It is with great sadness that I tell you Richard Bergen lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a close personal friend for over 20 years and a huge asset in the school. Richard took dozens and dozens of classes over the years and assisted in most of the beginning classes for many years. Every studio photograph of the school furniture projects was done by Richard- free of charge!
Richard never hesitated to jump in and help out any time we needed it and was a huge help to hundreds of students..
He will be sorely missed.
Bob Van Dyke
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.
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)
Many 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).
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
Novice 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)
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
Inlay is a technique missing from many folks’ arsenals of skillsets. A little bit of inlay can go a long way in taking a casual piece to something far more formal and sophisticated- or it can just make it more interesting and fun. In this hands on class, nationally recognized furniture maker and inlay expert, Steve Latta, will present an overview of both traditional and contemporary practices, using both hand and power tools. This is a hands on class so you will have plenty of opportunity to practice with both techniques. You’ll walk away with an understanding of traditional stringing and modern day pattern work with the ability to add rich accents to your work, be it a table top, drawer front or a simple decorative panel. This is a great class if you have never done any inlay but even if you have been working and experimenting on your own you owe it to yourself to study with one of the best instructors in the country. Sign up today- You do not want to miss this opportunity. Some specific tools are suggested and the list is in the link below.
Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
Section 091716A: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, 9:30am—5:00pm
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This class will be a combination lecture, demonstration and hands-on session which will provide an overview of the history, tools, techniques and materials of upholstery . Mike Mascelli has been a professional upholsterer his entire career and brings a lifetime of experience to this hands on class.
Mike will set up a complete working shop including a collection of historic and modern tools, and cover the full range of traditional hand sewn, and modern upholstery methods. Presentations include “A Lively Guide to a Dying Art”, which will be enhanced with demonstrations illustrating the tools and techniques portrayed. “A Tale of Two Chairs” presents step by step photos contrasting traditional work on a period armchair, and modern methods on a 1940’s chair.
Students will complete an open frame slip seat by stretching and tacking webbing, cutting and fitting the foundation, lofting, and show cover materials, and installing a proper dust cover. And then building on these new skills, complete a small-scale sprung footstool, by hand tying springs, and learning basic cutting and folding techniques, then finishing off the corners with proper blind stitches.
The class will also include a complete discussion of tools and machines, as well as tips on common repair techniques such as replacing buttons without having to open up the chair !
Students will receive a booklet containing, excerpts, illustrations, yardage charts, and sources of supply. This class is for anyone with an interest in the tools, terminology and techniques of the upholstery trade. All of the tools you will need will be provided by Mike but if you shoulld want to bring your own the list is below.
Sign up Today! Tuition $295.00 Plus materials ($55.00)
Section 020820: Saturday & Sunday, February 8 & 9, 2020, 9:30am—5:00pm
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
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
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
(note: Class on Sunday will start at 9:00am)
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
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
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)
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
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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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
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
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. 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
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)
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)
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)
One 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
The 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
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
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)
After 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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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
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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We 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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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
Rare 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
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
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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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
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
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
The porringer top Tea Table is just one of the many variations on the Queen Anne style tea table that was prevalent in 18th century New England society. This relatively simple table offers the student a myriad of possibilities to learn and advance their furniture making skills. Dan Faia is well known for his work on period furniture along with his writing for Fine Woodworking magazine and his furniture making classes around the country. This class will explore a number of woodworking techniques that include basic lumber selection, milling and mortice and tenon joinery along with careful examination of the basic table design which is highlighted by the graceful and elegant cabriole legs and the scalloped edges of the aprons and the top. Making the cabriole legs will involve the making of patterns, using the bandsaw and handtools to shape the legs and a little bit of basic spindle turning on the lathe to shape the pad foot. The beauty of this table is that it lends itself to a number of design variations. If you should prefer an oval or rectangular shaped top that would be appropriate for the table design and can be accomodated in the class. While most of the work on the table will be done during class, some homework (handwork only) will be expected to be completed between class sessions. Don’t miss this great opportunity to make an heirloom furniture piece while learning some great new skills. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials
Section 062808A: Saturday & Sunday, June 28, 29 and July 19 & 20, 9:30am – 5:00pm
I am pleased to welcome Phil back for this truly unique and challenging class. Over a series of four weekends Phil will guide students through the construction of a traditional Queen Anne style drop leaf table in walnut. This is an early, medium-sized movable table that can also be closed and used as a side table. Highlights of the project’s skills include making cabriole legs, cutting mortise and tenons, dovetails, and making knuckle joints & rule joints which will provide a great learning experience for the novice as well as the experienced woodworker. Phil will bring the students through the table design and development of a cut list as well as selection of cutters and making patterns. Learn the proper layout and sawing techniques that will make shaping the cabriole leg a breeze– and then learn to turn the pad foot on the lathe! This table will challenge your joinery skills and teach you the principles of setting hinges for the rule joint which will allow for a smooth leaf action and cutting the knuckle joints which swing the leg to hold up the table leaves. Anyone who has taken one of these “series” classes with Phil knows just how much you will learn and if you have not taken one of his classes then you owe it to yourself to build this unique heirloom piece of furniture. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials.
Section 092008A: Saturday & Sunday, September 20, 21, October 18 & 19, November 22 & 23 and December 13 & 14, 9:30pm – 5:00pm
The table saw is a powerful labor saving machine that is the heart of every woodworking shop. Most people think that it is only suited to cutting work pieces that are square with parallel edges. In this unique two day class furniture maker, teacher and author, Will Neptune will teach you techniques on the saw that you never would have dreamed possible. Angled joinery, shaped and curved work, and dealing with pieces that are unusually large or are normally considered too small are all possible- and safe!- with Will’s unique problem solving abilities and techniques. Some simple jigs and cutting strategies can make some seemingly difficult situations as simple and straight forward as basic tablesaw work. Participants will have the chance to work with Will as he teaches methods for safely and accurately cutting tenons (twin and multiple) dovetails, pattern cutting, dadoes, rabbetts, stopped and plunge cuts and coopering. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 121011A: Saturday & Sunday, December 10 & 11, 9:30am—5:00pm
The “pie crust” carved table top on a tripod base is a beautiful example of the 18th century carver’s work. In this class students will make the top alone which can then be used as a tray. Will Neptune will guide students through the many challenges of this unique type of carving. The form presents the carver with a number of interesting technical challenges- beads and coves with inside and outside corner carved miters. Carving the same pattern around the circular top is a great lesson in reading grain direction. Careful layout of the pattern and the choice of carving gouges is an example of the common 18th century approach of relating design and technique. Don’t miss this great opportunity to further your carving skills under the guidance of one of this country’s foremost carvers and teachers. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials
Section 120608B: Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, 9:30am—5:00pm
If you have been frustrated by your attempts to make tight fitting wood joints or are hesitant to learn furniture joinery then this is the class for you! I am pleased to have furniture maker and teacher, Steve Butler here to teach this two day hands on class. We will examine different types of wood joints, explore why some joints are better than others and through discussion, sample making, and the construction of a small wall hung cabinet, we will look at the various ways of making 5 major wood joints. Using hand and power tools, we will demystify the dovetail, the box joint, the mortise and tenon, dadoes, rabbits and mitre joints. The cabinet you will make in class will give you great practice in putting your joinery skills to use. Steve graduated from Sheriden College and Queens University in Ontario, Canada and currently runs the wood studio at Peters Valley Craft Center. His work has been featured in Woodwork, Woodcraft, and The Crafts Report magazines. Steve exhibits his work throughout the United States and Canada. Don't miss this opportunity to improve your woodworking skills and have a great weekend! Tuition: $245.00 plus materials
Section 120608A: Saturday & Sunday , December 6 & 7, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Many of you have built the utility workbench which we feature in the school and have expressed the desire for a set of drawers to fit underneath. Tim Spratlin has designed a set of drawers which will increase your storage space for the essential tools you use all the time. This new class features working with plywood, doing a “miter fold” joint for the drawer case, making a set of drawers and using full extension drawer guides. The basic set of drawers is approximately 20” wide, 24” deep and about 13” high and incorporates 3 drawers. Students can opt to do one set or two sets (double the material charge). Sign up soon and make the most out of your workbench. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials
Section 022509A: Wednesday evenings, February 25 – March 18, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Chippendale chairs are a great project for woodworkers. They combine complex joinery, sculptural shaping and carved details to produce a dramatic effect. In a typical 18th century approach, the methods used to build these chairs are systematic and can be applied to other designs.
