they learn skills that will last them a lifetime!
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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