Traditional Woodworking Classes
Learning a craft is fundamentally different than learning a concept. You can hear all day about the species of wood, the angles of plane irons, the grits of sandpaper, and watch all the YouTube you want, it doesn't make you any better of a woodworker. It isn't until you feel the burr created when you sharpen a chisel do you know what sharp is, the snug fitness of a perfectly cut joint to you know what a well cut dovetail is, or feel the smoothness of a beautifully polished gentle satin finish do you know what finishing is. Not to mention the hundreds and hundreds of mistakes made as you're learning. The bottom line is that, "craftsmenship is risk." There is always something new to learn and a million attempts before the skill is actually developed. And I want to help with that. I want to actually help you grow in those skills, practice those techniques, exprience the satisfaction of a personally crafting a beautifully handmade piece that will not only last and grow more beautiful with time.
This is our flagship course where we'll cover the basics of furniture making including drafting, the working properties of wood, machine and hand tools, joinery, finishing, and maintenance.
One of the most mesmerizing things to watch in woodworking is the almost immediate shaping of a wooden block into a gracefully rounded tool or piece of art. In this course we'll go over the fundamentals of the physics of turning, the tools and machinery, design, sharpening, and finishing on a lathe.
In this course we'll cover the basics of traditional joinery including hand-cut as well as machine cut dovetails, mortise and tenons, miters, rabbets, and dados.
The perfect introductory project for those wanting to get into woodworking is a keepsake box. You'll leave with a simple, yet well designed keepsake with a custom engraving on top of your choosing, a primer on fundamental concepts and tools. Perfect for personal use, a gift, bereavement, graduation, wedding, 5 year anniversary, or retirement.
While the technology and fit and finish of a beautifully cast Lie-Nielsen hand plane is like that of none other, the simplicity, organic beauty, and versatility of a hand made wooden plane is unequivocally a one of a kind experience. James Krenov designed, what is known from both a functional and design perspective, a flawless wooden hand. In this class we'll be handcrafting a Krenov-designed handplane included with the top-of-the-line Hock plane blade allowing for a personalized essential tool for any woodworker that is practical enough for the everyday craftsman, as well as beautiful enough to be a humble yet stunning piece of art.
In this course we'll walk through the essential fundamentals and working properties of working with wood, proper surface prep, finishing techniques, and wooden furniture maintenance.
For those whose have the morning ritual, having a delicious cup of coffee in a favorite cup, which beautifully made accoutrements are part of the expeirnece, nothing can surpass the feel of a custom made espresso tamper. In this class we'll craft a custom wooden handle tamper with a premium quality base, complete with an additional personalized engraving.
Other classes in the works....
-Square board fundamentals