The chair we will build in class is based on the “Country High Style” designs from the Chapin family of the Connecticut River Valley. These chairs keep the key features of Philadelphia style chairs, but use carving in a restrained way for visual emphasis. Ball and claw feet on cabriole legs, a pierced splat and a crest rail with scrolls and a shell are the carved elements you will learn to make. Just as important is the use of patterns and a shaping system to give a delicate and flowing appearance. The angled cant of the rear legs, the curved splat and the trapezoidal shape of the seat all combine to give interesting angled joinery challenges.
This class will meet four weekends (one a month) plus a single Saturday “review and catch-up” day” at the end. Each weekend will be a combination of joinery as we frame the chair, and carving demonstration and carving practice.
By starting the carving early on in the class you will have plenty of time for at-home practice and in-class review before working on the real parts. All joinery will be completed in class, but some assembly at home will be required. We will make the frame for the slip seat in class but the upholstery will be done on your own. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country’s leading carvers and instructors. Space is limited so sign up soon.
Tuition: $995.00 plus materials
Section 030312A: Saturday & Sunday, March 3 & 4, April 14 & 15, May 5 & 6, June 2 & 3 & June 30, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The ability to render plans accurately on paper is an essential skill when designing a piece of furniture. Not only does it give you a record of what you are making, but more importantly, it helps you work out many construction details and allows you to accurately visualize the project. We welcome back nationally known author, instructor and furniture maker Phil Lowe, for this unique hands-on class. This course will begin with the use of the drafting tools and line definition, followed by the principles of orthographic and isometric drawing techniques. Students will begin by learning to measure and draw a small table. You will then learn to accurately draw the joints that will be used which will help to visualize the mechanics of the project. At that point a full size drawing can be made, incorporating all the joints and their relationship to the whole project. We will also explore techniques of developing accurate drawings from a photograph. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn these valuable skills from one of our leading craftsmen. Tuition $245.00 (plus materials)
Section 030709B: Saturday & Sunday, March 7 & 8, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The complexities of many Federal style furniture pieces demanded the extensive use of veneers as the only practical method of dealing with the inevitable “wood movement” while allowing the use of precious woods to cover large surfaces. Inlays utilizing different patterned bandings where then used as decoration, but more importantly, to protect the delicate edges of the veneers used. 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 exciting and informative class. Phil will teach techniques for creating designs with the veneers along with methods to make various decorative bandings. Veneering a curved surface will be explored along with hammer veneering techniques and the many advantages of using hide glue. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from one of this country's leading authorities on traditional furniture designs and techniques. Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials)
Section 040409B: Saturday & Sunday, April 4 & 5, 9:30am – 5:00pm
In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work (24”), wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving. This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations. Some homework will be required. The 4 weekend format allows students the time in between sessions to get necessary handwork complete. Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard! Tuition: $895.00 plus materials (payments can be made over the course of the class if you prefer)
Section 022010A: Saturday & Sunday, Feb20/21, March20/21, April 10/11 & May 8/9, 9:30 - 5:00pm
(note: Bench we make in class will be very similar to the one pictured here. Image used with permission of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks)
In this new class we jump into the world of electric guitar construction. Beginning with this new project students will each build their own guitar based on the world famous Fender Telecaster (yeah- that's the one Bruce Springsteen plays!).
Starting with a solid white ash body we will bandsaw and rout the basic shape, fit and fine tune the maple neck (we will purchase pre-made necks for this beginning class), fine tune the rosewood fingerboard and install all the hardware, electronics and both pickups. Finishing is an important part of any guitar so we will also spend a few nights of class time applying your choice of three different finishes (clear, "butter" or cherry). The last night of the class will be final setup & tuning of the guitars and then a jam session to prove how good they are! Sign up today for this exciting new class and have the satisfaction of building (and playing) your own heirloom quality instrument. Tuition $345.00 plus materials.Section 110209B: Monday evenings, November 2 - December 28, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Chip carving is a technique in carving which involves the systematic removal of triangular chips of wood to produce dramatic geometric designs and patterns. It is a very accessible form of carving in that it does not require a huge investment in carving tools (two carving knives does it!), the layout is fairly straightforward (using a ruler and compass) and the basic cuts and designs are simple enough that a total beginner will have immediate success. Janet will start the class by going over the tools, layout techniques, the basic designs and sharpening. The second day of the class will be spent on carving sample boards, practicing and developing more complex designs. A few specific tools will be required for this class. You can inquire when signing up or get the tool list from the school website- www.schoolofwoodworking.com Don't miss this great new class. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials.
Section 120509B: Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 9:30 - 5:00pm
Carving has always been a hallmark of high end furniture. These details have been carved for most of the major furniture periods. This workshop involves many familiar styles of carving, such as drapery, flowers, quarter fans, leaves, and architecturally inspired elements. These samples will be a value for future projects and build strong hand skills. This class is a continuation of Dan's Intro to Woodcarving class and will reinforce the skills learned previously and introduce many new skills. Some previous carving experience or class is strongly recommended. Some specific carving tools will be required. That list can be viewed at http://www.schoolofwoodworking.com/ . Tuition $245.00 plus materials
Section 060609B: Saturday & Sunday, June 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm
In this new weekend class students will learn to carve a Bellamy inspired Eagle. The eagle has to be one of the most recognized American symbols and carvings by renowned eagle carver John Haley Bellamy have fetched tens of thousands of dollars and are heavily sought after by collectors. This particular mid to late 19th century pattern eagle is 38" in length and was originally painted red, white and blue. These ornaments can easily be adapted in design and scale for signs, furniture, or to stand alone painted or gilded. All levels of experience are welcome, sharp tools are a must! Dan Faia is a professional furniture maker and carver who teaches the full time furniture making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. The tool list for this class will be posted at www.schoolofwoodworking.com by mid summer. Sign up soon- space is limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials
Section 110709A: Saturday & Sunday, November 7 & 8, 9:30am - 5:00pm
"Painting in Wood" dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. In this class, we will scratch the surface of this ancient method of ornamentation. We'll look at tooling, veneers, substrates and adhesives and discuss various approaches to cutting and assembly an image. We'll apply these techniques to furniture inlays such as the ornamental ovals or paterae that adorn the top of Federal card table legs or are set into the middle of a table top or apron. We'll spend some time on geometric patterns or parquetry as well. The possibilities are endless and this great new class will get you started in the basics of marquetry as a design element to add to your repertoire of techniques. Sign up soon. Space will be limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials
Section 101709B: Saturday & Sunday, October 17 & 18, 9:30am - 5:00pm
In their most basic form, tables are nothing more than four legs and four rails held together with tenons and case pieces are just dove tailed boxes with shelves or drawer frames inside. Having good sound techniques for building these basic pieces gives you good strategies for dealing with more complex variations on the basic forms. Adding a drawer to a table involves new technical problems. Adding multiple drawers, either side by side or stacked vertically, complicates construction even more! And angled or curved parts go one step further. Similar issues appear in case work as the form becomes more complex. The trick is to recognize more complex problems as the extension of solutions used in simpler examples.
