Around Campus

2017 Turning Intensive

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On a walk through our turning studio on any given day, you may hear loud laugter and be forgiven for thinking that no work could possibly be getting done around here. How could there be, when there are so often groups of students sharing a belly laugh with their instuctor, Beth Ireland?

Annual Yankee Swap

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The Annual Yankee Swap Potluck is always a highlight of the year. Students have been working like crazy to finish their casework projects, and the facilities and administrative staff are at their busiest simultaneously wrapping up 2016 and preparing already for the 2017 workshop season.

Getting Acquainted with CAD/CAM

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Many woodworkers have strong opinions about the role of computer aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) as it relates to craft. Where some see an essential step toward progress, others feel a threat to the importance of working by hand. Here at the school, we are all about merging creativity with technical skill, and we want to give our students as many tools as possible to achieve that balance.

Happy Veterans Day!

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Happy Veterans Day! Our Turning Intensive, Furniture Intensive, and Nine-month Comprehensive programs are approved for the use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.


Here are our veterans currently on campus, along with Student Services Manager Dorrie Higbee. As the school's VA Certifying Official, Dorrie says, “It is an honor and privilege to work with all of our Veterans to facilitate their enrollment at the Center.”

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Chris Pye: twenty years of teaching at the woodschool

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This week, British carver Chris Pye is teaching on campus for the 20th consecutive year. In that time he has written six well-regarded books, carved numerous commissions and trophies, been elected a member of the Master Carvers Association, and founded an educational website. Pictured above is Chris with his current student Amy, who took a carving course with Chris 15 years ago here at the school.

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