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Community Classes

Weekend Community Classes are designed for people who cannot schedule the full-time attendance required for our Workshops and other programs. Community Classes provide the same outstanding instructors and facilities in a more accessible time format. Classes are held Saturday and Sunday 9-5.

Tuition: $300

See course descriptions for materials and tool information. 


Machine Maintenance
Mark Julian & Mason McBrien

January 31 - February 1

This class covers set up, maintenance, and repair of the essential woodworking machines. Instruction includes replacing and setting jointer and planer knives; installing and setting bandsaw blades; safe set up of table saws; tips for calibration; and tune-up techniques. Students work on machines side by side with our highly experienced facilities managers.

Open to all.

Class size limited to eight.


Starting with Hand Tools
Kenneth Kortemeier

February 7-8

This class introduces the fundamentals of woodworking with hand tools such as saws, chisels, planes, and drawknives. Participants learn safe and efficient techniques for cutting boards to length and width, smoothing surfaces, shaping edges, and creating simple joinery. Basic sharpening, measuring, and layout are also covered. Students complete small stepstool/benches to bring home.

Open to all.

Tools provided and materials included.


It's Your Turn
Stephen Gleasner

April 11-12

This is a chance to expand your repertoire of turning techniques and extend your creative horizons! Stephen demonstrates techniques for both spindle and faceplate turning in response to students’ specific interests. Participants may bring work in progress or embark upon new projects. This class is a great follow up to our introductory courses and an excellent rejuvenator for rusty skills.

Open to all except absolute beginners.


Paddle Making
Ken Wise

April 18-19

Create a custom canoe paddle! Starting with rough blanks of hardwoods and softwoods appropriate to their skill level, students lay out their choices of length, grip, and blade shape. Ken guides participants in the use of hand tools such as spokeshaves, block planes, card scrapers, and rasps to carve and shape their paddles. Completed paddles are varnished at home following the course and students may purchase additional paddle blanks to work on later.

Open to all.


Hand Tool Sharpening
Mark Juliana

April 25-26

Mark offers instruction in sharpening and maintaining edge tools such as chisels, marking knives, plane irons, and scrapers. He covers safe and effective use of the standard sharpening tools, including low-speed and high-rpm grinders, and diamond, oil, and water stones. Discussion includes appropriate bevel angles for various applications. Students may bring tools they want to sharpen: any water, oil, or diamond stones they already have; and any sharpening jigs they use.

Open to all.


Ukulele Weekend
Beth Ireland & Silas Kopf

August 22-23

Make a musical instrument in a weekend? You bet! With instruction and inspiration from Beth and Silas, each participant builds a functional, in-tune “cigar-box” ukulele. Fret boards (as well the other attachments) are supplied, allowing participants to focus on making sound boxes out of whatever materials spark their imaginations. Beth and Silas have made their own instruments using everything from cigar boxes to cookie tins, game boards, and found objects. The class ends with a Hawaiian pork roast and ukulele jam session.

Open to all.


Eligibility:

Community Woodturning Classes are open to anyone who is 16 years of age or older.

 

Registration and Payment Information:

Please call our office at 207-594-5611 to check availability and to register for the class.

    • Community Class tuition ($300) is payable in full at the time of registration.
    • If you withdraw from a community class more than seven days in advance, we will refund your tuition less a $40 cancellation fee. 
    • No refund will be given for withdrawal within seven days of a Community Class.
    • We accept personal checks, Visa or MasterCard.
    • In the event that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship must cancel a class, we will promptly refund the full tuition amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Twelve-week Turning Intensive

January 4 - March 25, 2016

Featured in American Woodturner magazine, December 2013. Click here to read the article.

 

Audience

The Turning Intensive is designed to prepare woodworkers for successful careers as professional turners, and is also open to amateurs who wish to bring their work up to a professional level.

 

 

Curriculum

The Turning Intensive curriculum leads students through a sequence of hands-on projects that develop their skills in all facets of professional turning.

Architectural turning: learn to construct and turn columns, balusters, newel posts, and moldings, using techniques for duplication, reeding, fluting, twists, split turning, rosettes, barrel staving, segmenting, and more.

Production turning: learn to turn production bowls, platters, stair parts, furniture parts, and other objects with consistency, speed, and quality.

Creative turning: develop your aesthetic voice by making one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural objects that are turned, carved, and/or sculpted.

Furniture components: learn to turn and join legs, pulls, finials, rungs, and other furniture parts.

Milling: gain competence with the table saw, band saw, router, drill press, lathe, router, and other woodworking machines for stock preparation, forming, and joinery.

Sharpening: learn how to grind and sharpen turning, carving, and woodworking tools such as gouges, skews, v-tools, and chisels.

