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 cvstevens.com.

Open to all.

Tuition: $730

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