I’ve been thinking about taking a woodworking course for a couple of years now and this year ACC has enough people signed up and an instructor lined up so they are offering their Woodworking series of classes. I really want to learn about the lathe and such so will go through the pre-requisite courses first.
The course started this evening (it is a twice a week course for three weeks for a total of 18 hours). There are about a dozen of us in the class, the instructor (Ryan) seems like a personable fellow. I gather this is his first foray into teaching (I missed the first 7 minutes of class as I was held up at work, like usual) so I missed any intro he may have done. I really hate walking in late, but I also really wanted the course so I walked in late (my apologies again Ryan :-)...not that it makes it my actions any less rude but I was not the last person to show up so I felt a little less awkward. Any way Ryan gave a brief run down of some basic joinery, discussed a little about raw wood, and then described some basic hand tools (a tri-square, a marking gauge, back saw, chisel and a utility knife) as well as the difference between a rip and cross cut saw and bevel up and regular planes. He then demo’d the practice task he’s set up for us and then let us loose on the tools.
It was interesting being on the other side of the lectern, for the last time I was in a College environment I was doing the instructing, so it was kind of revealing to sit in the class and observe his teaching. I really enjoyed his presentation and think this will be a great class. Since I am mostly a self taught wood worker it was interesting to get some feedback on what I was doing. It was really interesting noticing the difference between a real live instructor and the videos and reading I’ve been using to teach myself…not to knock the videos (especially the ones LJs have posted here) as they are a great tool but they cannot give you feedback on your technique or even just kibitz with you whilst you are working on your project.
All in all I think it will be a great course and I look forward to the balance of the 18 hours!
-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2