In this hands-on class we will build mock ups of the typical joinery problems found in most tables and case pieces. Using a combination of hand and power tools, each student will make several mock ups and learn to convert simple examples into more complex ones. These samples will be a physical record that will be an invaluable reference for future work.
We cannot expect to build an entire project in one weekend but you can learn a systematic approach to solve many common joinery problems. For those of you who have not taken a class with Will you really owe it to yourself. You will learn way more than you ever thought possible! Tuition $245.00 plus materials
Section 101009A: Saturday & Sunday, October 10 & 11, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Basic woodworking machinery can be efficient, especially when making multiple parts. But in many instances the basic machine is not enough to hold and guide the parts safely and accurately. This is when you realize that some other fixture needs to be made to work along with the machine (or sometimes with hand-tools). An important part of your woodworking skill is knowing how to design these shop made additions to enhance the machine's capabilities. There are always issues of safety, indexing, clamping and accuracy. These concerns grow as the parts become large, angled or curved. A task as basic as mitering a frame is easier with a shop made jig for the table saw, rather than relying on the factory made miter gauge. Common joinery such as tenons and dovetails are also easier and more accurate when made with shop built jigs. This class will concentrate on teaching students the basic methods and thinking that goes into any well made woodworking jig or fixture. We will start off with some very basic fixtures such as a cross cut sled or a tenoning jig and move on to more complex jigs to hold curved work, cut angled joinery or other specialized tasks. To reinforce the ideas and methods that Will is teaching students will each make the parts for a miter jig that can be used on your own tablesaw. You will also get a chance to use several other shop made jigs to get the feel for how they were made. Most importantly you will learn to problem solve and design your own jig to solve a specific woodworking problem you may encounter in the future. Whatever your skill level, you will learn some new tricks that will make your work safer, faster and more accurate. Sign up today, space is limited. Tuition $245.00 plus materials.
Section 120509A: Saturday & Sunday, December 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Learning blacksmithing is great and it is a lot of fun and challenging- but most of us are woodworkers and wouldn't it be great to be able to apply some of those blacksmithing skills to our own furniture work. Here is your chance to do just that. Join accomplished blacksmith, Walter Scadden as we explore the possibilities of making your own hardware or hinges for your own woodworking project. Maybe you are thinking of making a Greene and Greene cabinet that needs a rustic looking iron door pull or maybe you have something in your home that would look great if you only had the right hinge on it. Bring your imagination
(and a sketch if you have something specific in mind). If we can make it then we will! Tuition $245.00 plus materials
Section 112109B: Saturday & Sunday, November 21 & 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Making hardware for furniture was one of the primary tasks for many colonial blacksmiths. There was no Horton Brasses around the corner and ordering hardware from Europe was expensive and took a huge amount of time. This new class with Walter Scadden will give you the chance to make a pair of iron hinges along with a handle which will be suitable for a blanket chest or similar piece of furniture.
If you are enrolled in the 17th Century Joined Chest class with Peter Follansbee, then this is a perfect opportunity to make the hardware to go with the chest. From simple to complex, the techniques that Walter will be showing you will give you a good appreciation for the level of skill that was needed to make good furniture hardware. 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: $275.00 plus materials
Section 042515B: Saturday & Sunday, April 25 & 26, 9:30am - 5:00pm
The Federal period features some of America's truly unique furniture and is noted for its clean lines, impeccable workmanship and intricate ornamentation. Join one of this country's leading furniture makers, Phil Lowe, for this unique opportunity to construct a Serpentine front writing desk with drawers, veneer work and inlayed legs. As with all of Phil's classes, we will start off with designing and making a full size drawing of the writing desk. This will solve many of the proportion and joinery problems before any wood is even cut. Creating the serpentine curve on the front will utilize the traditional "bricklaying' technique followed by hammer veneering the front apron. Inlays are a big part of this type of furniture and students will be encouraged to do their own inlay work on the desk at home (after Phil's demonstrates the techniques for both the inlays and making the appropriate tools). This is not a beginner class but if you have done a few classes here at the school or have been working on your own for a while then you owe it to yourself to take this class and learn from one of the best instructors around. As with all of our weekend "series" classes, homework in your own shop will be required. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials
Section 091909A: Saturday & Sunday, September 19 & 20, October 24 & 25, November 14 & 15,
and December 12 & 13, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Desk pictured is similar to the one we will build in class
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 will meet for one weekend per month for four months (8 full days) which will allow students extensive time for “homework” in between sessions. Phil will begin the class by making a full-size drawing of this graceful table and demonstrate how to make the patterns for the cabriole legs. The cabriole legs will have the pad foot which involves some work on the lathe. Students can do their own turning or have Phil do it for them. Sizing the parts, shaping the cabriole legs and cutting and fitting the mortice & tenons will keep you busy while you decide if you want to do the carved shell on the knees of the legs. That is an option that Phil will be demonstrating and encouraging. The curved bottom of the aprons add a measure of grace (and more than a little complexity) to this seemingly simple table. Glueing up the top, making the mitered moldings around the top and making the candle slides will complete the table. Don’t miss this opportunity to make this heirloom table while learning with one of this county’s leading craftsmen. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $895.00 plus materials (note: payments can be stretched out over the couse of the class if you prefer)
Section 102409A: Saturday & Sunday, October 24 & 25, November 14 & 15, December 12 & 13, and January 30 & 31, 2010, 9:30am – 5:00pm
In the Telecaster class we utilize a pre-made neck which makes that class manageable but many students have expressed the desire to make their own neck. In this class students will build a telecaster neck from the ground up. We will begin with a discussion of the materials and the design and then move on to fabrication. Each student will turn rough lumber into a finished product using rock maple with a rosewood fretboard. Each student will hand carve their own neck. We start by using a 45 degree bit to take away excess while retaining symmetry, then move on to rasps, card-scrapers, and sandpaper. We will install a dual action truss-rod, slot for and install 20 frets, pearl inlays, and a bone nut. The neck will be sprayed with lacquer and ready to bolt onto your Telecaster (or it will give you the motivation to take the class and make your own Telecaster!). Other guitar necks may be a possibility but you will need to check with the instructor first. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials
Section 012510B: January 25— March 15, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
The thought of making curved moldings can be intimidating to many woodworkers- of all skill levels- but- like anything else, once you learn and understand the design and the procedures you need to follow, they are very doable using a combination of hand and power tools.
