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hartford-retail@woodcraft.com

249 Spencer Street
MANCHESTER,CT 06040
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sunday 10-4 Open to the public
monday 9-6pm Open to the public
tuesday 9-6pm Open to the public
wednesday 9-6pm Open to the public
thursday 9-6pm Open to the public
friday 9-6pm Open to the public
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Woodworking I: Walnut Jewelry Box with Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Saturday, September 24, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, September 25, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Saturday, October 1, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Sunday, October 2, 9:30 AM - 5 AM

Class Size: 9
Description: A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. Start building the foundation that is necessary to learning the processes and techniques of making solid wood furniture. This eight-session (or 2 weekend) class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety is emphasized as you learn and practice the process of milling solid hardwoods and the importance of the three stationary tools that form the backbone of any modern furniture making shop—the tablesaw, the jointer and the thickness planer. In addition to learning the safe and effective use of these mainstays, you will also begin to develop your skills with certain hand tools and start to appreciate how they complement and finish the job begun with the major shop power tools. The project in this class is a solid walnut jewelry box, which utilizes all the basic tools and skills needed to begin making other furniture projects. Equipped with these basics, you can begin your rewarding journey to taking on more challenging projects in other classes and in your own shop. This class is the required prerequisite for Furniture Making II.
Tuition: $495.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials $59.00

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Learn to Turn Natural-Edge (Bark-Rim) Bowls with Rick Angus
Intermediate

Part 1: Saturday, December 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 8
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 you will receive a refresher in fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques, learn how to visualize the “bowl inside the wood," mount and turn 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. We focus on developing an eye for making a pleasing shape while incorporating the bark of the tree as the rim 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 can easily be sanded with a round sanding pad in a drill. This class does require some prior experience with woodturning. Sign up today– class size is limited.
Tuition: $425.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($35)

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Woodworking I: Walnut Jewelry Box with Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Monday, September 19, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, September 21, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 3: Monday, September 26, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, September 28, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 5: Monday, October 3, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, October 5, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 7: Wednesday, October 12, 6:30 PM - 9 PM
Part 8: Monday, October 17, 6:30 PM - 12 AM

Class Size: 9
Description: A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. Start building the foundation that is necessary to learning the processes and techniques of making solid wood furniture. This eight-session class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety is emphasized as you learn and practice the process of milling solid hardwoods and the importance of the three stationary tools that form the backbone of any modern furniture making shop—the tablesaw, the jointer, and the thickness planer. In addition to learning the safe and effective use of these mainstays, you will also begin to develop your skills with certain hand tools and start to appreciate how they complement and finish the job begun with the major shop power tools. The project in this class is a solid walnut jewelry box, which utilizes all the basic tools and skills needed to begin making other furniture projects. Equipped with these basics, you can begin their rewarding journey to taking on more challenging projects in other classes and in your own shop. This class is the required prerequisite for Furniture Making II.
Tuition: $495.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($59)

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Beginning Woodturning with Rick Angus
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Part 1: Wednesday, September 21, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, September 28, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, October 5, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, October 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, October 19, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Class Size: 0-8
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 turning and includes a few simple projects like a mallet and spinning tops. You then move on to faceplate turning, which includes some cherry and mahogany bowls and plates. Along the way you 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 get into woodturning safely and gives you a good foundation for other more advanced turning classes and projects.
Tuition: $445.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($49 plus tax)

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Innovative & Imaginative String Inlay with Steve Latta
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Part 1: Saturday, October 8, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 9, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 8
Description: Have you ever imagined a figure or seen a design that you wished you could incorporate into a project that you were visualizing? In this unique two-day class, Fine Woodworking Magazine Contributing Editor Steve Latta pushes the boundaries way beyond any traditional inlay you may have seen or imagined. Stringing has a rich history in both urban and rural forms, especially during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Craftsmen combined arcs and straight lines to create elaborate patterns that adorned all forms of furniture. Those designs, however, were subject to the constraints of symmetry and geometric fundamentals. This is NOT that class! We will explore techniques developed by Steve to find or create abstract motifs and figures and then transform them into line inlays in wood. The designs are only limited by your own imagination—or what you can find online using Google images. The first day, you will follow a series of guided exercises to gain an understanding of the basic techniques. On Sunday, you will have the opportunity to create a unique panel of your own design. Think of this as “drawing on wood.” The possibilities and the applications are endless!Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $365.00

