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1653 days ago

Hey all!
Just joined the site and have loved looking around.

I asked something like this on another site, but thought I’d toss it up here too!

I’m looking to take a class or two in the next couple months. I am not tied to a specific project or area of woodworking, but looking for a teacher/class that will help recharge the batteries.
Do you folks have any suggestions?
I’d describe my skill level as intermediate, with a passion to learn.
What class or retreat made you giddy with excitement to get back to your shop?
What teacher excited you or opened your eyes to a whole new way of looking at this
thing we call woodworking?

I live in Illinois but am willing to do some driving…

Hope you guys have some good suggestions!


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#1 posted 1653 days ago

WElcome to LJ!! I’m on the left coast, you will learn a lot right here watching the posts and questions.

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#2 posted 1653 days ago

Take a look at this one. I have their flyer that I picked up at a store. It’s just south of Indianapolis.

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#3 posted 1653 days ago

Windsor chair building with Mike Dunbar, he’s in NH. A little bit of a drive for you though.

-- Mark,

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#4 posted 1653 days ago

Hey Doug! Glad you found your way here. This is a great group of people with lots of talent and info.

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#5 posted 1652 days ago

John, you dog. Glad we’ll still have a place to hook up…

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#6 posted 1652 days ago

I have taken several classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking and am very pleased with the experience. In fact I am going to take 2 classes there this summer.

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#7 posted 1652 days ago

I’d suggest checking out Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking in Berea, KY.

-- JP, Shelbyville, KY

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#8 posted 1652 days ago

I’ll second the Marc Adams suggestion. Not a bad drive from the Chicagoland area (I’m in the NW ‘burbs). I’ve taken several excellent classes and only one lousy one. Nice people, nice facilities and a wide range of subjects taught by a wide range of instructors. Any of the classes taught by Marc are good, also anything with Michael Fortune, Mitch Kohanek or John Ressler (I’ve been wanting to take his acoustic guitar class – one week from lumber to a playable guitar!).

Feel free to email me if you have questions… miserybob at hotmail.

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#9 posted 1652 days ago

I’ll also vote for the Marc Adams school just south of Indianapolis. My son-in-law attended a segmented bowl class there and came home “supercharged”.

This school is probably the next best thing to an apprenticeship with an old master.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 1652 days ago

Down the road from me is the Appalachian Center for Crafts. Its here in Middle Tn,here is a link to info.

Don’t forget about Gatlinburg.
I think this is close

and this one

You can do a search for gatlinburg,woodworking and classes. I think there are a few there and you can visit the smokies as well.

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

Lonnie’s school really looks good. However, stay in Knoxville or Severville. I’ll recommend passing up Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. They are the most “clap trap” towns I’ve ever been to. Their only purpose seems to be to squeeze as many dollars out of tourists as possible.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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