Curved moldings fall into four broad categories: arcs, S curve, elliptical, and compound curves. The S curve is also referred to sometimes as gooseneck and is a classical shape that is used as pediment moldings on case work such as period high boys and clocks, as well as over doors and fireplaces on classical architecture.Other complex moldings include combinations of two or more simple profiles to create a more dramatic and formal look such as flat crown or more involved combinations of crown, dentil, beads, coves, ovolo, ogee, and fillets.
This hands-on class will cover the aspects of design and pattern making utilizing various machine and hand tool methods along with shop-made jigs to make gooseneck and other complex moldings. Mickey will be using the construction of a Philadelphia highboy as well as other furniture and architectural examples to help students see and understand the importance of moldings in their work. Mickey is the founder and president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and makes custom period furniture out of his own shop in Massachusetts. Sign up today for this unique and informative class. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 050413A: Saturday & Sunday, May 4 & 5, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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In this new class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one weekend. The small mahogany box we will be making will feature dovetails, and floating raised panel top, some string inlay decoration and setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been unsure how to go about adding a raised panel to a small box lid like this or have been intriqued with the idea of adding a simple "stinging" decoartion to your work. Here is your chance. If you have made some inlays in the past, a shaded fan or a marquetry paterae, then this would be a perfect place to use it. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the country’s leading craftsmen. Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials.
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When most folks think of inlay, what comes to mind is period American or English furniture with a standard catalog of equally traditional designs. In this exciting new class with nationally know inlay expert, Steve Latta, this age old form of ornamentation will gain firm footing in the twenty-first century. Pattern inlay involves creating designs executed with modern tooling combined with traditional materials. Through the use of simple and sometimes complex patterns, contemporary line work designs can be set into the wood. Floral patterns, animal forms, geometric or random designs are a few of the applications we’ll look at. Inlaid borders, also made with a pattern, will be covered as well. We’ll spend time gaining an understanding of the basic materials and techniques and then see where our imaginations take us. Topics we will cover in this class include: The fundamentals of modern inlay- including tooling and materials, working up designs and learning how to set them as inlay, making patterns for both simple and complex shapes and adding ornamental inlaid borders. The tool list is linked below- The most important tools that you should bring are a dremel and the Stew-Mac Dremel base https://www.stewmac.com/Luthier_Tools/Types_of_Tools/Routers_and_Bits/Routers/Precision_Router_Base.html
Don’t miss this opportunity to let your creativity get the best of you! Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials.
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People toss around furniture terms everyday- “that’s a Sheraton this” or “a Hepplewhite that”- this is Chippendale and that is Federal- But what does that all mean? Join noted furniture historian and restoration expert, Nickolas Kotula as we explore the fine points of furniture styles and clear up any confusion you may have about the subject. By using both slides and lecture Nick will show you such things as why people refer to claw and ball feet as Chippendale Style when in fact there are no claw and ball feet in Chippendale's Directory! Or what actually determines the Federal Style or Revival Style.
The first half of the class will be lecture and discussion and then after lunch we will all travel to the Connecticut Historical Society to take an in depth tour of their extensive furniture collection which will illustrate the styles that Nick will be talking about.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn more about an often-time confusing and misleading subject. Tuition: $145.00 (admission to the museum included)
Section 030610B: Saturday, March 6, 9:30am - 5:00 pm
When Eliphalet Chapin returned to the Hartford area after a stay in Philadelphia, he began a unique regional interpretation of 18th century high style furniture. His genius was in simplifying the decoration while retaining the essential features. Called dressing tables in the period, lowboys are an interesting form: a case piece based on table construction methods.
In this class we will build a lowboy based on examples from "the Chapin School". The joinery is complicated by the wide rails and arrangement of the drawers. You will learn systematic approaches for shaping cabriole legs and setting in fluted quarter columns. The carving of the fan drawer and the ball and claw feet will be taught on sample pieces early in the course, giving students ample time for practice and review. The five weekend format allows plenty of time for practice carving and homework in preparation for each class. This is a beautiful piece with many challenging aspects for any woodworker. Tuition: $1095.00 plus materials
Saturday & Sundays, February 13 & 14, March 27 & 28, April 24 & 25, May 15 & 16, June 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm
This class is being offered exclusively to Society of American Period Furniture Makers. If you are not already a member please contact the society at http://www.sapfm.org/ to join
The furniture built by the Seymour family in Boston, MA is some of the most refined work from the Federal Period. Work Tables, with hanging cloth storage bags, were a popular form built in many shapes. They typically used veneer and inlays for visual effect. Today, tables based on these designs are often built without the bag and used for different purposes.
The project for this class is small, but full of interesting details and problems. The turned legs are reeded below the drawers, and stop fluted at the top. The four sides are a serpentine pattern, with the legs joined to canted corners which form an ovolo shape. This pattern is repeated by the top which has a four way book match of Crotch Mahogany. The design requires both rails and drawer fronts to be shaped, veneered and inlaid on curved surfaces. There are interesting joinery problems for the canted corners and the sliding frame.
We’ll build this piece using a combination of traditional and modern methods, with options based on personal preferences. There won’t be time in class to turn the legs, so if you don’t already know how to use a lathe, we will supply the legs. If you prefer, you can copy the pattern and do the turnings at home. Either way, you’ll get to cut the reeds and stop flutes with carving tools and shop made scratch stocks. The joinery, shaping and veneer work will be done in class, but be prepared to complete the project at home. The table will have the slide frame, so you can add the bag later, if you wish.
Tuition $695.00 plus materials
Section 022810A: Sunday - Friday, February 28 - March 5, 9:00am - 5:00p
Robert Mussey, author of The Furniture Masterworks of John & Thomas Seymour ,will give a presentation on the Seymours of Boston- concentrating on their unique styles, ornamentation and methods of joinery.
Nick Kotula, a noted New England furniture conservator and authority on period furniture will give a presentation on “ A deeper look into period furniture” . Nick will discuss the evolution of American period styles and will illustrate the psychology and significance of furniture and its ornamentation.
Will Neptune will speak on “Construction Details in Federal Furniture" which will be a series of demonstrations showing common techniques and methods of work. Federal furniture often includes veneer over curved surfaces. These cores can be used as rails, drawer fronts and doors. Stack laminating, brick laying, kerf-bending, bent lamination and coopering will be shown. Joinery for these curved elements require interesting lay-out strategies which will be illustrated with a series of detail mock-ups. Methods using traditional hand tools and their modern machined equivalents will be covered. Several different methods for the layout and cutting of reeds on turned legs will also be demonstrated.
The attendance fee can be paid by check made payable to SAPFM and mailed to SAPFM, 14 Reservoir Drive, Bellingham, MA 02019 or by credit card using the sign-up form on the SAPFM website at www.sapfm.org. Seating is limited so don’t delay.
This event is open to all SAPFM members and their guests and will be also open to the general public on a first-come, first-serve basis.