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One Day Woodturning with Rick Angus
All

Monday, October 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-9
Description: Have you been intrigued with the idea of learning to turn a bowl but are not ready to commit to a six-week class?. This one-day class is guaranteed to get you hooked on turning. You will learn some of the basics of woodturning and 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 how to sharpen 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—9.
Tuition: $145.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($26 plus tax)

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The Basics Of Using Veneers And Inlays—Build A Veneered Box with Bob Van Dyke
All

Part 1: Monday, October 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Tuesday, October 11, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-8
Description: If you have ever done any resawing then you know how cool a book matched panel can be. When you incorporate veneers into your work the possibilities for creating spectacular patterns are almost endless! Bookmatching is the simple one, but what about radial matching or parquet? In this hands-on class, students will each make a small "Miter Fold" box out of walnut or tiger maple—but before doing that we will explore the endless possibilities of working with veneer to create a striking top for the box. Many veneers require a border to protect the delicate edges, so as a bonus we will explore a little inlay work and make a few different decorative bandings.We will get into basic techniques for working with the veneers—flattening them, buying and storing them, and how to work with them to create tight, almost invisible seams. We will go into the basic tools and supplies needed, along with discussing the various adhesives and ways to clamp up the veneered panel. Incorporating veneer designs into your work will open up possibilities that you may never have dreamed of. Sign up today—this is a great class and you will make a great little box to hold your treasures.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials

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Master Sketch Up In A Weekend with David Heim
All

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

Class Size: 0-8
Description: With SketchUp, you “build” furniture in the computer piece by piece. So, when it’s time to build in the shop, you can work faster and smarter, with fewer costly mistakes. This intensive two-day class will give you plenty of hands-on experience with this powerful, versatile 3D design program. The Saturday session will introduce you to the basics: How the SketchUp tools work and good practices to follow to work quickly and accurately. The Sunday class covers techniques and tools for creating fully detailed and measured drawings. You’ll spend the day creating models. These exercises will give you the knowledge and confidence to make your own original furniture designs.Bring a laptop computer (Mac or Windows) loaded with the version of SketchUp called SketchUp Free. To get it, go to https://www.sketchup.com/plans-and-pricing/sketchup-free. Click on the “start modeling” button.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Materials Included

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Beginning Basic Decorative Bandings with Bob Van Dyke
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Saturday, October 22, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 8
Description: In this one-day class, CVSW school director and Fine Woodworking Magazine contributing editor Bob Van Dyke will demonstrate a number of increasingly complex decorative bandings. These bandings were employed extensively in the furniture of the Federal Period, and they lend a distinction and uniqueness to almost any woodworking project. Historically, many of these bandings were actually a two-dimensional version of Queen Anne-style three dimensional carvings. Regardless of the background or complexity, the question still remains: How are these things made? Like anything, it is a process-—sometimes simple and sometimes incredibly complex. We will explore a number of different styles, including sand shaded bandings – a process to add an incredibly three-dimensional quality by scorching parts in hot sand. Most of the basic processes were learned from inlay and bandings expert Steve Latta, while others come from study and experimentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your repertoire and learn a fascinating process. Sign up today— space is limited.
Tuition: $145.00
Tuition Notes: Materials included

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Saw Sharpening 101 with Matt Cianci
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Saturday, October 22, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-9
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: $145.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($20 paid to instructor)

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Introduction To Cabinet Making with Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, November 2, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, November 9, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, November 16, 6 PM - 9:30:09 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, November 30, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, December 7, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Class Size: 0-8
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 applying a molding, making a mitered base, using a Kreg jig and working with a router. The design of the bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelves and decorative moldings. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate woodworkers who are interested in learning techniques they can use in numerous home improvement projects. The bookcase utilizes common portable power tools that most homeowners would have or might be considering purchasing. This class will provide you with the foundation skills needed for more advanced projects such as kitchen cabinets, storage cabinets, entertainment centers, counter tops and more. Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $445.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($175 plus tax)

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Introduction To Cabinet Making with Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Wednesday, October 26, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, November 2, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, November 9, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, November 16, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, November 30, 6 AM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, December 7, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Class Size: 0-8
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 that you will find invaluable when completing your 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 applying a molding, making a mitered base, using a Kreg jig, and working with a router. The design of the bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelves, and decorative moldings. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate woodworkers who are interested in learning techniques they can use in numerous home improvement projects. The bookcase utilizes common portable power tools that most homeowners would have or might consider purchasing. This class will provide you with the foundation skills needed for more advanced projects such as kitchen cabinets, storage cabinets, entertainment centers, counter tops and more.
Tuition: $445.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($175 plus tax)

