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 Summer class schedule now available.

Archived Classes

Listed below are classes we have run in the past and may (or may not) run again in the future. If you see something of interest please e-mail us. We can let you know if the class is being planned again for the future.

Make a Craftsman Style Blanket Chest with Bob Van Dyke

037_blanket_chest.jpgThis advanced workshop features a handsome blanket chest with tiger maple raised panels and a cherry frame, which is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces. In this fast-paced week-long class we anticipate students completing all of the major elements of the chest but some operations such as final surfacing and finish trimming of the thru tenons may require additional handwork time at home after the class is over. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II classes, the Fundamentals of Furniture Making listed above or the equivalent experience. Tuition: $695.00 (plus materials).

 

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Summer Week-long Classes

Take some time for yourself this summer!

These classes are intensive all-day classes.

Lunch break is approximately one hour. A refrigerator is available as well as local restaurants and convenience stores. Lodging assistance is available should you need it.

Furniture Restoration Techniques with Teri Masaschi

 Learning how to restore antiques and fine furniture can open up the opportunity to create fine pieces for your home or to resell. This class will emphasize identifying pieces that should be restored or left in original condition, proper finish removal or cleaning, repairing veneer problems, common repairs such as expansion cracks, replacing or splicing in missing parts and carvings, re-gluing, coloring in repairs, the joy of hide glue, and the use of modern materials such as epoxies. Each student should begin well before the class, scouring the basement or flea markets to find a project that can be accomplished in one week and will be a good learning piece for the skill that is of most interest. Each project must be discussed with the instructor well before the actual class. Limit of 2 projects for each student. Painted pieces in need of stripping are usually not good for this class. Previous classes in finishing or a good base of finishing experience strongly recommended. Tuition: $545.00 (plus materials)

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Make a Contemporary (& Comfortable!) Chair with Michael A. Doerr

138_Doerr_Chair_block_and_finished.jpgThis project oriented class features well-known Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin furniture maker, Michael A. Doerr who will guide students through a thoroughly unique approach to making one of the most distinctive and comfortable chairs you will ever see. Each student will start with a set of pre-milled wooden "blocks" in the wood species they have selected. Mike will demonstrate seat construction, leg to seat joinery using the table saw, band saw, routers and simple hand tools. Mike will also employ some unique mortice and tenon methods developed by well known chairmaker, Sam Maloof. After assembling the parts in "block" form students will begin transforming that linear chair into a sculptural and unique chair using a variety of hand and power tools. Key considerations when shaping the chairs will be: seat to back relationship, comfort, design elements when creating your own chair, selection of appropriate woods and grain considerations. Variations on the basic leg and back shape are possible so students who have taken this class in previous years may be interested taking it again and making a new version of it. A example of the finished chair may be seen at the school or on our web site. A complete profile or Michael Doerr and his work may be seen at http://www.michaeldoerr.com/ . Don't miss this unique opportunity to make a unique piece of furniture that you and your family will appreciate for years to come. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials)

Section 061807A: Monday – Friday, June 18 - 22, 9:00am – 4:30pm

 

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Make a Federal Style Demi-lune table with Will Neptune

neptune_demi_lune_web.jpgWe are pleased to welcome back well known furniture maker and author, Will Neptune for this exciting and informative new class. Will has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking magazine and taught traditional furniture-making techniques at the North Bennet Street School for many years in addition to his own commission furniture work. Students will have the unique opportunity to build a Federal style Demi-lune table under Will’s guidance. Inspired by the card tables made popular during the Federal Period, the demi-lune eliminates the hinged top and swinging leg support resulting in a small hall table that also provides students a good introduction to curved work, veneering and inlay. The basic table can be embellished with a variety of effects, giving each student a chance to personalize their table. Some of the skills you will learn in this class include; utilizing the "bricking" method to build up the curved front, veneering the curved front apron, joining the legs to the curved apron along with numerous embellishment techniques. These decorative effects include stringing, banding and inlay work. The class will be organized so that students will complete the fabrication of parts, the veneer work and the joinery. Demonstrations will cover making simple bandings, sand-shading veneer for inlays, and using shop made "scratch stocks". An extra sample leg will also be made which students can use to practice the several decorative options. Students should expect to complete the decorations, clean-up and finish work at home. Don’t miss this opportunity to make an heirloom piece under the direction of one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition: $695.00 plus materials

Section 080309A:                Monday - Saturday,                 August 3 - 8,           9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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Make a Federal Style Card Table with Will Neptune

We are pleased to welcome back well known furniture maker and author, Will Neptune for this exciting and informative new class. Will has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking magazine and taught traditional furniture-making techniques at the North Bennet Street School for many years in addition to his own commission furniture work. Students will have the unique opportunity to build a Federal style table under Will’s guidance. In the Federal Period, card tables were a popular furniture form. They came in a wide range of shapes and sizes and were extensively veneered and inlayed which resulted in a variety of striking decorative effects. Although these had swing legs and leaves, the designs are easily adapted to use as hall tables with fixed tops which is what we will be making in the class. The table for this class has Ogee side rails and a bow front with square corners along with having delicate tapered mahogany legs. This project offers many interesting design, construction and veneering problems. Because of the Ogee rails, the table has a trapezoidal plan view which require angled mortise and tenons. The curved rails will be made by “stack laminating”, bandsawing and scraping the curves and then veneered over the whole rail face. Part of the decoration technique you will use is inlaying “cross-banding” and patterned inlays along the edge of the veneered rails. This is an important decorative feature which also provides some very important protection to the edges of the veneers. In this class you will also learn how to use a scratch stock to do Holly string inlay along straight and curved lines. We will make some basic bandings to use on the legs and aprons, and you'll learn how to sand shade and inlay bell flowers. You will also learn how to select and prepare veneers for book matching on the aprons. Participants need to appreciate that this is an ambitious project. We expect that all of the parts and joints for the project will be completed during the six days of the class. Each student will also prepare a sample leg which will be used to learn and practice several inlay variations, which will later be used on the actual table legs. The actual glue up and completion of the table will be done in your own shop at your own pace. Don’t miss this opportunity to make an heirloom piece under the direction of one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition: $625.00 plus materials

Section 082707A: Monday – Saturday, August 27 – September 1, 9:00am – 4:30pm  (one space just opened up- call today to sign up!)

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Glass Front Bookcase with Bob Van Dyke

This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel bookcase in your choice of cherry or mahogany. The design is loosely based on those made famous by Gustav Stickley and Harvey Ellis in the early twentieth century. Making glass paneled doors, wedged through mortise and tenon joints and precisely morticing door hinges are only a few of the distinctive features of this great learning experience. The haunched mortice and tenons and the half lap joints used in the construction of the door frame are an interesting variation on the “usual” joinery and offer some very neat answers to some fairly difficult joinery problems. Because of the magnitude of this project we have broken the class into two parts. The first week we will complete as much of the carcase and the door parts as possible. Surfacing and “dry-fitting” will be done outside of the allotted class time. We will then return for a three day weekend to finish up assembly and hanging the door. Participants should be prepared to do this “homework” either in their own shops or, by arrangement, in the school shop. Woodworking II, Fundamentals of Furniture Making or the equivalent is required. Tuition: $625.00 (plus materials)

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Make a Contemporary and Unique Sofa Table with Michael A. Doerr

mike_doerr_sofa_table.jpg The unique design of this table is derived from Michael’s “New Number One” chair which many of you have seen (or better yet) made in classes over the past few years. The table legs are a spin off of the back legs of that chair and create a very sculptural and graceful looking piece of furniture that could be used as a sofa table, a hall table or as a distinct looking side table in a dining room or living room. The table lends itself to a variety of design modifications (within reason and subject to Michael’s approval) depending on your own aesthetic sense or your own plan for where the table will end up in your house. The width or length of the table can be varied to suit and the top offers many possibilities in the shape and choice of materials. Whether the top has straight edges, a sculpted edge or even a “live edge”? The choice is yours. The project can be made in your choice of tiger maple or curly cherry (or even a combination) - please let us know what you prefer when you are signing up. If you have taken a class with Mike in the past then you owe it to yourself to build this companion piece to the chair you have already made. Don’t pass up this opportunity to make a truly unique heirloom piece of furniture with one of America’s leading craftsmen. Tuition $645.00 plus materials

Section 070708A: Monday – Friday, July 7 – 11, 9:00am - 4:30pm

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Mastering Hand-tools with Mario Rodriguez

mathieson_smoother.jpg Mastery of hand tools is essential if you want your woodworking skills to progress. Nothing is more satisfying than the feel of a freshly handplaned tabletop and the solid feel of a carefully handfitted mortise and tenon joint or the perfect fit of a cabinet hinge into its mortise which can only be achieved with the effective use of sharp handtools. This unique hands-on class with handtool expert, Mario Rodriguez, will teach you the skills you need to begin using handplanes, chisels, hand-saws and scrapers (to name a few) as a regular part of your woodworking repertoire. Mario will guide participants through the tasks of “tuning up” the tools you will be using in class. This may include minor modification of a new tool or extensive repair of a “flea market special” but in all cases will it involve extensive and careful sharpening. Once tools are tuned up and working to their fullest potential Mario will begin teaching you the techniques that are essential to effective handtool use. Cutting dovetails, mortice and tenons, flattening wide surfaces, shaping a table edge, and cutting and shaping curved parts are just a few of the many skills you will be developing in this unique class.  Working on a series of practice exercises throughout the week will give you the hands on practice needed to master these skills. Tuition: $725.00 (plus materials)

Section 071811A, Monday - Friday, July 18 - 22,   9:00am - 5:00pm

 Tool_list_Mario_mastering_handtools_2010.pdf

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Build a Serpentine Front Marlborough Table (the “other” Chippendale style) - with Will Neptune

serpentine_marlborough_table.jpgMost people think “ball & claw leg” when they think of Chippendale style furniture - but the Marlborough leg with its straight lines and more architectural effect is the complement to the naturalistic cabriole with its ball and claw foot and is just as important to the style. In this week-long hands-on class each student will build this unique table which will surely compliment any hallway or living room in your house. The basic construction of the table includes forming the serpentine curve on the front apron, bricklaying and using veneers along with extensive carving and ornamentation which offers the student craftsman countless challenges and opportunities. Will’s unique, methodical and imaginative approach to problem solving and furniture instruction insure that all participants will have a great experience (and they usually learn more than they had bargained for!) We will use shop made "scratch stocks" and molding planes to profile the leg surfaces, and then learn the carved embellishments that are used with this style table. Highlights of the carving in this project include the pierced C-scroll bracket along with several carved moldings including rope and gadrooning. If you have been intrigued by carving and want to begin learning how to incorporate it into an actual piece then this is a great beginning for you. Development of patterns, layout, carving tool selection and sharpening, along with Will’s years of experience and infectious enthusiasm will make this a memorable class you should not miss. Tuition: $695.00 (plus materials.)

Section 080408A: Monday – Saturday, August 4 - 9, 9:00am - 4:30pm

pdf tool list marlborough table 2008   (will open in a new window)

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Build a Pembroke Table with Steve Latta

 

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The Pembroke is one of the most versatile and adaptable styles of tables in terms of form and ornamentation. They are common throughout Colonial America and are still quite popular today. Each region, New England to the South, had a method of ornamentation that made their furniture uniquely their own. In this class, participants will choose one of the basic forms, flat or oval, and choose for his/herself a style of ornamentation. Attendees will benefit from watching a wide range of inlay unfold during this class. A variety of different legs are pictured here to give you an idea of the possible ornamentation you can choose. Each style derives from a specific region of the country.

