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.
This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel book shelf made in mahogany The design is loosely based on those made famous by Gustav Stickley and Harvey Ellis in the early twentieth century. Glass paneled doors, wedged through mortise and tenon joints and traditional Arts & Crafts style hardware are only a few of the distinctive features of this new project. This class will be a great learning experience because it is a new project and participants will see and be a part of all the problem solving that goes into any furniture-making project. The prototype bookshelf is in the works now and can be seen at the school. As with any new project, we can only estimate the number of nights the class will require. Woodworking II or Fundamentals of Furniture Making is required. Tuition: $575.00 (plus materials)
Section 091508: Monday evenings, September 15 – December 22,
6:00pm – 9:30pm
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This is our newest Woodworking III project in the Fundamentals of Furniture making series and is unique because its design was a group effort by a special class last spring. Charles & Henry Greene were influential designers during the Arts & Crafts Furniture movement of the early 20th century and utilized some distinctly unique designs. Their style has become very popular in the last few years. Drawing heavily on Greene & Greene design features, Asian influences and a couple of our own, the project features the traditional cloud lift shape on the front and back aprons, curved end aprons, an Oriental looking lower shelf and raised ebony plugs. One of the more unique features is the ebony "keys" that are used on the edges of the breadboard top. The table can be made in either cherry or the more traditional mahogany. Sign up soon as class size is limited. Tuition: $325.00 Plus materials
This elegant little table will fit just about anywhere in your home and is a lot of fun to build.
The table features a graceful turned center column (the turning will be done prior to class- so don’t worry if you do not know woodturning) with three gracefully curved legs. The 18” diameter top is thin and has a nice curved under bevel around the edge.
You will have your choice of cherry or walnut- both look great!
The legs are joined to the center column with hand-fitted sliding dovetails. Get your handplanes sharpened up because you will need them to flatten the top and to taper the legs. Lots of fun and very rewarding! One of the best parts of this class is that the table is small so the materials charge won’t break the bank! This class is over two weekends so there will be plenty of time to work on any surfacing and sanding that you might not get done in class.
Tuition: $445.00 (plus materials)
Section 050711A: Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 and June 4 & 5, 9:30 - 5:00pm
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If you made the Morris Chair with Joe in one of his classes during the past few years, if you have a chair that needs an ottoman- or you just want to continue building your skills then this is the class for you. You will build an ottoman to match the style of the Morris chair in cherry or walnut. The project features through, wedged mortise and tenons, distinctive side spindles and your choice of leather or cloth cushion. Make sure you are a part of this new class. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. It is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I class or its equivalent.
Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).
Section 020314A: Monday Evenings, February 3 - April 21. 6:00pm- 9:30pm
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This exciting new class features a small plant stand table as the basic project. Inspired by the accent tables made by Bill Huston of Kennebunkport, Maine, the table has gracefully curved legs, a sculpted top and the top can actually raised up above the table base if you like! This class is a little different than our usual classes in that it allows and encourages some variation in the basic design of the project. The class will begin with examining the basic table design and then each participant will be able to vary elements of that design to make it their own if they desire. The size and shape of the top, the shape of the aprons and the choice of wood species allow for plenty of imagination. We will go through the “mock-up” process and learn some basic drawing techniques in addition to learning the techniques for making the curved “Krenov” style legs. The table can be made in tiger maple, cherry or walnut (or a combination of species). This is a class you should not miss so sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials.
Section 010808A: Tuesday evenings, January 8 – March 4, 6:00pm – 9:30pm (no class Jan. 15)
The Morris chair is the epitome of Craftsman style furniture and the design we have selected offers many of the typical design features of this well-known chair. Through mortice & tenon joints, a reclining back and angled arm rests are only a few of the highlights of this unique (and comfortable!) piece of furniture. This challenging project will be done in your choice of cherry or walnut and will definitely exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. We are estimating approximately 12 sessions for this class, however; it is difficult to forecast exactly how long any advanced class will take. As with all Level III classes, some work at home (or in “off” time in the school) will be required. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II or equivalent classes. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. $495.00 (plus materials).
