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249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 6040
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sunday 10 AM - 4 PM
monday 9 AM - 7 PM
tuesday 9 AM - 7 PM
wednesday 9 AM - 7 PM
thursday 9 AM - 7 PM
friday 9 AM - 7 PM
saturday 9 AM - 6 PM

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Woodworking III: Shaker Wall Clock with: Bob Van Dyke And Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Monday, January 13, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Monday, January 20, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Monday, January 27, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Monday, February 3, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Monday, February 10, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Monday, March 23, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Monday, March 30, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Monday, February 24, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 9: Monday, March 2, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 10: Monday, March 9, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 11: Monday, March 16, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 12: Monday, March 23, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Prerequisite: Woodworking I And II
Description: This 10-session (approximately) class continues the Fundamentals of Furniture-making series and concentrates on carcase construction while allowing you to refine your woodworking skills. Building the Shaker style wall clock (in cherry) emphasizes the use of handtools in fitting joints, creating a glass like surface on the wood and beveling the "bookmatched" back. Students will learn more advanced techniques including resawing, bookmatching, handfitting hinges and precise joinery techniques.
Tuition: $445.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Make A Dovetailed, Veneered & Inlaid Box with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Thursday, January 16, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Thursday, January 23, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Thursday, January 30, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Thursday, February 6, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Thursday, February 13, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Thursday, March 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Thursday, February 20, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Thursday, February 27, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 9: Thursday, March 5, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 10: Thursday, March 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 11: Thursday, March 19, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Description: In this class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one small project. This elegant box features dovetails, working with ve-neer , an inlayed banding on the top and accurately setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been wanting to learn some veneering techniques and a little about inlaying a decorative banding or stringing detail- Here is your chance. Imagine a top of tiger maple, walnut burl or crotch walnut! Don't miss this opportunity to add to your woodworking skills while making an attractive and ele-gant box which be a hit to anyone who might be lucky enough to re-ceive it!. Sign up today - space is limited.
Tuition: $445.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($77.00)

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Router Madness with: Bob Van Dyke
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Saturday, January 25, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: The router is one of the most versatile power tools in the shop but many people utilize only a fraction of its actual capabilities. Most beginners think of the router for rounding over or chamfering edges of a board but with some under-standing of how things work and a little imagination the router can be used for accurate mortises, tenons, dadoes, raised panel doors and more! In this day-long class of demonstrations, Fine Woodworking Magazine Contributing Edi-tor Bob Van Dyke will explore the capabilities of routers, the many different kinds of routers, what features are important and what are not. We will get into the many different types of router bits available and what to look for. Router tables are a big part of router work and we will explore the many different op-tions, including Bob's "$15.00 router lift"! Don't miss this opportunity to real-ly understand how this important tool works.
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Introduction To Cabinet Making with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Saturday, February 1, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, February 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class concentrates on the techniques used in cabinet making rather than those used in furniture making. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinetmaker who brings with him years of labor saving tricks and techniques which students will find invaluable when completing their own projects at home. A medium sized painted plywood bookshelf is the project for this class and features techniques such as cutting plywood panels to size, using solid wood edging, making and ap-plying a molding, making a mitered base, using a Kreg jig and working with a rout-er. The design of the bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelves and decora-tive moldings. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate woodworkers who are interested in learning techniques they can use in numerous home improve-ment projects. The bookcase utilizes com-mon portable power tools that most home-owners would have or might be consider-ing purchasing. This class will provide you with the foundation skills needed for more advanced projects such as kitchen cabi-nets, storage cabinets, entertainment cen-ters, counter tops and more. Sign up to-day. Space is limited.
Tuition: $325.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($170)

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Basic Upholstery with: Mike Mascelli
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Part 1: Saturday, February 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, February 9, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class will be a combination lecture, demonstration and hands-on session which will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of upholstery . Mike Mascelli has been a professional upholsterer his entire career and brings a lifetime of experience to this hands on class. Mike will set up a complete working shop including a collection of historic and modern tools, and cover the full range of traditional hand sewn, and modern upholstery methods. Presentations include "A Lively Guide to a Dying Art", which will be enhanced with demonstrations illustrating the tools and techniques portrayed. "A Tale of Two Chairs" presents step by step photos contrasting traditional work on a period armchair, and modern methods on a 1940's chair. Students will complete an open frame slip seat by stretching and tacking webbing, cutting and fitting the foundation, lofting, and show cover materials, and installing a proper dust cover. And then building on these new skills, complete a smallscale sprung footstool, by hand tying springs, and learning basic cutting and folding techniques, then finishing off the corners with proper blind stitches. The class will also include a complete discussion of tools and machines, as well as tips on common repair techniques such as replacing buttons without having to open up the chair ! Students will receive a booklet containing, excerpts, illustrations, yardage charts, and sources of supply. This class is for anyone with an interest in the tools terminology and techniques of the upholstery trade. KEY POINTS: Students will learn the history of upholstered furniture Learn to identify traditional vs modern upholstered pieces Basic tools and materials of the upholstery trade Complete an open frame slip seat, and a half scale Sprung ottoman. Master the hand tying of springs, and blind stitching Learn repairs such as button replacement Sign up Today!
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $55

