Classic Casework

Tim Rousseau
July 16-27

Students deepen their understanding and refine their skills for building durable casework of the highest quality. From underlying principles, such as accommodating wood movement, to meticulous craftsmanship for making piston-fit drawers, Tim focuses on tried-and-true techniques that are too often disregarded in the rush of the present. Topics he covers through lecture and demonstration include, among others:

  • Appropriate joinery for flush-corner and overhung carcasses, and for interior dividers such as web frames and muntins;
  • Accurate and efficient cutting of dovetails (through, half-blind, mitered, sliding, and drop-in) and all flavors of mortise and tenon with both hand and power tools;
  • Designing, making, mounting, and fitting inset drawers, and frame-and-panel doors with solid-wood or veneered panels;
  • Resawing and working with shop-made veneer; and
  • Installing knife and butt hinges, and door and drawer stops.

Each student designs and builds a small, solid-wood, free-standing casepiece with close attention to attractive proportion and detail. Doors and drawers are optional. Designs are kept within reasonable parameters for size and complexity to maximize students’ time for hands-on exploration of new skills and techniques.    

Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Appleton, ME, and teaching at the Center. After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine to set up his own business in 2003. Since then, he has been a lead instructor for the Furniture Intensive, in addition to teaching the chair project for the Comprehensive. Tim is a frequent presenter of how-to and project videos for and, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” His website is

Open to solid intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,410


Rousseau ash chest drawers openFive-drawer Dresser by Tim Rousseau, quartersawn ash, quartersawn walnut, east Indian Rosewood (31½”x18”x31½”), 2006





















Drawer Making

Tom Caspar
June 19-23

In this hand skills course, students learn to make traditional, inset drawers and fit them within a case. Through demonstration and one-on-one guidance, Tom covers: joinery with half-blind and through dovetails, with the option of using a custom jig; cutting bottom grooves with a plow plane; joining, gluing, and planing stock flat for drawer bottoms; rabbeting bottom edges with a fillister plane; the application of drawer slips, and sharpening as needed. In order to maximize hands-on time at the bench, participants are provided with pre-milled cherry for drawer fronts and basswood for sides and bottoms. The student supply list includes essential hand tools, but Tom brings plow and fillister planes for shared use.

Tom Caspar has been a furniture maker since apprenticing to a Swedish cabinetmaker almost 40 years ago. Located in Minneapolis, MN, he was for many years editor of Woodwork and American Woodworker magazines. Tom has shared his expertise through more than fifty articles on a huge range of techniques and projects, as well as through reports on tool tests. He developed the curriculum for this course over decades of teaching.

Open to all except absolute beginners.

Tuition: $770

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Tom Caspar DrawerDetail of drawer made by Tom Caspar, walnut and pine, 2005 


Stringed Instruments 1.0

Beth Ireland & Keunho Peter Park
July 2-6

Participants learn to creatively design and build fretted string instruments such as dulcimers, banjos, mandolins, ukuleles, and guitars. Through lecture and demonstration, Beth and Peter convey how one’s choice of materials, dimensions, proportion, scale, and fret layout determines sound quality, while sharing straightforward and effective methods of construction.

Each student builds two working instruments. The first is a dulcimer guitar with a diatonic scale. The second is an instrument of their own design with a maximum of six strings and a body made using band-saw box techniques. With extensive one-on-one attention, participants learn to apply the “Rule of 18,” which determines the scale length and fret positioning of all stringed instruments; to cut and shape wood with band saws and stationary sanders; to hand shape a neck to fit their grip; to lay out and install frets and tuners; to make simple custom parts such as nuts, bridges, and tailpieces; and to apply simple finishes, among other skills. This is not a traditional guitar making class, but it gives students a bedrock of experience upon which to acquire those skills, too.  

Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate Fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters to sculpture to one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. She is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive and teaches turning for the Comprehensive. Beth lives in St. Petersburg, FL and her website is

Keunho Peter Park is an international artist, woodworker, and instrument maker who teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a B.F.A in painting from South Korea’s Kookmin University and a 2013 M.F.A. in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Among other honors, Peter received the Emerging Artist Award at the Philadelphia Invitational Furniture show, won a 2015 Wharton Esherick award at the Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show, and served as a Windgate resident artist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. For more on Peter’s work, visit

Open to all.


Tuition: $785

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Ireland 2017 three vertical instrumentsDulcimer Guitars by Beth Ireland, walnut, mahogany, birch ply and milk paint (7”x2½”x32”), 2015 

Park 2017 Star Guitar 01Star Guitar #1 by Keunho Peter Park, mahogany, maple, copper, and ABS plastic (14”x33”x2”), 2016


Hand-applied Finishes

Teri Masaschi
September 28 - October 2


Participants learn all aspects of the finishing process as practiced in the non-industrial furniture shop. By the end of the course, each participant knows how to fill grain, apply dyes and pigments, and put on hand-rubbed varnish, shellac, and oil finishes. Work is done on sample panels and students are encouraged to bring special pieces of their own wood on which to experiment with colors and finishes.

Through lecture and demonstration, Teri explains everything from wood preparation to rubbing out. This includes selecting the proper abrasives, sanders, and fillers; layering of colorants; bleaching, glazing, and brushing; French polishing; and, of course, techniques for rubbing the final finish to perfection.

Teri Masaschi is a professional woodworker, finisher, and restorer in Tijeras, NM with over 40 years of experience. She specializes in antique restoration and reproduction, as well as finishing for contemporary furniture makers. From 1994-2000 she was employed as Finishing Specialist/Product Manager for Woodworker's Supply. Teri writes extensively for Fine Woodworking and is a walking encyclopedia of finishing products and techniques, from the traditional to the cutting edge. Her book, Foolproof Wood Finishing: for Those Who Love to Build and Hate to Finish (Fox Chapel Publishing, 2006) is a must-have for furniture makers. Her website is

Open to all.

Tuition: $740

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masaschi-with-finishesTeri Masaschi













All About Finishing

Mike Mascelli
June 4-8

Participants learn all aspects of finishing, from hand-applied coatings to professional spray lacquers. By the end of the week, each participant knows how to fill grain; color with dyes and pigments; put on hand-applied varnish, shellac, and oil finishes; and apply spray finishes.

Through lecture and demonstration, Mike takes students from wood preparation to rubbing out, while demystifying the many color and finishing products. This includes selecting the proper abrasives, sanders, and fillers; layering of colorants; bleaching, glazing, and brushing; French polishing; and rubbing the final finish to perfection. Work is done on practice panels provided by the school. Students are encouraged to bring special pieces of their own wood to experiment on with colors and finishes.

Although the emphasis is on hand-applied finishes, Mike also covers selection and use of various aerosols and conventional spray equipment, including safety issues, proper cleanup procedures, and correct spraying techniques. Participants use both water-based and solvent-based products, as well as colored finishes and toners. Students who have spray equipment at home are welcome to bring it in for evaluation and practice.

Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY, with over 40 years of experience, as well as co-Director of the Professional Refinishers Group, a national organization founded in 1998. In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is founded in the restoration of period furniture. As an author, he has contributed to the forthcoming Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and With Saw, Plane & Chisel by Zach Dillinger (F + W Media, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed two instructional videos for Popular Woodworking.

Open to all.


Tuition: $785

Hands on FinishingStudents rub out panels with wax-charged steel wool to create a desirable sheen and surface.