Course Catalog

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Understanding Color: DYES, STAINS, & GLAZES w/Peter Gedrys
We often want to color match an object in our home or reproduce a color we’ve seen in a furniture store. This class will build confidence and show you how to eliminate guesswork from the equation. Students will mix and apply dyes, stains, glazes and toners. By creating sample boards with both single and layered colors, students will learn to read a color and reproduce it at will. To finish your piece, a variety of coatings will be covered.
Working with New or Antique Furniture w/Peter Gedrys
In this unique class, you'll have the opportunity to spend the day with a master finisher and restorer. Peter will cover diverse subjects; planning your finish schedule, analyzing coatings, refinishing and restoration principles. Whether it's a new piece of furniture you can't quite make a decision on or need advice on antique restoration, this class is for you. This class is structured like a round table discussion with hands on approaches to each provided project. Students bring a new or older piece of furniture as their study piece. However, you are not limited to furniture: small decorative objects as well as picture frames are all candidates.
Make Your Own Windsor Chair
Students will build their own Windsor Chair by using many of the same techniques used over 200 years ago. The history of chairmaking will be discussed along with the benefits of green wood construction. Students will be taught the use of an adz, gouge, file, block plane and spokeshave and more all while seeing how these tools are used to carve the seat and spindles. Also, steam bending is discussed. The bow and arm are provided already bent and students will shape them, using a file and spokeshave. All the turnings are provided, already turned but still green. Students will learn drying techniques and to assemble these parts.
Introduction to Carving w/ Mary May
Professional woodcarver, Mary May, will teach the basics of woodcarving using traditional techniques that have been used for centuries. She will teach the process of getting the gouges razor sharp, how to safely hold the gouges, and how to work with difficult grain issues. Mary will show the step-by-step process of carving a camellia flower in shallow relief. She will walk you through the technique of how to lower down the background, how to give the appearance of overlapping leaves and petals, and how to shape the flower.
Carving for Furniture Makers w/ Mary May
Professional woodcarver, Mary May, will teach this intermediate class that will focus on woodcarving for furniture makers. The first project will be carving the traditional acanthus leaf in shallow relief. Mary will go over the history, design, and carving techniques of this decorative leaf that is so often seen in details on period furniture. The second project will be carving the classic small scallop shell that is often seen on Queen Anne furniture. Some carving experience is required.
“It’s All About the Color” w/ Charles Neil
This course will focus on using high quality stains and dyes from General Finishes. Charles will demonstrate how to properly and effectively stain all woodworking projects whether large or small. Charles will focus extensively on coloring, layering, toning as well as proper application techniques. He offers specific General Finishes recipes that he has personally developed to obtain a certain look, such as “aged natural cherry” or “burgundy mahogany”. Everything you ever wanted to know about the color packed into a 6 hour intensive course.
“Applying Top Coats” w/ Charles Neil
This course will focus on proper applications of top coats by hand and via spraying. This course will have a strong emphasis on water bourne finishes. Charles will demonstrate both the Earlex and Apollo spraying systems. Time will also be spent “rubbing out” the finish to obtain the professional look you are all seeking. You don’t know what “rubbing out” is?? Then this is the perfect class for you, plus it’s a great follow up to Saturday’s “It’s All about the Color” course.
Exporation in Woodturning w/ Michael Hosaluk
Take part in the unique opportunity to work with renowned turner, furniture maker, and co-founder of the American Association of Woodturners, Michael Hosaluk. Michael is recognized throughout the world as one of the most creative Artists. Learn in-depth technical instruction in traditional and experimental techniques, contemporary design and unusual subject matter. Plan for an exhilarating three days as Michael works one on one with each of you on a multitude of unique turning techniques and processes of surface design. There will be plenty of bench space for all students to work at and explore various levels of creativity, craftsmanship & personal development. Nothing is off-limits!!!!
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Router Table Tech
Learn how versatile and accurate the router table can be. You’ll make a box with a snug fitting lid using only the router table. Top the box off with an inlay and it’ll be ready to hold change, spare keys, a few router bits, or whatever else you can think of! After this class you’ll have a full understanding of the router table and be ready to tackle your own project.
Router Table Tech II
Learn the basics of Freud’s (PARS)Adjustable Style and Rail Sets while also enhancing your technical knowledge of router tables.
Crown Molding Tech
Chris Johnstone, Studio Manager of the Woodworkers Club, demonstrates a few simple tricks to mastering crown molding. Chris will explain layouts, cutting procedures and send you home with a sconce for the wall.
Introduction to Pen Making
Learn how to make your own exotic wooden pens and pencils. Friends and family won’t believe you made them yourself! Receive instruction and practice on the lathe, band saw, drill press, and sanding station as you learn the secrets to successfully making a beautiful and delicate pen.
Tablesaw Technique
Learn how to tune and maintain your table saw for maximum performance and safety. We will discuss saw selection, fence options, blade types, safety accessories, cutting jigs, and other fixtures that will enhance your table saw use.
