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Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America

Our 23rd Season Marches On!

We are thrilled to present our 23rd season of classes with a solid tradition of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our latest 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.

Mike PekovichMarc AdamsMatthew Hill

The month of July marches on and that means another week of stimulating instruction and hands-on time with 3 more world-class instructors. In our front bench room and machine room, we are pleased to welcome Mike Pekovich, of Fine Woodworking magazine fame, back teaching “Make an Elegant Side Table From a Single Board”. In this fun and informative class, Mike’s students will literally go from a rough-sawn board to a finished table in just five days! Class will begin with each student learning the right way to mill wood by both resawing and rough-milling stock. Once the parts are straight and square, then the class will get to work on building their table using traditional joinery techniques that can be put to use on any project. Finally, Mike will demonstrate how to dress up the table by adding curves and shaping the legs in a contemporary cabriole leg profile. It’s a great project that will serve to illustrate how subtle details can have a huge impact on the quality of your furniture making.

Meanwhile, in our Outpost bench room, we have our always popular “Joinery with Marc Adams”. If you ever wanted to know all of the ways you can join two pieces of wood, this class is your answer! Marc will begin the class by teaching how to cut the hallmark joint in woodworking, the dovetail, by hand. From there, they will explore all manner of joints, cut by hand and machine, including: the mortise tenon, the sliding dovetail, and the hip joint (just to name a few). Before the end of the week, these folks will know and put into practice our school motto: “Layout is Everything!”

Finally, in our back lathe room, we’re pleased to offer a sold-out session of “Decorative Turned Boxes with Matthew Hill”. His students will learn the finer techniques of spindle turning and end grain hollowing with an emphasis on learning to cut and shear scrape to achieve pleasing form and sharp detail without torn grain. In addition to plenty of turning instruction, students will be encouraged to add texture and color to their pieces using techniques that Matthew will demonstrate in class. They’ll all leave with multiple examples of lidded boxes with stunning decorative embellishments and a whole new understanding of this challenging art form.

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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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