Section 011210A: Tuesday evenings, January 12 - April 20, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
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This intermediate level class will encourage students to go beyond the "straight and square". Techniques used for creating curves, designing angled joinery and making handcut dovetailed drawers will be explored in this innovative class. The desk will incorporate a curved-front drawer, tapered legs, glue laminated curved aprons and walnut cockbeading around the drawer. This project incorporates challenging woodworking problems such as cutting the tenons on the end of a curved piece, fitting the drawer to the exact drawer opening, flattening the 22 inch wide top (by hand) and more. We solve these problems in a simple and unique way which you will be able to apply to other projects in the future. Some hand work at home will be expected. Woodworking 1 & II are required prerequisites. Don't wait too long to sign up for this class as space is limited. Some work at home will be required. Tuition: $695.00.00 plus materials
Section 032409A: Tuesday evenings, March 24 - June 16, 6:00pm - 9:30pm (This class was originally scheduled to begin on March 3)
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This new project in the “Fundamentals” series features a small cherry table with a tiger maple “butcher block” top. The table, originally designed for a kitchen, would work well as an occasional table just about anywhere in the house. The design is loosely based on some Arts & Crafts styles with an Oriental influence. The legs feature a curved reverse taper common to that style of furniture and the top is raised up off the legs to give the table a feeling of “lightness” . Another interesting (and challenging!) feature of the table is the lower shelf which is a series of slats inlaid with a walnut geometric design. This new class has just enough complexity to make it a logical choice after having taken the Shaker hall Table class. Sign up soon- space is limited. Tuition: $345.00 plus materials
Section 010609A: Tuesday evenings, January 6 – February 24, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
This new Woodworking III class features a graceful side table which was derived from the design of the tiger maple butcher block table we made in class last winter. The design is loosely based on some Arts & Crafts styles with an Asian influence. The legs feature a curved reverse taper common to that style of furniture and the top is raised up off the legs to give the table a feeling of "lightness". The base will be built in cherry and the top will be your choice of cherry or tiger maple. This piece is the first in a series of pieces we are developing which utilize this unique design. You have the option of building a second table as long as you are able to do the handwork that will be needed at home as we won't have time to do all the handwork in class. Don't miss this opportunity to make a great looking piece of furniture for your home- and learn some great woodworking techniques in the process. Tuition: $395.00 plus materialsSection 090809A: Tuesday evenings, September 8 - November 17, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
NEW START DATE: Class will begin Tuesday, September 22
The side table we will be making is based on the design of the butcher block table pictured
A dining chair is one of the more challenging woodworking projects you can take on. The balance between making the chair as strong as possible and still maintain a lightweight and attractive design, the angles involved to make the backrest comfortable, creating the curved parts and the sheer number of mortise and tenons will exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. The chair features tapered legs and a tapered backrest. The Craftsman style utilized in the design assures that it will complement the furnishings in most rooms. As with all Level III classes, some work at home (or in "off" time in the school) will be required. The "one weekend per month" format allows us to take on this more ambitious project and allows you plenty of time in between sessions to get all of the handwork done to your satisfaction. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I and II or equivalent. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class and will be up to you. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials). (Note: Payment can be stretched out over the course of the class if you prefer)
Section 092609A: Saturday & Sunday, September 26 & 27, October 31 & Nov. 1, November 21 & 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you made the Morris Chair in one of our past classes, if you have a chair that needs an ottoman- or if you just want to continue building your woodworking skills then this is the class for you. This class features an Arts & Crafts style ottoman to match your Morris chair in either cherry or walnut. While the design is fairly simple, you will find some challenges in making the through, wedged mortise and tenons. This is a nice project to practice your skills with a handplane, card scarper and chisel. Put your feet up and give your Morris chair that extra bit of comfort! Sign up today. Tuition: $295.00 plus materials
Section 092210A: Wednesday evenings, October 6 - November 10, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
NOTE NEW START DATE
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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. We will also be making some of the tools you will need to do the inlay work. This is a simple traditional Federal table which will fit with just about any home décor (and is small enough, 23” wide X 17” inches deep, or you can opt to do a small square table, 17” X 17”) 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 $595.00 plus materials
Section 012615A: Monday evenings, January 26 - April 20, 6:00pm- 9:30pm
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This new Woodworking III class is going to be a lot of fun (and a lot of work)! Arts & Crafts Style furniture has been immensely popular. It is attractive, relatively straightforward to build and fits well in just about any house. The display cabinet we will be building was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine Issue # 211. The cabinet, which could also be used as a sideboard, was designed by Michael Pekovich, FWW Magazine’s Art Director, and is approximately 48” wide, 38” high and 13” deep. It features leaded glass doors, through tenons and three dovetailed drawers. The preferred species for this would be quartersawn white oak, but it could also be done in in cherry or walnut if you prefer. As with any new project class the anticipated duration of the class is unsure and it may run a little longer than scheduled. There will be homework required which will consist of surfacing and dryfitting joints. If you do not have facility at home then some time in the class shop can be arranged with the director. If you are unable to commit to this homework or will be missing more than a couple of the classes then this is not the class for you. Sign up soon as I expect this class to fill quickly. Tuition $595.00 plus materials
Section 101910A: Tuesday evenings, October 19— January 25, 2011, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
This class has received such a strong response that I am creating a second section of the class which will meet on
Wednesday nights starting October 27 - January 19, 6:00pm - 9:30pm.
Creating two sections will make for smaller classes which will be more enjoyable and make it easier to complete the project in the allotted time. You can get signed up by calling 860.647.0303
Hope you can make it
(photo by Michael Pekovich: courtesy- Fine Woodworking Magazine)
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This new class gives you the opportunity to incorporate your own design ideas into a small table built in the Arts & Crafts Style. Instead of everyone making exactly the same piece, each student will work on variations of a basic theme. Appropriate tables would be a coffee table, a side table, a hall table or sofa table. This is a great opportunity to learn what goes into designing a piece of furniture. We will start the class with discussion of everyone’s ideas and then get into drawing the piece in a full size format. After the design is settled a stock list can be generated and then it will be time to get some wood cut. The deign should follow some basic Arts & Crafts design elements- you should plan on some through tenons, probably square legs and perhaps some Greene & Greene inspired details, ie. Ebony plugs, breadboard ends and maybe even a “cloud lift” detail on the aprons. All in all this should be a fun class making your own piece of furniture. Note: if you would prefer to follow a design then I will be designing a Greene & Greene inspired coffee table which you are welcome to duplicate.