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Woodworking II: Shaker Hall Table with Tim Spratlin
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Part 1: Saturday, October 29, 12 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 30, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 3: Saturday, November 12, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 4: Sunday, November 13, 9:30 AM - 12 AM

Prerequisite: Woodworking I
Class Size: 0-8
Description: 041_shaker_hall_table.jpgA two weekend class that is a continuation of the Furniture making I class. This class concentrates on basic table construction while giving participants more experience using the main shop power tools.. The introduction of handplanes as a surfacing and milling tool along with mastering a card scraper (you will receive one as part of your materials fee) gives you new confidence and new skills that you will use extensively in the construction of this classic Shaker-style cherry hall table. New skills introduced in this class include cutting and fitting traditional mortise-and-tenon joinery, making tapered legs, learning the aesthetic considerations for making an attractive table top, along with strategies to ensure successful glue ups in any furniture project. Class size is limited, Furniture Making I is a prerequisite.
Tuition: $595.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($225.00)

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STRICTLY BOWLS - A Woodturning Class with Rick Angus
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Part 1: Wednesday, November 2, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Wednesday, November 9, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Wednesday, November 16, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Wednesday, November 30, 12 PM - 3:30 PM
Part 5: Wednesday, December 7, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Wednesday, December 14, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Class Size: 0-8
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). You 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 to sharpen 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 9.
Tuition: $445.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($45)

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Wood Finishing Weekend - The Basics Of Color & Topcoats with Mike Mascelli
All

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

Class Size: 0-8
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 readily available materials. The class is a mixture of lecture and demonstration and emphasizes hands-on activities that all students will complete using sample panels and small project pieces. 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 dyes and pigments in a classic finishing schedule that includes glazing and toning, and practice some simple steps to achieve rich colors, vibrant grain popping, and match existing colors. Students will also complete some basic furniture repair techniques using epoxy, colored waxes, and oil and acrylic colors to match missing or damaged grain. Students will also learn how to categorize virtually all finishes into one of five basic families and how to successfully use products from each family with brush, pad, and spray. Students will practice using the proper brushes for each type of finish and learn some basic spray techniques using commonly available aerosol products. 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, known as roofing tar ! Sign up today– space is limited.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($30)

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Yes, Folks: There are more than 10 ways to cut dovetails! with Bob Van Dyke
Intermediate

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

Class Size: 8
Description: In woodworking, like many things, here 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. You will have the opportunity to learn a number of different methods.Cutting dovetails entirely by hand can be intimidating. 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. You will also see 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 hand tools 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.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials: ($16 plus tax)

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Step Into Woodworking: Make a Simple Stylish Bench with
Beginner

Part 1: Monday, November 7, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 2: Monday, November 14, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 3: Monday, November 21, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 4: Monday, November 28, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 5: Monday, December 5, 6 PM - 9:30 PM
Part 6: Monday, December 12, 6 PM - 9:30 PM

Class Size: 8
Description: The focus of this class is on safety and on using tools that don’t cost a fortune and are readily available just about anywhere. We will discuss which basic tools you will need, simple measuring and marking techniques, how to size parts accurately with a chop saw, how to make a decorative cut out at the base of the legs using a jig saw and a router and using the router table to form the joint between the stretchers and the legs. We will explore strategies used to bevel the top, using hand tools and power tools. Along the way we will talk about using cut nails as an option for some of the joinery, using a router to shape parts and, before you leave, we will apply a coat of milk paint—a finish that will complement the project nicely and one you will find yourself using on any number of other projects . The inspiration for the design of this bench comes from Kentucky Furniture Maker, Daniel Chaffin.
Tuition: $495.00
Tuition Notes: Plus $90 for materials

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Fancy Patterns in Seat weaving with Sue Muldoon
All

