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Phone:
(860) 647-0303
Fax:
(860) 647-0019
Email:
hartford-retail@woodcraft.com

249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 6040
USA

Hours of Operation

sunday 10 AM - 4 PM
monday 9 AM - 7 PM
tuesday 9 AM - 7 PM
wednesday 9 AM - 7 PM
thursday 9 AM - 9 PM
friday 9 AM - 7 PM
saturday 9 AM - 6 PM

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Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Wednesday, September 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, October 3, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, October 10, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, October 17, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, October 24, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, October 31, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Description: This six evening class is designed for the beginning (or frustrated) woodturner and features extensive hands-on practice each night. Woodturning is a skill that requires some basic instruction and lots of practice. Students are turning on their own lathe most of each night of the class. Class starts with basic spindle and includes a few simple projects like a mallet and spinning tops. We then move on to face plate turning which includes some cherry and mahogany bowls and plates. Along the way we spend time learning about tool sharpening and general information about lathes, tools, chucks and various jigs used in woodturning. This is a great way to safely get into woodturning and gives you a good foundation for other more advanced turning classes and projects.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($49.00)

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Build A Dovetailed Bookcase with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Saturday, October 6, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 7, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, October 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Saturday, November 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Sunday, November 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Did you hear? Books are actually cool again, and here's a nice way to show off your collection A qautersawn white oak case featuring proud dovetails and through tenons is outfitted with a pair of drawers for added storage. Wrapped cord handles give it a modern look but hammered copper pulls would look right at home on this arts and crafts-inspired piece as well. This 5-day class, led by well-known furniture maker Mike Pekovich, will take place over two weekends. In the class you'll learn efficient ways to cut dovetails and through-tenons, as well as how to construct and fit traditional dovetailed drawers. It's a lot of fun in a small package and it will definitely brighten your home. Mike is the Executive Art Director for Fine Woodworking Magazine and the author of the recently released book: The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work. Sign up today!
Tuition: $695.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Woodworking II: Shaker Hall Table with: Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Monday, October 15, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Monday, October 22, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Monday, October 29, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Monday, November 5, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Monday, November 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Monday, November 19, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 7: Monday, November 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 8: Monday, December 3, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 9: Monday, December 10, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Prerequisite: Woodworking I
Description: An eight-session class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This class utilizes a combination of hand tools and power tools in the construction of a valuable piece of furniture. Techniques learned in the previous class are put to extensive use as more advanced techniques and skills are introduced. Mortise and tenon joints, grain matching, and using handplanes are a few of the new skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Class size is limited, Woodworking I is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $395.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($195.00)

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Finishing Start To Finish with: Greg Massicotte
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Part 1: Monday, October 15, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 2: Monday, October 22, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 3: Monday, October 29, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 4: Monday, November 5, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 5: Monday, November 12, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 6: Monday, November 19, 6 PM - 9 PM

Description: Most woodworkers are disappointed in their attempts at finishing their projects, or avoid finishing all together. Greg Massicotte has been finishing furniture professionally for over twenty years and has taught numerous seminars and classes. Students will learn about bleaching, wood preparation and using aniline dyes and pigmented stains. They will use this combination to create the effects and colors they desire. Each type of topcoat has its strong points. This class will help participants learn the differences in topcoats, so they can use the best product in any given circumstance. With the huge number of finishing questions that arise daily, you should be sure to fit this six-session class into your schedule.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials: $45

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Basic Woodturning with: Rick Angus
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Part 1: Saturday, October 20, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 21, 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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Make A Dovetailed And Inlaid Box with: Steve Latta
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Part 1: Saturday, October 27, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 28, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: In this new class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one weekend. The small mahogany box we will be making will feature dovetails, and floating raised panel top, some string inlay decoration and 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 unsure how to go about adding a raised panel to a small box lid like this or have been intrigued with the idea of adding a simple "stinging" decoration to your work. Here is your chance. If you have made some inlays in the past, a shaded fan or a marquetry paterae, then this would be a perfect place to use it. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the country's leading craftsmen. Sign up today - space is limited.
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Wood Finishing Weekend - The Basics Of Color And Topcoats with: Mike Mascelli
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Part 1: Saturday, November 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, November 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: This two day class is tailored especially for woodworkers who are uneasy about the finishing process and wish to master the basic knowledge and techniques that will enable professional finishing results using easily available materials. The class is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and has an emphasis on hands on activities that all students will complete using both sample panels and actual small project pieces. In the color world, students will learn the critical differences between pigment colors and dye colors and gain an understanding of how to decode the often confusing information found on the many cans and bottles of colorants. With this knowledge we will use both dyes and pigments in a classic finishing schedule including glazing and toning, and practice some simple steps to achieve rich colors, vibrant grain popping, and also to match existing colors. Students will also complete some basic furniture repair techniques using epoxy, colored waxes and both oil and acrylic colors to match missing or damaged grain. In the world of topcoats, students will learn how to categorize virtually all finishes into one of five basic families, and how to successfully use products from each family by brush, pad and spray. Students will practice using the proper brushes for each type of finish, including shellac, oil based and water based, and also learn some basic spray techniques using commonly available aerosol products to achieve professional quality results. In addition Mike will demonstrate the basics of rubbing out a finish to a perfect sheen and feel, and also show some basic special effect techniques such as creating "age" with common asphaltum, otherwise known as roofing tar ! Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experience in working and teaching, and is also Director of the Professional Refinisher's Group, a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the restoration, refinishing and conservation trades . In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is based on years of shop experience and the counsel and mentoring of some of the most experienced wood finishers in the industry. He has contributed to the 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 American Period Furniture journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed several instructional videos on upholstery techniques. Sign up today– space is limited.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build A Fancy Kumiko Tea Box with: Mike Pekovich
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Part 1: Saturday, December 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Learn the basics of a mitered box and try your hand at kumiko while building a really nice little tea box that, not coincidentally, would make a great holiday gift. In this weekend class, Mike Pekovich will cover smart tablesaw techniques that make quick work of mitered boxes. After that, the hand tools take over with the building of a kumiko panel that decorates the lid of the box. Precision and a sharp chisel is the name of the game here. This traditionional Japanese joinery technique is a great way to spice up any project. It's a fun class and a great way to spend a "pre-holiday" weekend that might otherwise be spent being dragged to a shopping mall somewhere! While you are here make sure you pick up a copy of Mike's new book:  The Why & How of Woodworking: A Simple Approach to Making Meaningful Work- Maybe he will even sign it for you! Sign up today- Space is limited.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($45.00 Plus Tax)