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Zen Of French Polish with: John Coffey
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Part 1: Saturday, February 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, February 9, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: French polish is a technique for putting shellac on wood as a finish. Shellac is perhaps the most versatile finish that can be used to finish furniture–it is hard and durable, it is restorable without having to remove it, and best of all it may be the most beautiful finish you could put on a piece of furniture! One main benefit of French polish is it can be applied in less than ideal finishing conditions. Dust is not an issue as the polish dries almost as soon as it is rubbed on. The polisher can stop at any time in the process and pick it up at a later date. Best of all, the technique puts very little material on a surface, even irregular ones. As an antique restorer, I am often required to put on a finish that preserves the color and texture of their surface–I cannot sand the surface. French polishing is uniquely suited for this task. The technique follows the undulating character of old surfaces, or handplaned surfaces, filling the grain until the surface is lustrous and polished. In a two-day class I will show my technique for French polishing by assisting the student in their own project. The student can expect to be well on his way to finishing a small table or chest but, more importantly, will learn the skill of applying shellac using a pad in such a way that only the thinnest of coatings will be between the observer and the object, allowing the natural beauty of the wood to show through. The woodworker spends so much time selecting just the right board, perfecting his or her technique on cutting dovetails and tenons, why not make sure the work receives what it deserves–the best finish possible. The old saw is never truer: while a good finish might be able to hide poor woodworking, a bad finish will take away from even the best work. John Coffey is an antique restorer in Locust Valley, NY. John has taken conservation classes at the Smithsonian Institute and at Dakota County Technical College (MN) with senior conservator at the Smithsonian, Donald C. Williams. He has assisted with the "Ten Thousand Springs Pavilion" exhibit for the Smithsonian Institute in both Washington, D.C. and when it was in Flushing, Queens, N.Y. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Hobart College (NY). Sign up today!
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Basic Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, February 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, February 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Basic Woodturning Many people have asked for a beginning turning class to be offered in a weekend format. This class will cover much of the same material as the six-night class but because of time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. The class will cover spindle turning, bowl turning and basic lathe use, safety and sharpening. Students will have the opportunity to make a number of spindle and faceplate projects during the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter. This is a great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $32.00

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Build A Utility Workbench with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Saturday, February 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, February 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, February 17, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Many of you who have taken classes here have commented on how well the school benches work. The bench was recently featured in the Fine Woodworking Magazine "Tools & Shops" issue #223. This bench has all the attributes of a classic European style bench without the expense or the large amount of time required to make one. A massive top, sturdy legs, a good quality shoulder vise and brass benchdogs are all features that combine to make this a good heavy and versatile bench. Participants will cut all the joints in the base, assemble it, glue on a hard maple edging to the top and mount the vise. An outside millwork shop will fabricate the top, which consists of two layers of particleboard and one layer of MDF. The class will feature extensive work with the tablesaw and routers and will meet for 3 full days. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a good bench into your own shop.
Tuition: $375.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Building A Windsor Chair : A Comprehensive Demo with: David Douyard
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Part 1: Saturday, February 29, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, March 1, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Building a Windsor chair can be daunting to those new to the craft, but with a bit of expo-sure, inspiration can replace hesitation and get you on your way to building comfortable, durable and beautiful chairs. This two day seminar will focus on many of the varied skills that go into producing a clas-sic Windsor chair. From splitting the log, shaving the parts, steambending, turning, joinery, carving and finishing, you'll watch as well-known Connecticut chair builder David Douyard constructs a classic Sack-back Windsor chair. David will explain the process as he goes and answer the many questions that always come up. Come with an open mind, a notebook and a camera to catch all the action. We are scheduling a weeklong Windsor class summer 2020 where each participant will make their own Sack-back Windsor chair. This demo weekend is a great introduction to that week-long class. Either way– Don't miss it! Sign up today!
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Materials Included