Tuition: $425.00 plus materials
Section 021511A: Tuesday evenings, February 15 - May 3, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
(note: this class was previously scheduled to begin January 26)
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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 22 - 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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When I saw this bookcase on the cover of Fine Woodworking a number of years ago I knew that I would be doing it as a class- I just had to wait for the right time to put it on the schedule. This coming winter is that time!
Rhode Island furniture maker Pete Zuerner built this handsome bookcase in cherry and vertical grain Douglas Fir but we will be doing it a little differently in class- cherry frame and tiger maple panels- to match the Arts & Crafts Cherry & Tiger Maple blanket chest we do in class periodically.
The class will begin with milling the cherry framework and gluing up the tiger maple panels. Careful selection of stock is important to make the most of the maple’s natural figure. We will have plenty of mortice & tenon joints to cut and fit along with sizing and surfacing the tiger maple panels. Once the panels are ready we will apply finish to them before going ahead with the assembly of the case. The moldings on the front edges of the shelves and the top will be done a little differently than pictured. Adding the adjustable shelves and installing the top will make this project ready to bring home and finish. The bookcase will be approximately 65” high, 40 1/2” wide and 14” deep- big enough to store plenty of your favorite books but not so big that it will take over the room. Sign up today for this great class. Tuition $545.00 plus materials
Section 011118A: Thursday evenings, January 11—April 5, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
(image used with the permission of Pete Zuerner)
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This advanced workshop features a handsome frame and panel blanket chest with tiger maple panels and a cherry frame. It is based on a design by John McAlevey, a well-known custom furniture maker and author living in Maine. The chest was featured on the cover of Fine Woodworking Magazine a number of years ago. The project entails extensive through mortise and tenons, raised panels, chamfered legs, a number of curved parts and frame and panel construction. The techniques used in its construction are basic to many larger furniture pieces. Participants need to have taken at least the Woodworking I class or its equivalent. Tuition: $595.00 (plus materials).
Section 092817A: Thursday evenings, September 28 - January 4, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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The raised panel door is a basic part of most furniture carcase construction, but is also used extensively in cabinet making. Tim will guide students thru the finer points of making raised panel doors. Proper sizing of the door to fit into an opening along with sizing the floating panel to allow for seasonal expansion and contraction are an essential part of the class. Students will use the router table and a set of “cope & stick” bits to make the stiles and rails. Students will use vertical & horizontal raised panel bits to form the panel. Each student will make a door they can then use as a model in their own workshops. Tuition: $125.00 plus materials
Section 040117B: Saturday April 1, 9:30am-5:00pm
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Handcut dovetails are great- but lots of people don't have the patience or the desire to learn how to do them. If you have a dovetail jig- or have been considering buying one then you owe it to yourself to get some answers and some practice on a few different kinds of jigs. The Leigh jig is generally considered the best and most versatile of all the dovetail jigs but the Akeeda and the Porter Cable certainly have their place. Mitch will demonstrate the use of all three and hopefully clarify the pros and cons of each one. Through and half blind dovetails will be covered. Students will make a small box during the class which will give them the opportunity to get the feel of the jig and the routers while making a useful project. Tuition: $120.00 plus materials ($18.00)
Section 011008B: Thursday evenings, January 10 & 17, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Crown molding is a classic finish to almost every aspect of cabinetry and traditional furniture. It is available in a variety of styles and sizes and with the right tools and a bit of skill you can make just about any style you can imagine. But it is not so simple to make and install. In this unique demonstration class you will learn about the variety of crown molding styles and shapes and learn some of the "tricks of the trade" that will let you install crown moldings successfully in your own work or home.
Tuition $120.00 materials are included.
Section 110709B: Saturday, November 7, 9:30pm - 5:00pm
The pinnacle of home cabinetmakinag is the kitchen cabinet. This is also a subject that many people have asked for over the years. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinet maker and is able to show you loads of time saving techniques to help you on your way to building your own kitchen cabinets. You may just be interested in a simpler project like a bathroom vanity– but the techniques and principles are all the same! Tim will review the standards involved in modern kitchen design; ie. the height of counters, depths of cabinets, etc., and demonstrate the installation process. The cabinet you will make in class is a small (about 28” wide) free standing unit that utilizes all the challenges you will face in building a full set of cabinets. The project will incorporate a face frame, a raised panel door, a drawer, a laminated top and European hardware. Options for different types of countertops will be discussed. The cabinet you make in class could then be used at home as a free standing vanity, a storage cabinet or even a sharpening station in a workshop- but more importantly, it will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle that larger kitchen project that you have been putting off! If you’ve been waiting for the right time to rebuild your kitchen, then this class will get you started on the right track. This class meets four full days over two weekends. Tuition $495.00 plus materials.