We've all seen the Blacksmiths in historic movies or programs, read about them in books or seen them in places like Sturbridge Village, Mystic Seaport, or Colonial Williamsburg. Have you ever wondered what it's all about or wondered if it was something you would like to try? This is the class for you! This one day class will give you a little history of this time honored craft and, better yet, give you a chance to try your hand at making a few simple items. Open to beginners and anyone interested in learning the secrets of the Hammer and Anvil. Sign up today! Tuition: $120.00 (materials are included)
Section 040310A: Saturday, April 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Traditional graceful compound curves in sheet metal have been produced by skilled craftsmen, from the exotic shapes of finely crafted European sports cars, the forms of experimental aircraft of the 40's and 50's, to the interesting forms found in sculpture and architecture today. This unique course offers students and introduction and instruction in the use of hand operated tools, the English Wheel, Bead roller, simple radius forms, benders and hammer and shot bag, to create the desired compound curves. Students will have the opportunity to experience the forming of panels into a myriad of forms. Your imagination can run wild while you come up with the endless applications for shaping metal to your requirements. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn some new skills and have a great time doing it! Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 032611A: Saturday & Sunday, March 26 & 27, 9:30am - 5:00pm
In this new class Phil Lowe will guide you through the making of a stunning wall mirror in the Chippendale style. This classic frame will give you some challenges in getting the miters just right along with teaching you some techniques for making a complex decorative molding with the router table. After drawing the full size frame on paper (which is a great way to solve any construction and aesthetic questions before even touching the wood) Phil will show you the approach to designing the molding around the router bits you have available and how to draw and attach the elaborate cresting. You will also learn how to master the scroll saw to cut the beautiful curves that make this frame so extraordinary. Sign up today to make this project for your home. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials
Section 050110A: Saturday & Sunday, May 1 & 2, 9:30am - 5:00pm
In this new Electric guitar class you will choose between making a Stratocaster or a Telecaster Custom. Students will make their own Alder guitar body from start to finish, including all the sawing ,routing, and spray finishing. Unlike the other Telecaster class we will make the neck from scratch using rock maple with a rosewood fingerboard. This added challenge gives you the opportunity to learn about important neck elements such as truss-rod installation, shaping & carving, and fretting. Students will finish and assemble their guitar completely and learn about setting it up to ensure the ultimate playability out of their instruments. You will leave this class with a finished guitar along with having the pride of crafting an instrument completely self-made. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials
Section: 091610B: Thursday evenings, September 16 - December 9, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
We are pleased to offer this unique hands on class with America’s premier plane maker, Thomas Lie-Nielsen. This one day class will focus on the basics of using hand planes with an emphasis on sharpening techniques. The class will also feature discussion and demonstration of setup, tuning, maintenance and using hand planes as well as choosing the right hand plane for the job. Thomas will also discuss the history of Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and give you a look at a day inside this unique American company. Bring your handplanes with you as this will be a hands on class. Plan on spending a good portion of the morning getting those plane irons razor sharp. After lunch we will concentrate on setting up the planes and using them to take the finest full width shavings that you have only wished you could do before! Thomas will be happy to sign your tools if you wish. Don’t miss this exciting new class.
If you really want to overload on handplanes then make a weekend of it and sign up for Matt Bickford's "Using Wooden Molding Planes" Saturday & Sunday, January 21 & 22!
Tuition: $95.00 materials are included
Section 012012A: Friday, January 20, 2012, 9:30 - 5:00pm
In this class students will get the chance to learn a lot of new skills all packed into one small project. This elegant box features dovetails, working with veneer , an inlayed banding on the top and accurately setting hinges. This is a great chance to learn a unique (and quick!) way of cutting dovetails- 1/2 on the tablesaw and 1/2 by hand. They come out great every time. Maybe you have been wanting to learn some veneering techniques and a little about inlaying a decorative banding or stringing detail- Here is your chance. Imagine a top of tiger maple, walnut burl or crotch walnut! Don’t miss this opportunity to add to your woodworking skills while making an attractive and elegant box which be a hit to anyone who might be lucky enough to receive it!. Sign up today - space is limited. Tuition: $445.00 plus materials ($77.00)
Section 011620A: Thursday evenings, January 16—March 26, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
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This exciting new class features a small Federal or Hepplewhite style side table with a whole lot of challenges and a boatload of new skills to be learned. The focus of this class will be efficiency– in joinery, in ornamentation and in design. Efficiency in joinery means doing as much joinery as possible all at once and making joints that fit right off the machines. This project also features many techniques that may be new to a number of you. Working with veneer for the drawer front , dovetailing and cockbeading a drawer, and adding cuff inlay and stringing to the legs all turn a basically simple table into an heirloom piece you can be proud of. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor and is small enough –23” wide X about 17” inches deep,-to fit just about anywhere. Sign up soon– these are some skills you will be able to use over and over. There will be certain handwork that you may be required to complete outside of class. Please make sure you are willing to do that before signing up. This is going to be a fun class!
Tuition $495.00 plus materials
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Hand tools are often the best way to achieve the final perfect fit in joinery. Accurate layout and skill with chisels, planes and saws are crucial. The ability to do accurate work starts with tuning and sharpening these tools. Subtle changes to even new tools can make a big difference to your work.
Some of the valuable skills you will learn in this extended two weekend class include sharpening a back-saw and adjusting the set along with techniques for accurate sawing. Setting up and sharpening a bench plane will be covered with an explanation of how block and rabbet planes relate to these methods. Methods for flattening the backs of chisels and the use of hollow grinding before hand honing will also be taught. A simple project done entirely with hand tools will allow each student to apply and practice the skills being offered.
Most of the cutting and marking gauges for sale are either very expensive or don’t work very well. A clean line that registers your chisel will make joinery much easier. Each student will also make a cutting gauge in class with an adjustable knife that can be removed for sharpening. Having an accurate and effective tool that you have made will give you years of satisfaction along with some special skills that you will have for life.
Exercises in class will give you a chance to practice sawing and paring to a line for tenons and dovetails. You will also practice using a bench plane to true up surfaces, adjust edges and fit miters. The use of the plane for cutting “spring joints” for edge gluing will be demonstrated and mastered as well.
If you don’t feel confident that you can improve machined parts using hand tools, this class is for you. Loose your frustrations while learning from one of this country’s leading craftsmen. Tuition $495.00 plus materials
Section 101610A: Saturday & Sunday, October 16, 17 and November 13, 14, 9:30pm – 5:00pm
NOTE - NEW START DATE
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The iconic Newport Shells seem to get all the attention, but New England had a wide variety of other interesting patterns to use on furniture. Many are based on simple compass arcs and can be carved by a beginner. Fan drawers are seen on dressing tables and high chests and guide the eye to the center of the piece. Scallop shells are used as knee carvings on cabriole legs to emphasize the curve of the knee.
We will carve sample boards of several different types of fans and a mock up of a cabriole leg. Demonstrations will show the similarity of layout and carving techniques. Each piece will be explained as a clear series of simpler steps and similarities between them will be explained. These carvings can dress up a wide range of furniture projects and are a great way to learn basic carving.
