Workshops

Live-edge Tables

Robert Erickson & Tor Erickson
June 19-30

Guided by the highly experienced father-son woodworking team of Bob and Tor Erickson, each student designs and builds at least one modestly scaled live-edge table. Participants learn best practices for working with beautiful, wide, live-edge boards while exploring aesthetic possibilities and structural considerations for table bases.

Among areas covered through discussion and demonstration are: design considerations for live-edge stock; inlay with butterflies and other shapes; trestle bases with wedged through tenons; angled floating-tenon joinery with the Festool Domino; attaching legs with custom aluminum plates; expandable router sleds for flattening wide timber; shaping wood; edge treatments; and appropriate finishes. Students may purchase live-edge walnut boards at the school or bring their own wood, as long as it is free of insects, sufficiently dry, and not overly large. Walnut, ash, maple, oak, and cherry boards are available for bases.  

Bob Erickson has been making furniture professionally since 1969 and was joined by his son, Tor Erickson, as a full partner in 2014. At Erickson Woodworking, located in Nevada City, CA, they build about 75 pieces of furniture a year, mostly chairs and tables. Their work is represented in the collections of the Smithsonian's Renwick Gallery, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery, among others. Bob wrote “Shaping Wood for Furniture” for Woodwork magazine and both have been featured in American Craft, Atlantic Monthly, Fine Woodworking, and other publications. Their website is ericksonwoodworking.com.

 

Open to intermediate woodworkers, including anyone who has taken our Basic Woodworking course.

Tuition: $1,380

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

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 www.terimasaschi.com.

Open to all.

Tuition: $740

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masaschi-with-finishesTeri Masaschi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All About Finishing

Michael Mascelli
June 26-30

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 multiplicity 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 Refinisher’s 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 (Popular Woodworking, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed two soon-to-be-released instructional videos for Popular Woodworking.

 

Open to all.

Tuition: $770

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upholstery Techniques

Michael Mascelli
September 25-29

This course is for woodworkers who want to introduce upholstery into their furniture designs, as well as anyone who wants to reupholster existing pieces. With Mike’s step-by-step guidance, each student completes two projects that they can enjoy using at home, an ottoman and a chair, starting with wooden frames provided by the school.

Mike shares the history, language, and skills of the upholstery trade. Through hands-on practice, participants learn to: design upholstery treatments; pull and tack webbing; hand-tie coil springs; install zig-zag springs; create a professional upholstery foundation with padding and muslin; work with fabric to install show covers, dust covers, and trim; and blind stitch and hand-close seams.

Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY, with over 40 years of experience, as well as co-Director of the Professional Refinisher’s 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 (Popular Woodworking, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed two soon-to-be-released instructional videos for Popular Woodworking.

 

Open to all.

Tuition: $770

Mascelli CroppedMike Mascelli with the footstool (here shown with one coil spring installed) that is the first project in the course

 Mascelli Spring Tie 5Detail of coil spring attachment by Mike Mascelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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