Scrollsaw Tech
The Scrollsaw can be one of the most important tools for cutting out delicate shapes. Your instructor, Tony Perry, has hours of experience with multiple scrollsaw techniques. He will introduce how to effectively use the scrollsaw. Before making any cuts, Tony will carefully demonstrate how to safely use and maintain the saw.
Bandsaw Technique
The bandsaw can be one of the most important tools you use. In this class you’ll make a bandsaw box. This box will start as a solid block of wood and using nothing but the bandsaw you will cut out the shape of the drawers and the interior of the drawers. You’ll leave with the parts ready to assemble and finish. Before starting the box, we’ll make sure you know how to be safe using the bandsaw, as well as what type of maintenance a bandsaw requires, and practice some resawing.
Bandsaw Tech II: Beyond the Box
In the basic bandsaw class, we learned how to operate and maintain the saw, re-sawing techniques and how to cut complex curves. All of these skills were taught in the context of creating a box from a solid block of wood. The majority of the cuts in the bandsaw box are made in a single plane. It’s time to move on to the next step. In BT2, we will make simple kitchen implements that require cutting curves in two different planes of the wood. The result will be stylish and useful implements with a variety of complex curves. Through these simple projects, you’ll begin to more fully appreciate the creative possibilities of a bandsaw.
Japanese Woodworking
To start the class you will focus on creating a handmade layout square for marking and measuring as well as handmade sanding blocks to fit the contour of your hand. Discover how to correctly use a marking knife as well as how to cut a straight line with the pull saw. In the later part of the class you will design and construct Saw Ponies. You will learn how to hand chop a lap joint and carve the shoulders of the ponies with a mallet & chisels. Other techniques include how to trim joints with a slick and how to use handmade sanding blocks to get a perfect fit.
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Beginning Bowl Turning
Clifton will teach you what it takes to create beautiful wooden bowls from green wood that can be salvaged from fallen trees or your firewood pile. Topics not only cover basic lathe operation, but also include wood selection, sectioning, face plate mounting, shaping, hollowing, sanding and finishing.
Introduction to Pen Making
Learn how to make your own exotic wooden pens and pencils. Friends and family won’t believe you made them yourself! Receive instruction and practice on the lathe, band saw, drill press, and sanding station as you learn the secrets to successfully making a beautiful and delicate pen.
Introduction to the Lathe
A whole new world of woodworking will open up for you once you learn lathe basics. This class focuses on spindle turning while covering tool selection, sharpening, lathe use, setup, and hands-on practice. You will create your own take-home project.
Advanced Bowl Turning
This class is a follow-on to the Introduction to Bowl Turning class. You will learn how to turn a thin-walled natural edge bowl. You will learn the instructor’s bowl turning secrets such as methods of sharpening tools to eliminate catching and end-grain tear-out.
Advanced Pen Making
Are you left wanting more after taking our basic pen turning course? In advanced pen turning you’ll learn how to successfully turn 3 more styles of pens in both wood and acrylic. Prepare for two evenings of pen turning. We let you choose the styles and materials.
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Fundamentals of Woodworking
This class is designed for beginning woodworkers or those who have been away from their hobby for some time. Students will have a chance to learn about different types of joints using both hand and power tools as they make their own take-home project. The course also covers subjects such as wood technology, selecting and purchasing lumber, sharpening techniques and finishing. All tools and materials provided.
Router Table Tech
Learn how versatile and accurate the router table can be. You’ll make a box with a snug fitting lid using only the router table. Top the box off with an inlay and it’ll be ready to hold change, spare keys, a few router bits, or whatever else you can think of! After this class you’ll have a full understanding of the router table and be ready to tackle your own project.
Router Table Tech II
Learn the basics of Freud’s (PARS)Adjustable Style and Rail Sets while also enhancing your technical knowledge of router tables.
Beginning Furniture Making
This class is designed for those who are ready to build their first piece of furniture or who desire to improve their furniture making skills. A natural follow-up on the Fundamentals class, this class will teach you a variety of basic furniture joinery techniques through the construction of a solid hardwood end table.
Advanced Furniture: Cabinets & Dovetails
During this nine-evening course, you will learn to construct a cabinet carcass and fit it with doors and drawers. The class will cover design considerations, Festool Domino joinery, layout of materials, cutting sequence, gluing and squaring-up the assembly. Door construction will cover options to avoid warpage, expansion concerns, joinery, hardware selection, and getting a perfect fit. Hand-Cut Dovetail Drawer construction will be covered as well as details of fitting & aligning. An understanding of proper material milling is required.
Custom Designed Lamp Making
Maybe you’ve already built or purchased all the furniture for your home. Well now it’s time to take a look at the lighting in your living space. In our five day lamp making course, David Fersh, covers everything from resawing on the bandsaw to advanced table saw and plunge router techniques This fast paced specialty class is sure to “turn you on” to the world of lamp designing and fabrication.
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