Part 1: Saturday, November 12, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, November 13, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 8
Description: Up your pattern game! Learn three new patterns with reed or cane: Basketweave, Herringbone ,and Diamond pattern. We will learn and practice the patterns on simple stools (part of your materials fee, but these patterns can be done on any chair with four rails, or that special furniture piece, headboards, or room dividers). Learn the patterns, then apply them to a project of your choice. We will discuss how to fill in the “gussets” on a trapezoidal chair and options for using other materials in future projects. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to learn some new techniques and put your imagination to the test! Sign up today. Space is limited.
Tuition: $365.00

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Turning Lidded Containers with Rick Angus
All

Part 1: Saturday, November 19, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, November 20, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-9
Description: Learn to turn these popular lidded containers and let your imagination take over. In this class we will explore the basic techniques on a piece of poplar. This class will review basic spindle-turning technique and go on to practice end-grain hollowing, turning a friction-fit tenon to fit into the corresponding socket, and learning jam chuck techniques. Along the way we will get into some basic finishing techniques and explore some of the different shapes and sizes possible in this fun and rewarding class. Sign up today- Space is limited.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($40 + tax)

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Turn a Bowl from a Log with Rick Angus
Intermediate

Part 1: Saturday, December 3, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 4, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-9
Description: Turning "green" wood offers turners opportunities that don't exist when using kiln-dried lumber. You are not limited by stock lumber sizes or species. The wood is actually easier to turn and it is usually free!! BUT- there are some special techniques that must be used to prepare it for turning and to preserve the piece as it dries. We will be using the "Twice-Turned" technique wherein an oversized bowl is turned from green wood that requires a few months to dry before finishing. Students will be given a dried rough bowl, previously turned by the instructor, and this piece will be turned to completion, dry and ready to finish. Spend the weekend with Rick Angus and increase your woodturning experience. Students will turn a series of bowls during this exciting hands-on class. Some turning experience is required. Students are encouraged to bring in some examples of their previous work for discussion.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials ($35)

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Zen Of French Polish with John Coffey
All

Part 1: Saturday, December 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 11, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 8
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!French polish 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. In this two-day class, Coffey will show his technique for French polishing by assisting the students with their own projects. The students can expect to be well on their 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. Sign up today!
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($30)

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Basic Upholstery with Mike Mascelli
All

Part 1: Saturday, December 10, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 11, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-8
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 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. Then, building on these new skills, students will complete a small-scale sprung footstool by hand-tying springs and learning basic cutting and folding techniques, then finishing 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. All of the tools you will need will be provided by Mike.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials $55

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Build A Fancy Kumiko Tea Box with Mike Pekovich
All

Part 1: Saturday, December 17, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 18, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-8
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, be 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: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($55 Plus Tax)

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An Introduction to Japanese Tools and Techniques with Andrew Hunter
All

Part 1: Saturday, December 17, 9:30 AM - 5 PM
Part 2: Sunday, December 18, 9:30 AM - 5 PM

Class Size: 0-9
Description: Traditional Japanese woodworking has much to offer the West, particularly those with an interest in working with hand tools. Japan’s blacksmiths are renowned for the quality of their blades, and the carpenters equally respected for the skill with which they use them. In this weekend class, Andrew Hunter will introduce students to the magical world of Japanese woodworking, with a focus on how to incorporate these traditional woodworking tools and techniques into a western shop.Whether you are totally new to Japanese tools and want to learn more about what makes them unique or you have some experience and are looking for a broader perspective, there is something for everyone. Andrew will not only include instructions on how to get started using Japanese tools like saws, chisels, and planes, he will also get into the philosophy behind them and will share what it is about these tools that got him hooked in the first place. Students are encouraged to bring their own Japanese tools to class. Andrew can offer feedback and assistance to get them to work more efficiently. If you don’t have your own collection of Japanese tools (yet), no worries. Andrew will have many of his own tools on hand for students to try out.With more than 20 years of experience as a furniture maker working with Japanese tools, Andrew has a wealth of knowledge to draw from. As a self-taught woodworker, he offers a unique perspective to other Americans discovering Japanese woodworking for the first time. Sign up today and expand your woodworking horizons.
Tuition: $365.00
Tuition Notes: Plus materials

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Fundamentals Of Furniture-Making with Bob Van Dyke And Tim Spratlin
All

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

Class Size: 0-8
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 mortise and tenon joints, hand tool sharpening, making tapered legs, and grain matching and gluing up a top. This is not an appropriate class for absolute beginners. Some experience is suggested. This class provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects.
Tuition: $945.00
Tuition Notes: Plus Materials ($225 plus tax)

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