The Woodschool Blog

Around School: the Twelve-week Intensive

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The fall Twelve-week Intensive is underway and the students are already getting their chisels sharp and their hands dirty. I myself took the fall Intensive two years ago, and let me tell you, it is aptly named. Students will execute a case piece with doors and drawers as well as a curved project utilizing the complex techniques of steam bending, tapered laminations, and veneer patterns. But before all that, a solid foundation is built through the arduous process of hand-cut joinery.

Projects In Progress: the case piece

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Having acquired new skills with hand tools and machines, the Nine-month Comprehensive students have moved to their next project: to create a solid-wood case piece with drawers and doors. Currently they are going through an in-depth design process involving drawings, models, and full-scale mock-ups, as well as pertinent lectures on the necessary mechanics and strategies. Check back soon to see their progress.

Projects In Progress: the tool cabinet

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I love my tools. As an assistant I lent a student my beloved Starrett four-inch square so he could accurately check his dovetails. Throughout the afternoon, I caught myself staring across the room, as if I expected him to toss my square on the floor when he was finished.
The Nine-month Comprehensive students will no doubt develop this same attachment, and what better way to cherish their tools than give them a beautiful home in a custom tool cabinet? This second project in the Nine-month Comprehensive is designed to give students familiarity with machine joinery and shaping skills for casework.

Student Profile: meet Nine-month student Cody Farmer

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One of my objectives for this blog is to give readers the opportunity to meet the students. Since coming to the Center two years ago as a student myself, I’ve continually been impressed by the spectrum of the student body. People of all ages and experience come from all over; and, although they are participating in the same program, their goals are often quite different.

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