Section 031619A: Saturday & Sunday, March 16 & 17 & April 6 & 7, 9:30am - 5:00pm
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This is a class designed for the beginning or intermediate woodturning student. f you are looking to learn new skills or improve your existing skills this class is for you. The projects featured in this new class are practical and useful items for the kitchen. The projects all utilize spindle turning techniques that would also be used in furniture making projects. The items you will make are a Rolling Pin, a Spurtle (Traditional Scottish Porridge stirring utensil), a Scoop, Napkin Rings, and possibly a French Style Spoon. This class not only will improve your turning skills but you will have beautiful, useful, practical items that just may improve your cooking skills or making wonderful gifts for the cook in your life. Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials
Section 111216B: Saturday and Sunday, November 12 & 13, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Many students have asked for a class that offers the opportunity to turn bowls and only bowls. Students will have the opportunity to turn a shallow bowl, a deeper bowl, and time permitting- a third bowl or a plate (think very shallow bowl…). Participants will learn to make jigs and fixtures that will be useful in finishing the bottom of any bowl. We will get into the use of a four jaw chuck as well as alternative ways to hold the work on the lathe without using a commercially made chuck. Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class whether you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have!
Tuition: $275.00 plus materials.
Section 022319B: Saturday & Sunday, February 23 & 24, 9:30pm – 5:00pm
This hands on class is an opportunity to concentrate solely on turning bowls. Students will learn basic and advanced bowl turning techniques, tool grinding and various methods for holding the work- including simple home-made jigs and commercial four jaw chucks. Projects will include a variety of bowls and platters made from cherry, mahogany and either tiger maple or walnut. Decorative edges and finishes will also be covered in this unique and exciting class. Some turning experience is required for this class. Fee: $255.00 (plus materials: $40.00)
Section 120713B: Saturday & Sunday, December 7 & 8, 9:30am –5:00pm
If you have taken other woodturning classes and want to have more supervised "practice" time, or you have a specific project in mind that requires a lot of woodturning and you need some help then this is the class for you! Let Al Czellecz and his assistant help you hone your woodturning skills and work on a turning project at the same time. Maybe you have a table in mind with turned legs, a set of bowls to make (Christmas is right around the corner!) or you just want more practice- the sky is the limit. Sign up for this new class soon- space is limited. Tuition: $175.00 (plus materials used)
Turning one table leg or one stair baluster takes some basic spindle turning skills but it is really not that hard to do. Turning four table legs that all look alike- now that's a little trickier! Join architectural wood-turner and instructor, Beth Ireland for this great hands-on class as she shows you some of the tricks of the trade. Duplicating parts, learning to turn from a square section to round (like the top of a table leg), and turning some architectural parts such as rosettes are all important parts of this unique one day class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $225.00 (plus materials)
One of the best ways to learn some really creative techniques for solving any number of woodturning "challenges" is to learn from someone who turns for a living every day and who is constantly faced with solving all sorts of problems. This class features professional wood-turner, Beth Ireland who will show you a number of techniques for making various jigs to hold irregular shaped work, how to turn your lathe into an effective sander and how to make a few different drive chucks. One of the goals of the class is to get you thinking on a creative level to allow you to solve problems on your own rather than relying on store-bought tools that might only solve part of the problem at hand. Don't miss this truly unique class. Space is limited. Tuition $115.00 (plus materials)
(note: Take both of Beth's classes this weekend and pay only $100 per class)
Take your woodturning skills and imagination to the next level and join Al for this two-day hands-on class that is guaranteed to expand your creativity. You will learn how to “dress up” your turnings and make them truly unique. Al will teach you techniques ranging from how to add a simple bead to the edge of a bowl to how to add carvings and “piercings” to your projects. So many bowls are just a boring natural finish- what about using some color? Various techniques for adding color and metallic looks along with texturing with power carvers and gunpowder (yes- that’s right!) will also be utilized. Don't miss this chance to open up new creative horizons. Tuition: $245.00 (plus materials).
Turning "green" wood offers turners a lot more opportunities that don't exist when using kiln-dried lumber. You are not limited by stock lumber sizes or species. The wood is actually easier to turn and it is usually free!! BUT- there are some special techniques that must be used to prepare it for turning and to preserve the piece as it dries. Come spend the weekend with Rick Angus and bring your woodturning skills to a new level. Students will turn a series of bowls and platters during this exciting hands-on class. Some turning experience is required (a prior class is sufficient). Students are encouraged to bring in some examples of their previous work. Tuition: $275.00 (plus materials)
Section 112418B: Saturday & Sunday, November 24 & 25, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you have taken other woodturning classes and want to have more supervised "practice" time, or you have a specific project in mind that requires a lot of woodturning and you need some help then this is the class for you! Let Al Czellecz and his assistant help you hone your woodturning skills and work on a turning project at the same time. Maybe you have a table in mind with turned legs, a set of bowls to make or you just want more practice- the sky is the limit. Sign up for this new class soon- space is limited. Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials used)
Section 030106BB: Wednesday evenings, March 1 - 22, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Turned wooden boxes are attractive, practical and make great gifts. They combine the skills from spindle, bowl and hollow turning. You can complete a turned box quickly and easily from inexpensive lumber and they are great projects that can really show off your creativity and imagination.
