UPCOMING WORKSHOPS

Taking a short workshop is a great way to come participate in the Vermont Woodworking School for those who aren't in a position to be here for an entire semester. It is also a good way for those considering a long-term commitment to their education to try fine woodworking on for size. Take a look at our schedule, and see which workshop you want to join. 

General Workshop Information: 

All workshops and intensives at VWS are scheduled for 9 am to 4 pm. Please plan to check in for class on the first day between 8:30 and 9am.  Unless otherwise noted in the description, all tools and materials will be provided. You are welcome to bring your lunch and will have access to our refrigerator and microwave. Dress with close toed shoes, no loose clothing or scarves, and tie long hair back. If you have your own hearing, eye protection, tape measure, pencil, you are welcome to bring them, but they will also be provided.

Accommodations:

Food and lodging are not included in the cost of the workshops or intensives. For information about where to stay in the area, please visit our Local Accommodations page. 

LEARN THE BASICS

INTRODUCTION TO FURNITURE MAKING - 4 days

WHEN:   January 9th to the 12th

             

Build a maple hall table in the Shaker tradition while learning all the basics of furniture-making from equipment safety to choosing wood and milling your pieces to mortise and tenon joinery.

 

COST:$389 + $85 materials fee

INSTRUCTOR: Chris Ramos, Bryan Shoup and Jared Williams

TURNING

INTRODUCTION TO TURNING - 2 days

WHEN: January 4th and 5th

              April 11th & 12th

              May 30th & 31st

              June 13th & 14th

              August 1st & 2nd

              August 15th & 16th

 

Learn turning in our lathe workshop area from a skilled Designer Craftsman.  In this turning workshop, students will be introduced to 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. 

 

COST: $249 + $15 materials fee

INSTRUCTOR: Mario Messina, Terre Morrison

TURNING INTENSIVE - 3 days

WHEN: February 22nd to the 24th

 

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. 

COST: $399 + $35 materials fee

INSTRUCTOR: Mario Messina

FROM LOG TO LATHE:

AN INTRODUCTION TO GREEN TURNING - 3 days

WHEN:  May 22nd to the 24th

 

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 process to 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. Ample time of the lathe will allow students to develop and refine their turning techniques. Materials and tools will be provided, however students are welcome to bring their own bowl blanks and/or turning tools.  Some prior turning experience is a prerequisite for this workshop.

INSTRUCTOR: Mario Messina

COST: $349 + $25 materials fee

JOINERY & TECHNIQUES

INTRODUCTION TO HAND-CUT DOVETAILS

WHEN: TBD

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.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Terre Morrison

COST: $249

INTRODUCTION TO HAND JOINERY

WHEN: TBD

The instructor will teach students the basics of keeping your tools sharp, proper use of marking knife, marking gauges, chisels, mallet, and saws.  Students will learn to lay out, mark, cut and fit cross-lap, half-lap and bridal joints.  The finished samples can be assembled into picture frames when complete. 

INSTRUCTOR: Terre Morrison

COST: $249

WOODEN BOX WORKSHOP

WHEN: TBD 

 

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 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.

 

INSTRUCTOR: Jamie Herman

COST: $369 

Workshop Refund Policy:

Individuals cancelling their registration prior to the first day of the workshop will forfeit their deposit; any other payments made will be refunded if given at least 48 hours notice. The remainder of the workshop and materials fee is due on or before the first day of the workshop. Individuals forfeit all payments if they stop attending and/or leave the workshop before its completion.

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Physical Address: 148 Main Street, Fairfax, VT 05454

Mailing Address: 148 Main Street, Cambridge, VT 05444

 

Email: info@vermontwoodworkingschool.com  

Phone: (802) 849-2013