Tool making: solve unusual turning challenges by making your own turning tools, jigs and attachments.

Business Practices: learn about estimating time and calculating competitive prices in the woodworking market, keeping books and other useful records, and marketing.

 

Week 1  Introduction to the Lathe and the Woodshop

Week 2  All About Spindles

Week 3  Offset Turning and Architectural Carving

Week 4  Bowls, Bowls, Bowls with guest instructor Mark Gardner

Week 5  Hollow Vessels and Boxes with guest instructor Mark Gardner

Week 6  Stool Project: Design, Layout, Drawing, Maquettes, and Joinery

Week 7  Stool Project, continued

Week 8  Segmented Columns, Bowls, and Architectural Elements

Week 9  Product Development with guest instructor Dino Sanchez

Week 10  Advanced techniques with guest instructor Al Stirt

Weeks 11-12  Individual projects

 

Faculty

Beth Ireland is the Lead Instructor for the Turning Intensive. She has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, Massachusetts since 1983, specializing in woodturning, furniture, and cabinetry. She holds a graduate degree in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published throughout the U.S. Her business encompasses everything from one-of-a-kind sculpture to production runs of furniture and turnings. Her website is bethireland.net

 

Visiting Instructor Mark Gardner is a full-time studio turner and sculptor in Saluda, NC. His award-winning work is exhibited nationally and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. He is represented in publications such as New Masters of Woodturning (Fox Chapel Press, 2008) and Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood (Guild Publishing, 2002). Mark’s website is markgardnerstudio.com.

 

Visiting Instructor Dino Sanchez is a New York City-based artist and industrial designer. He is currently Creative Director at frog design in New York City, where he is responsible for leading product & service development for some of the world's leading brands. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wired, Wallpaper, and Fast Company. Dino teaches product design for the Turning Intensive.

 

Visiting Instructor Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the White House, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has demonstrated woodturning in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997, the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. Al lives and works in Enosburg Falls, VT. His website is alstirt.com.

Application Process

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required. All experience levels welcome, except for absolute beginners.
Enrollment limited to 10.

 

Tuition: $7,340

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Twelve-week Furniture Intensive

Woodworker

February 16 – May 8, 2015
June 8 – August 28, 2015
October 26, 2015 – January 22, 2016
February 15 – May 6, 2016

Audience

Our Twelve-week Intensive is especially designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers and amateurs on sabbatical from other professions, including design professionals who want to turn their ideas into reality.  With two instructors available at all times and only twelve students, each participant is able to individualize the course of study to fit his or her interests and level of experience.

 

 

Curriculum

The skills available through our curriculum include:

  • Design – Improving your ability to sketch, render objects, and think on paper. Drafting, design development through models, mock-ups, and prototypes; critiques and discussions of aesthetics.

  • Lumber selection – Wood characteristics; buying lumber; selecting wood appropriate to your design.

  • Joinery – Choosing and making the right joint for every situation using both traditional and contemporary methods.

  • Traditional hand skills – The foundation of fine furniture making: sharpening; use and tuning of chisels, hand planes, saws, and scrapers; hand-cut joinery.

  • Machine techniques – Use of power tools and routers for stock preparation, joinery, and forming.

  • Advanced techniques – Laminate bending; steam bending; re-sawing and veneering; jig and fixture making; and more.

  • Surface preparation and finishing – Preparing wood with cutting tools, scrapers, and abrasives; choosing the right finish for the effect you want; application of finishes.

  • Shop maintenance – Selection, tuning, and maintenance of woodworking machinery.

  • Professional practices – Visits to professional workshops to discuss how to run a business, pricing, and marketing.

The curriculum divides into three projects. For the first two weeks we go through the Basic Woodworking course teaching the essentials of furniture making with an emphasis on hand skills. Each student designs and builds a project requiring hand-cut dovetails and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The second project, weeks three through eight, focuses on solid-wood casepiece construction, including door-making and drawer-making. Each participant creates a casepiece with at least one door and one drawer. The third project starts in week nine with a series of lectures and demonstrations on steam bending, laminate bending, and veneer work. Each student designs and constructs a challenging piece using one or more of these techniques.

To read what our Intensive alumni are up to now and how they feel about having taken the course, click here

Faculty

The faculty for the Twelve-week Intensive is drawn from among the following instructors. Additional faculty may be named as opening dates draw near. Most of the instructors listed have web sites, which you can visit for more extensive views of their work. See list of instructors here.

 

Application Process

Participants are accepted any time on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required.
All experience levels welcome, except for absolute beginners.
Enrollment limited to 12.

