Discovering Veneer

John Cameron and Owain Harris
September 7-18

Working with veneer opens up a new world of design possibilities for table tops, drawer fronts, casepieces, and more. John and Owain introduce students to the why and how of skilled work with veneer. Participants learn to select, handle, cut, match, join, lay, and finish both shop-sawn and commercial veneer. Instruction covers everything from simple book-matching to more complex radial patterns and parquetry, selection of substrates, and how to accurately re-saw boards into veneer on the bandsaw.

Each student practices the fundamentals by creating two small table tops or panels during the first week: one with commercial veneer and one with shop-sawn veneer. Subsequently, participants make veneered boxes of their own design, using efficient joinery such as splined-miters. This course is a good follow up to Basic Woodworking, with a similarly organized structure of discussions, demonstrations, and extensive one-on-one guidance.

John Cameron designs and builds fine furniture in Gloucester, MA. He studied with James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods from 1992-94, and is currently a juried member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters. John has exhibited at the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Currier Museum of Art, and Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts, among other venues. Publications include With Wakened Hands (Cambium Press, 2000) and Fine Woodworking. John’s website is

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 NH Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His work has been featured in publications such as Fine Woodworking and NH Home, and has received multiple awards, most recently in the Furniture category of the Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge. Owain teaches machine skills and casepiece construction for the Comprehensive. His work may be seen at


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Tuition: $1,460

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Ferrazzutti veneered box with lid openAthena by John Cameron, claro walnut shop-sawn veneer, curly maple, red oak, bronze, and mokume-gane (52”x16”x42”), 2018. Photo credit: Bill Truslow

 Ferrazzutti 2017 lang tableDetail of Ginkgo Jewelry Box by Owain Harris, East Indian rosewood, pau ferro, mahogany, and ebony (18”x12”x14”), 2014