The class will cover wood selection, grain orientation and design considerations. Students will learn secure wood mounting, tool use and the importance of project planning and design. Corey will demonstrate various box styles and students will complete two or more boxes. Finishing techniques, decorative possibilities and variations on some basic designs will be an important part of this fun and unique class.
Don’t miss this exciting class, as you will be sure to have a great time. Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials)
Section 110213B: Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3, 9:30am - 5:00pm
(Pictured boxes were turned by John Lorch)
Turned pens and pencils are increasingly popular, easy to make (sometimes!), and they make great gifts (Christmas is right around the corner!!). Bud turns truly unique and beautiful pens and will teach students his techniques in this rewarding hands-on class. Students will have an opportunity to make one or two pens in a wood of their choice. Tuition: $75.00 (includes material for 2 pens)
Section 120917B: Saturday, December 9, 12:30pm - 4:30pm
Turning natural edge bowls from wet local hardwoods can be great fun– and the material is free (if you own a chain saw and have access to recently cut down trees….!) In this weekend class students will receive a refresher in the fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques, learn how to visualize the “bowl inside the wood”, mount and turn the sections of fresh logs between centers to form the outside of the bowl before re-mounting the blank in a chuck to form the inside of the bowl– all the while taking care to maintain the fragile bark edge on the rim of the bowl.
The bowls you turn in class will need to finish drying at home and can easily be finish sanded when dry with a round pad in a drill.
Blanks of wood will be mounted between centers and the “bowl inside the wood” will be before cutting so you control the grain pattern and bark rim position in the finished bowl. We focus on developing an eye for making a pleasing shape while incorporating the bark of the tree as the rim of the bowl. We touch-up your graceful bevel-guided cutting technique thus helping you to form the smooth curves of the bowl. This bowl requires a steady hand as cutting the rim is interrupted--you cut a bit of the high part of the rim then skip to the high part of the other side. We focus on careful aim to get a graceful curve through this interrupted cut. We shape the outside of the bowl, remount the blank in a chuck and cut the inside. At home, the bowls will dry and easily can be sanded with a round sanding pad in a drill. Sign up today– class size is limited.
Tuition: $275.00 plus materials ($35.00)
Turning furniture parts should be simple- right? Most of the time the part is a combination of different sized coves and beads with a straight or a tapered section and maybe an urn or some other device. The problem for furniture makers is that you rarely have just one of these parts. Most table have four legs- and it would be nice if they all looked the same! Al Czellecz will guide you through the basics of making the different shapes used in spindle turning and then teach you simple methods for duplicating those shapes and maintaining complete control over the final piece. Whether it is a table leg starting from a square section going to round or something as simple as making knobs for a series of cabinet drawers, sharp tools, basic spindle turning techniques and simple layout techniques are essential for success. In this class each student will make a simple three-legged stool as a project. The turnings can be as simple or as complex as you like- as long as they all look the same! Don't miss this opportunity to add turned parts to your furniture making skills. Tuition: $150.00 (plus materials)
Section 103006B: Monday evenings, October 30, November 6 & 13, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
Sharp tools are essential to woodturning. When the tools are sharp you have total control over the cutting action and you don't have to "work" at cutting the wood. This one-night class with Al Czellecz is designed to give those students who have been frustrated with learning how to sharpen their woodturning tools a chance for some concentrated hands-on tool sharpening. Al will guide students through basic tool grinds and also demonstrate more advanced and specialized grinding methods.
Using sharpening jigs, freehand grinding, when to hone by hand and what to look for in a grinder are just a few of the points that Al will cover in this unique class. Sign up today as space is limited due to the number of grinders available. Tuition $60.00
Section 102306B: Monday evening, October 23, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
The Barley twist is a sculptural form that has been used in architecture, furniture and sculpture from the beginning of recorded history. In this unique new class participants will learn the fundamentals of Architectural wood-turning as a base to layout and hand carve a traditional barley twist. Students will be free to take this project in their own personal direction. Furniture maker or artist, the Barley twist will be an unendingly fun puzzle for you to unravel. Students do not need any prior experience.
Tuition: $195.00 plus materials.
