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LEARN THE BASICS
Our Class Offerings that will Return
INTRODUCTION TO FURNITURE MAKING - 4 days
Build your own maple hall table in the Shaker tradition while learning all the basics of furniture-making. Students will start with rough-sawn, kiln-dried lumber and will learn to create and read cut-lists; square up and dimension parts while learning the safe and proper operation of woodworking machines; learn mortise and tenon joinery; table-top assembly and beveling; executing a successful furniture glue-up; making tapered legs, and basic finishing. Leave with a beautiful piece of furniture from your woodworking experience. This course is great for beginners and for hobbyists who are looking to review the safety of the primary woodworking tools and foundational techniques.
WALL MOUNTED CABINET - 4 days
Building upon the foundations learned in our Introduction to Furniture-Making workshop, students take these skills to the next level. We will take rough lumber and mill it in our shop to its finished dimensions, using current joinery techniques to create stub tenons in its construction. Dadoes and splines may also be used in the finished piece. Use Maple or cherry to create a proud addition to your home.
INTRODUCTION TO TURNING - 2 days
Learn turning in our lathe workshop area from a skilled Designer Craftsman. In this turning workshop, students will be introduced to the proper and safe use of the lathe to turn a small, hardwood bowl and to turn spindles. In addition, students will be introduced to several common tools and learn how to use them properly and how to sharpen them.
TURNING INTENSIVE - 3 days
Gain a comprehensive understanding of wood turning by fine-tuning basic techniques and working up to more advanced skills such as eccentric turning. Turn pieces, including green live-edge bowls, candle stands, goblets, and lidded boxes. Students will also learn stock selection, preparing a blank for turning from a log round, and how to successfully dry a once-turned bowl. Prior turning experience required.
FROM LOG TO LATHE: AN INTRODUCTION TO GREEN TURNING - 3 days
This three-day workshop will focus on turning bowls from unseasoned log blanks using the once-turned method. Students will explore the once versus twice turned techniques, how to process logs into bowl blanks, selecting for grain orientation and shape, design considerations, strategies for mounting blanks on the lathe, how to dry finish a bowl, and sanding and finishing techniques. Some prior turning experience is a prerequisite for this workshop.
JOINERY TECHNIQUES & SHARPENING
INTRODUCTION TO HAND-CUT DOVETAILS
Students will have the opportunity to master the bench-mark of quality craftsmanship, the hand-cut dovetail. Students will learn to layout and cut through and half-blind dovetails.
INTRODUCTION TO HAND JOINERY
The instructor will teach students the basics of keeping your tools sharp, the proper use of marking knives, marking gauges, chisels, mallet, and saws. Students will learn to layout, mark, cut, and fit cross-lap, half-lap, and bridal joints. The finished samples can be assembled into picture frames when complete.
WOODEN BOX WORKSHOP
Spend four days in the shop covering woodworking basics and much more while building an elegant keepsake box. You’ll get a feel for some of Vermont’s beautiful hardwoods with a variety of the tools of the craft. The instructor will guide you through the processes of machine milling and joinery with an extensive focus on table saw techniques. The work quiets down in the bench room with hand tool practice for assembly, finish, and the detailing to make the box uniquely yours.
INTRODUCTION TO SHARPENING
Sharp tools are the foundation of any woodworker's practice. In this two-day course, participants will be shown the fundamentals of properly sharpening chisels and hand plane blades. Following the path of our immersion program students here at the school, learn the skills to sharpen your own tools well into the future.