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Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course #1: Day 1 (2011 Jan 11 Tuesday)

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Blog entry by Mark Shymanski posted 01-12-2011 07:49 AM 723 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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



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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 01-12-2011 03:55 PM

Good for you, I don’t think it hurts anyone to take a refresher course in something.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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poopiekat

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#2 posted 01-12-2011 04:48 PM

Wow that’s great, Mark! Myself, I’d like to find a class dedicated to Windsor chairmaking, or a foundation course in handcarving. I know a Woodworking instructor here at Red River College, but their courses are geared for commercial casework and cabinetry. Finding good courses in Manitoba is difficult! I even thought about those intense six-week courses in Vermont or elsewhere, if I could incorporate it into our summer vacation, with a LOA. Hope you enjoy the course! Keep us posted.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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BigTiny

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 12:19 AM

Back to school at your age, eh Mark? Good for you!
You and Poopiekat should check Lee Valley’s web site for their seminar schedule. They run many of them throughout the year at reasonable prices and they are all taught by very experienced instructors. I’ve never heard a word against them, and many folks who were happy with their classes.

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 01-14-2011 06:54 AM

And I am feeling every moment of that age at the moment, just did a whirlwind trip into Wpg. and back home for a funeral…sitting for 5 hours driving on slippery roads is not the most relaxing way to spend a day. You know if you are seeing semis in the ditch that the roads aren’t good :-( It was good to see some of my siblings and catch up a bit before we all jumped back in the van to head home.

I took a LV ‘Tune up your plane’ course when I still lived in Wpg. It was a good course and if they weren’t 5 hours away I would really be interesting in taking more courses.

Hey PoopieKat, maybe they know someone who could offer a Windsor Chair course, I think I’ve seen beginning hand carving courses there in the past. I believe LV donates all or part of the proceeds to a charity as well. I always meant to talk with the Woodworking guys when I was an instructor at RRC but never managed to find the time, my loss I guess. I remember wandering through their facility though and really thought it would be interesting. Have you ever checked out Canadian Woodworkers courses? They had a pretty nicely appointed classroom shop a few years ago.

I agree Dick even though some of the stuff is pretty fundamental, you can always learn something. Ryan explained the use of a trammel to set out points for drilling the holes for shelving pins, a simple thing but one of those eureka moments…well worth that days tuition :-)

-- "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

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poopiekat

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#5 posted 01-14-2011 04:50 PM

Jeez, Mark, I heard that stretch of road was closed yesterday, between Wpg and the Sask border!
I see the United Way gets all the proceeds from fees at LV seminars. I hate to say this, but a lot of these seminars really get spoiled for me, by people who have no clue how to behave in the academic environment. You know the ones, they pop up continuously during the lectures with goofy, folksy humor when others are trying to learn, or dopey, off-the-mark questions. I’ve attended lots of seminars, work-related, personal-enrichment stuff, and medical management ed classes. The River East-Transcona adult-ed also has some programs I’ve considered. I just did the ‘Welding for Fun and Profit’ course, well worth the money!

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Mark Shymanski

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#6 posted 01-15-2011 04:58 AM

The barricades were still open so I guess they’d not officially closed the roads, and usually it is the stretch between Portage and Wpg that is the worst so once we’d cleared that I figured we’d make it home okay.

Every class has it’s own ‘culture’ and that can change from group to group. I noticed this quite a bit during my teaching career, some years were a joy to teach at others…not so much. It really depends on the instructor how the class environment develops, a good instructor can foster good discussion yet limit the off topic or irritating stuff (most years and with most people, some students just never seem to get that they are not the only one in the class). Ryan seems to have a pretty good style I hope he is enjoying the class as much as I am.

-- "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

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#7 posted 01-17-2011 02:38 AM

i wish we had some local wood working courses…ENJOY EVERY MOMENT…and dont stress about being late…it happens…since I am a teacher I can excuse you…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Mark Shymanski

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#8 posted 01-17-2011 06:53 AM

I appreciate the absolution, can you write me a note Matt for my instructor:-)

I am enjoying a lot, it is also a nice change of pace from the all the work stuff.

How’s the boat going?

-- "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

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