A Typical Week at MASW

What to Expect

MASW is a very busy place with lots of activities during the week. Class instruction and use of power equipment goes from 8:00 a.m. to around 6:00 p.m. each weekday. After 6:00 p.m., when the power equipment goes off, students are more than welcome to stay and work, socialize or do research in the library. Each class is required to review safety before power equipment can be used, but after the safety session, power equipment will officially be on, and students will have full access to all the machinery covered in the safety review.

During the week, students will have two-time outs. The first will be on Tuesday evening when the instructors show slides of their work. This event will start around 5:30-6:00 p.m. and will offer a dinner for anyone who wishes to attend. The second will be for a quick class photo.

It is highly advisable for students to plan some time during the week to visit the other workshops and to network with other students. There is always something else going on, and it is okay to visit the other workshops. For full week workshops the final cleanup will take place on Friday afternoon around 3:00 p.m., and students should be able to be on their way home around 4:00 p.m.

Full Week Programs

Full week classes begin on Monday and end on Friday. Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and instruction generally wraps by 5:00 p.m. but could go well into the evening. MASW is in the EASTERN TIME ZONE. Power equipment can be used from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for all general woodworking classes and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for turning classes Monday through Thursday. During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing. On Friday, the final cleanup and certificate presentations start around 3:00 p.m.

Lunch is provided daily and includes a variety of choices prepared by our two chefs.

Lunch is provided daily and includes a variety of choices prepared by our two chefs.

Tuesday night features a slide presentation by the instructors and a dinner that spouses, friends, and family are welcome to attend.

Tuesday night features a slide presentation by the instructors and a dinner that spouses, friends, and family are welcome to attend.

Enrollment is limited, and classes typically fill up fast. Students should have a general knowledge of woodworking. Wood for specific projects can be purchased from local sources, or you may bring your own. The school has a source for pre-milled material for any class; just call the school for information. Each class has a tuition cost and, if necessary, an additional cost for materials and/or supplies. If a class has a required material and/or supply fee, students are not allowed to bring their own materials in lieu of these fees. Students may ship tools or wood to their own attention at the school’s address and shipping home is easy with our in-house UPS service.

Tool lists will be emailed to students after the registration process is completed. Students are encouraged to bring their own hand tools. The school does have some extra hand tools that are available for students to use by request. If your class has a specific cut list or requires that you bring special materials or supplies, a list will be mailed to you in advance of the class. Videotaping of any instructional workshop is strictly prohibited, even for personal use. Remember that many woods are irritants or even toxic. Please bring only domestic woods so that everyone breathes easier.

Super Weekend Specials

Super weekend specials are designed to give students an opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the masters in the field of a variety of crafts. Classes are scheduled just Saturday or Sunday or both Saturday and Sunday. If you cannot make it to any of the full week classes, then take advantage of the cost-efficient weekend programs.

Classes start at 9 a.m. and last until around 4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME.

Classes start at 9 a.m. and last until around 4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME.

Some classes are hands-on; others are demonstrations, lectures, and slides. Lunch is provided and includes lunch meat sandwiches. Each class has a tuition cost and tool lists will be emailed to students after the registration process is completed. Students may ship tools or wood to their own attention at the school’s address and shipping items home is easy with our in-house UPS service. Videotaping of any instructional workshop is strictly prohibited, even for personal use. Remember that many woods are irritants or even toxic. Please bring only domestic woods so that everyone breathes easier.

Materials

Supplies such as sandpaper, glue, dowels, biscuits, screws, and small amounts of copy paper will be provided at no extra cost UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED. If there is no material fee listed with your class choice, and wood is required for the workshop, then you will be responsible either to bring your own wood or to purchase it from local sources. If your class requires that you bring pre-dimensioned materials, a cut list will be sent by regular mail along with your class confirmation letter. MASW can provide local sources that can provide pre-milled materials. Most tool lists will be available online as they become available.

Walnut, cherry, poplar, maple, and oak will all be available in 4/4 and 8/4 thicknesses. Veneers, plywood, particleboard, and specific hardware will also be sold, but must be ordered ahead of time. Please note that some classes have extra fees to cover the expenses of class projects and specific practice materials. These fees cannot be substituted or waived. Students may ship tools to their own attention at the school’s address and shipping from any workshop is easy with our in-house UPS service.

It is important that you bring your own personal safety protection gear, such as safety glasses, dust mask, and earplugs.

It is important that you bring your own personal safety protection gear, such as safety glasses, dust mask, and earplugs.

Please Note:

Be sure to bring only domestic woods without spalt, rot, bugs, nails, or any fungus.

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!