Tuition: $7,340

Sign up now

 

2015 Calendar

C E N T E R  f o r  F U R N I T U R E  C R A F T S M A N S H I P

2 0 1 5  C A L E N D A R

J U N E  1 - 5

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & Owain harris

J U N E  1 - 12

INTRODUCTION TO TURNING
STEPHEN GLEASNER
J U N E  1 - 5

J U N E  8 - 12

LIVE-EDGE BOWLS
WARREN CARPENTER
J U N E  8 - 12

J U N E  15 - 19

NEXT STEPS IN FURNITURE MAKING
MASON McBRIEN
J U N E  15 - 26
SAWN AND SCULPTED BOWLS AND VESSELS
JOHN BEAVER
J U N E  15 - 19

J U N E  22 - 26

REALLY BASIC WOODWORKING
iSABELLA pIERSON
J U N E  22 - 26

J U N E  29 - J U L Y 3

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & mARK JULIANA
J U N E  29 - J U L Y 10

INTRODUCTION TO RELIEF CARVING
MARY MAY
J U N E  29 - JULY 3

J U L Y  6 - 10

CLASSIC CARVING
ROBERT RANDALL
J U L Y  6 - 10

J U L Y  13 - 17

CABINETS AND CASEPIECES
TIM ROUSSEAU
J U L Y  13 - J U L Y  24
BOW MAKING
BRIAN PERSICO
J U L Y  13 - 17

J U L Y  20 - 24

TURNING FOR BEGINNERS
KEITH GOTSCHALL
J U L Y  20 - 24

J U L Y  27 - 31

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & ERIK CURTIS
J U L Y  27 - A U G U S T  7

PRECISION WITH HAND TOOLS
GARRETT HACK
J U L Y  27 - 31

A U G U S T 3 - 7

JUST JOINERY
MARK JULIANA & mASON MCBRIEN
A U G U S T  3 - 7

A U G U S T  10 - 14

CURVATURE
PETER FLEMING & DAVID HAIG
NEXT STEPS IN CARVING I
CHRIS PYE
A U G U S T  10 - 14

A U G U S T  17 - 21

A U G U S T  10 - 21

MARQUETRY
SILAS KOPF
A U G U S T 17 - 21

NEXT STEPS IN CARVING II
CHRIS PYE
A U G U S T  17 - 21

A U G U S T  22 - 23

UKULELE WEEKEND    SILAS KOPF & BETH IRELAND A U G U S T  22 -  23

A U G U S T  24 - 28

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & ERIK CURTIS
A U G U S T  24 - S E P T E M B E R  4
LEARN TO TURN
BETH IRELAND
A U G U S T  24 - 28
     A U G .  31 - S E P T. 4 TURN AND CARVED BOWLS AND PLATTERS
AL STIRT
A U G U S T  31 - S E P T E M B E R 4

S E P T E M B E R  7 - 11

MASTERING VENEERED BOXES
ADRIAN FERRAZZUTTI
S E P T E M B E R  7 - 18

TURNED AND SCULPTED BOXES
STEVEN KENNARD
S E P T E M B E R  7 - 11

 S E P T E M B E R  14 - 18

FINISHING FROM A TO Z
tERI MASASCHI
S E P T E M B E R  14 - 25

 S E P T E M B E R  21 - 25

CHAIR MAKING
REED HANSULD & ADAM ROGERS
S E P T E M B E R  21 - O C T O B E R  2

S E P T E M B E R  28 - O C T O B E R  2

HAND-APPLIED FINISHES
TERI MASASCHI
S E P T E M B E R  28 - O C T O B E R  2

O C T O B E R  5 - 9

BASIC WOODWORKING
PETER KORN & CRAIG SATTERLEE
O C T O B E R  5 -16

DESIGN STUDIO
ASHER DUNN
O C T O B E R  5 - 9

O C T O B E R  12 - 16

THE UNPLUGGED WOODSHOP
tOM cASPAR
O C T O B E R  12 - 16



 

 

TWELVE-WEEK INTENSIVES

NINE-MONTH COMPREHENSIVE

S e p t e m b e r  7, 2015 – M a y  27, 2016

FURNITURE INTENSIVES

F e b r u a r y  16 – M a y  8, 2015
J u n e  8 – A u g u s t  28, 2015
O c t o b e r  26, 2015 – J a n u a r y  22, 2016
F e b r u a r y  15 – M a y  6, 2016

TURNING INTENSIVE

J a n u a r y  4 – M a r c h 25, 2016

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Nine-month Comprehensive

September 7, 2015 – May 27, 2016

Curriculum

cabinets-benchroomStudents at work on their tool cabinets in the Satterlee bench roomThe Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The hands-on, project-oriented format includes the full range of furniture making skills. Sequential projects take students from the fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship.

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