Jul
31
Aug 4

Precision With Hand Tools

  • Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

This is my 21st year at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Over the years I have taught a variety of classes from details to projects such as casework and tables, but PRECISION is a favorite class I  keep coming back to. It's core material that will ramp up your hand tool skills no matter what your skill level. We will use a variety of hand tools to build a fun little table, with plenty of individual design expression possible. 

See more information above, for class in June at Marc Adams School of Woodworking. 

Aug
5
Aug 6

Decorative Details

  • Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
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Lie-Nielsen is known for their exceptional hand tools, but they also run classes during the summer months at their "factory" in Warren, Maine. It's a very interesting place to visit, to see them milling and shaping and polishing brass and steel parts, turning them into handsome tools. 

During our 2 days together we will explore different decorative techniques and make some of the necessary tools — small chisels and amazing scratchstocks.  We’ll talk about ways to use each detail and variations that are possible. Most of the time will be yours to work on a sample board of the decorative ideas that most appeal to you. 

Our starting point will be smoothing a surface to a polish right off the plane. This leads to edge details: chamfers cut at different angles or that change in width as they move along an edge, decorative starts and stops to those chamfers, underbevels that lighten the appearance of an edge, molded edges, and inlaid edges

Next will be fine inlaid lines known as string inlays and their many variations. We will cut neatly mitered corners, create some fun lines of dots and dashes, and attempt some curves. This leads nicely into cutting larger solid wood inlays of diamonds and panels, and how to use other materials such as stone, silver, ivory, bone.

Build a Round Plane
Sep
11
Sep 12

Build a Round Plane

  • Port Townsend School of Woodworking

One of my favorite places to visit and teach is the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Its a stunning place of huge trees, sparking blue water, snow capped mountains, and long sand beaches. I walk along one of those beaches to class each day when the tide is not too high. The town of Port Townsend is funky, laid back and hip. I'll be there for my usual two weeks starting just after the annual WOODEN BOAT FESTIVAL, not to be missed.

The two weeks starts with a 2 day class on building a molding plane. The round bottomed plane we'll build (it cuts a cove or hollow) will be useful in the second class for smoothing the back of the curved doors we will build for our curved coopered cabinets. Being able to make a plane is a useful skill for whatever your needs might be. We will lay out and chop an angled bed for the blade, shape a round sole on the solid beech body (your choice), heat treat and sharpen a round blade (we'll start with a piece of white paper steel), fashion a shapely wedge to lock the blade in position, and tune our planes.

 

Curved Coopered Cabinets
Sep
13
Sep 22

Curved Coopered Cabinets

  • Port Townsend School of Woodworking

The technique that gives barrels, boats, and bongos their interesting curved shapes is essentially coopering, joining together individual staves or planks. It's an efficient way to create simple to complex curved forms, and one we'll explore to build a small hanging corner cabinet. 

What makes this a fun project is the variety of the curves we can create by how we shape our staves, taper them, or detail them with beads or shallow coves, Beyond the interesting curved facade of our cabinets, we have the practical concerns of supporting a shelf or two, building and hanging a curved door, and cutting some curved moldings.

 As with every HACK class, we will work a lot with hand tools to shape and join the staves, smooth the flat backboards and shelves, adjust joints, and shape the curved door and moldings. Design is going to be a part of our discussions as we look at where this useful technique of coopering can lead. 

 

Precision With Hand Tools
Oct
15
Oct 16

Precision With Hand Tools

  • DICTUM workshop Niederalteich

This will be my eighth year teaching for DICTUM, and it has been a lot of fun.  DICTUM is a tool maker and seller and has been for a very long time (over 200 years!). They offer an incredible array of courses on how to use their tools, from how to butcher a deer to making a smooth running drawer. I have mainly taught at the Neideralteich workshop,  part of an ancient monastery right on the Danube River, about an hour and a half east of Munich. 

My first class is two days of working with a variety of hand tools — planes, saws, chisels, marking tools —  ramping up your understanding and refining your hand skills. We will do the typical tasks one would making furniture —  flattening boards to polished smoothness, jointing two edges to an invisible glue joint, fairing curves, shaping and chamfering edges, making an inlay, and cutting a joint or two. Naturally we will talk about sharpening and tuning a variety of tools.

Hanging Cabinet with Drawers
Oct
17
Oct 21

Hanging Cabinet with Drawers

  • DICTUM

To be honest, this class is really about making well constructed and sweetly running drawers. But to really understand about fitting drawers, you need to have an accurate and strong case to support and guide them. So we'll make that case, which is a fun project in itself.

