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#1 posted 04-11-2012 07:23 AM


Thanks for the information.

Since this posting was made, I have actually decided to enroll in a year and a half cabinet making & Fine woodworking program, or at least I am going to try to. Seattle Central offer a 5 qtr program that has a great reputation. A much better use of time & money for me. My only concern is that being disabled I am concerned about being able to go to school 35-40 hrs a week. Since my main limitation is sitting and driving I think hands on woodworking should be enough up and about to keep my hip from locking up too regularly. Since the only formal woodworking training I have had is a one day turning class I am thinking this is gonna be the perfect opportunity for me. Right now I am stuck with all these great furniture design ideas and not even close to the knowledge I need to build them.

In regards to your concern, I would hold off getting to upset. I find that on the internet it is pretty easy for people to get offended because there is rarely any reference as to the person writing. I have found that people that are easily offended are also often offended because they are usually looking for a reason to be offended. Seems like a petty miserable life to me, but to each their own. I was asking if, the in person class was any better than the videos he sells. Taken in that context, as it is clearly written, it makes no reference to his right to earn a living or sell videos. I climbed my way up the ladder at some of the Fortune 100’s most cut throat companies. I hocked tech products at the highest levels of of Corporate America for 20 years. Trust me, when I insult someone it is extremely clear to all parties. If you choose to attach a negative connotation with the word “Hock” that is your deal.


I would not factor in what someone was able to build in considering a class. A persons ability to build a piece of furniture has little to do with their ability to teach someone else how to build a piece of furniture. Now experience is always and can add valuable insight into a class. However, just because some guy can build a Chippendale table doesn’t mean he can teach a lick. I don’t think Rob Cosman or Charles Neil are the greatest woodworkers of all time, in fact I am sure they both have their shortcomings. But I do know that both of them are able to educate and capture the attention of an audience. Charles Neil is all over the Woodcraft website because his personality & delivery is appealing to a wide cross section of woodworkers. The most important factor in taking a class is the ability to understand and retain the knowledge being disseminated in the class.

-- Chris, Washington The State!

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