Day one at David Marks finishing class in beautiful Santa Rosa. David and wife Victoria are terrific hosts, the class is small with an interesting variety of folks, and the weather couldn’t be better. And hey! I’m on vacation! I’m really enjoying the pace of the class with enough structure to keep it moving, but plenty of time to get to know David and the other students and to get all our questions answered. My goal is to establish a broad foundation in wood finishi...
At the end of Sept/beginning of Oct 2013 I will be teaching a one-week class at the John C. Campbell Folk School on the subject of Hewing and carving bowls and spoons! If you haven’t yet heard of the Folk School, it is the oldest school of craft in the country, having been founded in the 1930s. Located in Brasstown, NC, the campus is beautiful, with about 20 classes going on at any time ranging from woodworking, woodcarving, blacksmithing, pottery, metalworking, weaving, music, tradit...
Welcome to another chip carving class! In this class I will take you step-by-step through the process of chip carving a wine bottle holder. We’ll start things rolling in early March. This leaves you plenty of time to sharpen your knife and gather needed supplies. Here’s a list of what we’ll be using: Basswood wine bottle holder (we’ll be carving a different pattern than the one shown) Chip carving knife (I’ll be using the My Chip Carving Knives like the ...
The next step is cutting and installing the sides of the frame. This method includes building the frame to the top instead of building a frame then adding the top. It makes for perfectly smooth sides. The link to these pictures is not working but here is a link to the entire gallery. This is a great way to see all the pictures in one place. Cornhole Tutorial Measure the length of your boards, some boards cut by big box stores aren’t perfectly 48” and therefore you may ne...
In this section I’m going to cover the tools and materials needed and the first step in making the boards. Here are a few examples of boards I’ve built. If you’ve never played cornhole before, it’s essentially horseshoes. You toss bean bags on to the boards and you get three points for making it in the hole, and one point for making it on the board. You play in teams and throw against the other team. I’ll include rules in the last post. Tools: Power DrillPower DriverJig Saw or ...
Hello Everyone. I have been enjoying lots of posts and classes on this website and I wanted to contribute something as well. I have built many cornhole sets over the past 7 years since my father, sister and I built our first. I believe our current design is great for a portable, regulation sized set. I know there are many tutorials on the web for building sets but this is mine. They are easy to build and when you get the hang of it, you can turn out a two boards in about an hour. I...
Im in salt lake and not sure how to proceed to find a class with lessons. Ideas?
Welcome back and again sorry for taking so long to get this post out. After my hand healed I was really backed up on some other projects. I’m almost caught up and will post some of those projects on my page in the next couple of days. When we left off we had all the sanding done and are ready for staining and finishing. I’m making two of these frogs, one that will need staining and one out of exotic wood so everyone can participate in this project. We will go over staining next. I’m...
Thanks for joining in again and I apologize for the delay. Hand is doing a lot better and it feels great to be back in the shop. Thanks for your patience and your encouragement to get better. In this section we will focus on shaping and sanding our pieces. In my opinion, this is the most important part of the process. Depth is what makes a piece really stand out and the more depth you use in your project the better you’re going to like the end result. We have all seen intarsia pieces...
I just wanted to update on the status of the class and inform every one of the delay. For those of you that do not know, I had a misfortunate (stupid?) accident and broke a bone in my right hand a couple of weeks ago. I was hoping that I had progressed far enough beforehand that it would not affect the class. Unfortunately the bones are not healing correctly and it is taking longer for ir it to heal. I tried again tonight, but do not have enough dexterity or hand strength to sand while I...
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