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Strictly Bowls - A Woodturning Class with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, February 29, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, March 1, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Many students have asked for a class that offers the opportunity to turn bowls and only bowls. Students will have the opportunity to turn a shallow bowl, a deeper bowl, and time permitting- a third bowl or a plate (think very shallow bowl…). Participants will learn to make jigs and fixtures that will be useful in finishing the bottom of any bowl. We will get into the use of a four jaw chuck as well as alternative ways to hold the work on the lathe without using a commercially made chuck. Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class whether you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have!
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($45)

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Saw Sharpening 101 With Matt Cianci with: Matt Cianci
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Saturday, March 7, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class is an introduction for woodworkers interested in learning how to sharpen their own handsaws and backsaws. The curriculum will cover jointing, filing teeth to uniform size and gullet depth, setting, and final sharpening. Topics discussed in depth will include the geometric and functional distinction between rip and crosscut teeth and how fleam and rake are combined to maximize the function of cutting along or across wood fibers. Proper file selection, filing technique, and saw vise requirements will also be discussed. No prior knowledge of saw sharpening is required. The class will be hands on with each student learning to sharpen a rip and crosscut saw. Students are encouraged to bring one or two saws only. These saws must be in decent shape. This is a sharpening class- not a saw rehab class!   Matt Cianci is a professional saw doctor. His website and blog are at  http://thesawwright.com  Sign up today- This is always a fun class!
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($20 Paid Directly To Instructor)

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Learn To Carve Moldings with: Mary May
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Part 1: Saturday, March 7, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, March 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Carved moldings are an important of traditional furniture and can be a fun and unique embellishment for contemporary furniture and any number of woodwork-ing projects. Learn from the best as Mary teaches you how to carve miles of moldings in a fun weekend class. Na-tionally known carver Mary May will teach you effective methods of how to lay out a design along a length of shaped molding, and how to carve bead, rope, egg and dart, gadroon, and leaf mold-ings. She will share tips and tricks of how to get into "production mode" where you can carve these architectural features quickly and efficiently. Opened to beginning and experienced carvers. During this class, Mary will also show how to get your tools razor sharp, techniques of carving in the cor-rect grain direction, carving safety, and as many carving tips and tricks as she can jam into two days of hands on carving practice and instruction. It's going to be a lot of fun, so don't miss out! Mary is one of the premier carvers in this country and her classes are always great! Sign up today.!
Tuition: $345.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Introduction To Inlay with: Steve Latta
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Part 1: Saturday, March 14, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, March 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Inlay is a technique missing from many folks' arsenals of skillsets. A little bit of inlay can go a long way in taking a casual piece to something far more formal and sophisticated- or it can just make it more interesting and fun. In this hands on class, nationally recognized furniture maker and inlay expert, Steve Latta, will present an overview of both traditional and con-temporary practices, using both hand and power tools. This is a hands on class so you will have plen-ty of opportunity to practice with both techniques. You'll walk away with an understanding of tradi-tional stringing and modern day pattern work with the ability to add rich accents to your work, be it a table top, drawer front or a simple decorative panel. This is a great class if you have never done any in-lay but even if you have been working and experi-menting on your own you owe it to yourself to study with one of the best instructors in the country. Sign up today- You do not want to miss this oppor-tunity. Some specific tools are suggested and the list is available at www.schoolofwoodworking.com. Sign up today!
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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One Day Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Saturday, March 14, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Have you been intrigued with the idea of learning to turn a bowl but are not ready to commit to a 6 week class?. This one day class will get you hooked on turning– Guaranteed! Students will learn some of the basics of woodturning and will come away with a finished shallow cherry bowl and the new found knowledge to turn more. Who knows– you might even jump in head first and find a whole new passion!! Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending a little time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class –even if you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have!
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Learn To Turn Natural-Edge (Bark-Rim) Bowls with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, March 21, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, March 22, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Turning natural edge bowls from wet local hardwoods can be great fun– and the material is free (if you own a chain saw and have access to recently cut down trees….!) In this weekend class students will receive a refresher in the fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques, learn how to visualize the "bowl inside the wood", mount and turn the sections of fresh logs between centers to form the outside of the bowl before re-mounting the blank in a chuck to form the inside of the bowl– all the while taking care to maintain the fragile bark edge on the rim of the bowl. The bowls you turn in class will need to finish drying at home and can easily be finish sanded when dry with a round pad in a drill. Blanks of wood will be mounted between centers and the "bowl inside the wood" will be before cutting so you control the grain pattern and bark rim position in the finished bowl. We focus on developing an eye for making a pleasing shape while incorporating the bark of the tree as the rim of the bowl. We touch-up your graceful bevel-guided cutting technique thus helping you to form the smooth curves of the bowl. This bowl requires a steady hand as cutting the rim is interrupted--you cut a bit of the high part of the rim then skip to the high part of the other side. We focus on careful aim to get a graceful curve through this interrupted cut. We shape the outside of the bowl, remount the blank in a chuck and cut the inside. At home, the bowls will dry and easily can be sanded with a round sanding pad in a drill. Sign up today– class size is limited.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($35.00)