If you have wanted to try carving or add some new designs to your repertoire, this class will give you a chance to practice with guidance. Some specific Carving tools will be required. Click on the tool list below. Tuition: $245.00 plus materials ($26.00 plus tax)
Section 121110A: Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12, 9:30pm – 5:00pm
Slip seats are upholstered frames typically used on dining as well as other traditional or period-style side chairs. In this hands-on class, students will first build a typical hardwood frame and then upholster it using jute webbing, rubberized horse hair, raw cotton batting, and muslin. Alternate methods of building a slip seat frame will also be discussed. Students will be required to provide their own hand tools and finish fabric if desired. All other materials will be supplied by the school. A separate tool list will be available on the school website. Tuition $255.00 plus materials
Section 020511B: Saturday & Sunday, February 5 & 6, 9:30pm – 5:00pm
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Greene & Greene furniture represents some of the best work ever done in the Arts & Crafts Style and west coast furniture maker, Darrell Peart indulges his passion by working and teaching primarily in the style of these two California designers who so successfully blended some of the best features of the Arts & Crafts movement with some of the subtleties of Asian furniture. When building furniture in the Greene & Greene style, it is essential to have a working knowledge of the design details employed by the Greene Brothers. In the process of assembling the sample piece shown here each student will learn how to produce several G&G details with step –by-step instructions and detailed drawings for all the jigs involved. Class discussion will also include Darrell’s views on how each of the details relate to the overall design. It's an informal atmosphere with a chance to talk woodworking and Greene and Greene. (two of Darrell’s favorite subjects) along with learning some great techniques to incorporate into your own furniture making endeavors
The topics that we will cover in class include: blacker brackets, breadboard construction, the G & G signature exposed ebony splines and proud ebony square plugs along with cloud lifts and leg indent details. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn from one of this country’s leading authorities on the Greene and Greene style. Tuition $325.00 plus materials
Section 031415A: Saturday & Sunday, March 14 & 15, 2015, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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This new class with Tim Spratlin will feature an elegant but simple bench, loosely following Arts & Crafts & Asian design ideas. The bench will feature thru tenons, shaped stretchers at the top, curved stretchers under the seat and a variety of choices for the seat. Combinations of wood species could be used for this bench and seats could be made from solid wood, a combination of wood and tile or it could be upholstered- the choice is up to you. We will be offering the choice of walnut, cherry or tiger maple as your material. Sign up soon- this new class will teach you new skills and you will have a great looking bench that will grace any hallway, entry way or any other room. Pictured bench is similar to the one we will make in class. Tuition: $395.00 plus materials
Section 120610A: Monday evenings, December 6 - February 14, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Bench pictured made by Paul White - Photo by Dan Morgan
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A workbench is an essential part of your woodworking tools, but they only do part of the job. There are a whole bunch of jigs and fixtures that need to be made to make your workbench realize its fullest potential and make holding the work easy and efficient for you. This class will feature three of the most important workbench accessories- shooting boards, bench hooks and a bench slave (more if we can fit the time in).
The shooting board is an essential aid in squaring the end of a board with a handplane (or adjusting a miter with a handplane. The bench hook is the easiest and quickest way to hold work when you are sawing or adjusting the shoulder of a tenon and a bench slave is an adjustable support that will hold the other end of a long board at whatever height you need it to be (lots better than the milk crates that a lot of people end up using!) Here is an opportunity to dedicate the time to making some shop aids that you will probably never get around to making on your own- but when they are done you will not believe that you have been working without them. Sign up today.
Tuition: $245.00 plus materials
Section 112010A: Saturday & Sunday, November 20 & 21, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Figured veneers and inlays on curved surfaces give a piece of furniture a dynamic presence. Light strikes the surfaces at many angles, enhancing the look of the veneer. Working with curved parts and veneers offers students challenges and opportunities that would be impossible with solid & flat square parts. Nationally know furniture maker, Will Neptune is exceptionally good at teaching new students the techniques needed to incorporate these design elements into their projects which in this class will be a pair (or just one if you prefer) of elegant small oval side tables. The project for this class (which will meet one weekend per month for three months) will give students a chance to learn veneer work on flat and curved surfaces, as well as inlay techniques for stringing and banding. The curved elements look like they would be difficult to form and join, but they can be built efficiently with the bricking method. You will learn vacuum bag veneering and low-tech tricks for clamping on curved surfaces. Book and four way matching will be covered, along with tricks for tuning and using veneer saws. Basic banding making will be demonstrated. We will work on sample parts in class to practice the techniques, with homework between classes to complete the multiple parts. If you want to try veneer work and get away from pieces that are flat and square, this is a great way to start. Students will have the choice of building one or two tables in class. Sign up today. This is an opportunity to work with one of the best craftsmen and instructors in the country. Tuition $725.00 plus materials
Section 031211A: Saturday & Sunday, March 12/13, April 9/10 & May 14/15, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Bandings makes furniture alive with contrast and subtle elegance. This hands-on class will focus on how these complex bandings are made and then set into furniture components such as legs, aprons and tops. We will start with some simple patterns and work towards the more complex, such as herringbones, arrow bandings and the distinctive lunette bandings employed by John & Thomas Seymour at the dawn of the nineteenth century. This unique class will allow you to appreciate some of the ingenious ways in which this decoration can be fabricated which will allow you to add another design dimension to your work, be it traditional or contemporary. Steve Latta is one of this country’s leading authorities on Federal furniture, Inlays and decorative bandings. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best! Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials)
Section 012211A: Saturday & Sunday, January 22 & 23, 9:30am – 5:00pm
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You will be building a single cut-away Les Paul Jr. in your color choice of cherry red, tv yellow or two-tone sunburst. We will be utilizing the “set-neck” construction technique which is a process where the neck is set to a proper angle in relation to the bridge height and then glued in place. The body and neck of the guitar will be made from exceptionally high quality mahogany and the ebony fingerboard will feature mother of pearl inlay dots. We will be using Kluson Tuners, a bone nut and Boutique quality P-90 pickup. Sign up today. Class size is limited. Tuition: $595.00 plus materials
Section 010611B: Thursday evenings, January 6 - April 7, 6:00- 9:30pm
This new class with noted furniture maker and instructor Phil Lowe is a great opportunity to get an introduction to the rudimentary techniques needed to produce a Marquetry pattern. Marquetry is the art of producing pictures made from veneers or different colored woods and textures and can add a marvelously playful and artful element to your projects. The class will begin by making a cutting platform with a bird’s mouth and a discussion on saw frames and blades required for this intricate work. We will create a small floral pattern that could be used to “dress up” a furniture piece at a later date. The Boulle Technique will be explored as well as bevel cutting and single piece bevel cutting.
Don’t miss this opportunity to work with one of this country’s master woodworkers. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)
Section 031911A: Saturday & Sunday, March 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Learning to wood carve can open up a whole new and exciting set of challenges and possibilities to both beginner and more experienced woodworkers. In this hands-on class, Mickey will introduce students to the basic concepts needed for any successful woodcarving project. Proper layout, tool selection, a logical sequence of carving steps, awareness of grain direction and most importantly, proper sharpening techniques, will all be covered in this new weekend class. After some basic practice exercises and sharpening drills students will begin work on a small wall plaque featuring a classic floral motif that will illustrate the techniques being taught and give participants plenty of opportunity to practice. With just a few basic carving tools, (that will be used again and again in other carving projects), students will gain the knowledge and confidence to begin adding some carved ornamentation to their own woodworking projects. Mickey is a well known period furniture maker who has written articles for Fine Woodworking magazine, taught furniture making at the North Bennett Street School in Boston and is a founder and past president of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from one of the best!
Tuition: $275.00 plus materials. Three or four specific carving tools will be required – please inquire when registering
(Note: the school does have some of the carving tools that you can borrow- but probably will have to share with other students)
Section 112616A: Saturday & Sunday, November 26 & 27, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Most people have their tools in a few tool boxes or on a shelf or maybe even stuck in some old kitchen cabinets. Lets face it- that does not speak well for your own craftsmanship and it makes it harder to find the tools you are looking for. Why not spend a little time, make a nice cabinet and proudly display your handtools in a tool cabinet designed for just that?
