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

249 Spencer Street
Manchester, CT 06040

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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Classes


Fundamentals of Furnituremaking

Part 1: Monday, June 26, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, June 27, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, June 28, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, June 29, 8:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, June 30, 8:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Bob Van Dyke & Steve Kain
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: This popular five-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.
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $725.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Build a Connecticut Dressing Table

Part 1: Monday, July 10, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 11, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 12, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 13, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 14, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, July 15, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Glen Huey and Chuck Bender
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: Have you ever wondered how you go about recreating a piece of furniture that you saw and fell in love with? The only problem is that it is in a museum. How do you get access to it? How do you go about measuring it and recreating the shapes? This class with 360 Woodworking founders, Glen D. Huey and Chuck Bender will introduce you to the techniques used to measure an historic piece of furniture– from conducting yourself in a professional manner with the museum curator to the measuring tools and techniques used which guarantee no damage is done to the furniture (and that you are welcome to come back to the institution!) Tea tables from the 18th Century represent refinement, civility and education. For the contemporary craftsman, they represent challenges to push your skills beyond the ordinary boundaries. The methods used to make these mini-masterpieces are as varied as the designs themselves. Join Glen and Chuck Bender for this six-day class and learn varying methods to create cabri
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Spoon Carving

Part 1: Saturday, July 15, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, July 16, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Peter Follansbee
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
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
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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“Spy Vs Spy” Build a pair of Unique Side Tables

Part 1: Monday, July 17, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 18, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 19, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 20, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 21, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Kevin Rodel
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: This table is based on a 1903 design by the Viennese architect, Josef Hoffmann. Kevin has made a few changes. It is a very striking design but simple to build. It features several joinery, design and decorative techniques that you can easily master and apply to other projects. These include a reverse taper leg with inlaid “cuffs” or feet, a foolproof grid construction method and a “pinwheel” top construction. We will each make two of these tables in class and students will have a choice of wood species to pick from. The design of this table lends itself to many different finishing effects and Kevin will be hosting an interesting and highly recommended class on “Alternative Finishes” such as fuming, bleaching, chemical dyes and the wire brush technique of "jin-di-sugi" . This Alternative Finishes class immediately follows the week-long class. Sign up today.
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $725.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Alternative Finishes and Surfacing Texturing

Part 1: Saturday, July 22, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, July 23, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Kevin Rodel
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-10
Tools Required:
Description: Are you sick of “slathering” oil over everything? Are you tired of French Polishing? Bored with stains? Maybe you should be looking for a finish that is different, exciting and easy to achieve. This unique weekend class with well known furniture maker Kevin Rodel is just what you need. Kevin will explain and demonstrate bleaching, ebonizing, fuming, aniline dyes, the Ceruse finish and several chemical dying techniques. He will also demonstrate some surface texturing methods such as wire brushing and gouging and the effects achieved by using techniques in combination, such as; wire brushing with ebonizing or dyes, fuming and dyes, bleaching and gouging, even milk paint and gouging. Lots of possibilities, lots of fun and not too much noise! Sign up today and bring new possibilities to your furniture projects.
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Make a Craftsman Style Morris Chair

Part 1: Monday, July 24, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, July 25, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, July 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, July 27, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, July 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Saturday, July 29, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Bob Van Dyke
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: The Morris chair is the epitome of Craftsman style furniture and the design we have selected offers many of the typical design features of this well-known chair. Through mortise & tenon joints, a reclining back and angled arm rests are only a few of the highlights of this unique (and comfortable!) piece of furniture. This challenging project will be done in your choice of cherry or walnut and will definitely exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. Because of the complexity of this project it is probable that the project will not be entirely completed in the 6 days of class time– but rest assured, all machining and major processes will be complete and final sanding and possibly some glue ups should be all that will be left to finish the chair in your own shops. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. Participants need to have some prior woodworking experience.
Prerequisite: Woodworking II or equivalent
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Traditional Joinery & Bench Work with Handtools

