Small Decorative Boxes with Doug Stowe September 26-30, 2022

Tight miters, lasting joints, and hinges that fit, along with close tolerances, are part of what quality workmanship is all about. Boxes are among the most interesting woodworking projects because of the endless possibilities they offer for exploring technique, form and style. Doug will start this workshop with a discussion of the practical aesthetics of box design and will provide an overview of techniques, including selecting and preparing stock, joinery, precision milling of multiple parts, assembling, sanding and finishing. Students will develop the basics first and then be allowed to cut loose and express themselves. Doug will motivate students to get involved and then make it personal so that their box will leave a lasting legacy in wood. Doug will also cover making jigs and sleds for accurate cutting and shaping of parts, making inlay, using story sticks for accurate fitting of hinges, and cutting small complicated parts.

This class will be suited for participants of any skill level. Students should bring a piece of domestic wood that they have found or purchased that has significance or has some sort of history attached. (Absolutely NO exotic or spalted wood will be allowed.) The wood should be small enough to fit in a suitcase and large enough that the figure and color can be enjoyed.


Monday - Friday Sep 26 - 30, 2022
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