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Plan on spending a night or two during the week to explore the techniques Steve uses to accomplish the intricate inlay work that is so characteristic of these great American treasures. Because of the complexity of this project and the level of ornamentation that you may want to add, and the need to practice the techniques several time to gain proficiency, do not expect to bring home a fully completed and assembled Pembroke table. Be assured you will learn more than enough to finish up any unfinished details on the project on your own and then be able to take on other more challenging projects in the future! Sign up today as space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 

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pdf Tool_list_Steve_Latta_Pembroke__Table.pdf

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Build an Arts & Crafts Style Round Side Table

janet_collins_tabouret_table.jpgJoin Janet Collins for this great new class on building an Arts & Crafts style side table (also referred to as a Tabouret table). Janet builds custom furniture in her Vermont studio when she is not teaching woodworking classes at various schools throughout the northeast. This class will really sharpen your joinery skills while making this deceivingly complex table that will be a welcome addition to your home. The table features through tenon joints, bridle joints, angled joinery (because of the splayed legs) and an inlayed top. We will utilize both hand tools and power tools in its construction. Participants need to have a good foundation in basic machine woodworking techniques- Please inquire with the school's director, Bob Van Dyke, if you have any questions. The table can be made in either quartersawn white oak or mahogany. Week-long classes are a great opportunity to concentrate your energy on learning new techniques, brushing up on old techniques, making a great piece of furniture and making some new friends! Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $645.00 plus materials 

Section 070609A:       Monday - Friday,  July 6 - 10,    9:00am - 4:30pm

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Build  a Distinctive and Sculptural Rocking Chair with Michael A Doerr

doerr_rocker.jpgThis distinctive rocking chair designed by Michael Doerr will give students an opportunity to learn a unique method of furniture making which results in a very fluid, sculptural and comfortable chair. The chair starts off with pre-milled straight and square blocks in the wood species of choice (tiger maple, cherry or walnut). All the joinery is cut and fitted while the chair is in block form. After assembling these parts into the block form chair, students will then disassemble and start to reduce these blocks into the shaped chair parts.

An important part of Michael's demonstrations will be seat construction, leg to seat joinery and final shaping of the parts using the table saw, routers, band saw and simple hand tools. This class will be an intense and rewarding experience that will offer students the knowledge and experience to create their own rocking chair in their own workshops. This is not a beginner class and students should have a basic knowledge of woodworking power tools. Michael's focus will be to teach students an approach to chair construction and design that they will be able to draw on in the future. Read a complete profile of Michael Doerr and view his chairs at http://www.michaeldoerr.com/. Don't miss this opportunity to make a unique piece of furniture that you and your family will appreciate for years to come. Tuition: $645.00 plus materials 

 

Section 071309A:                 Monday - Friday, July 13 - 17,  9:00am - 4:30pm

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Build a Slant Front Desk on Frame with W.  Mickey Callahan

Slant_front_deskSmall but stately and delicate describe the slant top desk-on-frame that you will make in this week-long class with Mickey Callahan. This elegant desk is made of two major elements: the base and the slant top desk. Even though the desk has a contemporary feel, it can easily take on a more traditional look by utilizing different hardware, adding inlay designs or altering other subtle design features such as choice of moldings and finish. Each student will be given an opportunity to personalize their own desk. This is a good intermediate project for the student wishing to advance into more complex techniques such as bread boarding, fitting and making drawers, creation of wide panels and case and frame construction using dovetails and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The desk will be offered in cherry but walnut or mahogany can be used if you prefer. Mickey Callahan is the founder and president of The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is a graduate of North Bennet Street School and makes custom furniture from his shop in Massachusetts. Do not miss this excellent opportunity to learn from a master furniture maker while making an heirloom piece of furniture. Tuition: $645.00 plus materials.

Section 071910A: Monday - Friday, July 19 - 23, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Sideboard with Kevin Rodel

Kevin_Rodel_glasgow_SideboardThe project for this exciting new class features a contemporary Arts & Crafts style cabinet designed by noted Maine furniture maker, Kevin Rodel and modeled after one featured on his web site.  This class makes use of extensive mortise and tenon and floating panel joinery as well as some dovetail work. Door construction and, very critical, the proper fitting of doors to a case opening will be covered extensively. The construction also involves using a technique that Kevin has developed over the years for properly fixing the interior case bottom into any case which is designed with a frame and panel construction method. The sideboard will be 33” wide,19” deep and 44” high and students will have the option of building it in cherry or white-oak. Some of the details of the project can be adjusted to fit your own taste. In this intensive week-long class we anticipate students completing all the major elements of the cabinet with the possible exception of finishing and final hardware installation. Kevin Rodel makes his interpretation of Arts & Crafts furniture in his shop in Brunswick, Maine. He is also the author of “Arts & Crafts Furniture- From Classic to Contemporary”.  More of  his work can be seen on his website at  http://www.kevinrodel.com/

Don’t miss this opportunity to make a great piece of furniture for you home. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 Section 071612A: Monday - Saturday, July 16 - 21, 9:00am - 5:00pm

(Sideboard we make in class will be very similar to the one pictured here)

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Build a Queen Anne Side chair with Will Neptune

Philadelphia_Queen_Anne_sidechairIn the Queen Anne period, the most developed forms were seen in side chairs from Philadelphia. With compass (horseshoe) seats and rear legs shaped in "S" curves, every element flowed together. Often carved with shells on the knees and crest rail, these chairs were perfect examples of the naturalistic inspiration behind Queen Anne designs. Much of their effect is gained by the sculptural shaping of the front cabriole legs and the curving rear legs.  The construction methods used in Philadelphia were unique. The front and side rails are joined by mortice and tenons, with the leg entering from below using a round tenon. This unusual technique simplifies the construction of the chair and also allows the legs to be removed for shaping and carving.
  In this class you will learn efficient methods for forming and joining the curved parts and a systematic approach for shaping. The carving of the feet and shells will be broken down into a clear set of simpler steps. We will make sample parts so that each student will have a chance to practice in class so that the real parts can be completed at home without the time pressure of a weeklong class. Tuition: $695.00 plus materials

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Build the Monticello Tall Clock with Charles Bender

Flat_top_clock_001In this six day, hands on class  you will build a beautiful Chippendale Pennsylvania Flat top tall case clock with master clock maker Charles Bender. This is a reproduction of the tall clock that stands in the kitchen of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate. We will cover case joinery, making and applying the moldings, making the bonnet and the bonnet door. Chuck will be teaching you the method for making the ogee bracket feet simply and efficiently.

By breaking down the project into its three main components; the base, the waist and the bonnet top, the project becomes a little less daunting and by taking a systematic approach to its construction students are assured of completing all the machining of parts, most of the hand-fitting and most of the assembly during class. Because everyone works at different speeds and the project is fairly complex you should not expect to be bringing home a completely finished clock after six days - but- you will be bringing home the knowledge and the confidence to easily finish the project in your own shop at your own pace. Throughout the class, the focus will be on combining hand tools and machinery to build an heirloom clock using period construction and details. Charles Bender has a national reputation as a maker of superb period furniture. He is a frequent contributor to Popular Woodworking magazine and is the founder of The Acanthus Workshop school in Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make your project of a lifetime. Tuition: $695.00 plus materials

Section: 082310A:

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No Fear Finishing with Roland Johnson

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Do you love woodworking but hate finishing? You’re not alone. Truth is, finishing can be fun as well as rewarding. Join Fine Woodworking Magazine contributing editor, Roland Johnson as we expose some of the mysteries and misconceptions about finishing. This class will give you the confidence to dive head-first into virtually any finishing technique.   Starting with surface prep and ending with the final polish, you’ll spend a week learning the basics and some not-so-basic stuff about stains, dyes, glazes, varnish, shellac, lacquer and waxes. This class will give you both the confidence and skill you need to become a well-rounded woodworker. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the complete finishing process from one of one of our leading educators. Tuition: $695.00 (plus materials)

 

 

 

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No Fear Finishing with Roland Johnson

Rolland_Johnson_mug_shotDo you love woodworking but hate finishing? You’re not alone. Truth is, finishing can be fun as well as rewarding. Join Fine Woodworking Magazine contributing editor, Roland Johnson as we expose some of the mysteries and misconceptions about finishing. This class will give you the confidence to dive head-first into virtually any finishing technique.   Starting with surface prep and ending with the final polish, you’ll spend a week learning the basics and some not-so-basic stuff about stains, dyes, glazes, varnish, shellac, lacquer and waxes. This class will give you both the confidence and skill you need to become a well-rounded woodworker. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the complete finishing process from one of one of our leading educators. Tuition: $695.00 (plus materials)

 

Section 062810A: Monday - Friday, June 28 - July 2, 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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By Hammer & Hand: The Dovetailed Schoolbox With Christopher Schwarz

SchoolboxTake a trip to a joiner's shop in 1839 England as we learn to build a dovetailed schoolbox using only our muscles, our minds and a few finely tuned tools.

This small box, which was featured in the 19th-century text "The Joiner & Cabinetmaker," is an excellent introduction to the world of hand-tool woodworking. Even if you plan to keep your machines (I do!), you'll learn how hand tools can make you a more efficient and detail-oriented woodworker.

You'll learn to process stock entirely by hand – using handsaws and bench planes. You'll learn to cut through-dovetails, dados, miters, hinge mortises and basic moulding using hand processes. And you'll learn how to properly choose, drive and set nails – the right nail in the right place is a revelation.

double_screw2_IMG_8096As we build this project, we'll also build three jigs that make handwork easier: A bench hook, a shooting board and a 17th-century-style double-screw vise (which makes dovetailing less of a chore). All the while, we'll be learning a bit about traditional shop practice – the forgotten or lost ways of working that can make modern handwork more accurate and enjoyable.

This class is open for woodworkers with a wide variety of skill levels, from veteran woodworkers who are looking to investigate handwork to beginners with only a few projects under their belts. The only prerequisite is that you can sharpen an edge tool – there's too much else to learn to spend a day on sharpening.
Chris Schwarz is the editor in chief of Popular Woodworking magazine and has written extensively on the subject of handtools and working wood by hand. Do not miss this opportunity to learn some great skills with a great instructor. Tuition: $725.00 plus materials.

Section 080811: Monday - Friday, August 8 - 12, 9:00am- 5:00pm

pdf Tool_list_Chris_Schwarz_By_Hammer_and__hand.pdf

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Writing Desk with Kevin Rodel

Kevin_Rodel_writing_desk_5_copy Students will have the option of building the desk in cherry or quartersawn white oak and will have the opportunity to customize some of the details ( adding leather or tile panels or a decorative cutout for example) to fit your own sense of style and preferences. This desk makes extensive use of dovetail joinery as well as through mortise and tenons and traditional Arts & Crafts Style bread board ends on the top. Drawer construction and the very critical fitting of the drawer to the desk opening will be covered extensively. In this intensive 6-day long class we anticipate students completing all of the major elements of the desk with the exception of finishing and any final hardware installation. Kevin Rodel makes his interpretation of Arts & Crafts furniture in his shop in Brunswick, Maine. He is also the author of “Arts & Crafts Furniture- From Classic to Contemporary”.  More of  his work can be seen on his website at  http://www.kevinrodel.com/

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Don’t miss this opportunity to make a great piece of furniture with one of this country's leading craftsmen. Sign up today! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Stop by the school and see the desk in person. The beauty of this class is that many variations on the basic design and size are possible.

Section 071111A: Monday - Saturday, July 11 - 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Federal Style Tilt Top Oval Table with Mark Arnold

arnold_fed_tripod_1When it comes to Federal details, this little table packs a punch! Drawing on a panoply of skills, from turning to dovetailing and veneering to carving, the delicate lines and sunburst veneered elliptical top of this candlestand will make it a focal point in any room. Join instructor Mark Arnold as we construct this gem using a combination of traditional and contemporary techniques and materials.

Topics that we'll cover include: layout and cutting of tripod joinery, fairing of curved elements, making a tilt-top mechanism, layout and cutting of a sunburst veneer pattern, vacuum bag clamping, making a roping banding, edgebanding, and other techniques. You'll be eager to apply your new skills to projects of your own.  Some specific tools will be required in addition to the regular tool list. Please inquire when signing up.

arnold_fed_tripod_2This class is being offered in conjunction with the Society of American Period Furniture makers mid year conference which is the previous weekend. You should plan on attending both events if you can make it. Don’t miss this opportunity to make this elegant little table that will teach you all sorts of new techniques! Tuition $795.00 plus materials

Section 062711A: Monday - Saturday, June 27 - July 2, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Glass Front Bookcase with Steve Latta

glass_front_bookcase_steve_lattaGlass 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 lock bolster the design.