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Yes Folks- There Are More Than 10 Ways To Cut Dovetails! with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Saturday, March 28, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, March 29, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: techniques of every different instructor who comes here to teach- and there have been a lot of them over the last 12 years! In woodworking- like a lot of things- there is no one "right" way- there are bunches of different ways to accomplish the same thing and that is what this class is all about. I will not be telling you what I think is the "best" way- that is for you to decide- and you will have the opportunity to learn a number of different methods. Cutting dovetails entirely by hand can be intimidating to a lot of people. When cutting dovetails I see students typically making the same mistakes and hitting the same stumbling blocks each time- so that is what we address to start; using a cutting gauge, paring to (and not beyond!) a line, cutting straight lines with a handsaw- and using a sharp chisel! These are all skills that you will practice (and hopefully master) in this class. But this class is much more than just cutting dovetails by hand. This class will show you a number of ways to make "handcut" dovetails that will only require a little bit of paring with a chisel to make them fit perfectly. We will be trying out techniques that use the tablesaw, a trim router, bandsaw, scroll saw and coping saw along with the traditional handsaw and chisels. The goal is to get you cutting great looking dovetails using a combination of machines and handtools until you are comfortable enough with the process that you realize doing it all by hand is not that big a deal! This class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. There is no project for the class- you will be working on a series of practice boards. It is great to see the difference between the first dovetail you make on Saturday and the last dovetail you make Sunday afternoon! Router dovetail jigs like the Porter Cable or Leigh jig will NOT be a part of this class- I have no idea how to use those tools… Sign up today and lose your fear of cutting dovetails once and for all.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($16.00)

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Beginning Electric Guitars- Build A Telecaster Or A Stratocaster with: Mike South
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Part 1: Saturday, April 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, April 5, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Saturday, May 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Sunday, May 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: In this class we jump into the world of electric guitar construction. Students will each build their own guitar based on the world famous Fender Telecaster (yeah- that's the one Bruce Springsteen plays!) or the equally famous Fender Stratocaster. Starting with a solid wood body we will bandsaw and rout the basic shape, fit and fine tune the maple neck (we will purchase pre-made necks for this beginning class), fine tune the rosewood fingerboard and install all the hardware, electronics and both pickups. Finishing is an important part of any guitar so we will also spend a few nights of class time applying your choice of finishes. The last night of the class will be final setup & tuning of the guitars and then a jam session to prove how good they are! Mike South has been building guitars, banjos and mandolins since 1981 and is the owner of Windjammer Instruments. Sign up today for this exciting class and have the satisfaction of building (and playing) your own heirloom quality instrument.
Tuition: $495.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($439)

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Unique & Creative Decorative Surfaces with: Tim Coleman
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Part 1: Saturday, April 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, April 5, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Join nationally known furniture maker, Tim Coleman for this fascinating look into various techniques to create visually exciting textures and patterns to furniture surfaces. In this class with Tim students will explore two primary techniques to embellish surfaces with patterns and texture using a few simple tools and a scroll saw. Steel stamps are commonly used to emboss leather, but they can also be used on wood. In this two day class you will learn how to use a V carving tool to make pattern outlines, and steel stamps to create texture. Try out traditional letter and number stamps and also learn to make your own shapes and symbols from steel rod stock. Stamping is easy to learn and allows you to work quickly and spontaneously. You will also learn techniques to add color to the patterns to make them really stand out. In the second part of the class you will learn how to cut shapes and patterns piercing through thick veneer pieces and then prepare them to laminate onto a contrasting layer of wood or veneer. You will get practice on the scroll saw and, most important, you will learn techniques for gluing down the cut pieces to achieve a clean result with very little glue squeeze out. It's surprising how much depth can be achieved with material as thin as 1/16th inch, and effects can range from subtle to wild depending on wood and pattern selection. Tim Coleman works out of his shop in Shelbourne, Massachusetts and produces some truly unique and striking custom furniture for clients. In this class you can come with your own pattern ideas or look into Tim's catalogue of ideas for inspiration. Whatever you do you will be sure to bring away some new skills and ideas that you can apply to your next projects. Sign up today- Space is limited.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Woodworking I: Walnut Jewelry Box with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Monday, April 6, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Monday, April 13, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Monday, April 20, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Monday, April 27, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Monday, May 4, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Monday, May 11, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Monday, May 18, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Monday, May 25, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 9: Monday, June 1, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Description: A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. This eight-session class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety (with particular concentration on using the tablesaw) is emphasized. Students will utilize the skills, techniques and tools (both power and hand-tools) being taught in the class in the making of a walnut jewelry box. This project could also be used to store a variety of other personal items. Skills learned will provide a strong foundation for subsequent furniture-making classes. Class size is limited to 12 students.
Tuition: $395.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($59.00)