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

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Will Neptune
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: The satisfaction derived from cutting joinery by hand is something you may never have anticipated. Cutting precise fitting dovetails in the front edge of a cabinet side to receive the drawer dividers or laying out and cutting an angled mortise and tenon for a chair rail is not only satisfying, it is frequently much more efficient than going through all the set ups and tests involved in machine cut joinery. Learning to cut joints by hand also gives you a better understanding of how the joints work, which parts need to be precise and which parts of the joint are not so important. This new-found understanding then easily translates to machine work which now becomes easier, quicker and more logical. Your new appreciation of traditional furniture making begins by separating joinery into two distinct categories: table joinery and carcase joinery. Accurate layout is essential and Will be concentrating on simple ways to increase your accuracy- usually by measuring less!! A variety of sampl
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $745.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Traditional Joinery & Bench Work with Handtools

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

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Will Neptune
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: The satisfaction derived from cutting joinery by hand is something you may never have anticipated. Cutting precise fitting dovetails in the front edge of a cabinet side to receive the drawer dividers or laying out and cutting an angled mortise and tenon for a chair rail is not only satisfying, it is frequently much more efficient than going through all the set ups and tests involved in machine cut joinery. Learning to cut joints by hand also gives you a better understanding of how the joints work, which parts need to be precise and which parts of the joint are not so important. This new-found understanding then easily translates to machine work which now becomes easier, quicker and more logical. Your new appreciation of traditional furniture making begins by separating joinery into two distinct categories: table joinery and carcase joinery. Accurate layout is essential and Will be concentrating on simple ways to increase your accuracy- usually by measuring less!! A variety of sampl
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $745.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Build a Backsaw

Part 1: Saturday, August 5, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, August 6, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Matt Cianci
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: In this two day class, professional saw-smith Matt Cianci will guide students through the process of building a 12 inch backsaw - almost from scratch. Starting with kit of rough parts (purchased by the student ahead of time- see options below) and their choice of hardwood stock for the handle, students will make a complete backsaw which will work as well if not better than most you can buy on the open market- and- you will have made it yourself! Instruction will begin with handle design and form, then progress through rough cutting, shaping and fitting. Students will then be guided through the critical steps of joining the back and the spring steel saw blade, and finish up construction with drilling and mounting the finished handle. Finally, students will be instructed how to file, set, and sharpen the teeth to the configuration they prefer- rip, crosscut or sash. This is a class that is sure to thrill novice through experienced woodworkers. Backsaw kits must be purchased prior to c
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $295.00
Tuition Notes: plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Creative Box Making

Part 1: Monday, August 7, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, August 8, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, August 9, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, August 10, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, August 11, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Doug Stowe
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: Well-known box maker and writer, Doug Stowe will host this unique weeklong hands-on class. Take a week off and learn from one of the best as we look into the creative process that is always a big part of building unique and beautiful boxes. Most of us have been inspired by the many box makers exhibiting quality workmanship in creative and unique designs. As a beginning or intermediate box maker, you may wonder, “How do I get there from here?” There is a common misperception that inspiration comes from out of the blue, but our own lives and interests may provide the opening of a doorway into personal expression and meaningful work. Doug Stowe’s classes are always flexible and he makes every effort to personalize instruction and meet individual needs. As Doug does in his own shop, in this exciting weeklong class we will start with the wood. The beauty of wood is what will provide the inspiration. Unlike other classes, you are welcome and encouraged to bring wood from your own suppli
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials used

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Make a Cutting Gauge

Saturday, August 12, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Bob Van Dyke
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: One of the foundations of superior furniture making is good layout. Good layout is based on the ability to cut a single accurate layout line. This is accomplished with a good layout knife and a good cutting gauge. Surprisingly good cutting gauges seem to be a thing of the past. Sure- there are some out there with really pretty rosewood and brass- but if you look a little closer you see how badly they are made, how poor the cutter is (it is ground incorrectly and it is usually installed backwards!) and they are really expensive! Why not join Bob Van Dyke in this weekend class to make you own cutting gauge. Based on a design he learned from woodworking expert Will Neptune, this gauge has all the attributes of a great marking tool. It has a large face to register solidly against any surface, a long beam (12”) which lets you use it like a small panel gauge and, most importantly, a single bevel spear point cutter made from a Ron Hock marking knife. In your choice of cherry or walnut. Thi
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes: plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Sharpening Hand-tools Techniques