This cabinet will feature a main carcase for large tool storage and a door accommodate hanging tools on the ionside of the door. The cabinet will be made from your choice of solid cherry, walnut or mahogany. The case and door both feature dovetails which will be made using a technique that incorporates both handcutting and the tablesaw.
The door features a veneered panel, bordered in an inlayed banding which will allow you some fun and creativity while learning a little about working with veneers and inlays. Interior dovetailed drawers are an option that will give you more practice making dovetails and give you a place to store those smaller tools that are so easily misplaced. We will spend as much time as possible designing and making fixtures on the inside to fit your own tool storage needs but the majority of the time will be spent on the construction of the case itself . Don’t miss out on this chance to finally start taking control of your tool collection! Sign up today, space is limited. Tuition $795.00 plus materials .
Coming summer 2012 as a 6 day week-long class
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Join nationally know furniture maker and woodcarver, Al Breed for this unique one day hands-on class. The Rococo style is know for its intricate carved embellishments and Al will demonstrate the basic forms used in Rococo carving. We will work on a cartouche that has the usual assortment of c-scrolls, flowers, acanthus leaves, ruffles and rocks. You will need a number of specific carving tools for this class. That list is available on the school website www.schoolofwoodworking.com
This class is the perfect accompaniment to the SAPFM mid year conference being hosted by the school. If you are coming to this class you might want to consider attending the conference also. Complete info can be had at www.sapfm.org
Sign up soon- This class will sell out!
Tuition: $125.00 materials are included
Section 062711B: Monday, June 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm
Greene & Greene style furniture has an appeal because, among other things, it is utterly unique. Seattle furniture maker Darrell Peart, who is a regular instructor at CVSW, wrote: “The houses and furniture designed by architects Charles and Henry Greene demanded skills well beyond those of the average craftsman. While machines were used, many of the Greenes’ designs also required of its makers a high level of hand work.” This side table project features signature Greene & Greene design elements such as "cloud lifts" on the bottom edge of the aprons, bread board ends on the top accented with ebony splines and square pegs, shaped aprons and legs. In your choice of mahogany or cherry, this table will stretch your woodworking skills and will look great in your home. Plan on doing some of the handwork at home (or in the shop by arrangement) as there will not be time to finish the project if you leave all the work for class-time only. Don’t miss this new class. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials.
Section 102214A: Wednesday evenings, October 29 - February 11, (2015), 6:00pm - 9:30pm
No class on the following dates: November 27, December 24, January 7/21.
(Image used by permission of Darrell Peart - pictured table is similar to the one we will make in class)
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The dressing table underwent a radical evolution during the Federal period bearing little semblance to its ancestor, the “lowboy” of the Queen Anne and Chippendale periods. The cabriole legs were replaced with long, slender legs that were tapered and adorned with inlay. The form became taller, less massive and architecturally more refined. As it changed stylistically, the dressing table gained a great deal of practicality that was lacking in its earlier forms. The piece we’ll be exploring is loosely based on a table that is part of Winterthur Museum’s permanent collection. (Montgomery #335) and can serve as a dressing table, a small server or as a writing desk. It has a long drawer resting over two narrow drawers with an arched knee cavity between them. The entire front is bowed or “sweeped” as described in original price books. It is an elegant piece offering a wide range of lessons on case construction, ornamental veneering and a broad assortment of inlay techniques.
During these classes, we will focus on developing the skills required to build and decorate this piece. Participants will work on a series of mock-ups before diving into the actual components which we’ll begin in class but will be finished between sessions in the privacy of their own homes in an unhurried, focused manner. Expect involved, satisfying days as your skills and knowledge grow. If you have been intrigued with veneers and inlays, interested in some complex joinery or just want to learn some great techniques from one of this country’s best furniture makers then you owe it to your self to sign up today. Expect involved, satisfying days as your skills and knowledge grow.
Tuition: $895.00 plus materials
Section 091711A: Saturday & Sunday, September 17 & 18, October 22 & 23, November 19 & 20, January 7 & 8, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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Light up your home with a classic Arts and Crafts lamp. In this class you’ll learn how to make fast, accurate joints on the table saw as well as the secret to creating the flowing curves that add elegance to the Arts and Crafts style. In addition you’ll learn a simple stained glass technique that yields impressive results which you can incorporate in other projects as well. Over the course of the class, you’ll make both the wooden base and the stained glass shade. The base is decorated with classic corbels that taper from the half-lap feet to the top of the center column where the shade supports branch out gracefully. The base can be made from your choice of white oak, cherry or walnut, and offers a great lesson in table saw joinery and designing with curves. The stained glass shade is made using a copper foil technique which is simple and fun, and requires just a few tools to get started. Sign up today- this class is sure to sell out! Tuition: $355.00 plus materials
Section 102011B: Thursday evenings, October 20 - December 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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What can be more elegant, graceful and unique than the “rooster” cartouche which adorned South Windsor furniture maker Eliphalet Chapin’s high chests? And who better to teach the class than Will Neptune- who has studied Chapin’s work extensively and is one of the top carvers in the country. In this unique weekend class students will learn to shape and carve this striking pierced cartouche. Chapins' interpretation of Philadelphia Rococo design removes most of the fussy detail and relies on flowing curves for it's effect. Learning to make this streamlined cartouche doesn't require previous carving experience and is a great place to learn basic carving techniques. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition $255.00 plus materials
Section 100811A: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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For centuries maritime blacksmiths (shipsmiths) have been forging hardware for all sorts of boats- from small sailboats to fully rigged tall ships. Everything from cleats to belay a line to anchors to moor the boat- all had to be made by the shipsmith. So- who better to teach this class than Walt Scadden? Walter was the lead blacksmith on building the Amistad and ran the forge at Mystic Seaport for over five years. In this exciting new class students will each make a marlinspike and a pair of oarlocks. We will also work on an array of deck, rudder and sail hardware. The forging of larger projects, so necessary to any boat- anchors, chain plates, hawse pipes, etc will be discussed and explained. Sign up today for this exciting and fun class. Who knows- it may be the beginning of the boat you build! Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 100811B: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Computer aided designing has become more and more widespread and consequently- a lot simpler than when it started out. Google SketchUp 8 is a free and powerful tool that is being used by woodworkers everywhere. The Pro version is used by professional to model and design everything from bottles to skyscrapers. We will use the free version to model a Bedside Table complete with tapered legs, mortise and tenon joinery, beveled top, dovetailed drawer trimmed with bull nose cock beading and a Shaker style drawer pull. We will begin by learning how to install SketchUp, setup application preferences, choose model defaults and customize a template. Next we will tour the work area and become familiar with its tools. The heart of this course is modeling the Bedside Table and producing dimensioned shop drawings and photorealistic textured images. Finally we will learn how to extend the functionality of SketchUp through the use and customization of Ruby scripts. A laptop computer is helpful for this two day class. Basic computer knowledge is helpful. If you have any questions please contact the school’s director, Bob Van Dyke. Sign up today. Tuition: $255.00 Materials are included
Section 120812B: Saturday & Sunday, December 8 & 9, 9:30 - 5:00pm
One, creating accurate details and parts, such as stopped chamfers with lambs-ear ends, egg-and-dart molding, cabriole legs, curved and tapered legs, ball-and-claw feet, and ogee bracket feet. You’ll also learn how to use one pin to create a full dovetail joint in a jiffy.