In this class, we will get a get a great deal of the project completed during the week by focusing on a professional, strategic approach to tackling the many tasks involved in this case piece. During our week together, Steve will 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.  Steve will explore the path itself that takes us to that point and the sense of rhythm that adds its own spirit.  Don’t miss this great chance to work with one of the best furniture makers and instructors in this country. Sign up today! Tuition $795.00 plus materials

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Make a Chippendale Chair with Alf Sharp

chippendale_chair_Alf_Sharp_class_100dpiAmerican Chippendale chairs are some of the most admired forms in the realm of furniture. To many woodworkers chairs are often considered too complicated and intimidating to take on. This is not true. With some coaching, and learning a few “tricks of the trade”, anyone with basic woodworking skills can complete a beautiful example of this American icon. The example we have chosen to reproduce could very well have been made in the Connecticut Valley. The lines are pure and there’s just enough decorative carving to make this chair suitable for even the most elegant dining rooms.

In this class the student will experience laying-out and sculpting a cabriole leg, fashioning angled mortise and tenons, using a spokeshave and rasp to attain shapes not possible with any power tool, and scroll-cutting a pierced splat. We’ll discover how to flush-cut all the flowing joinery found on such a chair. Several clever but simple jigs will be made. The principles of proportioning, which elevated American furniture to the head of the class, will be discussed.  Most of the work will be done with a rather simple kit of traditional hand tools.

You can do this. Join us, surprise yourself, and strike wonderment in the hearts of your friends and family.

Alf Sharp is one of this country’s première furniture makers. He works out of his Tennessee workshop, specializing in 18th century American and English designs.

Alf is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is a member of the executive committee of the Furniture Society. Recent work can be seen in the magazine Woodwork, Feb. 2008 issue,  and on his web-site, alfredsharp.com.

Sign up today for this truly unique class. Tuition $795.00 plus materials

   Section 091111A: Sunday - Friday, September 11 - 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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Make a Federal Seymour Style Card Table with Will Neptune

seymour_card_table_will_neptune_classTables from the Federal Period are an excellent introduction to veneering.  Card Table designs of the period are easily converted into hall tables, without the added problems of a leaf supported by a swing leg. Learning methods for forming and veneering curved rails are skills useful in a wide range of projects. Square tapered or turned and reeded legs were used for these tables. For the table we will be building, the front legs attach to a canted corner forming an interesting detail that is repeated in the shape of the top.  The curves of the serpentine front rail and ogee side rails sweep to the corners, completing this dynamic pattern. We will be building this as a hall table because we will not be  building the hinged swinging leg.

In this class you will learn strategies for making the shaped rails and for cutting joints on curved parts. We will use simple methods for clamping veneer to these curved rails, along with tricks for working with inlays and banding. Methods for making basic bandings will be demonstrated. Both hand tool and machine methods for the layout and cutting of reeding will be explained. Each person will work on a sample leg in class to learn the technique, allowing the four legs to be completed at home.

Because of the large number of legs required for the class, we will have the legs turned and the reeds roughed out before the class begins.  If  you prefer to turn your own legs and you are a competent turner, we can send the pattern to you before the class starts. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the most knowledgeable craftsmen and instructors in this country. Tuition $795.00  plus materials

Section 072511A: Monday - Saturday, July 25 - 30, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build an Inlaid Tool Chest with Glen Huey

CVSW_PaintedNothing says more about a woodworker's abilities and attributes than his or her tool chest, the quintessential woodworking project. How you keep and store your tools is a reflection on your work. During this week long class, you'll create that identity. Begin by building your chest using the highest quality joinery, including hand-cut dovetails and  mortise-and-tenon joints. The case front pivots then lifts and glides into the case to reveal storage drawers built using 18th-Century period construction techniques.  This tool chest "pops" with outstanding surface ornamentation. The case sides are inlaid with shop-made sand-shaded corner fans and banding and the drawer fronts feature a matching string inlay. The case front reflects Federal period inlay with oval panels bordered by twin contrasting stringing set in veneered fields.                                                   

CVSW_OpenGlen Huey is the senior editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine and has been woodworking and making furniture most of his adult life. Glen has also written a number of excellent furniture making books and teaches classes at select woodworking schools. Don’t miss this chance to work with an expert teacher and craftsman- and learn some great skills while making a great project. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 

 

Section 080111A: Monday - Saturday, August 1 - 6, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Greene & Greene style Blanket Chest with Darrell Peart

blanketchest_Darrell_Peart_websiteOver 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 finger joints for the case will be machined using a routing template. All parts of the top (lid) will be made from solid wood.

There will be plenty of hand sanding to soften the ends of the fingered joints – so you may want to bring some carver’s tape (finger guard tape) to keep your fingers from getting raw.

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: $795.00 plus materials

Section 061112A: Monday - Saturday, June 11 - 16, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Shaker style Chimney Cupboard with Mike Pekovich

Mike_pekovich_chimney_cupboardThis fun project combines a lot of the classic elements of Shaker furniture in one package. The tall case features frame and panel doors with a trio of dovetailed drawers. Its small footprint means that it provides a lot of storage without taking up a lot of floor space and the cupboard will fit nicely in the kitchen or bedroom or wherever extra storage is needed. You'll learn a simple technique for sturdy case construction that you can use on other projects as well. You'll also learn how to dress up frame and panel doors with a thumbnail molding and how to hot rod your hand-cut dovetails with help from the table saw and router. Along the way you'll get a great lesson in how to get a perfect fit on doors and drawers. Tuition: $725.00 plus materials

Section 062512A: Monday - Friday, June 25 - June 29,9:00am - 5:00pm.Mike_Pekovich_chimney_cupboard_closed

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A Guide to Reproducing & Building Period Furniture with W. Mickey Callahan

CT_Tea_TablePeople frequently see a piece of museum furniture that they would love to build- but they really do not know where to begin or how to get all the size and shape information they need. Basically you need a real close up view, the time, the skill and most importantly, the permission, to measure it accurately.

This unique new class features SAPFM co-founder Mickey Callahan, working closely with the Ct Historical Society in Hartford, CT to help people realize this goal. The first day of the class will be spent at CHS where Mickey will guide students through the proper etiquette and steps of measuring an actual piece of furniture that is part of the extraordinary CHS collection. The piece chosen for this class is a Connecticut Queen Anne tea table. Instruction will include how to make free hand sketches, scribe profiles of curved parts, use story sticks to record measurements and make templates from your drawings. An analysis of joinery techniques will also be covered. There will also be a discussion and demonstration of photographic recording of data using a digital camera. With the information and skills gained, students will have the tools needed to develop their own set of plans for this and any future furniture reproduction projects.

After the information has been gathered students will meet back at CVSW to begin a full size construction drawing of the table which will go a long way towards answering any construction and joinery questions that may come up.

Mickey will guide students through the process of making templates to cut the delicate cabriole legs and the shaped skirts.

The rest of the week will be spent building this delicate cherry tea table. Mortise and tenon joinery, shaping the graceful cabriole legs, making the shaped top along with shaping the curved aprons and making the small tea slides in the aprons all combine to make an elegant small table that will teach you a huge amount of furniture-making skills. Don’t miss this class- you will be making a family heirloom that has a direct connection with Connecticut’s rich furniture making history. Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 

Section 060312A: Sunday - Friday June 3 - June 8, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Get it Done! Efficient Joinery Techniques with Glen Huey

wall_cabinet_2012_Glen_HueyWoodworkers never get enough shop time – that’s a well known fact. To make the best use of the time you do get, you have to learn the tricks and techniques that allow you to produce quality work quickly. Unfortunately, experience is the best way to learn those techniques. Unless, that is, you “fast-track” the experience during this week long workshop. You’ll produce hand-cut dovetails and learn how to speed up the process without sacrificing appearance, discover secrets to better and more efficient face frame joinery including half-lap and mortise-and-tenon joints, uncover the tricks to perfect sliding dovetails and learn shortcuts to produce raised panel or divided-light doors. As you learn these new techniques, your will apply your new found skills in the building of a classic hanging single-door, one-drawer cupboard.

Glen Huey is a contributing editor for Popular Woodworking Magazine and has been woodworking and making furniture most of his adult life. Glen has also written a number of excellent furniture making books and teaches classes at select woodworking schools. Don’t miss this chance to work with an expert teacher and craftsman- and learn some great skills while making a great project. Sign up today. Tuition: $725 plus materials

 Section 072312A: Monday - Friday, July 23 - 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Make a Sunburst Veneered Table Top with Mark Arnold

arnold_sunburst_2Veneer is often feared and maligned, yet unfairly so. Introduce yourself to some of the amazing possibilities of working with thin sheets of wood. In this workshop, students will decorate a circular panel while learning how to flatten unruly veneers, bookmatch sequentially-sliced sheets, assemble a ‘face’, and adhere it to a ¾” Baltic birch substrate using powdered plastic resin glue. Specifically, we will do a 12-piece circular sunburst suitable for a small gueridon, or occasional table. Crotch patterned veneers can be used which will add a whole new level of complexity but with also yield spectacular results. In the process, we will discuss veneer figures, tapes, adhesives, alternate substrates, edge treatments, clamping options, and various strategies for doing curved work. Students will embellish their panels with stringing and/or banding. The sequence for making herringbone and rope bandings will also be demonstrated so that students can use these on a future project.arnold_sunburst_3

While a base for the table is not a part of the class (the time and energy will be focused on making a truly spectacular top)- we will endeavor to have a few plans available that would be suitable for the top you end up making in class. Mark Arnold is the editor of the SAPFM Journal and has his own custom furniture making business, specializing in Federal period reproductions. He is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking Magazines. Sign up for this exciting new class- the possibilities are endless! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 073012A: Monday - Saturday, July 30 - August 4, 9:00am - 5:00pmarnold_sunburst_table_cropped

 

 

 

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Build an East Windsor Tall Clock with Chuck Bender

Burnap_clock_WadsworthIn this six day, hands on class  you will build a beautiful Connecticut tall case clock with master clock maker Charles Bender. This is a reproduction of a late 18th century clock built in East Windsor by master clockmaker Daniel Burnap who was the clockmaker that Eli Terry apprenticed with. We will cover case joinery, application of moldings, making the bonnet and bonnet door as well as bonnet columns and the swan-neck pediment.

By breaking down the project into its three main components: the base, the waist and the bonnet top, the project becomes a little less daunting and by taking a systematic approach to its construction students are assured of completing all the machining of parts, most of the hand-fitting and most of the assembly during class. Because everyone works at different speeds and the project is fairly complex you should not expect to be bringing home a completely finished clock after six days - but- you will be bringing home the knowledge and the confidence to easily finish the project in your own shop at your own pace. Throughout the class, the focus will be on combining hand tools and machinery to build an heirloom clock using period construction and details. Time permitting, we will take a trip down to the Wadsworth Atheneum to look at the original clock make by Burnap. Charles Bender has a national reputation as a maker of superb period furniture. He is a frequent contributor to Popular Woodworking Magazine and is the founder of Acanthus Workshop, LLC, a school in Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to make your project of a lifetime. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section: 081113A: Sunday - Saturday,  August 11 - 17,  9:00am - 5:00pm

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Clock Credits and info:

Daniel Burnap

American 1759-1838

Tall Clock, 1785-1795

Cherry, brass, steel. 90  x 17 ¼  x 10 ¼ in.

Gift of Erskine B. Hyde and Miss Mary E. Hyde, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, CT. 1941.130

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Build a John Goddard Newport Tea Table with Alf Sharp

Newport_Tea_Table_Phil_HouckSome of the most distinctive and sophisticated furniture made in 18th C America came from Newport, RI. The tray-top ogee-skirt tea table pictured here is a superlative example. The original table, which sold for over $8 million a few years ago, was made by the master, John Goddard, in the early 1760’s.

