Learning the skills necessary to make beautiful, well crafted furniture can be very challenging. It takes a lot of time and practice to develop the wide range of skills and techniques needed for the craft, while at the same time, learning on your own can often feel like you’re taking more steps backward than you are forward.
To help in the learning process, I’ll be teaching another 12-week Woodworking Intensive at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA beginning September, 2016. As I've written in the class description, found here, the course is "Designed for the aspiring cabinetmaker or furniture maker whose aim is to work at a high-level of skill and create work that reflects personal expression".
The 12-week workshop is divided into a Fundamentals section, followed by student Projects. The fundamentals section of the course introduces students to sharpening, the use of fine hand tools, classic cabinetmaker’s techniques & joinery, tool making, choosing & milling lumber as well as many other techniques.
Participants continue steadily building on their fundamental skills as they move into the project section of the course, where the focus shifts to designing and creating individual furniture pieces as additional techniques are introduced. Designing and drawing, making and fitting dovetail drawers, installing knife hinges, creating hand-planed surfaces, working with sawn veneers and bending/shaping wood are a few of the techniques that will be instructed alongside individual projects.
I’ve carefully designed the curriculum to cover as much ground and as possible during the three months course. It's a full-time commitment with class hours Monday through Friday, 8:30 - 5:00. Students also have evening and weekend access to the woodshop. The course offers a wonderful opportunity for woodworkers to immerse themselves in the basics as well as the finer points of one-of-a-kind woodworking.
I’m delighted to be teaching the course again at GoggleWorks. The friendly, energetic environment really lends itself to creative work and a strong feeling of community. Along with excellent woodworking machinery and equipment, the wood studio has wood floors, high ceilings and abundant natural light. It’s an excellent space for learning. In addition to woodworking,
GoggleWorks also has ceramics, glass, photography and metal working/jewelry studios along with numerous exhibitions and events.
Please contact me with any questions you may have regarding the class. The accompanying photos are from the recently completed GoggleWorks 12-Week Intensive. Here is the link to the course description here on my site. This link will take you to GoggleWorks Center for the Arts website.