Drawers can be built in a nearly unlimited variety of sizes, shapes, and ways they are  supported.  We’ll explore the best of these variations, along with dovetails, using solid wood bottoms, determining the thickness of the various parts, and dealing with seasonal wood movement. Most of these ideas can be distilled to a simple and elegant drawer design that works for nearly every situation. We’ll build one or two such fine drawers, ones that can serve as models for every drawer you go on to build.

 

 

 

Spanish Adventure II
Oct
23
Oct 29

Spanish Adventure II

  • La Casa Rota shop

Last year was my first time teaching in Spain, and what fun it was. The classes were organized by two craftsmen who live nearby, Israel and Lorenzo. I'm back again this year for two more new classes. If you were ever considering combining a bit of travel and vacation with a woodworking class, this is the place to go. San Sebastian is Basque country right on the Atlantic coast, with surfing, wide sand beaches, elegant architecture, and tapas everywhere! The food alone is worth the effort to get here. 

TABLES will be our focus for the first class, making fun small tables that will improve your hand tools skills and expand your design vocabulary. I might have made 25 of these tables over the years, no two alike, and each one a chance to explore some new design idea or technique. 

The second class, 2 days (October 28, 29), will focus on DETAILS. I'll demonstrate edge details such as chamfers and beads, line inlays, and cockbeads for around a drawer and under a table apron. You'll have plenty of time to try each one, and maybe even work with some new materials such as metal and shell. 


Jun
10
Jun 11

Decorative Details

  • Marc Adams School of Woodworking

See the description for this class above, March 11/12.

Jun
5
Jun 9

Precision With Hand Tools

  • Marc Adams School of Woodworking
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Hand tools open up new vistas of efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment for woodworkers, even those with modest skills. This is a class to ramp up your hand tool skills — smoothing surfaces, jointing edges, fitting joints, cutting beads and curves. Only we’ll link those tasks to the reality of building a fun little table with lots of design possibilities. The Fun-O-Meter is going to be pegged.

We’ll use machines lightly where they work best — bandsawing legs and cutting mating mortises and tenons — but otherwise work by hand through a range of typical tasks hand tools do best: flattening, truing, shaping, and smoothing surfaces to a polish. We’ll talk about ways to integrate hand tools in your process, sharpening, tuning, and lots about design and detail.  Our tables will be small, but they are an ideal project to hone some hand tool skills and try out some new design ideas.  

 

May
1
May 6

Chair Design

  • Rosewood Studio

Chairs are enough of a challenge that many woodworkers avoid building them. So let's be honest, a week class isn’t long enough for each student to complete a chair, at least not one you would be happy with. But we can explore all of the aspects of making chairs -- from comfort to joinery -- and I'll demonstrate it all by building a chair I'll bring partially started. 

Don't worry, you'll get plenty of hands on work drawing, making parts, and cutting joints for your own chair. My goal is to teach you the necessary skills so that you understand how to go about designing an attractive and comfortable chair, draw it full scale and use that drawing to produce patterns and shape parts, configure and cut durable joints, add a few decorative touches, assemble all those parts,  and finally build a seat frame for upholstery (or a woven seat if you prefer). 

A good starting point to work out the overall shape and design of a chair and its three dimensional joinery is a drawing of the front view, side view, and plan view (from above). We will discuss how to use these drawings to orient the parts to one another cutting the joinery, critical dimensions and comfortable angles for  the back and seat, appropriate materials for chairs, making parts by steambending vs. lamination or cutting out of the solid, and even considerations for efficiently making a set of chairs. 

Please bring to the class ideas for a chair you would like to build. Some scale sketches would be enough. Or you can follow the design I will draw. Emphasis will be on modern chairs, and more specifically a dining or desk chairs. 

Apr
21
Apr 23

Fine Woodworking LIVE

  • Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center

The second live event organized by Fine Woodworking to bring together experts and interested woodworkers of all types. There will be classes and plenty of time to mingle, talk, and look at furniture and tools. 

My class will be: USING HAND TOOLS TO CREATE CUSTOM MOLDINGS. I'll talk about tuning and using molding planes as well as other planes to make some interesting and useful moldings.

Stay tuned for more details from Fine Woodworking.    

Mar
11
Mar 12

Decorative Details

  • Furniture Institue of Massachusetts

DECORATIVE DETAILS

Over three millennia ago Egyptian craftsmen were decorating their work with inlays of small intricate patterns of ebony, ivory, and other exotic materials. We will learn the same techniques: making delicate string or line inlays, cutting in surface inlays such as diamonds, making and inlaying patterned bandings, and using non-wood materials such as silver and shell. We will also focus on complementary moulded edges, chamfers, side beads and proud cockbeads used to highlight the edge of a table apron or drawer. 