To be able to reproduce this masterpiece will place you among the most accomplished traditional furniture makers today. It’s a challenging project, but still very attainable for anyone with well-developed basic woodworking skills. There are a few nifty tricks and techniques you’ll learn during the week’s activities, but mostly we’ll just be polishing and perfecting what you already know. Even the most daunting projects break down into a clear series of ordered steps. The secret is not to possess superhuman skills, but to know what, when, and how to accomplish each of those steps.

Don’t expect to take home a completed table, but you will have plenty of opportunity to practice crafting each of the features of this magnificent work. Then, back in your own shop, you’ll repeat each of these procedures to complete your project.

Important topics we will cover in class include:

Recognizing and replicating the perfect proportions that make a piece of furniture like this such a masterpiece.

Dishing a solid piece of wood into a molded tray top, using both traditional hand techniques and modern machine methods.

Laying out and sculpting a cabriole leg.

Carving the unique Newport ball and claw foot.

The distinctive knee carving on this table is an optional feature that will be covered.

Learn several ways to fashion the unusual leg-to-apron joint used in this table.

 Newport_Tea_Table_Phil_Houck_legJoin us for this exciting project. Amaze yourself at the skills you’ll develop, and end up with one of the finest pieces of American furniture anyone could want.

Alf Sharp is one of this country’s première furniture makers. He works out of his Tennessee workshop, specializing in 18th century American and English designs.

Alf is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche Award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He is also the president of the Furniture Society. Recent work can be seen in the magazine Woodwork, Feb. 2008 issue, and on his web-site, www.alfredsharp.com. Alf also writes for Fine Woodworking magazine.

Sign up today for this truly unique class. Some specific carving tools will be required. That list will be on the school website- www.schoolofwoodworking.com

Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

 

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Traditional Joinery & Bench Work with Handtools- Will Neptune

Will_Neptune_handtool_joineryThe 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 sample joints will be cut and perfected throughout the week. These mock-ups will give you a visual reference which can be applied to future projects. After making some simple joints such as basic mortice & tenon, and through and lapped dovetails the class will move on to more advanced and challenging joints which include angled dovetails and tenons, joints on curved work, multiple and stub tenons and housed tapered (sliding) dovetails. Tuning up the tools is a big part of learning to work with handtools so- sharpening your dovetail saw, chisels, handplanes and card scrapers along with tuning up (or making your own) marking gauge will be just as important as learning to properly use rabbit planes, shoulder planes and router planes along with using fillester, plough and dado planes. The skills you learn in this class from one of this country’s master furniture-makers and instructors will change your woodworking forever. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $725.00

Section 081312A, Monday - Friday, August 13 - 17, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build the Arts & Crafts Style “Hay Rake” Table with Mike Pekovich

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If you love Arts and Crafts furniture and are up for a fun woodworking adventure, then this table is for you. Known as a "Hay Rake" table, it is based on a 1900's English design by Sidney Barnsley, one of the forefathers of the Arts and Crafts style.

Its timber frame joinery is a fun challenge and a welcome departure from typical furniture construction methods. In this 6 day class, we'll start by building the beefy base and pull it all together with draw-bore pins which make for rock-solid clamp free joints. We'll finish it off with a gracefully curved top for a table that will look great in a kitchen or dining room. The table is 36” wide and 6 feet long. We will be doing it in a few different species- so let me know what you would prefer when signing up.  Most will be done in quartersawn white oak or cherry- but other species are certainly possible.

This table was featured on the cover of the June issue of Fine Woodworking magazine and was the subject of an excellent article by Mike Pekovich. Mike is the art director for Fine Woodworking magazine and makes beautiful Arts & Crafts Style furniture. His work can be seen at http://www.pekovichwoodworks.com/  This will be a great class and the table will be a welcome addition to any home. Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition $795.00 plus materials

Section 061013A: Monday - Saturday, June 10 - 15, 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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Handtool Joinery with Chuck Bender

handtool joineryThe resurgence of interest in handtool work is really just a logical extension and appreciation of the skill and practice required to make fine furniture. Machine work can only get you so far- and after that the handtools take over and improve on what the machines can do- if you have developed the skill and techniques for working with handtools. Regardless of your skill level, all woodworkers can benefit from understanding how hand tools can improve their work. In this week long class we’ll cover hand planes and stock preparation as well as traditional joinery methods. We’ll cover dovetails from every angle. We will be making through dovetails, half blind dovetails, full blind dovetails, single angle, compound angle and Bermuda dovetails. You’ll learn how to sharpen and tune up your hand tools using quick, easy methods which will keep your tools in good working order in less time than you ever imagined. We’ll look at saws and sawing techniques as well as spokeshaves, scrapers and many other basic hand tools. If you have been wanting to improve your skills in working with handtools then sign up today! Charles Bender has a national reputation as a maker of superb period furniture. He is a frequent contributor to Popular Woodworking magazine and is the founder of The Acanthus Workshop school in Pennsylvania. Tuition: $725.00 plus materials

Section 071513A: Monday - Friday, July 15 - 19, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build an Aurora Sofa Table in the Greene & Greene Style with

Darrell Peart

sofatableIn this 6-day class students will build a mahogany Aurora Sofa Table.  Although it’s called “Sofa Table” it would be perfect for an entry way, hall way or in the dining room. The design is by Darrell Peart but incorporates several Greene & Greene details including: Decorative breadboard ebony spline, the Blacker leg indent, Cloud lifts and square Ebony pegs. Darrell will also cover Bread board construction, Strategies for dealing with wood movement & Strategies for complex glue-ups.

While Darrell likes to keep things a little relaxed – he also strives to give individual attention and keep things going as well.

There should be plenty of time to learn new skills and to engage in good conservation on woodworking, design, and/or Greene & Greene. Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of this country’s leading experts on Greene & Greene Style furniture. Sign up today. Tuition $795.00 plus materials

Section 061713A: Monday - Saturday, June 17 - 22, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build a Connecticut Breakfast table with Will Neptune

Breakfast Table_HD1957_18Tables of this style were known as Breakfast Tables in the 18th century.  When not in use, their leaves could be dropped to save space. Today this small table could serve many purposes and it’s simple but elegant look would fit in many homes. The project for this class is based on a Cherry table from the Chapin Group, a family of furniture makers who made some of Connecticut’s’ best work.

As a project this piece has several interesting challenges. Framing the table for a drawer  and fitting it to the opening is a skill you will use in many other situations. Cutting and hinging the ‘rule-joint’, which allows the leaves to drop is another important skill. The last technical challenge is the fitting and joinery for the shaped and pierced stretchers. Building this unusual table is a chance to learn some important technical skills and expand your woodworking knowledge. Sign up today as this class will fill up soon. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

This is the second class offered in partnership with the Windsor Historical Society. If you are interested in a chance to display your work in public and support this important Historical project, please see Be a part of Living History.

This class will meet for two weekends for a total of 6 days- one in July and the second in August. This break will allow time to do some "homework" in between sessions.

Section 072613A: Friday, Saturday & Sunday, July 26 - 28 & August 16 - 18, 9:00am - 5:00pm

This class was originally scheduled to meet Monday- Saturday July 22 - 27

Photo used with Permission Historic Deerfield

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Build a Fan Back Windsor Side Chair with Peter Galbert

thumb Fanback GalbertChairs are one of the most challenging objects to design and build.

In this hands on six day class you will work with green wood and hand tools to create one of the iconic forms of American furniture, the Windsor Chair.

This class covers all the action from tree to chair. Students will split parts from a log, shave them, bend them and join them into their hand carved seat. We will cover topics including sharpening, wood technology and design which will enhance your ability to go forth and make chairs at home.

Peter will demystify the angles and curves that go into making a successful chair while demonstrating how hand tools are the most effective way to build an heirloom chair. The legs will be provided for the students or they may turn their own before the class with instructor provided patterns. Be ready to work hard and learn a whole new way of woodworking.

The unique format of this class- two three day weekends- allows participants to take a break in the middle of the class (this is a lot of work!!) during which they can practice some of the skills being taught or make any new parts that they might be unsatisfied with from the first half of the class.

Sign up today- Peter is a great instructor and space is limited. Tuition $795.00 plus materials

Part of the work you will be doing will require the use of a shave horse.

 We are planning a separate weekend class in May where students will have the opportunity to make their own shave horse (using Peter’s design). The school will also have a few shave horses that can be used  (shared).

Section 071913A: Friday - Sunday, July 19 - 21 & August 23 - 25, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Build the Anarchist’s Tool Chest with Christopher Schwarz

Anarchist Tool__chestAside from a workbench, a sturdy tool chest is one of the most important things to have in your shop. It organizes and protects your tools from damage, rust and loss. While many woodworkers have attempted to improve upon the traditional chest design that emerged 300 years ago, the old form has remained the absolute best way to keep the most amount of tools in the smallest space.
In this five-day class you will build the shell of your own traditional tool chest using hand tools and techniques. This is an excellent first project for a new hand-tool woodworker. Skills you will learn in this class include:
• Truing up panels using bench planes
• Traditional through-dovetail joinery
• Cutting basic mouldings by hand
By the end of class you will have all the skills you need to complete the interior of the chest at your workshop at home, whether you want to make just a few sliding tills or even a full-blown interior cabinet with dovetailed drawers. Chris is a nationally known writer and instructor. He is a contributing editor to Popular Woodworking Magazine and has written a number of books, including The Anarchist’s Tool Chest. Sign up today! Tuition: $795.00 plus materials.

Chris is also teaching a two day "make a Six Board Chest" the weekend before. Check it out in the weekend and Specialty class section

Section 080513A: Monday - Friday, August 5 - 9, 9:00am - 5:00pm 

Last minute cancellation (as of Friday, August 2)

One spot left. Call 860.729.3186 or 860.647.0303 to get signed up.

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Build a Chippendale Style Chest of Drawers  with W. Mickey Callahan

Hevenor chest of drawers copyMaking a period-style chest of drawers can seem at first to be an imposing furniture form for even the seasoned furniture maker. However in this class, students will be guided in the construction of a simple but elegant 18th century Chippendale-style chest of drawers evidenced primarily by its ogee bracket feet and choice of hardware.

This project contains all of the fundamental building blocks found in traditional, dovetailed case construction. Students will learn about drawer making and fitting, intricate application of dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery used in secondary structure, creating molded edge profiles for the top, bottom frame, and drawer fronts and the making of ogee bracket feet based on 18th century design. Much attention will also be given to wood movement properties and their relationship to construction techniques used in fine case furniture. Mickey will also touch upon traditional wood finishing techniques in the use of dyes, shellac and oil. Students will be given the choice of primary wood that will include mahogany, cherry, walnut or curly maple.

This class assumes that students have a basic familiarity in the safe and proper use of machine and hand tools and will be encouraged to complete a significant amount of the chest while in the class.

Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials                                                                     

 Section 070813A: Monday - Saturday, July 8 - 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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Chairmaking and Design with Jeff Miller

jeff Miller chairA chair is one of the most rewarding projects you can tackle, but it is invariably a project with many challenges. Jeff Miller, author of Chairmaking & Design, and the creator of some 35 different chair designs, will guide students through the challenges of "joined" chairmaking (in contrast with Windsor chairmaking or post and rung chairmaking) as we tackle this extremely comfortable and versatile chair. In this 6-day class, students will learn: straightforward methods for cutting and shaping curved parts, bent lamination techniques, strategies and techniques to deal with the angled mortise and tenon joinery and joinery on curves, and to deal with the critical issues of chair comfort and structure. 
The skills learned in this class can then be applied to countless design variations, opening up an entire world of chair making opportunities. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's formost chairmakers and instructors. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials
Section 081913A: Monday - Saturday, August 19 - 24, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Accurate Joinery with Gary Rogowski 

107_thru_mortise.jpgA two-day intensive focused exclusively on joinery skills, applications, and techniques with Gary Rogowski, author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery. Learn how to design and lay-out carcase joinery from simple rabbet joints to hand cut dovetails. Discover and practice frame joinery like splined miters and wedged mortise and tenon joints. Cut and fit joints with all the tools we use in the studio: hand tools, routers, and power tools as you learn joinery for a variety of pieces ranging from cabinets and jewelry boxes to benches, tables, and chairs. Use the router, band saw, drill press and table saw for precise, repeatable joinery that you'll use in your next project and for years to come. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials.