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Basic Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, April 18, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, April 19, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Many people have asked for a beginning turning class to be offered in a weekend format. This class will cover much of the same material as the six-night class but because of time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. The class will cover spindle turning, bowl turning and basic lathe use, safety and sharpening. Students will have the opportunity to make a number of spindle and faceplate projects during the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter. This is a great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $32.00

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Building Kitchen Cabinets with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Saturday, April 25, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, April 26, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Saturday, May 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Sunday, May 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: The pinnacle of home cabinetmaking is the kitchen cabinet. This is also a subject that many people have asked for over the years. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinet maker and is able to show you loads of time saving techniques to help you on your way to building your own kitchen cabinets. You may just be interested in a simpler project like a bathroom vanity– but the techniques and principles are all the same! Tim will review the standards involved in modern kitchen design; ie. the height of counters, depths of cabinets, etc., and demonstrate the installation process. The cabinet you will make in class is a small (about 28" wide) free standing unit that utilizes all the challenges you will face in building a full set of cabinets. The project will incorporate a face frame, a raised panel door, a drawer, a laminated top and European hardware. Options for different types of countertops will be discussed. The cabinet you make in class could then be used at home as a free standing vanity, a storage cabinet or even a sharpening station in a workshop- but more importantly, it will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle that larger kitchen project that you have been putting off! If you've been waiting for the right time to rebuild your kitchen, then this class will get you started on the right track.
Tuition: $495.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($267.00)

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SketchUp Success For Woodworkers with: David Heim
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Saturday, April 25, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This class is for people who are serious about woodworking and want to learn how to use the SketchUp 3D design program to save time and money in the shop. With SketchUp, you preview the actual construction of a piece and generate absolutely accurate plans, patterns, and templates. The class is built around four rules for success for using the program to its best advantage. You bring a Windows or Mac laptop loaded with the free version of SketchUp. We spend the morning on exercises that introduce the important SketchUp tools and get you accustomed to working in a 3D space on the computer. In the afternoon, you see how the rules for success work by designing a piece of furniture. You'll also learn how to create measured drawings and a cutlist. Go to www.sketchup.com to download the free version, called SketchUp Make.
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes: Materials Included