The holidays are approaching and what better way to decorate your tree- or your house- than with hanging ornaments that you have turned yourself. Casey Coyne turns pens, pencils, beautiful bowls and great holiday ornaments. This fun class will give you the chance to use your imagination and make some truly unique tree decorations while learning about some basic woodturning techniques. Some turning experience is helpful but not essential. Sign up today. Tuition: $65.00 (includes materials for one ornament)
Section 120408B: Thursday evening, December 4, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Section 122008B: Saturday afternoon, December 20, 12:00pm - 4:30pm
Turned wooden boxes are attractive, practical and make great gifts. They combine the skills from spindle, bowl and hollow turning. You can complete a turned box quickly and easily from inexpensive lumber and they are great projects that can really show off your creativity and imagination. This one day “taste of” class allows the beginner or intermediate turner the opportunity to try out some different techniques and some different tools while making a creative and nice looking lidded container in either mahogany, walnut or cherry. Students will learn secure wood mounting, tool use and the importance of project planning and design. John will demonstrate various box styles and students will be able to complete one box with a lid. John is an accomplished woodturner and teacher whose work is exhibited in galleries and gift shops throughout New England. Don’t miss this exciting new class, as you will be sure to have a great time. Tuition: $95.00 (plus materials)
Hollow vessels, i.e. vases, bottles and jars (or any shape whose top is narrower than the bottom) can be some of the most beautiful and graceful shapes possible- but, they can also be one of the most challenging designs to master. This unique class allows students who have some prior turning experience to expand their turning repertoire and master the specialized techniques and tools used in this distinctive style of woodturning. Participants will learn about different ways of holding the work, the many different types of hollowing tools on the market, ways of making your own tools and methods for making extremely narrow necks in the same or in contrasting woods. This is not a beginner class but don’t worry if you might think you don’t have enough experience (this is how you gain the experience!!) Sign up today for this fun and rewarding class. Tuition: $195.00 plus materials
For those who want to increase their turning knowledge of pens, spend the day learning how to turn those great-looking European Style pens, ones that are as unique as those available in fine gift shops. Learn the tips and techniques that produce excellent results every time. Learn the fundamentals of creating these different style pens from wood selection, tool selection, and proper lathe techniques to finishing. At the end of the class you will not only leave with the knowledge to make these great pens, but you will also have a pen of your very own. These also make great gifts. Fundamental pen turning knowledge recommended. Tuition: $100.00 (includes material for one pen)
Section 033112: Saturday, March 31, 10:00am – 5:00pm
What better way to sharpen and practice your turning skills than with this unique project that will look great just about anywhere. The project combines spindle turning for the stem, faceplate turning for the base, drilling out the long hole for the wires (how do you do that??), finishing and assembly. We will include everything for the lamp except the lampshade. Your choice of Rosewood, cherry, tiger maple- or whatever we have that will suit your tastes. Don’t miss this opportunity to further your turning skills and make a useful project at the same time. Tuition: $145.00 (plus materials)
Lidded containers offer all sorts of opportunities for technical and creative exploration that can utilize all of your woodturning skills and creativity. This intensive two-day workshop is intended for students who already have some experience, but want to go beyond simple turning. After a short review of basic skills, students will begin working on their own unique turned boxes with an emphasis on practical and pleasing design. We will have some “step by step” boxes for those who might be unsure about their first “solo” design. The class will focus on forms for boxes, mounting, hollowing, lid fitting, finials and surface preparation on and off the lathe. Students are invited to bring wood and tools for individualized help. Tuition $195.00 (plus materials used)
Section 051907B: Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you have been intrigued by woodturning but are not sure if you want to make the commitment to a full class, both in time and in money, then this is the class for you. This new class features our regular woodturning instructors who will be demonstrating a variety of spindle turning and bowl turning techniques. After some basic demonstrations we will get you going on the lathe to turn your first simple project - in either mahogany or walnut. Basic machine safety will be covered along with answers to questions about tools and lathes in general. Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of the fascinating and rewarding craft of woodturning. Tuition $65.00 (materials are included)
Section 092907B: Saturday, September 29, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Turning one table leg or one stair baluster takes some basic spindle turning skills but it is really not that hard to do. Turning four table legs that all look alike- that’s a little trickier! Join Al Czellecz for this great hands-on class as he shows you some of the tricks of the trade. Turning the pad foot on a cabriole leg, learning to turn from a square section to round (like the top of a table leg), special techniques for successful duplicating of parts, and turning some architectural parts such as rosettes are all important parts of this unique class. Sign up today- space is limited. Tuition $245.00 (plus materials)
Section 0030409B: Wednesday evenings, March 4 - 25, 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Wood turned plates and platters are attractive and practical additions to any party or barbeque and serving on one you made yourself affords very special bragging rights. In this class students will produce at least two plates that can be scaled up to serving platters. The class will cover wood selection, orientation and mounting, tool technique and sharpening, and decorating and finishing considerations. The importance of design and planning will be emphasized and students will learn valuable woodturning techniques and concepts that can be applied to more complex projects. Tuition $195.00 plus materials.
Section: 050410B: Tuesday evenings, May 4 - June 1, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
(no class May 25)
Spend a day working on improving your spindle turning technique while making a couple of attractive bud vases. The great thing about these bud vases is that they are actually lined with a glass sleeve that nearly disappears from sight and allows for safe containment of liquid. The completed vases are perfect for a flower stem in water, fragrant oil and diffuser reeds or dried flowers. Materials for two vases are included in this one-day class.
While relatively simple in concept, we will use a process that allows completion of the piece on the lathe, including a friction varnish, polish and wax. Choose from an assortment of pieces of wood with interesting character and pick the shape the you desire. We will turn the shape between centers, mount in a chuck to drill a hole sized to accept a glass sleeve. You will use a spindle roughing gouge to form the initial shape, refine the form with a detail gouge or skew chisel and sand dustlessly with water or oil to a smooth finish.
The finishing touch will be a smooth glossy finish on the entire exterior, including the bottom. Just sigh the bottom and enjoy. Turners of all skill levels are welcome.
Section: 100210B: Saturday, October 2, 9:30am – 5:00pm
Learn the techniques used to create complex and intricate turnings on the lathe.
