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El_Chupacabra

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02-15-2018 03:10 AM

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Aloha All,

Does anyone have any thoughts or recommendations on distance woodworking programs? Has anyone been through anything like this?

I am currently in the transitioning out of being a strictly self-tought hobbiest woodworker and have began having my pieces sold and am currently working on several commissions. I can’t get enough of learning, reading articles, youtube, and practicing any techniques I’ve learned in my carport workshop. I make every attempt to make sure I do things the “right” way, but I always am thinking that I’m missing something that could I get from more formal instruction. I’m really craving the get my woodwork game to the next level.

Unfortunately I live on a rock about ~2000 miles from the nearest program and I don’t think my girlfriend and dogs would thrilled if I took a 9 month sabbatical. I have found some that offer distance instruction with periodic weekend in person sessions which sounds interesting, but wanted to get a few opinions. Thanks in advance!!

- Alex

-- It's kind of like mind over matter. If you don't mind, then it doesn't matter


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Woodknack

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#1 posted 02-15-2018 04:45 AM

The benefits of formal instruction are that an experienced person answers questions you didn’t know to ask, and they watch you work and help instill a standard. I don’t see how anyone can do the latter remotely. You can get the benefit of their experience through books and offline videos but you won’t get the one on one feedback. As for the “right way,” there is often more than one right way of doing things. What I’ve often heard recommended by highly skilled woodworkers, is pick a style or methodology and study it until you really know it. People get into trouble when they start mix and matching techniques that aren’t complementary. Some of the very best woodworkers and instructors are not in the public eye and not much into social media. And some have passed on. I’m a huge fan of Tage Frid who wrote a trilogy of books that condenses a college course in woodworking into books that anyone can understand. But Frid was focused on commercial woodworking so his techniques aren’t going to be about the Zen of cutting perfect dovetails with a $200 handmade saw.

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#2 posted 02-15-2018 06:45 AM

I did a 10 week program at the Inside Passage school, Did it in 3 sessions, other guys were doing a week or two at a time. Located in Roberts Creek, British Columbia Canada. Based on James Krenov.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#3 posted 02-15-2018 11:26 PM

I would think that being present would be the way to go but if that’s not an option then you should check out Gary Rogowski’s class. I assume occasionally flying to Portland would be about as short as you could get to a class like this.

http://www.northwestwoodworking.com/mastery-programs/distance-mastery-study

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#4 posted 02-16-2018 07:23 AM

All,

Andrea/mouse jockey – Any input on the programs noted? Both would be okay geographically and as I have a couch with my name on it in both cities. Portland may be more preferable since that couch belongs that couch belongs to my parents. Any info or experiences would be helpful.

Rick – thanks for the input also. I will start to look at some local apprenticeship options more seriously. As for Tage Frid, I bought his book series several years ago in my woodworking infancy but unfortunately they have been collecting dust since then. I’ll have to take another look , I personally don’t have a special place in my heart nor can afford $200 hand saws. I appreciate timely results and production, but the results I appreciate need to include some precision techniques, maybe Tage could provide some valuable insite.

-- It's kind of like mind over matter. If you don't mind, then it doesn't matter

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#5 posted 02-16-2018 06:20 PM

http://www.insidepassage.ca is there web site, check it out, all I can say was the experience changed my life.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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