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Planes and Grains

Craig Stevens
September 22-26

Have you experienced the satisfaction and subtlety of using a finely tuned hand plane?  This is a week of total immersion in hand planes, timbers, and what happens when they meet. Students learn to tune up metal bodied planes, build their own wooden hand planes and prepare traditional Japanese planes for extreme performance.  They use their planes to fathom the working qualities of a wide variety of domestic and exotic woods, from walnut to white oak to wenge.

Craig provides insight into the subtleties of wooden plane construction, proper planing skills, the working characteristics of steels, superior sharpening techniques, and strategies for achieving the best possible surfaces on the most temperamental of woods.

Craig Stevens has been a self-employed furniture maker and wooden plane maker for 20 years, since graduating from the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in 1993. Based in Rockland, ME, he teaches workshops throughout North America and at the Shinrin Takumi Juku furniture making school in Takayama, Japan. Craig's furniture has been exhibited internationally. Among other awards he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1998. Craig has been a featured craftsman on the Home & Garden Television program "Modern Masters" and is the author of several woodworking books. His latest publication is The Fine Art of Marquetry (Schiffer Publishing, 2010). Craig's website is

Open to all.

Tuition: $730



























Essentials of Casework

Garrett Hack
August 11-22

Solid-wood case construction is the heart of fine furniture making. Participants in this workshop explore the fundamentals by designing and building their own small cabinets and case pieces with Garrett’s expert guidance. Projects may have drawers, doors, shelves, or secret compartments. Garrett emphasizes hand skills, including the use of hand tools to size, smooth, shape, and fit parts, but also integrates machines to make the building process efficient and accurate. 

Lectures and demonstrations address topics such as strong case joinery, choosing appropriate materials, working with solid wood and wood movement, building drawers and the structures necessary to support them, and fitting and hanging doors. In addition, Garrett covers the design and construction of backs and bases, corner details, attached moldings, and edge profiles for case tops. 

Garrett Hack builds contemporary interpretations of Federal and other classic American styles on his farm in Thetford Center, VT. A furniture maker for 39 years, Garrett originally trained at Boston University's Program in Artisanry. He is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999). His articles appear frequently in Fine Woodworking, to which he is a Contributing Editor. Garrett is a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His website is

Open to intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,310

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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: $295

See course descriptions for materials and tool information. 

Machine Maintenance
Mark Juliana & Mason McBrien

February 8 & 9 

This class covers accurate set up and maintenance of the woodworker’s most common machines. Instruction includes replacement and setting of jointer and planer knives; installation and tuning of band saw blades; and safe set up of table saws. Students work side by side with our facilities managers on each machine. 

Introduction to Ornamental Carving
Valdemar Skov

February 8 & 9

This class introduces the fundamental tools and techniques used for a wide variety of ornamental carving styles. Through demonstration and hands-on exercises, Valdemar teaches the safe and effective use of carving chisels and gouges, sharpening, wood selection, design, and layout. During the class, students practice several different ornamental elements. This class provides a foundation from which students can continue to pursue their individual interests in carving.

Spray Finishing
Greg Johnson

April 5 & 6

This introduction to spray finishing covers selection of equipment, safe practices, cleanup procedures, and techniques for applying stains, solid colors, and beautiful clear finishes with a spray gun. Greg also introduces touch-up techniques, as well as methods for rubbing out a final finish. Participants use both water-based and solvent-based products. Students who already own spray equipment are welcome to bring it in for evaluation and practice.

Sculptural Wood Carving
Steve Lindsay

April 12 & 13 

This course introduces tools, skills, and thought processes for sculpting in wood. Working with chisels, gouges, rasps, and files, students learn to visualize and carve in three dimensions in order to achieve a sculpture in the round. Participants practice on small blocks to explore the interaction of tools and material, before creating more formal representational carvings in pine. Through discussion and demonstration, Steve addresses topics such as tool sharpening, composition, shape, and volume. 

It's Your Turn
Stephen Gleasner

April 26 & 27 

This intermediate-level course is for students who want to expand their current knowledge of turning and advance their creative skills. Stephen’s instruction covers spindle and faceplate turning, and the floor is open to questions relating to students’ specific interests. Participants may bring work in progress or embark upon new projects. The course is a great follow up to any of our introductory courses, and an excellent refresher for those who have been away from the lathe for a while. 

Introduction to Marquetry
Jim Macdonald

May 3 & 4

This class introduces participants to the fundamental tools and techniques of marquetry. Jim leads students through the step-by-step process of creating images and decorative patterns out of wood veneer. He teaches the traditional double-bevel sawing method. Working with both fret saws and scroll saws, participants create small panels with floral designs. 



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 ($295) 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 $35 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 5 - March 27, 2015

Featured in American Woodturner magazine, December 2013.

Click here to read the article about our program.



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.




The Turning Intensive curriculum leads students through a sequence of hands-on projects that develop their skills in all facets of woodworking pertinent to creative and 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

Students gain hands-on experience in all three turning styles that they will use throughout the course: spindle, faceplate, and end-grain. Participants turn a series of small projects in both wet wood and dry, learning to sharpen and safely use the major turning tools (bowl gouges, spindle gouges, scrapers, parting tools, and skews) and to create their own tools.

Week 2 – Mastering the Spindle

Students learn:

      • to safely prepare stock for spindles from roughsawn lumber
      • to learn production turning as it applies to architectural detail (such as a baluster or a newel post finial) and sculptural form
      • to bead, flute, and hand carve elements
      • to produce, read and translate drawings into 3D objects

Week 3 - End grain and Hollow Turning

Students learn to design and turn hollow vessels from small to large scale. These skills are applicable to both one-of-a-kind art pieces, and to production items such as lamps and lighting fixtures.

Week 4 – Faceplate Turning

Students turn platters and bowls in dry and green wood, with attention to form, grain, and aesthetics. Techniques for carving, coloring, and texturing are introduced.

Week 5 - Making a Stool

Students combine faceplate and spindle turning techniques with turned joinery to build a series of stools.

Week 6 - Barrel Staving

Students use barrel stave construction to develop individual projects such as small architectural columns and table bases.

Weeks 7- 8 – Advanced Techniques

By creating a series of small projects such as lighting fixtures, balls, canes, and other items, students are exposed to a wide range of methods for chucking and holding wood, to jig making, to offset turning, and to many other specialized techniques.

Weeks 9-10 - Multiples

Each student designs and produces a product as a multiple, with careful attention to cost, time, and marketability.

Weeks 11-12 – Individual project

Each student pursues an in-depth exploration of areas of turning which they find most relevant to their future goals. 



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


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: $7,230

Sign up now





Twelve-week Furniture Intensive


February 17 – May 9, 2014
June 9 – August 29, 2014
October 27, 2014 – January 23, 2015
February 17 – May 9, 2015


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.

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



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 case piece construction, including door-making and drawer-making. Each participant creates a case piece 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.



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: $7,230

Sign up now