We will work almost entirely by hand, so naturally sharpening, tuning, and using hand tools will be an important emphasis. We are even going to make some of those hand tools, amazing scratchstocks used to cut precise inlay grooves and small molded surfaces. 

 

Demilune table with inlays of ebony, holly, and crotch yellow birch

Demilune table with inlays of ebony, holly, and crotch yellow birch

Dec
3
May 6

Saturday Series 2017

  • 344 Jackson Brook Road Thetford, VT, 05075 United States

The Saturday Series takes place in my shop during the winter and spring months.  The focus for the past nine years has been on one specific furniture form such as a desk, sideboard, and demilune table.  We start with design and follow through all of the important building steps — it’s live action, interactive, and real.

The original idea was for me to build a piece as students watch and ask questions, and they then take those skills home and work on their own design and piece.

This year we will work on CHAIRS. We will start by designing a chair with comfort and style. Steam bending will be the process to make most of the elements, as well as shaping out of the solid and possibly laminating.

As of this writing the class is filled, but contact me if you would like to know about future Saturday Series. 

An early steambent chair I am redesigning and building for this class. 

A Vermonter's steaming setup — wooden box, old propane cylinder for a steam generator, and a wood fire. 

 

 

Nov
17
Nov 20

Local Wood

A conference organized by the Western Chapter International Society of Arboriculture, including urban foresters, botanists, wood workers, and lovers of wood. Matt Ritter, professor of biology and a woodworker at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California is the contact and organizer. We are going to talk about harvesting local woods, what they are, and how to use them. And, we are going to make small tables out of this wood during a three day hands-on workshop at Cal Poly's shop.  

 

Furnituremaking
Oct
24
Oct 28

Furnituremaking

  • Workshop of La Casa Rota

 

 

We will design and build beautiful small cabinets as a way to advance our furnituremaking and hand tool skills. 

Case construction is a fundamental furnituremaking skill.  Our small cabinets are ideal projects to explore the design, details, and challenges of solid wood construction before starting on much larger pieces. We’ll delve into strong case joinery, choosing appropriate materials, dealing with wood movement, securing shelves and backs, making and attaching moldings, case corner details, making and hinging doors, and if we have time, making drawers. Emphasis will be on hand skills and hand tools to size, smooth, shape, and fit parts. We will also integrate machines to make the building process efficient and accurate. 

 

 

From Design to Construction
Oct
22
Oct 23

From Design to Construction

  • Workshop of La Casa Rota

This is a new adventure for me, teaching in Spain. I'm expecting it to be lots of fun, and the setting and shop in the north of Spain to be beautiful. These classes have been organized by Israel Martin (www.lacabraenlaescalera.com), and Lorenzo Garcia (www.lacasarota.com).

How do you get a project started? Sketching ideas and then developing full-scale drawings is one way. Some can visualize a project more easily by mocking it up with cardboard or wood. We will do both as we look at some common furniture forms such as tables and chests of drawers.  How are they put together, what joints are used, what variations are possible, how do different materials effect the design, and what’s a sensible order of the steps in building the piece? Come with a project in mind if you can, so that we can focus the discussion on your interests. 

 

 

Coopered Cabinet in Solid Wood
Oct
12
Oct 17

Coopered Cabinet in Solid Wood

  • DICTUM

See the description of the COOPERED CABINET at Rosewood Studio, Perth, Ontario in April.

Each class in unique. German aesthetics will no doubt come into play designing and building these fun curved cabinets. 

Make a Round Molding Plane
Oct
10
Oct 11

Make a Round Molding Plane

  • DICTUM

This will be my 7th year teaching for DICTUM, a maker and seller of some of the world’s best tools. They run an amazing variety of courses; mine focus on specific furniture projects, hand tools, design, and details. The workshop is located a bit over an hour from Munich in a small Bavarian town along the Danube River and in a wide agricultural valley. Everything about the shop and setting is wonderful.  Students come from all over Europe, so discussions and meals are always interesting and entertaining.

 We will build a round molding plane (it cuts a hollow). The work involves shaping a round sole on the solid beech plane, chopping an angled bed for the iron, shaping and heat treating a round blade, fashioning a shapely wedge to lock the blade in position, and tuning the plane. Not only is this a useful tool for making moldings and shaped parts, but we will use it to smooth the back of the door in the COOPERED CABINET to follow.

Inlay and Furniture Details
Jul
16
Jul 17

Inlay and Furniture Details

  • Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Each day we will explore different techniques and make some of the necessary tools — small chisels and amazing scratchstocks.  We’ll talk about ways to use each detail and variations that are possible. Most of the time will be yours to work on a sample board of the decorative ideas that most appeal to you.