Sunday, August 13, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Bob Van Dyke
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: Are you tired of trying to use dull chisels and handplanes? Most people don’t use these tools effectively because they don’t know how to sharpen them or don’t realize what a sharp edge actually feels like! Many beginning woodworkers are sucked into the advertising for the latest and greatest jig to use when in fact, sharpening any chisel or plane iron is a simple and quick process that does not require a whole bunch of expensive and time consuming equipment. We will explore the techniques required to do the initial tune up the tool in order to create a razor sharp edge. Using two stones, a simple (and cheap) honing guide and a simple projection jig (that you will make in class) you will learn how to maintain that edge in under 3 minutes each time you re-sharpen. .This class will focus on basic sharpening techniques but will also go into the many different types of sharpening stones, machines and guides on the market. We will also explore using a bench grinder to repair edges and what
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $125.00
Tuition Notes:

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Carving for the Furnituremaker

Part 1: Monday, August 14, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, August 15, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, August 16, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Thursday, August 17, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Friday, August 18, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Mary May
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-10
Tools Required:
Description: Have you ever wanted to add carved decoration to your furniture? Professional woodcarver, Mary May, wants to help you get there. She will begin by teaching some of the basics like reading the grain and carving in the correct grain direction, how to make efficient carving cuts, how to work through a complex carving project, and how to sharpen gouges to a razor edge. During this 5-day carving class, Mary will walk you through a variety of different projects such as floral relief carving, fan carving, traditional acanthus leaf carving, various types of molding and even how to carve a ball and claw foot. Whether you have never touched wood in your life, are a hobby woodworker, or a career furniture maker, this class will help you get to the next step of making beautiful shapes in wood. And besides that, it's a lot of fun! Don’t miss this great class with Mary– It will add a whole new level to your woodworking. Sign up today!
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker’s Workbench

Part 1: Saturday, August 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, August 27, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, August 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Tuesday, August 29, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, August 30, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Thursday, August 31, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 7: Friday, September 1, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Bob Van Dyke and Steve Kain
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-10
Tools Required:
Description: In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds. This is a great project to furt
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: plus materials (materials are approximately $1495.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs)

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker’s Workbench

Part 1: Saturday, August 26, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, August 27, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Monday, August 28, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Tuesday, August 29, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, August 30, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Thursday, August 31, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 7: Friday, September 1, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Bob Van Dyke and Steve Kain
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-10
Tools Required:
Description: In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds. This is a great project to furt
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: plus materials (materials are approximately $1495.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs)

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Build an Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair

Part 1: Sunday, September 10, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Monday, September 11, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Tuesday, September 12, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, September 13, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 5: Thursday, September 14, 9 AM - 5 PM
Part 6: Friday, September 15, 9 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Mike Pekovich
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: Learn the basics of chair making and more while building a classic Arts and Crafts rocker. In this six-day class we'll cover bent lamination techniques, angled tenon joinery and cutting tenons on curved parts, while making a rocking chair guaranteed to be the most comfortable chair in your house. Fine Woodworking magazine executive art director, Mike Pekovich, will show you his method for breaking down a complex project into simple steps that you can put to use on any project. The class is also a great lesson in building an original piece using craftsman details for an authentic Arts & Crafts look. We anticipate that participants will have most of the chair completed by the end of the class but do not be surprised if you still have some minor “finishing up” work to complete in your own shops. As a special bonus we have arranged a follow up class with well-known upholsterer and CVSW instructor Mike Mascelli. In that Saturday and Sunday class participants will make the cushion necessary
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $795.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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Make a Carved Oak Box

Part 1: Friday, November 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Saturday, November 11, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Sunday, November 12, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Monday, November 13, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Status: Open
Instructor: Peter Follansbee
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 0-12
Tools Required:
Description: Learn about making carved oak boxes with well-known carver Peter Follansbee. Peter is one of the country’s leading authorities on 17th century carving and furniture construction and happens to be a great teacher! Based on his extensive Follansbee Carved Box 640study of 17th-century originals; these boxes will be oak, with pine tops and bottoms. The work features extensive carving on the front and sides, (“No blank space!” says Peter.) We’ll explore the various traditional patterns for the carvings, and after some practice, we’ll dive in and carve the box parts. Rabbet joints, secured by square wooden pins, form the box carcase. On the inside of the box we will make a lidded “till”, a small compartment fitting between the box front and back. Pine bottoms, attached with handmade nails, pine lids, along with a wooden “pintle” hinge, complete the project. Follansbee will have several examples along with him, and a slide presentation exploring the original boxes which will help provide con
Prerequisite:
Tuition: $495.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

Please Note: Fees are nonrefundable within one week of the scheduled seminar.

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