Workshops

Tables with Veneer and Verve

Owain Harris & Mike Korsak
September 23 – October 4

If you have already gained reasonable confidence with machines and hand tools, this course is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of design and expand your woodworking skills. Owain and Mike guide each participant to create a modestly scaled, elegant table that combines solid wood with veneer for enduring strength and visual delight. Topics they survey through discussion and demonstration include design with attention to form and proportion; selection of wood and substrate materials; joinery that takes advantage of machine efficiency and hand tool versatility; patterning and application of both shop-sawn and commercial veneer for flat and curved surfaces; decorative elements such as string inlay, beads, and edgings; drawer making and fitting; pattern making and shaping for curved legs and other components; assembly; and finishing techniques for solid-wood and veneered surfaces.

Owain Harris is a self-employed woodworker in Gonic, NH, where he builds custom furniture and cabinetry. He entered the trade as a carpenter in 1997 and hung out his shingle as a furniture maker in 2008. He is a juried member of both the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His work has received multiple awards, most recently the Maker/Designer Pinnacle Award from the International Society of Furniture Designers for a casepiece that was also featured on the back cover of last April’s Fine Woodworking. Owain’s work may be seen at harriscabinetmaker.com.

Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker in Pittsburgh, PA. His work is exhibited in galleries and museums, including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. In recent years he has written several articles for Fine Woodworking and his work has been featured in the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, among other publications. For more information, visit mikekorsak.com.

Open to firmly intermediate and advanced woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,440

 

Harris Power of 9 TablePowers of Nine table by Owain Harris, Macassar ebony, camphor burl, maple, holly, dyed veneer, paint, and varnish (18”dia.x28”), 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Korsak 2Serotina by Mike Korsak, cherry, rosewood, curly maple, and white cedar (26.5"x15.25"x29"), 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 

 

Carved and Painted Boxes

Beth Ireland & Kimberly Winkle
September 2-6

This course in sculptural box making is a wonderful opportunity to explore new aesthetic territory. Each student creates a series of boxes with attention to form, surface decoration, and color. Participants can choose among a wide variety of construction techniques−including bandsaw boxes, lathe-turned boxes, and joined boxes−suitable to their experience levels and interests. Beth and Kimberly demonstrate techniques for working with: machine tools such as jointers, planers, bandsaws, lathes, drill presses, and grinders; with hand tools such as chisels, spokeshaves, rasps, files, carving gouges, and hand saws; and with milk paint for coloration.

Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an M.F.A. 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 sculpture to one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. She is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive and teaches turning for the Comprehensive. Beth lives in St. Petersburg, FL and her website is bethireland.net.

Kimberly Winkle is Associate Professor of Art and Director of the School of Art, Craft & Design at Tennessee Technological University. She exhibits painted furniture and objects at venues such as SOFA Chicago, Wanted Design NYC, and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York. Publications include Fine WoodworkingWoodworker, and Woodworker West magazines, as well as 500 Chairs (Lark Books, 2008) and 500 Tables (Lark Books, 2009). Kimberly has participated in residencies at the International Turning Exchange in Philadelphia, SUNY Purchase in New York, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine, Vermont Studio Center, and Appalachian Center for Craft in Tennessee. Honors include four Niche awards, a State of Tennessee Individual Artist Award, and the 2014 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship from Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts. Her website is kimberlywinkle.com.

Open to all woodworkers except for absolute beginners.


 

Tuition: $810

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Ireland Band Saw BoxBand saw box by Beth Ireland, holly, ebony, bloodwood, (3" x 9"), 2006 

Winkle Hillside boxes Edited House on Hillside Boxes by Kimberly Winkle, polychrome poplar (20”x8”x10"), 2016

 

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

Mike Mascelli
June 3-7

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 many 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 Refinishers 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 (F + W Media, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed two instructional videos for Popular Woodworking.

Open to all.

 

Tuition: $810

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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