I’ll be hopping in the car and driving out to beautiful Franklin, Indiana tomorrow (Sunday) morning to attend two classes next week at Marc Adams’ School of Woodworking. First, I am in a 6-day long project class in which I will be building an arts-and-crafts style entry table. Then I will take a one-day class on tool sharpening skills. Both classes will be taught by Mike Pekovich of Fine Woodworking Magazine. I’m excited about the opportunity to add to my skills and make something beautiful. This is the most ambitious piece I’ve ever undertaken.
Hopefully, I won’t fall asleep during class! I’m currently working night shifts and will be getting home on Sunday morning by 4:30 AM. I plan to get a four-hour nap before I hit the road. It’s about a 10-hour drive from here (near Baltimore, Maryland) to the school south of Indianapolis. I’d like to make it all the way there before stopping for the night at a hotel so I can be well rested for class bright and early on Monday morning. I think I may have to settle for getting within a couple of hours of the school and then waking up early enough on Monday morning to drive the rest of the way. I guess I will see how it goes. I’m guessing I’ll be relying on classic rock from my iPod, blasting over my car speakers to keep me awake.
This will be my second visit to Marc’s school. I took a cabinet-making class and attended a finishing seminar there back in 2010 and I was VERY impressed with the facilities, instructors, and staff. Marc and his people run a top-notch business there.
I’m taking my tent trailer and will be “camping” at an RV park about 20 miles south of the school. I figured I’d save some money and get some use out of the trailer by avoiding the costs of a hotel.
I hope to provide daily progress reports and post pictures here daily, using the wi-fi at Marc’s school each day. Hopefully, I will stay motivated to do so throughout the week.
Wish me luck, both on the road and in the class!
-- Tim, Glen Burnie, Maryland