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Intensives

The Center offers Intensives for students who are considering either furniture making or turning as a profession, a sababatical from a present career, or a life-enhancing skill.

 

Twelve-week Furniture Intensive

Our Furniture Making Intensive is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers and amateurs on sabbatical from other professions.  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.

 

Eight-week Turning Intensive

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

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


Bandsaw Boxes
Beth Ireland

February 13 & 14, 2016

Learn to make beautiful, functional boxes at the bandsaw. Beth teaches students to design their boxes, use the bandsaw safely and confidently, create both simple and complex sculptural forms, and utilize a variety of attractive surface finishes.

Open to all.


The Barley Twist
Beth Ireland

March 5 & 6, 2016

Learn to combine turning and carving. Beth's instruction focuses on safety and technique. Students first turn spindles and mallets at the lathe, then carve the spindles into barley twists, using their mallets and chisels. Beth's methods are applicable to carving patterns on turned boxes, bowls, furniture, and architectural components.

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 a 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, MasterCard, and American Express.
    • In the event that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship must cancel a class, we will promptly refund the full tuition amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ireland Bandsaw box

Ireland Barley Twist 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turning Intensive

January 9 - March 3, 2017

 

Audience

The eight-week 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.

 

Application Process

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required.

All experience levels welcome.
Enrollment limited to 10.

 

 

Faculty

The Lead Instructor for the course is Beth Ireland. Beth is joined by visiting instructors Mark Gardner and Al Stirt for several of the projects, as well as other guest instructors to be named.

Lead Instructor Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, MA, since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an MFA 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 one-of-a-kind sculpture. Her website is bethireland.net

Click here to watch a video of Beth Ireland describing the course

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 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.

 

 

The Turning Intensive was featured in American Woodturner magazine, December 2013. Click here to read the article.

 

 

 

Tuition: $5,000

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Furniture Intensive

15TW1 Brian demos marquetryLead Instructor Brian Reid (left) demonstrates marquetry

February 15 – May 6, 2016
June 6 – August 26, 2016
October 31, 2016 – January 27, 2017
February 22 – May 12, 2017

Audience

Our twelve-week Furniture 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 in three dimensions. 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 shaping of components.

  • 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.

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 websites, 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: $7,450

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2016 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 6  C A L E N D A R

J U N E  6 - 10

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & CHANCE COALTER 

J U N E  6 - 17

VENEER WITHOUT FEAR
ADRIAN FERRAZZUTTI
J U N E  6 - 10

J U N E  13 - 17

INTRODUCTION TO TURNING
STEPHEN GLEASNER
J U N E  13 - 17

J U N E  20 - 24

DESIGN > BUILD >SIT
REED HANSULD & PETER SHEPARD
J U N E  20 -
J U L Y 1

INTERMEDIATE TURNING
BETH IRELAND
J U N E  20 - 24

J U N E  27 - J U L Y 1

DECORATIVE TURNED SURFACEs
DIXIE BIGGS
J U N E  27 - jULY 1

J U L Y  4 - 8

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & ISABELLA PIERSON
 J U L Y 4 - 15

JUST JOINERY
MARK JULIANA & mASON MCBRIEN

J U L Y  4 - 8

J U L Y  11 - 15

DRAWER MAKING
GARRETT HACK
J U L Y  11 - 15

J U L Y  18 - 22

EMBRACING THE CNC
ADAM ROGERS & RICH TANNEN
J U L Y  13 - J U L Y  24
INTRODUCTION TO RELIEF CARVING
MARY MAY

J U L Y  18 - 22

J U L Y  25 - 29

BOWL, KNIFE, AND SPOON
JIM SANNERUD
J U L Y  25 - 29

A U G U S T  1 - 5

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & MARK JULIANA
A U G U S T  1 - 12

TURNED, CARVED, AND GILDED SPOONS
jACQUES VESERY
A U G U S T  1 - 5

A U G U S T  8 - 12

TEA TIME FOR TURNERS
STEPHEN hATCHER
A U G U S T  8 - 12

A U G U S T  15 - 19

NEXT STEPS IN FURNITURE MAKING
mASON mCbRIEN
A U G U S T  15 - 26
FINISHING FROM A TO Z
TERI MASASCHI
A U G U S T  15 - 26

A U G U S T  22 - 26

A U G .  29 - S E P T. 2

BASIC WOODWORKING
Peter Korn & JEREMY ZIETZ
A U G U S T  29 - S E P T E M B E R  9
PLANES AND GRAINS
ADRIAN FERRAZZUTTI
A U G U S T  29 - S E P T E M B E R 2
S E P T E M B E R  5 - 9

BOW-BACK WINDSOR CHAIR
ELIA BIZZARRI
S E P T E M B E R  5 - 9

S E P T E M B E R  12 - 1

UNLOCKING THE BOX
CLARK KELLOGG & KAGEN SOUND
S E P T E M B E R  12 - 23

ORNAMENTAL CARVING
CHRIS PYE
S E P T E M B E R  12 - 16

S E P T E M B E R  19 - 23

NEXT STEPS IN CARVING
CHRIS PYE
S E P T E M B E R  19 - 23

S E P T E M B E R  26 - 30

CURVATURE
TOM KEALY & TIM ROUSSEAU

S E P T E M B E R  26 - O C T O B E R  7
turning for beginners
keith gotschall
S E P T E M B E R  26 - 30

O C T O B E R  3 - 7

BOWLS, BOWLS, BOWLS
MARK GARDNER
O C T O B E R  3 - 7

O C T O B E R  10 - 14

BASIC WOODWORKING
PETER KORN & mary ellen hitt
O C T O B E R  10 -21

LIGHTING
JULIE MORRINGELLO
O C T O B E R  10 -14

turned and carved platters
jim christiansen
O C T O B E R  10 - 14

O C T O B E R  17 - 21

 THE UNPLUGGED WOODSHOP
tOM cASPAR
O C T O B E R  17 - 21



 

 

INTENSIVES

NINE-MONTH COMPREHENSIVE

S e p t e m b e r  1 2 , 2 0 1 6  – J u n e 2 , 2 0 1 7

FURNITURE INTENSIVE

F e b r u a r y  15 – M a y  6, 2016
J u n e  6 – A u g u s t  26, 2016
O c t o b e r  31, 2016 – J a n u a r y  27, 2017
F e b r u a r y  20 – M a y  12, 2017

TURNING INTENSIVE

J a n u a r y  9 – M a r c h  3 , 2 0 1 7

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