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One Day Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Saturday, May 9, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Have you been intrigued with the idea of learning to turn a bowl but are not ready to commit to a 6 week class?. This one day class will get you hooked on turning– Guaranteed! Students will learn some of the basics of woodturning and will come away with a finished shallow cherry bowl and the new found knowledge to turn more. Who knows– you might even jump in head first and find a whole new passion!! Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending a little time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class –even if you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have!
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Hone Your Handtool Skills with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Saturday, May 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, May 17, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: You can use power tools all day long, but you'll never know the true joy of the craft until you introduce hand tools into your woodworking. In this weekend class Mike Pekovich will take you through a series of skill-building exercises designed to boost competence and confidence using the essential hand tools. We'll focus on chisel, block plane, backsaw, spokeshave and scraper skills, and also take time to talk about getting truly sharp with each tool. You'll gain a better understanding of the geometry and ergonomics involved in making a hand tool work for you. The emphasis of this class is on making shavings not furniture parts, so there's no stress involved. The aim is to have fun and gain some skills and confidence with your tools that you can then bring to your woodworking projects. Mike is The Creative Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is a truly gifted furniture maker and designer. He prefers to work with handtools when possible. This class will fill up quickly so don't wait too long to get signed up.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Making Tablesaw Jigs & Fixtures with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Monday, June 1, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 2, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 3, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 4, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 5, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: The idea of making jigs and fixtures for the tablesaw is always one that creates a lot of debate. Some people insist that they are not worth it and "just do it by hand" while other people love coming up with intricate fixtures that do a specific job really well. Bob's approach is somewhere in the middle- will the jig be useful enough to be used over & over again and is it better than one that can be easily purchased? This class is Not a beginning tablesaw class. Participants must have some working experience with Tablesaws & routers. In this hands-on class participants will make several different jigs & fixtures for their tablesaw, all of which will become staple tools in their shop. We will start out the week making a cross-cut sled. The accuracy and extra support this important fixture brings will almost completely replace your tablesaw' s stock miter gauge. Armed with the knowledge to make the sled you will probably go home and make more- for cutting dados, wide panels and specialized tasks. The next jig to be made will be a tenoning jig- but this is not just any tenoning jig. This jig is designed for accuracy and versatility. Mass is what it is all about. The mass of this jig means no vibration which translates into complete accuracy. The jig can also be fine tuned to fit your tablesaw's rip fence exactly. The size of the jig means that you can easily clamp large assemblies to it (think breadboard end table top). Used in conjunction with two rip blades and a precisely made spacer, accurate tenons are a snap. The next two jigs were developed by Bob and are two of the most valuable tablesaw add on jigs you can imagine! How many times have you clamped a sacrificial scrap of plywood to the fence to cut a rabbet and then had to move the clamps because they were in the way of the cut? And- have you ever heard of pattern cutting on the tablesaw? The fixture we will make is an ingenious and easily used base to fit over the existing tablesaw fence and allows you to quickly bolt on any number of specialty fences- certainly the most valuable being an easily adjusted and versatile "L" fence. Any extra time during the class will be devoted to making a series of small fixtures for the tablesaw: drop stops, sliding stops, hold-downs and really simple feather-boards. This is a class designed for people with solid experience on the tablesaw who can appreciate the value & importance of the jigs & fixtures you will be making.
Tuition: $745.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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All-in-one Dovetail Station with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Saturday, June 6, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, June 7, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Come for the weekend and build a small version of what is affectionately known as a "bat house" at CVSW (where did that name come from???). If you have cut dovetails at the school you've probably used one to rout the waste between the pins on the dovetails. While that task alone makes it worthwhile to make one, it can also handle just about every other work holding dovetail task you can think of. From holding the stock upright for sawing to securely holding the stock for chopping, this fixture will help make the job easier. If you're lacking a work bench you can just clamp it to a table and you're ready to go. From marking and sawing, to routing and chopping, the dovetail station has you covered. We'll spend the first day making it and the second day learning how to put it to use to cut dovetails better than any you have ever thought you could do. Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build A Classic Bookcase with: Steve Latta
Intermediate

Part 1: Monday, June 8, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 9, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 10, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 11, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 12, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, June 13, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Glass doors protecting your collection of small turnings, antique tools or rare first editions, bring a level of sophistication to this already elegant bookcase. Light gently bounces off the rich texture of the eight panes of old, salvaged glass cut and glazed into each door. The beaded face-frame, profiled shelf-edges, ogee or flat bracket feet, 3/8 mullions and a frame-and-panel back all contribute to the overall refinement of the piece. The hardware, brass butt hinges, surface bolts and morticed brass lock all enhance the design. In this class, we will be able to complete the majority of the project during class time by focusing on a professional, strategic approach to tackling the many tasks involved in this case piece. During our week together, I intend to emphasize the process of woodworking as much as the product. Many folks talk about the artistic nature of woodworking but in doing so, only tend to look at the finished piece sitting on display. I want to explore the path itself that takes us to that point and the sense of rhythm that adds its own spirit. Steve Latta is one of this country's premier furniture makers. He is known for his superb inlay work but his 30 + years of furniture making & teaching combine to make this class a unique opportunity you should not miss! Sign up today– Space is limited.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build An Arched Entry Table with: Mike Pekovich
Intermediate

Part 1: Monday, June 15, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 16, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 17, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 18, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 19, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, June 20, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Put your joinery skills on display with this Arts and Crafts-inspired entry table. Dovetail and through-tenon joinery present a fun challenge and add eye-popping interest to this creative twist on the traditional Craftsman style. Arched aprons, trestle feet, and breadboard ends round out the design details- and the joinery challenges! In this class, you'll learn efficient building strategies that get the most from machine and hand work, and you will learn how to give your hand-cut dovetails a power tool assist for fast and accurate results. While we're at it, we'll throw in some draw-bore joinery as a great way to get tight-fitting joints without clamps. This is a great table that will fit into just about any home and Mike Pekovich, who is the Creative Director for Fine Woodworking Magazine and author of "The Why & How of Woodworking", is an excellent instructor. Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Fundamentals Of Furniture-Making with: Bob Van Dyke
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Part 1: Monday, July 13, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 14, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 15, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 16, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 17, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: This popular six-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top. This class takes the place of Woodworking I & Woodworking II and provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($225.00)