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Make a Pair of Adirondack Chairs with Mitch Cain

124_adirondack_chair.jpgAdirondack chairs mean "summertime and relax" to most people. In this six -session class students will work as a team to make two chairs for each participant. Cypress, which is both attractive and rot resistant, will be used throughout. Students will concentrate on accurate bandsaw and router work and with making multiple parts. The design we will use is one of the most comfortable and attractive Adirondack chairs around. They will be done just in time for summer! Tuition: $295.00 (plus materials)

Section 041708B:    Thursday evenings,     April 17 - May 22,    6:00pm – 9:30pm

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Router Madness

router_morticing_box.jpgThe 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 understanding of how things work and a little imagination the router can be used for accurate mortises, tenons, dadoes, raised panel doors and more! These techniques will be demonstrated along with discussion about what to look for when buying a router, what are the differences in all the different router bits available and when to use a handheld router and when to use a router table. This class is primarily demonstration but if you have questions about your own router bring it along and, time permitting, we will have students try out some of the techniques being shown. Don’t miss this opportunity to really understand how this important tool works. Tuition: $125 - materials are included

Section 102112A: Sunday, October 21, 10am - 4:30pm

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Handplane Weekend with Bob Van Dyke

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Handplanes can be one of the most useful and rewarding tools in the workshop – or they can be one of the most frustrating! Learn how to effectively use handplanes in your work with Ct. Valley School of Woodworking director, Bob Van Dyke. Which handplane is right for a particular job? What should you look for when buying a new or a flea market plane? How are they “tuned up”? And most importantly- how are they sharpened? These are just a few of the questions that will be answered in this exciting two-day class. We will also go thru many of the basic (and not so basic) types of handplanes- starting with the Stanley bench-planes and going on to compass planes, shoulder planes and combination planes like the Stanley #45 & #55. Because sharpening is such a basic part of using a handplane we will also make sharpening "projection jigs" for each person during class. This is a simple device that ensures the same sharpening angle each time you sharpen.

The first day will be spent getting your plane sharpened and tuned up  so you can start practicing using it on the second day. Techniques such as smoothing a surface, beveling a table edge, planing a curved surface, shooting edge joints, making spring joints, using shooting boards, fitting mortise and tenons and planing end grain will all be demonstrated and practiced. Don’t miss this unique and informative class. Space is limited. You should bring at least one plane to this class- preferably an older Stanley #4. Bob collects planes for sale that are perfect for this class- and they are great users once they have been tuned up. Check with him about these. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) Bringing a Lie-Nielsen or a Lee valley plane is fine- but you will not learn anything about tuning up those planes as they come to you already tuned up extremely well. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

 

Section 113013A:    Saturday & Sunday,  November 29 & 30,  9:30am –   5:00pm

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Build a Utility Workbench with Tim Spratlin

utility_workbenchMany of you who have taken classes here have commented on how well the school benches work. The bench was 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. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a good bench into your own shop. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 120313A: Tuesday Evenings, December 3 - January 21 (2014), 6:00pm - 9:30pm

No class December 24 or 31

This class was originally scheduled to begin November 26

 General tool list  (will open in a new window) 

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Timber Framing Weekend with Northford Timberframers

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We can’t believe it has been over 14 years since we started this class – and it has been a great time with George. We have had two different schools, a garden barn for AIDS research, work on two museums and nearly 250 different students! In this hands-on intensive class students will have the unique opportunity to learn and practice a blend of traditional and modern timber framing techniques. George will the thoroughly cover the history, planning, layout, tools and the different types of timber framed structures. Joint layout, cutting the mortise and tenon joints and hand-fitting with a slick are among the skills which students will put to use on the second day of the class. Students will each be working on a timber to be used in an actual timber frame structure. Tuition: $245.00 (including materials)

There is also a tour being offered for Monday, April 19. This is a special opportunity for everyone from class to see an actual timber frame shop and to tour more than a dozen barn projects in the Middletown area from the past 20 years. This is strongly recommended. Past students tell us the opportunity to visit and inspect so many different timber frame structures was the icing on the cake that really rounded off a great weekend. Fee for this is $50.00

Section 041710A: Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18, 2010  8:30am - 4:30pm (note- class will start at 8am on Sunday)

Section 041910C: Monday, April 19, 8:30am - 5:00pm

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Installing Hardware and Fitting Doors with Phil Lowe

How many times have you worked for weeks or months on a project, everything goes together nicely and then, if the project has an inset door, you get to fitting it and you just can't get it right? Have you ever tried to figure out how a mortised lockset works? Do you have a hard time mortising hinges accurately? If you answered yes to any of these then you owe it to yourself to join master furniture maker, Phil Lowe as he guides you through the subtleties of these and other common hardware problems. Students will fit a door into a frame that we will provide, layout the hinges, and mortise them by hand. Phil will also demonstrate installing a traditional mortised lockset and different types of door catches. Phil is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine, he is one of this country's leading authorities on 18th & 19th century furniture and he runs the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts. Class size is limited so sign up today. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials

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Make a Cabriole Leg with Phil Lowe

152_cabriole_leg.jpgThe cabriole leg is a graceful and essential form in most Queen Anne style furniture and we are fortunate to have Phil Lowe, an expert in this furniture style, hosting this unique two-day hands-on class. Phil is a nationally known craftsman and author whose work and articles have appeared in Fine Woodworking Magazine for many years. Phil, who also runs his own furniture-making school and custom furniture business in Beverly, Mass. will begin by teaching students the basics of design and layout for a graceful cabriole leg that could be used in a Queen Anne style "tea table". Students will go on to layout their own leg, bandsaw it to shape and spend time refining the shape with rasps, spokeshaves and scrapers. The class also features demonstrations of the layout and carving of a shell on the knee as well as turning a foot and pad on the leg. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leaders in the field. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials- some specific tools will be required- please inquire when registering).

 

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Traditional Joinery and Hand Tool Skills with Phil Lowe

152_cabriole_legChisels, hand planes, scrapers, marking tools and dovetail saws are the basic tools that will assist you on the journey to producing exceptional woodwork. In this unique class, noted furniture maker and instructor, Phil Lowe will teach students sharpening, tuning up and the proper use of these hand tools in order to make your stock flat and square. Phil will go on to teach students the proper layout, cutting and fitting of basic woodworking joints such as mortise and tenons and dovetail joints. These fundamentals are the first steps used in the construction of the finest furniture. Even with the best machines tuned up perfectly, you will find that the work with these hand-tools is necessary for the best fitting joints. You will receive a list of tools you should bring to the class to tune up and use while cutting the sample joints that Phil will be teaching. Class size is limited. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials

Section 012911: Saturday & Sunday,  January 29 & 30, 9:30am - 5:00pm

Tool_list_Phil_Lowe_traditional_joinery.pdf

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Photographing Your Work with Richard Bergen

116_richard_photo_work.jpgThis course is designed for the woodworker who needs to make quality photographs of his or her work. The first part of the course will be a basic introduction to photography and will revolve around the mechanics of the camera. Additional topics will be covered which will help you to decide the right lens to use, how to pick the right type of film, when to use filters, and the best format (or size) of the camera you should use. Richard will also explore digital photography. The second half will be spent on lighting techniques. Simple one and two light set-ups will be demonstrated, and will be followed by more advanced topics of multiple light set-ups, determining color balance, and using shadows to enhance the photographs.

Richard Bergen is a professional photographer who works out of his Hartford studio and is also a woodworker who understands the photographic needs of other woodworkers. Tuition: $95.00 (includes materials)

 

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Learn Dovetails and Drawers with Steve Kain

dovetails.jpg Dovetail joints are considered the hallmark of fine craftsmanship and with a little practice and confidence they are not that hard to make. Drawers are the logical place where most dovetails are used but they need to be designed properly in order for the dovetail to work in conjunction with the drawer bottom and back. Students will each make a sample drawer using the skills learned in the class. Steve will demonstrate layout and cutting the joint using a combination of machines and hand-tools. A number of variations on attaching the drawer bottom will also be explored. Through dovetails and half-blind dovetails will be utilized. Tuition: $225.00 (plus materials)

Section 012909B: Thursday evenings, January 29 – February 19, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

 

 

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Wood Selection & Technology with Lowrie Sargent

A successful woodworking project starts with the selection and purchase of the best wood for your project, yet rarely do we really think about what makes a species or a board "best". During these two days we will develop a chart of the common domestic hardwoods showing many of their characteristics, such as grain, color, strength and workability. We will learn how lumber is harvested, dried and milled, what defects can occur and learn how to calculate seasonal wood movement and design your project accordingly. In addition, we will examine the lumber purchasing process- Starting with a plan or cut list, calculating the inherent waste percentages and what factors contribute to that and then how to select boards that best yield the characteristics you desire. If you have had any questions or uncertainties about what lumber to use, how to buy it or how to get from the "idea stage" to actually cutting wood then this is a class you should take. Lowrie Sargent, an accomplished furniture maker from Camden, Maine will share his years of expertise in this unique weekend class. Lowrie's work can be seen on his website at www.rockycoastjoinery.com (opens a new window). Tuition $195.00 (materials included)

 

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Pencil Post Bed with Steve Kain

144_Steve_Pencil_Post_bed.jpgThis pencil post bed is a great project that will challenge your woodworking skills and will become a family heirloom. Making the tapered posts from 3 inch thick cherry, making the 14" wide headboard (from one or two boards), making the mortice and tenons and the draw bolts for the frame along with shaping the delicate teester rails at the top of the posts are only a few of the challenges in this ambitious class. As with all advanced classes, work at home (or in the shop by arrangement) between class sessions will be required in order to stay on track with the project. The bed can be made as a full size or Queen size. This class will be strictly limited to eight students. Tuition: $375.00 plus materials

 

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Arts & Crafts Details with Gary Rogowski

Gary Rogowski, associate editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery will host this unique hands-on class featuring the many distinctive design details that are identified with the Arts & Crafts Furniture movement of the early twentieth century. Wedged thru tenons, square ebony plugs, "tusk" through tenons and even textured surfaces were all common elements of this period. Students will utilize these and a number of other design details in the construction of an authentic Arts & Crafts Style picture frame. Many of the magazine articles Gary has written have featured the techniques that will be presented and this is your opportunity to gain some first-hand knowledge and guidance while making a useful and unique picture frame. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials

 

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Carving for Furniture Makers - Foliage & Flowers - with Will Neptune

147_foliage_leg_Will_Neptune.jpgWe are pleased to welcome Will Neptune back for this new series of classes which is designed for people who want to add some carving to their furniture work but are not really sure where to begin. This second in the series with Will concentrates on designing, laying out and carving various leaves and flowers. Acanthus leaves and rosettes are typical types of ornamentation you might find on the knee of a cabriole leg, a bed-post or on an architectural element like a fireplace mantle. Will's systematic approach to carving seemingly complex shapes assures the beginning carver a level of success they had not imagined possible. Tool selection, sharpening and design are essential and form an important part of this exciting hands on class. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading wood carvers.

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Make a Wooden Molding Plane with Mario Rodriguez

146_Mario_molding_plane.jpgMost woodworkers are fascinated by handplanes and are even more fascinated by wooden molding planes. In this unique hands-on class students will each make their own "fluting" molding plane from start to finish. Shaping the iron, heat treating and sharpening, shaping the plane body and most importantly, using the plane are just a few of the many aspects of this class. Mario brings years of hand-tool experience to his classes and encourages his students to discover the freedom that using hand-tools allows in woodworking. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of the leaders in the field while making a useful and unique woodworking tool.

 

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Basic Blacksmithing with Walt Scadden

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Walter Scadden is a local blacksmith who has taught hands-on classes all over the country and was the lead blacksmith for the building of the Amistad. He also worked for three years at Mystic Seaport and we are fortunate to have him teaching here. Walter will teach students the basic principles of blacksmithing, including materials needed and what to look for in tools and forges. This is a hands-on project-oriented class and participants will start off making some simple hooks and maybe a letter opener and will then move on to making their own set of blacksmithing tongs. Other possible projects include candleholders, fireplace pokers, coat hooks or maybe even a small pot & pan rack. Whatever you make, it will surely be fun and informative. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn some truly unique and useful skills.