 

Our starting point will be smoothing a surface to a polish right off the plane. This leads to edge details: chamfers cut at different angles or that change in width as they move along an edge, decorative starts and stops to those chamfers, underbevels that lighten the appearance of an edge, molded edges, and inlaid edges

.

Next will be fine inlaid lines known as string inlays and their many variations. We will cut neatly mitered corners, create some fun lines of dots and dashes, and attempt some curves. This leads nicely into cutting larger solid wood inlays of diamonds and panels, and how to use other materials such as stone, silver, ivory, bone.

 

Drawer Making
Jul
11
Jul 15

Drawer Making

  • Center For Furniture Craftsmanship

Making and fitting beautiful, dovetailed drawers is a hallmark of highly refined craftsmanship. This workshop focuses on the fine points of creating carefully made drawers that smoothly open and close.

Practicing methods of work that encourage consistency and quality, each participant makes a solid-wood drawer to fit an existing case using classic hand-cut dovetail construction. Garrett covers pertinent topics such as case preparation, wood selection, milling, layout, sharpening and use of chisels, saws, planes, and other hand tools.

 Students have the option of fitting drawers to sheet good cases provided by the school, or of preparing ready-to-assemble hardwood cases in advance from plans provided by Garrett.

Precision With Hand Tools
Jun
11
Jun 12

Precision With Hand Tools

  • NWA - Herm Finkbinder Education Center

Hand tools open up new vistas of efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment for woodworkers, even those with modest skills.  In this course, Garrett leads participants through a series of exercises to expand and refine their hand tool skills.  These include flattening boards to polished smoothness, jointing two edges to an invisible glue joint, fairing curves, fitting drawer faces, shaping and chamfering edges, making an inlay, and cutting joinery, among others.  Discussion ranges from tuning a wide variety of planes, marking tools, chisels and saws, to techniques to using them efficiently.

Same contacts as Surfaces, Edges, and Joints class above.

Surfaces, Edges, and Joints
Jun
10
9:00 am09:00

Surfaces, Edges, and Joints

  • Northeast Woodworkers Association (NWA)

A one day version of my PRECISION WITH HAND TOOLS where you work at your own pace to discover the range and power of planes and other hand tools. We’ll flatten surfaces to a smoothness you won’t believe, cut end grain and long grain, joint edges in preparation for gluing them, cut some chamfers and simple moldings, and a joint or two. It will be a fun and full day, including sharpening and tuning your tools so they work as effortlessly and accurately as possible.

For more information contact: nwaeducation@gmail.com or Garrett

Build a Coopered Cabinet
Apr
11
Apr 16

Build a Coopered Cabinet

  • Rosewood Studio

The technique that gives barrels, boats, and bongos their interesting curved shapes is essentially coopering, joining together individual staves or planks. It's an efficient way to create simple to complex curved forms, and one we'll explore to build a small hanging cabinet.

What makes this a fun project is the variety of the curves we can create by how we shape our staves, taper them, or detail them with beads or shallow coves, Beyond the interesting curved facade of our cabinets, we have the practical concerns of supporting a shelf or two, building a curved door, and cutting some curved moldings.

 As with every HACK class, we will work a lot with hand tools to shape and join the staves, smooth the flat backboards and shelves, adjust joints, and shape the curved door and moldings. Design is going to be a part of our discussions as we look at where this useful technique of coopering can lead. 

SHOWCASE, Northeast Woodworkers Association
Apr
1
Apr 3

SHOWCASE, Northeast Woodworkers Association

  • Sheraton Hotel Convention Center

The Northeast Woodworkers Association is a strong group of woodworkers, turners, carvers, boatbuilders, and more. Their annual SHOWCASE is a judged exhibition along with lectures, demonstrations, tool and supplies sellers, and just good conversation.  I have taken part many times in the past 25 years, and will be back this celebration year to demonstrate and lecture.

THREE EXQUISITE DETAILS

SMOOTHING — FIGURED WOOD TO CURVES 

 

Woodworkers Guild of Georgia
Feb
19
Feb 21

Woodworkers Guild of Georgia

  • Woodcraft

A weekend of talk and demonstrations of practical ways to use hand tools, design, and details to enhance your work. 

Saturday Series 2016
Dec
5
May 7

Saturday Series 2016

  • My shop

The Saturday Series takes place in my shop during the winter and spring months.  The focus for the past eight years has been on one specific furniture form such as a desk, sideboard, chair, demilune table.  We start with design and follow through all of the important building steps — it’s live action, interactive, and real (mistakes and recovery included).

This year we are focusing on skills. Planes and other tools, making drawers and doors, joinery, finish, curves and shaping, and design.

This class fills quickly so if you are interested in Saturday Series 2017, send me an email.