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Creative Box Making with: Matt Kenney
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Part 1: Saturday, January 12, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, January 13, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Description: Learn the fundamentals of box making with Matt Kenney, author of "52 Boxes in 52 Weeks". You'll make two boxes over the course of two days. Along the way, you'll learn how to choose grain for small boxes, mill boards to create grain that flows continuously around the box, cut accurate miters and glue them up with no gaps. Matt will also go into strategies to make a stable bottom for the box, techniques to apply milk paint and shellac, and many other tricks of the trade that Matt uses when making boxes. He'll also discuss critical design topics like proportions and wood selection. You will leave the class with not only two beautiful boxes, but also a better understanding of how to make attractive boxes of your own design in your own shop. Sign up today- space is limited.
Tuition: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Build Your Own Skin-On-Frame Kayak with: Nick Schade
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Part 1: Saturday, January 19, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, January 20, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, January 21, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Tuesday, January 22, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, January 23, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Thursday, January 24, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: The original kayaks created by the Inuit peoples of the Arctic were assembled from driftwood and seal skin. We will update the process with CNC-cut frames and Polyester fabric, but lashing together small pieces of wood is still a great way to quickly and efficiently construct a very capable watercraft. Nick Schade has designed a modern sea kayak named the MicroBootlegger Sport. It is 15.5' long, 22" wide and weighs about 36 lbs. The whole kayak can be assembled in a week. We will lash lightweight wood stringers onto pre-cut marine plywood frame using artificial sinew to make a robust frame. We will then wrap the frame in heat-shrink polyester fabric and sew it in place instead of sealskin. Finally, the fabric will be sealed with paint to make it waterproof. The result is a lightweight, flexible kayak which is strong, comfortable, fast and efficient. At the end of the class, the kayak will be complete and ready to launch. The class starts on Saturday of Martin Luther King weekend and finishes up mid-day the next Thursday. For more information on Nick's kayaks go to  http://www.guillemot-kayaks.com/ 
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials (TBD)

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Make An Arts & Crafts Inspired Dining Chair with: Bob Van Dyke And Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Monday, January 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, January 29, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, January 30, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, January 31, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, February 1, 9 AM - 5 PM

Description: A chair is one of the more challenging woodworking projects you can take on. The balance between making the chair as strong as possible while maintaining a lightweight and attractive design, the angles involved to make the back comfortable, creating the curved parts along with the sheer number of mortise and tenons will exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. The chair features tapered legs and and tapered back posts. Following the typical Arts & Crafts Aesthetic, the back "splat" is made up of a series of square spindles. The clean & simple design assures that it will complement the furnishings in most rooms. A number of you will ask to make more than one chair during the class but this always creates a series of logistical problems. Rather than agreeing to this I will recommend that you purchase a second set of materials (in advance please!) and plan on duplicating the chair in your own shop. This will allow you to make as many chairs as you want and has the added advantage of making you really learn the intricacies and challenges of setting up the machines and the joinery by your self. This is not a beginner class and if you do not have some basic machine and hand-tool experience, the class will suffer. Do not hesitate to contact me at bob@schoolofwoodworking.com if you have any questions. As an added bonus, noted upholsterer Mike Mascelli will be offering his excellent weekend upholstery class immediately following this class. Mike will guide you through the making of a slip seat to fit your chair. Please make sure you have the appropriate "show cover" material for the class. This will be a fast paced but very valuable class. sign up soon- Class size is limited.
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Basic Upholstery with: Mike Mascelli
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Part 1: Saturday, February 2, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, February 3, 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 small-scale 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: $275.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $55

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