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Build A Chinese Style Writing Desk with: Kevin Rodel
Intermediate

Part 1: Monday, July 20, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 21, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 22, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 23, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 24, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, July 25, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Join well known Maine furniture maker, Kevin Rodel as we build a small writing desk with Chinese inspired details. This deceivingly simple looking desk has a dovetailed drawer and the length and width can be customized to your requirements. The base construction is standard mortise and tenon with some "cloud lift" stretchers between the legs. The lower edges of the apron parts also feature a "cloud lift" detail. The cloud lifts are easily done with template jigs, which you will learn to make, and are used with a router table. The drawer uses the side-hung method with side and a center slips for mounting a thin hardwood bottom. This is not as common in Western style furniture but is a very effective method to hang a drawer of this size. The desktop is a frame with a floating center panel with mitered corners. For extra strength the miters are reinforced with a through slip tenon, which is a variation on a traditional Chinese mitered tenon joint. The desk pictured here features solid cherry which is then ebonized– contrasting with the natural mahogany writing surface. The ebonized finishing will be discussed and demonstrated but is an optional finish for this class. You can also elect to do the whole table in mahogany with no ebonizing. Either way, this elegant and contemporary looking desk will fit into just about any room in your home. Don't miss this opportunity to work with one of America's finest craftsmen.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Professional Finishing Techniques - Start To Finish with: Mike Mascelli
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Part 1: Monday, July 27, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 29, 12 PM - 8 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 30, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 31, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: The goal of this class is to help both novice and experienced finishers better understand the science, the craft, and the art of using color and finish for both protecting and enhancing any wood furniture project.  The focus will be on using products commonly available at a local home center so you can achieve professional results without investing in all sorts of specialized equipment and supplies. This is a comprehensive finishing class that will cover all aspects of coloring and finishing wood surfaces. Students will learn about the history of both dye and pigment colors, and their many forms and uses, as well as seeing how to put all of the commonly available clear finishes in to one of five simple families.  The class is a combination of lecture, demonstration and will feature a number of hands on activities for students.  We will touch on historic finishes, along with techniques for using layers of color to achieve a perfect match, applying shellac with brush and a polishing pad, various methods of applying oil varnishes and some special techniques for getting great results with waterborne finishes.  Students will learn the importance of good surface preparation and will learn methods for mechanically rubbing out the finish to either lower or raise the sheen of a film finish along with picking up some basic tips on furniture touch up and repair techniques.  There will also be useful information on choosing shop lighting, preparing surfaces, and safely handling storing and disposing of finishing products. We will spend two whole days on color, two whole days on finishing and rubbing out, and some time on Friday going over the basics of using spray equipment including proper handling of aerosols, and both HVLP and conventional spray systems with some time set aside for project work, including evaluating student pieces. Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer & finisher in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experience, as well as co-Director of the Professional Refinisher's Group, a national organization founded in 1998.  He is a frequent instructor of both upholstery and finishing classes.   In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is grounded in the restoration of period furniture. As an author, he has contributed to Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and With Saw, Plane & Chisel by Zach Dillinger (Popular Woodworking, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed instructional videos for Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking magazines.
Tuition: $745.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build A Windsor Sack Back Chair with: David Douyard
Intermediate

