For over 15 years I have been teaching at Rosewood, and it is always a pleasure. Ron Barter and Mary Anne Melvin run a well organized school in Perth, a small town of mostly stone buildings with a very European feel and a canal running through the center.
CASEWORK ESSENTIALS is a favorite class of mine, mainly because it is full of useful information, practical techniques, and you finish up with a sweet little cabinet.
Solid-wood case construction is at the heart of fine furniture making. Participants in this workshop explore the fundamentals by designing and building their own small cabinets and case pieces with Garrett’s expert guidance. Projects may have drawers, doors, shelves, secret compartments, or all of the above. Garrett emphasizes hand skills, such as the use of hand tools to size, smooth, shape, and fit parts, but also integrates machines to make the building process efficient and accurate.
Lecture and demonstrations address topics such as strong case joinery, choosing appropriate materials, working with solid wood and wood movement, building drawers and the structures necessary to support them, and fitting and hanging doors with butt and knife hinges. In addition, Garrett covers the design and construction of backs and bases, case corner details, attached moldings, and edge profiles for case tops.