Tuition $255.00 (plus materials $30.00)

new fall date coming soon

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Basic Blacksmithing - Part Two- with Walter Scadden

walt_scadden_demonstrating.jpgEveryone who has done a little blacksmithing work should realize that it is a skill you develop only with time and practice. Join Walter for this continuation of his beginning class and learn some new techniques while practicing those that you started in the beginning class. This second in a series will feature a number of new projects to pick from, including a lighting fixture or a simple lamp, hinges and latches, fireplace tools, a plant hanger or a pot rack. This is also the time to start thinking about incorporating some iron work into your woodworking projects. Many Arts & Crafts furniture pieces featured iron hinges, door pulls, etc and if you come with a simple design on paper then you may be able to begin to turn it into reality! Don't miss this unique opportunity to build on the skills you began to learn in previous classes. Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials)

Section 032109A:                Saturday & Sunday,                March 21 & 22 ,      9:30am - 5:00pm

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Tablesaw Madness

sarah_tablesaw.jpgNo power tool in the shop is more important, more versatile and more useful than the tablesaw. Safely ripping stock to width, accurately cutting parts to length, cutting angles, bevels and making tenons and tapers are just a few of the tasks that an accurately set up tablesaw excels at. But; improperly used, it can also be one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. Understanding how the saw works is one of the goals of this new class and basic common sense safety will be covered thoroughly. We will begin with techniques to make safe and accurate crosscuts and rips and then move on to some of the more specialized cuts such as making accurate tenons and miters. Saw blade selection, dado blades and some of the commercially available accessories will discussed. We will also demonstrate some basic but important shop-made jigs. While this class is mostly demonstration, students will have the opportunity to do some cutting on the saw in order to make sure that each participant understands the techniques being shown. Tuition: $120.00 (materials are included)

Section 031909A: Thursday evenings, March 19 & 26, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

 

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Carving for Furniture Makers – Details for Turnings - with Will Neptune

finialThe carved surfaces of turnings and the eye-catching effect of carved patterns are a powerful combination. You see the overall form of the turning and are drawn in by the more complex details of the carving.

This unique class will concentrate on the embellishments and carving that can be done on turned forms. Using simple divisions and repetitive carving patterns can produce a wide range of effects and are easy to adapt to many projects that have parts made on a lathe. Details such as pea ans sausage or gadrooning which appear on straight moldings can also be used on their turned equivalents. Larger scale patterns include spirals for urns or balls, barley twist columns and flames for finials. In this class each student will work on practice turnings to learn the strategies and methods used for these basic forms. You will learn a variety of layout strategies and carving techniques. Demonstration topics will include fixtures for holding turnings, indexing and layout, tool selection and reading the grain direction along with showing how to relate these ideas to more complex examples. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading wood carvers. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)

Section 120112A: Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Tool list will be posted fall 2012

 

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Carving for Furniture Makers - The "other" Chippendale leg - with Will Neptune

marlborough_leg.jpgMost people think "ball & claw" when they think of a Chippendale style furniture leg- but the Marlborough leg with its straight lines and more architectural effect is the complement to the naturalistic cabriole with ball and claw foot and is just as important to the style. In this class each student will work on a mock up of a leg and rail detail that would appear on a table.  Demonstrations will show how to adapt basic table construction to this style.  We will use shop made "scratch stocks" to profile the leg surfaces, and then learn the carved embellishments that can be used with this leg. The class will cover the pierced C-scroll bracket along with several carved moldings including rope, berry and sausage, sunken pea and gadrooning.  Like other classes in this series, you will learn some specific solutions to a set of problems, and more importantly, how to apply these techniques to other  furniture-making situations as well. Tuition $195.00 (plus materials)

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Cutting Dovetails with Mario Rodriguez

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Nationally known author and furniture maker, Mario Rodriguez will teach students the finer points of making dovetails in this weekend hands-on class. Dovetail joints are considered the hallmark of fine craftsmanship and with a little practice and confidence they are not that hard to make. Mario will concentrate the beginning of the class on the proper filing and tune-up of a dovetail saw (included with material charge) and will then go on to teach through and half blind dovetails. Students will gain the confidence to incorporate this time honored, but often-intimidating joint, into their own furniture projects. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials ($35.00)

 

Section 010211B:    Saturday & Sunday,     April 2 & 3,    9:30 – 5:00pm

 

 Tool_list_Mario_Dovetail_class_2010.pdf                      

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Machining Accurate Furniture Joints with Bob Van Dyke

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Due to the logistics of many of the project-oriented classes, most of the machine setups used in joinery have been completed before class begins. In this hands-on class students will learn how to set up the machines to make an accurate joint and will each have the opportunity to set up the machines and run the joints themselves. Basic machine set-up will be covered along with some of the things you need to be looking for that the owner’s manuals don’t always tell you about. There is no project for this class.   Tuition: $120.00 (includes materials)

 

 

Section 122809A:     Monday & Tuesday evening,    December 28 & 29,  6:00pm – 9:00pm

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Finish a Project with Bob Van Dyke & Steve Kain

Do you have a project that you started in class but never actually finished? We all do! Whether it is simply sanding and applying an oil finish, staining and top-coating or actually completing and gluing up some parts, take advantage of this unique opportunity to finish up one of the projects that you worked so hard on. This new class is a response to requests from students (and their spouses!) to provide guidance and a space to work at your own pace in completing a class project. Space is limited and projects are limited to school projects only. Please let us know what project (or projects) you are planning to work on at the time of registration. Tuition: $175.00 (plus materials used)

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Jigs R Us!

box_joint_jig.jpgMany of you have asked for a class on jigs so here goes! A woodworking “jig” is a shop-made item that is designed to help you do a particular operation; either more safely, more accurately or maybe just more easily. This class will combine lecture, demonstration and hands-on and will answer questions such as: when you should make a jig, how you would go about designing one, and how much work should you put into it. Is this something that will be used over and over or is it simply a one-time throwaway jig? Traditional or common jigs like a tapering jig or a mitering jig will be demonstrated, along with some other more specific and sometimes very simple jigs to help you with such everyday tasks as morticing a hinge into the edge of a part or flush trimming solid wood edging on a piece of plywood. We will also explore some of the commercially available jigs and see just what makes some of them worthwhile and others not. Sign up soon as this will be a popular class. Tuition $95.00 (materials are included).


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Using Veneer in Fine Furniture with Steve Kain

Demystify and embrace the use of veneers in this new four-night class with noted local custom furniture maker Steve Kain. A combination of demonstration and hands on work will help you to open up a whole new world in your furniture making. The use of veneers allows you to create patterns and other effects that would be impossible or impractical in solid wood. Frequently the cost of some solid woods is so high that using veneer becomes the only affordable alternative.
Different types of veneers, glues, substrates and clamping methods will be explored in this hands-on class. Students will each design and make a table top utilizing techniques learned in the class which include matching and manipulating grain patterns, “shooting” seams and using various methods, including using a vacuum press, to adhere the veneers. The tabletop you make can then be used later on for an actual table. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials


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Wood Connections: A guide to the many different methods of joining wood- with Lowrie Sargent

thru_mortice.jpgNovice woodworkers are inundated with conflicting information about which furniture joint is best or what technique is best when in reality- they are almost all good- for a particular set of circumstances! This class with furniture maker, Lowrie Sargent, is designed to make woodworkers more flexible and innovative by understanding the pros and cons of selecting joints, glues, mechanical fasteners and clamps. Lowrie will present students with a number of woodworking “problems” and then explore how best to solve them. Is a simple butt joint and screws sufficient or should you be using something stronger like a mortice and tenon or a dovetail? What makes one type of glue better in a particular application? These are just a few of the questions you can expect to be clarified in this unique new class. Don’t miss this opportunity to remove some of the confusion in your life!
Tuition: $195.00 (materials are included)

 

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Steam-Bending & Other Curved Furniture Parts with Tim Spratlin & Bob Van Dyke

The idea of bending wood into a graceful or useful shape has intrigued generations of woodworkers. In this one-day class we will explore the techniques for making curved furniture parts by a number of different methods including steam-bending, glue laminations, bricklaid, coopering and making bandsawn curves. The advantages and disadvantages of each method will be discussed as we demonstrate each method. Featured in the class are techniques for laying out the curve, making a bending form, tips for making steam boxes, re-sawing lumber for bent laminations and more. Expand your woodworking skills and sign up for this unique class today. Space is limited. Fee $95.00 (materials are included)

Section 102206A: Sunday, October 22, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Build a Router Table with Tim Spratlin

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Router tables come in all shapes and sizes and can be as simple as a router bolted to a piece of plywood or as complex as “ the ultimate router table” you see in every other woodworking magazine these days.

This class is an opportunity to make a good basic heavy-duty router table, learn some new woodworking techniques and have a good time doing it. The design is the same as the router tables we have in the school but you will have to determine if you will purchase (or make) a “lift” system or simply bolt a router to the top.  The top will be covered with plastic laminate (Formica), which will give participants an opportunity to learn how to work with that material. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

 

Section 011610B:       Saturday & Sunday, January 16 & 17,  9:30am—5:00pm

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Drawing for Woodworkers with Paul Edwards

The intent of this class is to provide woodworkers with a method to help them visualize a project that they want to build where no formal plans exist. The class will provide the student with a basis for making technical drawings as well as sketches. This instruction will also touch upon techniques to help someone to design their own projects and draw up plans to build them. Students need to bring to class a pad of white paper (with no lines or grids - minimum size of 8 1/2" x 11"), several pencils, an eraser, a straight-edge and a 12" or 18" ruler. A separate pad for taking notes might be handy as well as triangles, compasses, or any other drawing tools you may already own. Paul will be going over the minimum tools you will need for making basic drawings. Tuition $165.00 (materials included)

Section 110508B: Wednesday evenings, November 5, 12 & 19, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

 

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Make a Spiral-Weave Nantucket Lightship Basket with Bob Rosenberg

112_8inchspiralwhite South of Cape Cod, thirty miles at sea, is Nantucket Island, an early nineteenth century whaling center that became known for, among other things, the unique baskets originally made by the crews of the lightships stationed around the island. These baskets became known worldwide for their unique design and meticulous workmanship. In this two-day class, Bob Rosenberg will carry on this tradition while guiding students through the careful construction of an 8" Spiral-weave Nantucket lightship basket. Participants do not need any prior woodworking experience or specialized tools to complete this rewarding project. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials $60.00)

      Section 102806A:    Saturday & Sunday,       October 28 & 29,  9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build an 18th century Chippendale Chest of Drawers with Steve Kain

chippendale_chestw_quarter_column A chest of drawers is an ambitious project that many of you have been asking for and it is a great project to learn the fine points of traditional case joinery and design. Ogee bracket feet, a ship-lapped back, dovetailed case joinery and dovetailed drawers are just a few of the new skills that are highlights of this exciting new class. Students will choose between solid cherry, mahogany or walnut as their material for this four drawer chest of drawers which is based on a traditional 18th century Chippendale design. Another important design element is the profiling or molding of the edges on the solid wood top and on the drawer fronts.

Students are expected to complete a majority of the basic or repetitive work such as scraping, dry-fitting and dovetailing at home thus leaving more time in class for the instruction and guidance in the more complex operations. Shop time for this handwork only can be arranged if you have no facility to work at home. Some specific hand-tools will be needed. Please inquire when you register. This is not a beginner's class and it assumes a familiarity with basic machine and hand-tool use. Woodworking II or the equivalent is required. Tuition: $375.00 (plus materials).