Part 1: Monday, August 3, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, August 4, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, August 5, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, August 6, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, August 7, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: This six-day class course will take you, step-by-step, through the process of building a traditional Windsor Sack Back Chair, entirely by hand. It will cover every aspect of making a Windsor chair, beginning with lumber selection, riving parts out of a log, hand shaping, working with compound angles, all the way through final assembly.  Concentration will be on the making of a strong chair joint.  The building of this Windsor chair will be primarily with hand tools. (Due to the limitations of time all the turned parts will be provided.) LEARN HOW TO Select lumber and mill/rive parts for Windsor chairmaking Use hand tools: drawknife, spokeshave, reamer, adz, scorp and scraper Learn how to work with a shaving horse Steam bending: shape and steam bend the arm and bow Layout and drill compound angles Utilize moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint Assembly using traditional hide glue Some specialized handtools will be required (in addition to the "general tool list" below). That list will be posted here early 2020 David Douyard is a well-known chairmaker in Northwest Connecticut. His work has been featured in several magazines and he has taught contemporary and Windsor chairmaking extensively. Sign up today. Space is strictly limited.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Spoon Carving with: Peter Follansbee
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Part 1: Saturday, August 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, August 9, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: "Green" Woodworking has gained a whole new popularity in the last few years and Peter Follansbee- who has been a "green" for woodworker for over 25 years, has quietly been in the forefront of the movement. In this 2-day class, we'll learn the techniques for carving spoons from green wood, using a hatchet, a straight knife and a hook tool. This work is some of the most exciting green woodworking happening today. Using freshly-cut birch, apple, cherry and other woods, we will hew the rough shape, then learn safe and efficient knife technique for refining the spoon's design. Hollowing the bowl is done with a tool called a hook knife, or spoon knife. Shaped like a question mark, this tool easily removes wood for the spoon's bowl. We'll focus on techniques, but tied to the spoon's success is spoon-design. Not the decoration, but the form - we'll learn what makes a good spoon, and how to achieve that. Each student will need to bring a small, double-bevel hatchet, and a "sloyd" knife. The easiest one of these is the Morakniv/Frost 106. Other maker's knives are fine. Tools should be sharp. Follansbee will have some hook knives for students to use, but if you have some, be sure to bring them. He will demonstrate the chip carving on his spoon handles; but there won't be time to work on this in class. Sharpening the tools will also be covered. Some tool recommendations: https://pfollansbee.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/some-spoon-carving-hatchets/ Add to that Nic Westermann's tools - I like his Fawcett blade for hollowing, better than anything else. http://nicwestermann.co.uk/product-category/greenwoodcarving- blades/ Sign up today- space is limited.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build An Elegant Disiplay Case On Stand with: Mike Pekovich
Intermediate

Part 1: Monday, August 31, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, September 1, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, September 2, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, September 3, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, September 4, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, September 5, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Inspired by the work of James Krenov, Fine Woodworking magazine's Executive Art Director, Mike Pekovich has come up with a project that will show off your joinery skills as well as your keepsakes. A dovetailed case sits atop a tapered-leg based constructed with through mortise-and-tenon joinery. The glass-front door is decorated with Japanese style kumiko latticework in a traditional flower pattern. Join Mike in this weeklong class for a complete lesson in cutting dovetails, making a glass panel door, morticing hinges and gluing up a carcase. In addition, you will have a great introduction to the art of kumiko, a fun and impressive technique you can use to dress up other projects as well. Sign up today, space is limited.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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The Joy Of Woodcarving - Spend A Week with: Mary May
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Part 1: Monday, September 21, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, September 22, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, September 23, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, September 24, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, September 25, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: What better way to spend a week than to put a woodcarving gouge in your hand, create something beautiful- and have fun! Mary May, a well-known professional woodcarver and instructor from South Carolina, will walk you through the carving process using a variety of relief carving projects. Starting the week with a floral relief design and then moving onto a scallop shell, the class will cap off the week with that wonderful and traditional acanthus leaf that is seen on so many period furniture pieces. Throughout the week Mary will also demonstrate a variety of tricks and techniques on how to efficiently use the gouges, how to make difficult carving cuts, how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge, and how to make the carving appear deeper than it actually is. Students will have the opportunity of working on projects of their own choosing along with projects that Mary has selected for their suitability in teaching the skills being demonstrated. This is a perfect class for both beginners and experienced carvers. Beginning carvers can learn the basics from Mary, while experienced carvers will have a whole week to pick Mary's brain, clarify the questions they may have been struggling with over the years and practice the skills she will be showing you. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basics and the advanced techniques under the guidance of one of our country's best carvers and instructors. Sign up today- This is a week that you will not want to miss!
Tuition: $745.00
Tuition Notes: Material Are Included

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Build A Greene & Greene Style Blanket Chest with: Darrell Peart
Intermediate

Part 1: Monday, October 5, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, October 6, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, October 7, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, October 8, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, October 9, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: Over a six-day period, we will be building a Greene & Greene style Blanket Chest. A chest of this size lends itself to a variety of uses other than storing blankets – coffee table – toy chest – hope chest - etc. By the end of the project you will have expanded your experience with several classic G&G design elements such as making and inserting ebony plugs, bread board ends with ebony spline, proud finger joints as well as Darrell's interpretation of the "strap detail".  The project will be built using wide Honduras Mahogany. The sides & ends are one board and the top is a glue up of two boards. This insures continuity throughout the whole piece- both in color and grain type. The finger joints for the case will be machined using a routing template which will also be available for sale should you want to make more in your own shop.  Students should have a basic familiarity with table saws, routers and bandsaws for this class. It is not a beginner level class. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your readiness for the class. This will be an enjoyable week to build a piece of furniture in a relaxed atmosphere and talk about Greene & Greene and woodworking (two of Darrell's favorite subjects). Sign up today- space is limited and I am sure this class will sell out.
Tuition: $850.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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