The focus of the class will be traditional furniture parts, but the skills
learned can be applied to any turnings done between centers. Students will be
free to decide how to use their time over the course of the weekend.
Samples of several different legs will be available. Pick one and make all the
legs for a table, or try them all to get lots of practice in different shapes
and sizes. Lots of demonstrations, plenty of hands on lathe time, as well as
one on one instruction. Sharpening methods, copying, and repetitive turning will be
covered in detail.
David is a nationally known woodturner who has written articles for Fine Woodworking magazine along with being a main presenter at the Society of American Period Furniture Makers Mid Year Conference. He has over two decades of experience on the lathe as well as an extensive background in traditional furniture design and construction. Tuition: $255.00 plus materials
Section 110511B: Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm
This new weekend class is an opportunity to concentrate solely on making turned bowls- but with a twist! Take your woodturning skills and imagination to the next level and join Al for this two-day hands-on class that is guaranteed to expand your creativity. You will learn how to “dress up” your turnings and make them truly unique. Al will teach you techniques ranging from how to add a simple bead to the edge of a bowl to how to add carvings and “piercings” to your projects. So many bowls are just a boring natural finish- what about using some color? Various techniques for adding color and metallic looks along with texturing with power carvers and gunpowder (yes- that’s right!) will also be utilized. Don't miss this chance to open up new turning horizons.
Tuition: $255.00 (plus materials: $40.00)
Section 022512B: Saturday & Sunday, February 25 & 26, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The main focus of this 4 night class is to design a functioning 8" peppermill utilizing the lathe for all aspects of the turning and drilling process. We will work on form and design to learn the limitations as well as the unlimited variations you have available to create a beautiful functional piece. This class will take you step by step from mounting and roughing a piece to utilizing a talon chuck to drilling and finishing your project in the time allowed. Finishing techniques and enhancements will be discussed to put the final touches on your piece. The beginning of the class will be used to practice and brush up on basic tool use before jumping in to the project. Lathe safety and the use of jamb chucks will be discussed to make your project a safe, fun and successful one. Clete is a member of the Central Ct Woodturners as well as the American Association of Woodturners and he works with Corey Anderson in many of our other woodturning classes. Sign up today and spice up your life!!
Tuition: $195.00 (plus materials)
The projects are a Garden Dibbler (whatever that is!...), a Tool Handle for a Reversible Screwdriver or a Toy Top, a Lidded Box and Honey Dipper, A Pepper Mill and a Plate. There will also be a review of tools used in turning, tool sharpening, sanding and finishing on the lathe. Safety is always important and will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain valuable experience and make some great projects which will help build confidence to continue the quest to master the art of woodturning. Sigh up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $ 295.00 plus materials.
Section 042316B: Saturday and Sunday, April 23 - April 24, 9:30am- 5:00pm
This weekend class is designed to give beginning and intermediate woodturners a great opportunity to make a number of small projects while learning, polishing and perfecting their turning skills. We start with a review of tools used in turning, tool sharpening, sanding and finishing on the lathe. During the first morning, the projects will be chosen from a list including:
Bud Vase, Spinning Toy Top, Tool Handle for a Reversible Screwdriver, Spoon (with some light carving), Whistle, Rolling Pin, Mushroom and other ideas from students.
Safety is always important and will be emphasized throughout the course. Students will gain valuable experience and make some great projects which will help build confidence to continue the quest to master the art of woodturning. Sigh up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $ 275.00 plus materials ($55.00)
Section 042818B: Saturday & Sunday,
April 28 & 29, 9:30am—5:00pm
Have you been intrigued with the idea of learning to turn a bowl but are not ready to commit to a 6 week class?. This one day class will get you hooked on turning– Guaranteed! Students will learn some of the basics of woodturning and will come away with a finished shallow cherry bowl and the new found knowledge to turn more. Who knows– you might even jump in head first and find a whole new passion!!
Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending a little time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class –even if you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have!
Tuition: $125.00 plus materials.
Section 060119B, Saturday, June 1, 9:30am - 5:00pm
If you are serious about your finishing work and want to jump to the next level then you owe it to yourself to get into spray finishing. Greg will teach students the basic concepts of spray finishing including using the spray gun to lay down and layer colors, apply sanding sealers and top coats and the mechanics of the spray guns. Greg will be demonstrating using the Turbinaire HVLP system but will certainly answer any questions students may have regarding the use of traditional high pressure spray systems. This class will be both demonstration and hands-on. Tuition: $125.00 Including materials
Section 060714B: Saturday, June 7, 9:30am – 5:00pm
(previously scheduled for April 19)
This class specifically designed for furniture makers who are frustrated finishers. We will cover the most common wood coloring and finishing tasks, using readily available “off the shelf” materials and equipment. Scope will include finishing new and antique wood, using brush, pad, and aerosol techniques. We will not cover the use of spray equipment.
Topics will include:
Students will do hands on activities to create a number of well-known finishes including Pumpkin Pine, Aged Oak, Perfect Cherry, and Classic Mahogany, on various woods, as well as techniques for “popping the grain” adding shadow lines, rubbing out, and creating custom appearances. Students are encouraged to bring small projects, or samples of their choice. Tuition: $275.00 plus materials Sign up today- Space is limited.