                Section 102506A:  Wednesday evenings, October 25 - January 3, (class will not meet Nov. 22) 6:00pm - 9:30pm   

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Make and Inlay a Federal-Style Shaded Fan with Mario Rodriguez

shaded fan The shaded fan inlay is a classic decoration for many Federal style furniture pieces. Mario will teach students how to design and make the fan decoration along with some basic veneering techniques and tuning up the hand-tools used. Students will use the traditional "hot sand" technique for shading the fan segments and will go on to inlay the finished fan into a wood of their choice. The techniques used were featured in the Master Class section of  Fine Woodworking magazine a few years ago. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials)

                Section 112506A:       Saturday & Sunday,  November 25 & 26,       9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Queen Anne Lowboy with Phil Lowe

lowboy Queen Anne furniture was one of the most graceful forms of the 18th century. We are pleased to have Phil Lowe, one of this country's leading experts on 18th & 19th century furniture styles and techniques, back to teach this unique and exciting class.

This 18th century classic is a timeless design that has evolved into an American Icon. This class begins with examining the design and starts with making a full size drawing and generating  a stock list. The lowbow will be made from selected South American mahogany and construction details will include techniques such as turning the feet, sawing and shaping the cabriole legs and complex joinery including mortice & tenons and dovetailed drawers. Drawer construction and fan carving will be demonstrated and finishing strategies will be discussed. Bring along your rasp and file for shaping the legs and sharpen up your spoke shave and wide chisels to shape the curves that are so important to this classic design.  This class will meet four weekends (8 full days). The unique format of this class requires that students complete some work between sessions (at their own pace) in order to be able to bring the project to completion.  Prior experience or Woodworking II (at least) is required. This is a great class to bring your woodworking skills to a new level and to learn from one of this country's leading craftsmen and instructors. Don't wait to sign up as this class size will be stricktly limited. Tuition: $895.00 (plus materials)

               

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A Variety of Mortise and Tenon Joints with Will Neptune

Mortise and tenon joints are one of the mechanically strongest joints in furniture construction and there are many variations on the basic joint. In this hands-on class with renowned furniture maker, Will Neptune, students will have the opportunity to explore the basic requirements of cutting this joint, by hand and by machine, and then will go on to examine more advanced joinery techniques including angled and compound angled mortise and tenons, mortise and tenon and bridle joints on curved aprons, and multiple stub tenons.  Each topic will include a discussion of typical applications for the joint, design considerations, accuracy of layout and transfer of information, and cutting and fitting strategies.  This class will help you develop skill with hand tools and you will learn step-by-step procedures for the lay-out and cutting of several useful joints. 

Students will produce a series of sample joints drawn from typical furniture applications. Don't miss this unique opportunity to expand your woodworking skills. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials)

                Section 111806B:     Saturday & Sunday,       November 18 & 19,       9:30am - 5:00pm

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Carve a Newport Style Shell with Phil Lowe

The Goddards and Townsends, 18th century furniture makers from Rhode Island, produced the finest block front furniture ever made. This uniquely American form, has brought record breaking amounts at New York's best auction houses. Phil Lowe, a leading authority on this uniquely American style, will guide students through the design of the Newport shell with close attention given to the over-all modeling, the central scroll motif, and to the undulating curves of each lobe. Carving and layout techniques are a central part of this exciting class. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the techniques that these furniture makers implemented to create this truly masterful piece of work. A number of specific carving tools will be required for this class. Please inquire when registering. Tuition: $195 (plus materials) 

 

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Blacksmithing- Make a Branding Iron with Walt Scadden

What better way to identify your work, your “stuff,” (or your livestock!!) than with your very own branding iron. This new two-day class with Walt Scadden will give you the opportunity to create your own brand- using several letters or a simple emblem. An example of a finished iron can be seen on display at the school. This fun class will give you a chance to try out blacksmithing, or polish your skills if you have taken past classes. Don’t miss it! Tuition: $195.00 plus materials

Section 021707A: Saturday & Sunday, February 17 & 18, 9:30pm – 5:00pm

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Build a Custom Kayak Paddle with Nick Schade

126_Build_Custom_Kayak_Paddle.jpg Anyone can go to a sporting goods store and buy an aluminum kayak paddle that will get you moving through the water- but how much better is it to use a laminated wooden paddle that you made yourself? Wooden paddles are warm and flexible, making them comfortable to use and a paddle made up of different colored laminations looks great! Join noted kayak builder, Nick Schade for this unique night-time class. Students will each make their own kayak paddle with offset or “feathered” curved blades which will be suitable for sea kayaking or white water paddling. It can be built lightweight or rugged. During the five nights of the class participants will be selecting the wood, laminating parts, shaping them with power tools and hand tools and finally reinforcing the paddle with fiberglass. The result will be a beautiful and practical kayak paddle suitable for hard use or display. Some woodworking experience is helpful but not necessary. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials

Section 030211B:     Wednesday evenings, March 2 – March 30,      6:00pm – 9:30pm

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Blacksmithing & Toolmaking -Make a Woodworking Chisel, a Turning Gouge or some other Woodworking Tool with Walt Scadden

walt_scadden_demonstratingTool making is probably one of the most useful skills that a blacksmith has and this new class will give you an appreciation of some of the techniques used. Students will have the chance to make a woodworking chisel and a turning gouge (or a second chisel if you prefer). Shaping the tool steel, annealing and hardening the steel, grinding the cutting edge and fitting the handles are just a few of the steps you will take to make some great tools that you can truly call your own. This fun class will give you a chance to try out blacksmithing, or polish your skills if you have taken past classes. Don’t miss it! Tuition: $245.00.00 plus materials

Section 071710A:   Saturday & Sunday,  July 17 & 18,  9:30pm – 5:00pm

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Making Inlay Bandings with Phil Lowe

Bandings are the ornamentation that makes Federal Furniture so alive with contrast and subtle elegance. This hands-on class will focus on the ways in which these complex bandings are glued into sandwiches and cut to usable lengths that can then be applied around exotic veneers. There are many complicated designs, but we will start with some simple patterns and work towards the more complex, such as herringbone and arrow bandings. This opportunity will allow you to appreciate some of the ingenious ways in which this decoration can be fabricated allowing you to add another design dimension to your work. Tuition: $225.00 (plus materials)

 

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Dovetails: Every Which Way but “Normal” with Will Neptune

The dovetail is well known and appreciated for it's strength and beauty . Books and magazines regularly show how to cut basic lap and through dovetails, but very little is written about other types and applications of this joint. Complex furniture construction may require angled or compound angled dovetails. Drawer dividers, partitions and shelves often rely on a slot dovetail at the front edge of the case which include a number of interesting variations such as: through, lap, half tail ,stepped or with mitered beads. Case parts can be joined away from the ends using housed tapered dovetails. Even a simple table will frequently utilize a dovetail joining the top stretcher into the top of the leg. Each of these joints provides a technical solution to some construction problem. Learning to plan, lay out and cut these joints is a great way to improve your bench skills. These joints can be used in a wide range of future projects. In this unique hands-on class you will make a series of sample joints that serve as a record of the methods used for layout and cutting sequence. Demonstrations will show how more complex examples are variations of the sample joints. It is suggested that participants should be familiar with basic though dovetails. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn expand your skills with Will Neptune. Tuition: $225.00 (plus materials)

 

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Carve a Ball & Claw Foot Leg with Will Neptune

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The Ball & Claw foot leg is an essential form in Chippendale style furniture. With its graceful cabriole shaped leg and a variety of talon styles possible, mastering this leg requires some basic woodworking and shaping skills along with a systematic approach to the carving. Various sections of New England had their distinct Ball & Claw styles and within those regions leading cabinetmakers had their own very distinctive styles. Will is focusing primarily on the carving of late 18th century Windsor cabinet maker Eliphalet Chapin and his systematic approach to the ball and claw feet that were so unique o his style. Will begins the class with some discussion of the history and regional differences, design and proportion considerations and the adaptability of the basic form to different size furniture pieces. Under his direction, students will see the leg and foot develop from a series of very controlled cuts based on the initial layout of the foot.  Leg shaping possibilities will be covered, but most of the class time will be spent on the carving of the foot.  Each student should complete one leg and foot model and a mock up of the foot to serve as a physical record of the procedure. This is a hands-on class and a number of specific carving gouges will be required. Please inquire about this when registering. Sign up soon- space for this exciting & challenging class is limited. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials)

    Section 060714A:Saturday & Sunday,    June 7 & 8, 9:30am – 5:00pm

Note: if you are planning on taking Will’s Chapin Dining Table class later in the summer and have not carved a ball & claw foot under Will’s guidance it is strongly suggested that you take this class.

 

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Traditional Inlay Techniques for a Federal Style Leg with Steve Latta

steve_latta_inlay_legsOne of the most distinctive characteristics of period furniture, especially of the Federal period, is the outstanding ornamentation, in the form of intricate inlays of contrasting woods, patterns and complicated shapes. Craftsmen have been practicing inlay for centuries using traditional materials, techniques, tools and designs. Nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, hosts this unique hands-on class. Over the course of the weekend students will gain an understanding of the tools and skills necessary to carry out a variety of traditional designs, including patterned bandings, sand-shaded bell flowers and string inlay. Students will incorporate their inlays on a Federal style card table leg, which will provide them with a record of their work and a reminder of inlay possibilities in their future projects. Steve will cover both traditional and modern methodology, including tool-making, in this exceptional weekend class. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials- $67.00)

Section: 042112A: Saturday & Sunday, April 21 & 22, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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Strip Built Boats – Construction Techniques with Nick Schade

museum_boat_nick_schadeThe process of strip building canoes and kayaks is generally considered to be the best for small light-weight craft. It is also undoubtedly the nicest looking construction method for this sized boat. In this one day demonstration of the strip-building technique for making a kayak or other small boat, professional kayak builder and designer, Nick Schade, will outline the steps to build your own boat. Topics shown will include basic stripping and staple-free construction, fairing the hull and fiber-glassing. Participants will be free to ask questions. For anyone considering building a small boat, this workshop will be a good opportunity to learn more about the process. Tuition: $120.00(materials are included)

Section 13010B:    Saturday,    October 30,    9:30am – 5:00pm

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Blacksmithing- Make a Knife with Walt Scadden

walters_knife.jpg Tool making is probably one of the most useful skills that a blacksmith has and this new class will give you an appreciation of some of the techniques used. This 3 day class features a knife as the project which could be used just about anywhere around the house or in your shop. A big part of this class is learning how to properly harden the steel cutting edge but other highlights include shaping the tool steel, annealing, grinding the cutting edge and fitting the handle. This fun class will give you a chance to try out blacksmithing, or polish your skills if you have taken past classes. Don’t miss it! Tuition: $355.00 plus materials

 

 

Section 021911B: Saturday, Sunday & Monday, February 19, 20 & 21, 9:30am – 5:00pm 

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Build a Sheraton Style Side Table with Steve Kain

In this exciting new class students will learn, practice and perfect their veneering and inlay skills while building an elegant small Sheraton side table. The table features Hepplewhite style tapered legs, a drawer and the extensive use of veneers and as much decorative inlay as you want. One of the highlights (and a lot of the work) is in the top. Steve will guide students through the process of designing, cutting, matching and seaming to make an attractive pattern with the veneers in the tabletop. Because of the veneer, the top will also need to be edge banded which is another skill you will be able to learn and utilize. Due to the complexity and attention to details required in this project some hand-work at home (or at the shop by advance arrangement) will be required. A good understanding of basic four-square milling and some experience with hand-tools is needed. Because this is not a class for total beginners (but it is also not so advanced that it is beyond most peoples abilities) pre-requisites for the class are the Woodworking II class or permission from the instructor or from the school director, Bob Van Dyke. Tuition: $375.00 (plus materials)

 

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Carving for Furniture Makers with Will Neptune – Foliage & Acanthus Leaf Carving

will_neptune_acanthus_leaf_webAfter many requests for this class we are pleased to add Foliage & Acanthus leaf carving to Will’s excellent series of carving classes. Acanthus leaves are one of the most popular embellishments seen in traditional furniture and architecture. It's curling and flowing form can be adapted to a wide range of situations. Larger scale architectural forms are a good place to learn the basics of leaf carving. The techniques you learn here can be modified for later use in the smaller scale leafage seen in furniture work. The class project will be a wall bracket that could be used to support a shelf or mantle. The topics we will cover include: pattern development, tool selection, grounding, setting in and modelling. You will learn how to carve the classic "pipes and eyes" and the twisting, fluted leaf tips typical of Acanthus leaves. The apparent complexity of leaf carving can be intimidating to the beginner. The key to learning traditional carving is to follow a systematic procedure, breaking the project into a series of simpler steps which assures a successful finished carving. Some specific carving tools will be required for this class. Please inquire when you register. Tuition $225.00 plus materials

Section 100607B: Saturday & Sunday, October 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build a Serpentine-Front Chest of Drawers with Phil Lowe

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A serpentine-front chest of drawers presents a variety of interesting design and construction problems which will surely challenge many of you. We are pleased to have Phil Lowe, one of this country’s leading experts on 18th & 19th century furniture styles and techniques, back to teach this unique and exciting class. This class begins with examining the design and starts with making a full size drawing and generating a stock list. This is the point where the serpentine shape for the front will be designed and many of the joinery problems will be examined.

