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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Steps in Carving

Mary May
July 20-24

This workshop is designed to strengthen carvers’ tool handling skills and deepen their understanding of what makes a carving tick. Emphasizing clean, precise, and efficient cuts, Mary teaches more advanced techniques through demonstration and one-on-one guidance. These include learning how to make carvings appear deeper than they actually are through undercutting, overlapping, and the use of design perspective.

During the week, students carve ornate acanthus leaves, classical ribbon designs, and deep-relief English roses, before finishing up with projects of their own design. Throughout, participants learn to better visualize the final piece so that they can make successful carving decisions at every step along the way. 

Mary May is a self-employed woodcarver in Charleston, SC, with three decades of professional experience in carving architectural ornament, custom furniture, and sculpture. She originally studied with master woodcarver Konstantinos Papadakis in Minneapolis, and later furthered her skills in England, Greece, and Malaysia. Mary has been a featured guest on the PBS series “The Woodwright’s Shop” and teaches throughout the U.S. and in Europe. She has an online video school and is the author of Carving the Acanthus Leaf (Lost Art Press, 2018). Mary’s website is marymaycarving.com.

 

Open to intermediate carvers, including anyone who has taken an introductory carving course.

 

 

Tuition: $820

 

 

Kellogg HomeTraditional Acanthus Leaf by Mary May, basswood (5"x7"x1"), 2011  

Kellogg letter blocksEnglish Rose by Mary May, basswood (5”x1½“x4”), 2019 

 

 


 

 

 

Introduction to Carving

Valdemar Skov
July 13-17

This course gives beginners a good foundation in traditional ornamental carving skills that are widely applicable to decorative panels, architectural details, and furniture. Valdemar guides students, step-by-step, through a sequence of exercises—scallop shells, scrolls, leaves, geometric patterns, and letters—that explore incised, relief, and applied carving techniques.

Through demonstration, discussion, and one-on-one instruction, participants learn to

    • design and lay out carvings,
    • select wood that works well for a given project,
    • pick the right carving tool for each cut,
    • sharpen gouges and v-tools,
    • handle carving tools safely and effectively, and
    • achieve clean, crisp cuts straight from the chisel.
    • Participants leave with confidence to tackle new carving projects on their own.

Valdemar Skov is a woodcarver, furniture maker, and engraver, specializing in ornamental carving for furniture and architectural details, as well as hand-engraving clock dials, fine tools, and jewelry. A woodworker since 1986, and self-employed since 1990, Valdemar has been formally recognized for his work by the Maine State Legislature and has been featured in numerous articles, including a profile in This Old House magazine. Valdemar works out of his studio in Waldoboro, ME, and teaches carving for our Nine-month Comprehensive. His website is skovwoodcarvingengraving.com.

 

Open to all.

 

 

Tuition: $820

May-hand-carvingDetail of a Townsend-style tall case clock by Valdemar Skov, mahogany, 2005May1Newel post by Valdemar Skov in white oak, 2010

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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