Section 100816B: Saturday & Sunday, October 8 & 9, 9:30am – 5:00pm
The warmth of an oil finish is appreciated by all and is particularly suited to many of the furniture pieces we make in our classes. This is a three night hands-on class concentrating on the many misunderstood types of oil and wax finishes. Students will each work on a project that they either made during a class or a project from home. Working on a sample board during class instead of a project is frequently a good alternative. Some work during the week is suggested in order for students to go on to the next steps in the class. If you keep up on the steps, your project should be ready for Christmas! Tuition: $150.00 (materials for work at home are not included)
Section 120809A: Tuesday evenings, December 8, 15 & 22, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
French Polish has a mystique about it intimidates many people- even experienced finishers- but, like anything, it is understanding the techniques and the materials which will give you the success you are looking for. Noted furniture conservator and expert Nickolas Kotula will open the doors to a highly rewarding look into the world of French Polishing and traditional finishing techniques. In this four night hands on class, students will learn the techniques and develop the hand skills necessary to produce this traditional fine finish. Nick will cover applying color to the wood, understanding the color wheel, the various types of shellacs and their uses, building the base coats of finish and then the techniques of French Polishing. We will also cover rubbing out the finish which will allow you to control the final sheen of the finish. Do not miss this opportunity to add new (or traditional!) aesthetic beauty to your furniture projects. Sign up today. Class size is limited. Tuition: $ 255.00.00 plus materials
Section 110711B: Monday evenings, November 7 - 28, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
As furniture conservator, I often rely on shellac as my go-to finish, for its tremendous versatility and proven long-term stability. Shellac is a beautiful and durable finish for a wide range of applications. It is also re-treatable; as a solvent release finish it is continuously soluble in its carrier, denatured alcohol. This important distinction allows a shellac finish to be easily repaired, both on-site and in the studio. Shellac is also ideal for touch-ups, using pigments and dyes with prepared shellac as a binder.
In this two day workshop, we will explore the various varieties of shellac, learning to recognize the subtle differences between the types that can be utilized according to the needs of the project. French Polishing will be discussed and demonstrated, along with a “modified” padding technique where oil is not used. Both brushing and padding methods and materials will be reviewed and discussed. The repair and touch up of a previously finished piece will also be discussed and demonstrated, and will incorporate pigments, dyes, brushes, and matting agents. Professional touch-up kits will be available for optional purchase.
Tad Fallon is the co-owner of Fallon & Wilkinson - a small furniture conservation shop that specializes in restoring 18th & 19th century high end furniture. Tad has written numerous papers for the trade and has taught many workshops for professional furniture conservators. Sign up today! Tuition $275.00 plus materials.
New 2016 weekend dates coming soon.
A Woodworker's Guide to Finishing with Mike Pekovich
Every woodworker knows the joy and stress of putting on that first coat of finish on a project. A finish can bring out the beauty of a piece, but it can also highlight every flaw. Add to that the wide range of dyes, stains and finishing products on the market and the finishing process can get down right scary. In this class, you’ll learn how easy it is to get the silky smooth, low-luster finish that is the hallmark of handcrafted furniture using a simple wipe-on finish. But there’s more to it than following the instructions on the can. Mike Pekovich, art director of Fine Woodworking magazine, will show you a simple step-by-step process that will yield excellent results every time.
The class will cover everything you need to know from preparing the surface to building a finish to final waxing. You'll also learn a simple 30-minute finish that's perfect for small projects and last-minute gifts.
And in the event you need to add a little color to your work, Mike will offer tips for preventing blotching and a strategy for combining dyes and stains in order to dial in the perfect color. Tuition: $125.00 Materials are included.
This class will be scheduled again fall 2018
This class is essentially the same as the Shaker Hall Table class but features a different project. The class further develops the skills begun in Woodworking I and adds new ones such as using a handplane to surface furniture parts, matching grain to achieve a harmonious looking piece, hand-fitting mortice and tenons joints, gluing up a table top and more. This class also features wedged thru mortise & tenons which look great and are a good challenge to your woodworking skills. The project is a cherry coffee table which is approximately 22" X 46", has a lower shelf for books or magazines and will look great in just about any room. Because of the difference in styles you might want to do this class even if you have already done the Hall Table. Tuition: $295.00 (plus materials).
An eight-session (or four - day) class that is a continuation of the Woodworking I class. This new project features a handsome Arts & Crafts style hall or sofa table which fits in just about any home . The project is a perfect vehicle to learn new skills with handtools and powertools while making a valuable piece of furniture that will become a family heirloom. Techniques learned in the woodworking I are reinforced as new techniques and skills are introduced. Laying out, cutting and handfitting mortice and tenon joints, a dovetailed drawer, grain matching a table top, tricks for gluing up a whole piece of furniture, and using effectively using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels are just a few of the skills students will learn while making a cherry hall table as their project. Woodworking I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $355.00 plus materials .
Section 040912A: Monday evenings, April 9 - June 4, 6:00pm - 9:30pm
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