The chest of drawers features four dovetailed drawers, dovetailed and beaded dividers and ogee bracket feet for the carcase. The serpentine shape drawers will be sawn and shaped from selected 10/4 South American mahogany. Curved moldings and a shaped top add to the challenges of this project. As an added bonus students ( and spouses, friends, etc) are invited back to the shop Saturday night, October 13 for desert, coffee and a slide show featuring Phil’s extensive & unique work. This class will meet four weekends (8 full days). The unique format of this class requires that students complete some work between sessions (at their own pace) in order to be able to bring the project to completion. Prior experience or Woodworking II (at least) is required. This is a great class to bring your woodworking skills to a new level and to learn from one of this country’s leading craftsmen and instructors. Don’t wait to sign up as this class size will be strictly limited. Tuition: $895.00 (plus materials)

Section 091507A: Saturday & Sunday, September 15 & 16, October 13 & 14, November 17 & 18, December 8 & 9, 9:30pm – 5:00pm

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Solving Joinery Problems with Will Neptune- Making Curved Furniture Parts

For those of you who have taken a class with Will Neptune you know the unique and frequently “why didn’t I think of that!” nature of his methods. This is a new class continues his examination of some perplexing furniture making problems and should not be missed. Furniture designs often rely on curved elements for visual effect. Learning how to handle these situations makes a wide range of projects possible. There are many methods for making curved parts and each has it's advantages and applications. Shaped solid wood reveals dramatic grain patterns that can be planned to enhance the overall form. Stack lamination, bricking and coopering make stable cores which can then be covered with veneers. Bent laminations can give incredible strength to thin, curved parts and allow the efficient use of expensive materials. This class will show you how to use these techniques to form the curved parts commonly seen in furniture. We will make mock-ups of typical details such as table rails and drawer fronts. You'll learn how to use templates, read grain patterns, build forms, clamping tricks and shaping methods. The use of curved parts also presents some unique joinery problems. How do you figure out the angles of a mortise & tenon and what is the reference point to measure from? These and other problems will be addressed in this unique class. Sign up soon as space is limited. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 110307A: Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4, 9:30am - 5:00pm  

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Carving for Furniture Makers with Will Neptune- Shells & Fans

will_neptune_shell_webWe are pleased to welcome Will Neptune back for this challenging class which is designed for people who want to add some carving to their furniture work but are not really sure where to begin. This segament of the carving series of classes taught by Will concentrates on designing, laying out and carving various shells and fans. This is a type of ornamentation you would typically find on the knee of a cabriole leg or on a drawer front. Will's systematic approach to carving seemingly complex shapes assures the beginning carver a level of success they had not imagined possible. Tool selection, sharpening and design are essential and is an important part of this exciting hands-on class. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading wood carvers. Some specific carving tools will be required for this class. Please inquire when you register. Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 120107B: Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Build an Acoustic Guitar with Robert Ford

us_guitar__pic.jpg Many of those who have played or even admired the beauty of the guitar have shown interest in making their own heirloom instrument that can be played today and passed on to future generations. In this class beginner and intermediate woodworkers will build an exceptional steel string acoustic guitar using a unique kit as a foundation. You will
learn the terminology and the techniques that are unique to the luthier's art. The process is broken down into small steps, beginning with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, abalone inlay to the construction of the body including brace trimming/fitting, top installation, bridge gluing/alignment, purfling and final fit up of the neck to body joint using a bolt-on system. Each guitar will be completed leaving the final top cote finish up to the student. Look for our other classes designed for finishing techniques. You can see a finished example of the guitar in the school. The guitar can be made in sapele or sycamore- please indicate your choice when signing up. Tuition: $355.00 plus materials $285.00

Section 022112B: Tuesday evenings, February 21 - April 17, 6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Ornamental Veneer with Steve Latta

steve_latta_inlayRare and exotic veneers are frequently used to create interesting and sometimes spectacular patterns and designs in high style furniture. Many Federal style furniture pieces incorporate veneers as the focal point of the ornamentation for the piece and this is what we will be concentrating in this unique week-end class. Nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, will guide students through the special techniques needed to create their own designs on a small practice piece such as a drawer front or small table top. Over the course of the weekend students will gain an understanding of the tools and skills necessary to carry out a variety of patterns possible using veneers including book-matching, pie patterns, quadrants and ellipses as well as some more complicated forms. We’ll look at various borders applicable to drawer fronts, table tops and doors. Both traditional and modern techniques will be addressed including using a vacuum bag and traditional hammer veneering with hide glue. This class is a great companion to Steve’s Pennsylvania Spice Box class coming up in June, 2008. Sign up soon- class size is limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 021608A: Saturday & Sunday, February 16 & 17, 2008, 9:30am - 5:00pm  

pdf tool_list_ornamenta_veneer_steve_latta_2008 

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Make a Pie Crust Table with Will Neptune

pie_crust_table.jpg This exciting new class with Will Neptune promises to challenge your woodworking skills and will give you plenty of opportunity to learn some great techniques from one of this country’s leading craftsmen and teachers. The eighteenth century Chippendale style tilt-top pie crust table is a small (18” diameter) project that utilizes plenty of different skills and techniques. A wide range of carvings on the turned column are possible and include spirals, “pea & sausage” and gadrooning while the traditional pie crust carving along the edge of the top offers a variety of coves and beads in every possible grain direction. The tripod legs feature the traditional cabriole shape ending in a carved “snake foot”. The turning of the central column will be demonstrated in class but the actual turned column will be provided as part of the material charge (unless you are a proficient turner and want to do your own turning at home). Dovetailed legs joined into the central column and a wooden hinge mechanism for the tilting top are among the technical problems that you will solve with Will. The unique format of this class (one weekend per month for four months) allows you plenty of time for “homework” while giving you a full eight days of actual class time instruction. Don’t wait too long to sign up for this great class as space is limited. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials.

Section 030808A: Saturday & Sunday, March 8 & 9, April 12 & 13, May 10 & 11 and May 31 & June 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Introduction to Woodcarving with Dan Faia

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Introduction to Woodcarving with Dan Faia A number of you have asked for a basic carving class so here it is! Dan Faia is an accomplished and well-known furniture-maker, writer and woodworking instructor who currently teaches traditional woodworking techniques at North Bennet Street School in Boston. This class will introduce you to the challenges and rewards of woodcarving and will give you the skills and confidence to add carved ornamentation to some of your furniture projects. Effective carving starts off with the right tools so Dan will be discussing what goes into proper tool selection and he will cover the varieties of shapes, sweeps, and profiles. There will be a strong focus on sharpening and the many options available for carving tools. Students will perform a variety of skill building exercises which will help teach you tool control and technique, from simple tool cut patterns to grounded relief. While there is no “project” for this class the skills and confidence you will gain under the supportive direction of Dan will open up new opportunities for your woodworking projects. Some specific carving tools will be required. That list can be viewed at http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/ . Tuition $245.00 plus materials

Section 040409B: Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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 Basic Woodworking with Bob Van Dyke

If you have been thinking about trying out woodworking but are not quite ready to make the commitment to a full-blown ‘series” class then this may be the answer for you. This new class introduces the beginning woodworker to some of the basics of using power tools and handtools while making an Arts & Crafts style mirror frame to take home. Students will use the tablesaw and router table to make the basic frame before gluing it up and finishing it off with decorative pegs in each corner. A good understanding of how each power tool works is basic to using it safely therefore each tool will be completely reviewed and demonstrated and safety will be stressed. Woodworking is not just aboput machines and relies heavily on handtools so proper use of chisels, handplanes and card scrapers to fit the corner joints and to finish off the frame are an important part of this new and exciting class. Now is the time to try out woodworking. Who knows- you may just get hooked!

Tuition:$120.00 plus materials ($30.00)

    Section: 062108A: Saturday, June 21,    9:30am – 4:30pm

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Traditional Furniture Inlay Techniques with Phil Lowe

bellflower_inlay.jpg Federal furniture was customarily embellished with stringing, bandings, bellflowers and fans. In this course with Phil Lowe , one of this country’s leading experts on 18th & 19th century furniture styles and techniques, students will make his or her own tool especially designed to inlay stringing into a sample table leg. Simple bandings will also be glued up and sawn. Bellflowers and fans will be cut from veneers and appropriately inlayed into solid stock. The age old technique of sand shading will also be explored, leaving the student with an increased awareness in the evolution of furniture ornamentation. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from this master craftsman. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading authorities on traditional furniture designs. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 022308A: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24, 9:30am – 5:00pm

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A Weekend of Furniture Legs with Phil Lowe

152_cabriole_leg.jpg Come join nationally known furniture maker and educator, Phil Lowe, for this unique hands-on two-day class. Phil, an expert on 18th and 19th century furniture, will teach students the finer points of designing and making a number of traditional furniture legs including turned and fluted legs, tapered reeded legs, Queen Anne style cabriole legs and ogee bracket feet. The ogee bracket foot includes cutting coves on the tablesaw, cutting the shaped edges on the bandsaw and handplaning the miter for a perfect fit.Working with the bandsaw, spokeshaves, chisels and rasps, each student lay out and shape a cabriole leg which would be suitable for a Queen Anne style tea table. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading authorities on traditional furniture making. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials

Section 050308A: Saturday & Sunday, May 3 & 4, 9:30am – 5:00pm

 

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Build a Pennsylvania Spice Box with Steve Latta

Rich Mrzinski spice box closedSpice boxes, or chests, were popular among the Quakers of the Delaware Valley during the late seventeenth and throughout the eighteenth centuries, remaining fashionable in Pennsylvania long after falling out of style elsewhere. The boxes, whose interiors were fitted with banks of small drawers, were often displayed in the public rooms of homes, functioning as both a repository for small valuables, such as spices and silver items, and as a symbol of the family's prosperity. The cases were most often made of walnut, with inlays consisting of combinations of maple, boxwood, holly, cherry, walnut burl, locust, and red cedar set into the surface for contrast.

We are please to welcome back nationally known furniture maker, author and instructor, Steve Latta, whose Pennsylvania Spice Box article was  published in Fine Woodworking magazine (issue # 196). In this unique weekend series of classes, we will cover all of the necessary steps to complete a box similar to the one pictured here. It may be a small in size, a mere 21 inches in height, but it has all the complexity of a full chest-of-drawers complete with a dovetailed case and drawers, partitions, molding and bracket feet. We will devote a portion of the class to exploring the techniques Steve uses to accomplish the intricate inlay work that is so characteristic of these great American treasures. The unique class format of meeting once a month over a period of months allows you to learn and accomplish more than you could in a week-long class. The project’s level of detail lends itself to careful work at home in your own shop- at your own pace. The level of ornamentation that you may want to add to the project is really up to you- but you should not expect to finish it all in class if you are not able to devote some time at home on the project. This is a great project with one of the best teachers in the country. You will learn new skills and techniques that you can use in any number of larger and more challenging projects.

Sign up today as space is limited. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials

Section 092212A: Saturday & Sunday, September 22 & 23, November 10 & 11, December 15 & 16 and January 19 & 20, 9:30am –5:00pm   

(Note: This class was previously scheduled for 3 weekends  @ $695.00)                                                      

                                                                                               Spice Box Latta

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