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Forum topic by Chiefk posted 05-31-2010 05:21 PM 931 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2010 05:21 PM

I spent last week at Marc Adams Woodworking School. I am new to woodturning and took “Getting Started in Woodturning with Mathew Hill. Each student had their own oneway lathe. While it was encouraged that everyone bring their own turning tools, turning tools were available for students use. We learned to properly use and sharpen of spindle gouges, parting tools, skew chisels, scrapers, and bowl gouges. During the week we progressed from turning beads and coves to more advanced project like goblets, lidded boxes and of course bowls. Primarily, we learned turning between centers and face grain work. Safety and the proper use of the tools and cuts was stressed through out the week. The day started a 8am and ended at 6pm; however, everyone worked at their own pace and took breaks when needed. The facilities were outstanding. I had a great week and would encourage anyone think about taking a woodworking course to go the MSWS website and see for yourself all the different courses offered. I had a wonderful time, learned a lot from the outstanding instructors and would recommend the school. What a great experience. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#1 posted 05-31-2010 05:23 PM

sounds like a positive experience enjoy.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 05-31-2010 05:28 PM

I’m a new turner also. I’ve learned a lot from practice and watching videos, but I wish there was a place nearby to take a class like that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-31-2010 07:42 PM

the time away from home for a week, and learning a new method sounds so great.
But, thats a weeks vacation and the money for the school,then your motel room and food bill,this sounds like i need a loan to go to school. i better make a date with my banker, with my truck; because i’ll need a truckfull of money.
ahh… it does sound great

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#4 posted 05-31-2010 08:04 PM

I encourage new turners to get some one-on-one training. It will really help you get started right and, hopefully, stop any bad habits before they are engrained.

A week long class is great, but a 2 or 3 day class can be sufficient. Even a one day class can be helpful.

Despite the fact that I consider myself an experienced turner, I’m off to a day long bowl turning class in a couple of weeks. You can always learn something new.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 05-31-2010 08:22 PM

Sounds like a great experience. I envy you guys who are lucky enough to take classes. I just ruined enough wood until i thought i knew what i was doing. haha sounds like a great time!

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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#6 posted 05-31-2010 09:32 PM

Charlie, New Orleans isn’t near Indiana, but we had people in the class from all over the country. From as far away as California and Florida. I estimate it cost between $1300 and $1400 for the week, which included tuition, hotel and food for the week. Not cheap, but it was well worth it to me. pkennedy

-- P Kennedy Crossville, TN

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#7 posted 06-01-2010 04:11 AM

Was this the first time at Marc’s? I have been going for 5 years and can’t begin to tell you how much I have enjoyed it and learned from them. I’m so glad you found it a great experience.

-- John from Jackson, Michigan

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#8 posted 06-01-2010 04:25 AM

lol! I’m in the MASW “hotel” next door listening to the Blackhawks on the internet, reading LumberJocks and awaiting my carving class that starts tomorrow!

My sole complaint is that the local NBC station isn’t carrying the $%(*#! Stanley Cup, but rather some post-coverage about something called “Nascar”. I wasn’t able to make heads or tails of it.

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#9 posted 06-01-2010 04:43 AM

Sounds like you had a great time.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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