Two, how to install and use plugins—separate apps that make SketchUp more powerful. Plugins let you easily generate a cutlist; create shapes that the basic tools can’t handle; find and fix problems in a model; round over corners; create complex joinery; bend parts such as back splats for a chair;> and much more This class covers the 12 best plugins for woodworking.
Three, how to use digital images to add realistic woodgrain textures to the surfaces of a model; how to import an image of a part such as a cabriole leg, scale it, and trace over it; and how to import a photo of a finished piece and trace over it to create a model.
Prerequisite: Introductory SketchUp class or equivalent.
Tuition: $125.00 Materials are included
Section 111018B: Saturday, November 10, 9:30am—5:00pm
After many requests for this class we are pleased to add 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. This is a style of carving common to the knee of a cabriole leg. The topics we will cover include: pattern development, tool selection, grounding, setting in and modeling. 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 $255.00 plus materials
Section 020412A: Saturday & Sunday, February 4 & 5, 9:30am - 5:00pm
So, you're a recent convert to Federal furniture and you've done a few sand-shaded fans? Great, but what's next? In this workshop, we'll delve into some of the other motifs commonly found in paterae, and explore their nuances and iterations as we tackle urns, eagles, and shells to give your work a distinctive edge. Students will practice the bevel, or conical, method of cutting overlapping pieces of veneer to make their own horizontal- and vertical-oriented paterae. Along the way, we will discuss how to develop a pattern, how to sequence the cuts for best results, and how to shade with hot sand. We will use a fret saw and a shop-made birdsmouth bench. Don’t miss this opportunity to create some truly distinctive inlay designs. Mark is a superb furniture maker and instructor- producing primarily Federal style furniture of the highest quality. Mark has also written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine and is the editor of the journal for the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.
Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 042812A: Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29, 9:30am - 5:00pm
This is an intermediate course in Google SketchUp. The beginner’s course, A Beginners Guide to Using SketchUp in Woodworking, is recommended prior to taking this course. The free version of SketchUp will be used primarily, but the students will be exposed to the Pro version also. The focus of this course is modeling non-linear components, i.e., components with circular and complex shapes. The format of the two day workshop is six sessions, each session a one hour lecture followed by a one hour lab. Students should bring a laptop (notebook) to class with SketchUp 8 already installed.
Session 1 will begin with an arched rail for a clock door, the arch being a simple circular curve. Each session will progress to more complex shapes. Session 5 will focus on modeling cabriole legs using Bezier Spline curves. Each session will include an introduction to new tools - including a few Ruby script extensions to SketchUp - necessary to create these ever increasing complex shapes.
Finally, Session 6 will introduce the Pro version of SketchUp. The instructor will detail the differences in the free and Pro versions and even demonstrate a few of the new tools in SketchUp Pro 8. In addition, the student will be introduced to LayOut 3, a 2D presentation application that comes with the Pro License. Students will be shown how LayOut 3 can be used to create professional looking shop drawings and marketing materials.
Section 041412B: Saturday & Sunday, April 14 & 15, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Hone your woodworking skills on this simple, but elegant wall cabinet. Perfect for storing wine glasses or any other special things your family might treasure. The upper case has room for up to 18 wine glasses, while two drawers offer convenient storage. You'll never have to hunt for that cork screw again. Dovetails and through tenons add interest to the case and offer a fun joinery challenge. In this class you'll learn a great way to speed up hand-cut dovetails by getting a power assist from the table saw and router. In addition you'll learn how to make distinctive door joinery with just a dado blade. The doors are also a great place to add contrast and showcase book-matched panels. You can finish off the cabinet with rustic wood and rope handles or traditional arts and crafts hardware. 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/
Sign up today for this new and exciting class. Tuition $395.00 plus materials
Section 020212A: Thursday evenings, February 2 - April 5, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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With more G&G details in your bag of tricks you will be better prepared to tackle Greene and Greene projects. This class will further explore and expand your Greene and Greene vocabulary. In this class we will make ,among other things, two drawer pulls that fit perfectly with Greene & Greene designs. The first- Blacker Triple Bar Pull will feather a router jig which each student will take home for routing the bar cavities. The other- the dowel and block pull is actually a James Krenov design.
We will also be using the tablesaw with the dado blade to produce tight fitting and distinctive finger joints using a method that allows you to easily produce accurate tight joints without having to change setups for different size drawers. Darrell will also go into the making of Base Straps which were used by Greene & Greene on the Ford Living Room Letter Case. It's a great detail for adding visual weight to a piece. We will also be getting into the making of the signature G & G ebony plugs which are so important to this style of furniture.
Join us for this great class and stay the next day to make the completely unique Tahoma Mirror/Picture Frame. Tuition: $325.00 plus materials
Section 031613A: Saturday & Sunday , August 30 & 31, 9:30am -5 :00pm
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When most folks think of inlay, what comes to mind is period American or English furniture with a standard catalog of equally traditional designs. In this exciting new class with nationally know inlay expert, Steve Latta, this age old form of ornamentation will gain firm footing in the twenty-first century. Pattern inlay involves creating designs executed with modern tooling combined with traditional materials. Through the use of simple and sometimes complex patterns, contemporary line work designs can be set into the wood. Floral patterns, animal forms, geometric or random designs are a few of the applications we’ll look at. Inlaid borders, also made with a pattern, will be covered as well. We’ll spend time gaining an understanding of the basic materials and techniques and then see where our imaginations take us. Topics we will cover in this class include:
The fundamentals of modern inlay including tooling and materials, Working up designs and learning how to set them as inlay, Making patterns for both simple and complex shapes, & Ornamental inlaid borders. Don’t miss this opportunity to let your creativity get the best of you! Sign up today. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 032412: March 24 & 25, Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am - 5:00pm
Thanks to clockmaker, Eli Terry of Plymouth, CT, the beautiful Pillar & Scroll clock was America’s first mass-produced clock that introduced clockmakers to a system of mass production and interchangeable parts in the first half of the 19th century.
In this class, students will be given the opportunity to reproduce a pillar and scroll shelf clock case dating back to the early 1800’s. The clock will incorporate vertical turned pillars, and a broken-pediment scroll top with urn-shaped finials. The case work will also involve intricate wood joinery as well as veneer and inlays. Because the painted dial face and tablet (reverse painted glass panel) along with a quality 8-day, wind-up brass movement represent a significant cost those parts of the project will be purchased by each student on their own when it is actually time to install them. Not only are these style of clocks beautiful to look at but are particularly popular and important to America’s clock making history and heritage. By constructing this clock, you will be building an heirloom to be enjoyed by you and your family for years to come.
Tuition: $795.00 plus materials
Section 110213A:Saturday & Sunday, November 2/3, December 21/22 & January 11/12,
9:30am - 5:00pm
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Boxes are fun to make and offer a variety of design possibilities in a small package. A mitered box is a fast and simple way to get started in box making. In this hands-on class with Fine Woodworking Magazine art director, Mike Pekovich, you'll learn how to get accurate mitered corners on the tablesaw and how to get a perfect grain match from face to face. You'll also learn the trick to stress-free glue-ups and how corner keys can add strength and beauty. The class will cover 2 ways to add a lid to a box and how to outfit the interior with dividers for a variety of uses. Each student will come away with a pair of boxes and all the skills necessary to make many more. Mike builds commission furniture in his Ct shop and his exceptional work can be seen at http://www.pekovichwoodworks.com/
Sign up today- this class will surely sell out. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
Section 110312A: Saturday & Sunday, March 22 & 23, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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