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Forum topic by ShawnH posted 12-30-2009 04:41 PM 2171 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2009 04:41 PM

I was wondering if anyone knows of classes that are available in the central Washington area for woodworking. I am about 2 1/2 hours from the nearest Rockler or Woodcraft. The only schools I can find are 4 to 5 hours away. Port Townsend and on in Portland. I know there are tons of videos online, but I am the type of guy that needs to touch it and use it with someone who knows how it is supposed to work. The tactile element is not there on video or paper. Any topic would be great, but right now I am trying to master my handplanes and chisels.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 12-30-2009 07:35 PM

It is farther than you were looking for but I enjoy going to Marc Adams School of Woodworking outside of Indianapolis Indiana. I have taken several one week classes there. In fact I have signed up to take 2 of them this summer. Let me know if you would like more info on them

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#2 posted 12-30-2009 11:06 PM

I agree with airman. The Marc Adams school is the next best thing to apprenticing yourself to an old master. I believe that most classes are five days of intensive study and work.

For those who only have week-ends free, Highland Woodworking in Atlanta, , has a comprehensive schedule of woodworking classes. On the 24th of January, Thomas Lie-Nielsen will conduct a class on hand planes.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#3 posted 12-31-2009 01:21 AM

I’ve taken courses from Marc Adams, and agree with the guys-it’s at the top of the list. However, I live about a 3 1/2 hour drive from Indianapolis, so it’s convenient.
Since you’re on the east side of the Cascades, you might want to head to Couer d’Alene. Take a look at the CDA School of Woodworking –
At least you’ll be driving flatter country, and not have to add ferry rides to Port Townsend to the time spent commuting.

-- Gerry

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#4 posted 12-31-2009 01:27 AM

I’ve signed up for a class at Marc Adams School of Woodworking just South of Indianapolis, Indiana. The class is building a Shaker Candle Stand July 31-August 1. I’ve heard nothing but good thinks about the school.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#5 posted 12-31-2009 03:03 AM

Man I have been dying to go to Couer d’Alene. Have to do it so we can golf as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 06:03 AM

Has any one taken classes at College of the Redwoods In Ft Brag in central California? I’d love to be able to attend this school.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#7 posted 12-31-2009 06:05 AM

How about some Charles Neil DVDs

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#8 posted 12-31-2009 03:59 PM

Thanks for the ideas. Couer d’alene is only about 2 hours from here and the single day classes make it nice for a day trip. The prices seem reasonable as well. I will check out the DVD’s. Has anybody used the Woodworking in action website that Graham Blackburn has? It’s 36 a year for access to all the videos on there.

-- ShawnH "In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson

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#9 posted 01-03-2010 03:29 AM

Had a senior moment when I responded and forgot to mention that if attending the Marc Adams school is geographically challenging, you can’t go wrong with his set of DVD’s on various woodworking topics-they’re great.
I have most ( if not all ) of them and have found them to be a valuable reference tool when I can’t attend classes.

-- Gerry

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