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Paul

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2596 days ago

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I did a search of LJ and it looks like several of us have referred to woodworking classes we have taken. I thought it might be an interesting forum thread for us to share the classes we have taken, where the classes were conducted, the teachers, etc.

I’ve attended the Marc Adams Woodworking School in Franklin, IN for four different week-long classes with the professional artisans he invites to teach at the school. The facility is outstanding, comfortable and well equipped. An outstanding lunch is served and is included in the tuition. Marc is an enthusiastic educator and artisan. I highly recommend the school. There is a high alumni return rate and sometimes it’s quite difficult to get into classes if you can’t forecast your calendar 6 to 8 months in advance. A portion of the $ I “make” from woodworking doing this and that for others goes into a savings account in hopes of saving up enough for travel expenses, room/board and tuition for a class each year. I’ve learned a lot from books and trial and error, but there’s nothing like watching and learning from a pro. www.marcadams.com

I’ve taken:

1. Handcut Dovetail Blanket Chest with Kelly Mehler (he has his own school now in Berea, KY)
2. Windsor Chair Building with David Wright (professional chair builder in Berea, KY – traditional green wood)
3. Veneering with Bill Hull
4. “Between the Centers” Turning with Alan Lacer

I’m on the waiting list to take a furniture design class with Graham Blackburn in September.

-- Paul, Texas


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gizmodyne

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#1 posted 2596 days ago

I attend Cerritos Community College's Woodworking Program

Great program: It’s around $120 for a semester long class!

I have taken:
101: Intro to woodworking
102: Furniture Making: Tables
151: Cabinet Making
128L: Furniture Lab (Many times)

Plan to take:
Solid casegoods and finishing in the future.

Everyone should take a class. I was going to give up on woodworking after my first few disasters. I learn something every time!

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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ErikinColorado

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#2 posted 2596 days ago

Hey Paul,

You mention David Wright in Berea, Ky…that’s where Brian Boggs is, have you run into anything about his chairmaking?

Erik

-- Erik garagewoodworker.blogspot.com

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Paul

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#3 posted 2596 days ago

If I’m not mistaken. Brian Boggs has taught at Marc Adams, too. If you visit Berea, Boggs’ shop is a stone throw away from the Visitor Information Center. I saw him from a distance once when I went to visit Berea, but I decided not to interupt him as he was working (the lady at the Vistor’s Center suggested this). Several outstanding artisans live and work in and around Berea, KY. It’s part of the culture of the community and Berea College that is located there, too.

-- Paul, Texas

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WayneC

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#4 posted 2596 days ago

Just a few Woodcraft classes for me. Hopefully one of these days I will get a chance to take the cabinet making class at the nearby JC or a woodturning series at the UC Davis extension.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#5 posted 2596 days ago

I wet to a class at Thadious Steven University In Penna. The instructor of the woodworking school is Steve Latta. He write a lot of articles and does Federal period Furniture. The class was Finishing and was taught by Jeff Jewitt

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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mot

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#6 posted 2596 days ago

I took an introduction to turning class with my dad at Lee Valley. I was trying to get my dad into turning again. It didn’t work. The snarky little Brit instructor took days off my life for everytime I wanted to strangle him for being somewhat less than helpful to my father. Otherwise, I’m the self DVD generation of woodworker. I like videos from Rob Cosman in particular, but have watched some stuff from our own furnitologist with great success.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 2596 days ago

I haven’t taken a course since sixth grade wood shop…1/2 a day on Fridays…made my Mom a wishing well planter….:)...I don’t think that counts though..hehe. Done LOTS of reading however.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2596 days ago

I had two years of woodworking in 8th, & 9th grade. I’ve read a lot, & some of that, soaks in eventually.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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WayneC

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#9 posted 2596 days ago

I must be one of the DVD generation as well. I cannot remember taking any form of wood shop in school.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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gizmodyne

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#10 posted 2596 days ago

Bob…Oh yeah.. Sixth grade wood shop. I forgot about that. I made two skim boards. Good times.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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Sawdust2

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#11 posted 2595 days ago

Me and my sixth grade shop teacher didn’t get on too well. My Dad had a complete shop and I was already using the table saw and drill press and power sander. When I started to use the table saw the teacher hit the ceiling.
I made a corner shelf with a coping saw and some brads. Duh.

I took a week long course with Ian Kirby 30 years laterthat was memorable and I learned a lot Improved the skills I had figured out on my own.

I took a weeklong course with Paul Schurch for marquetry and learned a whole new, for me, area of woodworking.

I’m planning on taking a day course with Nick Cook to improve my turning skills.

And I am fortunate in having 6-7 friends who regularly come to my shop and we critique each other and work on group projects. We decided last week to make nesting tables and butler’s tables for our next projects.
Unfortunately, it will require glue so it won’t qualify for the summer contest.

-- No piece is cut too short. It was meant for a smaller project.

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 2594 days ago

I’m learning from the school of “LumberJocks.com”.

I highly recommend it!! Many expert teachers with lots of knowledge, experience, and a whole bunch of patience!!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Bob Babcock

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#13 posted 2594 days ago

Best school out there Deb.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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RonR

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#14 posted 2594 days ago

I had one year of woodworking shop class in 8th or 9th grade. It took the whole year to make a magazine table that I gave to my Dad, I think for father’s day or his birthday. We only had hand tools. He keep the table by his chair with a lamp and his newspapaers for the rest of his life! It wasn’t much to look at but I guess he liked it. I don’t know whatever became of that magazine table. My Dad passed away 20 years ago. I didn’t do anything resembling woodworking until about 8 years ago when I build a stereo cabinet. That gave me the bug and I started watching Norm and David Marks and some other DIY programs, subscribe to all the WW mags, and WW Book Club, and have a large collection of books on WW, mostly from Taunton. I would like to take some formal classes someday but it’ll probably not be until I retire from software engineering.

-- RonR, Massachusetts

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WayneC

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#15 posted 2594 days ago

I wonder how many software professionals we have here. Quite a few. I’ve got a degree in Software Engineering as well.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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