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Coloring with Iron Acetate, Filling the Grain

Coloring with Iron Acetate, Filling the Grain

I ask my good friend and professional finisher Brian Miller to shoot a video that is slightly out of the box using mix medium. There seems to be a trend... 

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Make Accurate Box Joints

Make Accurate Box Joints

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Mastering Curves with Jeff Miller (4/18/15 – 4/19/15)

Mastering Curves with Jeff Miller (4/18/15 – 4/19/15)

Mastering curves can open up a whole world of potential woodworking projects, from chairs to demilune tables; sleigh beds to cabriole legs. Getting beyond the straight and square will also help bring your woodworking to a new level. We’ll cover layout, cutting, smoothing, and refining curves, including three dimensional curves. Some of the tools for curved work are the same as for straight stuff,... [Read more...]


Make a Slat-Back Chair with Jeff Miller (4/20/15 – 4/24/15)

Make a Slat-Back Chair with Jeff Miller (4/20/15 – 4/24/15)

This workshop will introduce you to the pleasures and rewards of making chairs, in this case, our elegant and extremely comfortable Slat-Back Chair. This intensive week-long class, will not only cover the necessary skills and techniques, but will de-mystify the process of building a chair. Discussions of chair design, structure, and comfort complement the work on bending and shaping parts, cutting... [Read more...]


Finishing Techniques with Brian Miller (4/25/15 – 4/26/15)

Finishing Techniques with Brian Miller (4/25/15 – 4/26/15)

This class will give every student a thorough understanding of the finishing process. It will cover all aspects of wood finishing: Proper sanding techniques, coloring wood (dyes, stains, chemical and plant dyes), color-matching, membrane finishes (shellac, varnish, lacquer) and understanding solvents and their use in the finishing process. We will also explore hand-rubbed finishes, shading and toning,... [Read more...]


Nakashima Inspired Chair – Evening Class with William Ng (4/27/15 – 6/1/15)

Nakashima Inspired Chair – Evening Class with William Ng (4/27/15 – 6/1/15)

In this class we will explore the works of one of my favorite woodworker, George Nakashima. This chair has elegance, simplicity, suttle details and beauty. Don’t let it’s simplicity fool you… This chair requires great skill in precision to execute. It involves carving, sculpting of the seat with various power and hand tools. The complex joinery has to be done accurately to ensure... [Read more...]


Making a Wooden Hand Plane with William Ng (5/1/15 – 5/3/15)

Making a Wooden Hand Plane with William Ng (5/1/15 – 5/3/15)

Using a finely tuned wooden hand plane you make yourself is probably one of woodworking’s ultimate experiences. It offers a great sense of satisfaction and is a reflection of fine craftsmanship. Plane making has been an honored tradition with the Eastern Masters, and is gaining huge popularity here in the states. In this three day class we will look at the history of hand planes and its design.... [Read more...]


Wood Turning with Jimmy Clewes (5/1/15 – 5/3/15)

Wood Turning with Jimmy Clewes (5/1/15 – 5/3/15)

In this class the emphasis will be design, shape, form and aesthetics. The class will also cover safety issues, sharpening, finishing and the use of the basic woodturning tools. The course is structured so that students will gain confidence in their ability and allow them to return to their workshop to further develop their artistic abilities. I encourage students to bring along any tools as I will... [Read more...]


Shaker Chair with Robert Turnbull (5/4/15 – 5/8/15)

Shaker Chair with Robert Turnbull (5/4/15 – 5/8/15)

According to Shaker beliefs, “That which has in itself the higest use possesses the greatest beauty”. When this Shaker saying is applied to their furniture, it describes a plain and simple type of construction completely without adornment. Shakers were expert craftsmen with an eye for proportion that resulted in some of the most beautiful furniture ever made. In this class the student... [Read more...]


Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (5/4/15 – 5/8/15)

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (5/4/15 – 5/8/15)

The secret to fine woodworking can be found in the pursuit of the fundamentals. With high-tech machines and power tools, these fundamentals can be overshadowed. In this class we will learn the values of design, drawings, mock-ups, sharpening, care and use of hand tools, tuning up a bench plane, layout, measuring tools, wood technology, choosing and preparing lumber, joinery (including hand cut dovetails... [Read more...]


Building a Low Back Settee with William Ng and Special guest David A. Wade (5/11/15 – 5/17/15)

Building a Low Back Settee with William Ng and Special guest David A. Wade (5/11/15 – 5/17/15)

The low back chair is one of Sam Maloof’s signature pieces. In this class we will be making a low back settee made to sit two, influenced by Sam’s work. In this seven day class we will look at many aspects of chair making. We will discuss in detail the chair joints that Sam made popular, Design: what make a comfortable chair, structure and construction techniques. Sculpting details including... [Read more...]


Segmented Turning with Malcolm Tibbetts (6/3/15 – 6/7/15)

Segmented Turning with Malcolm Tibbetts (6/3/15 – 6/7/15)

Segmented woodturnings have a high degree of “How’d he do that?” This class is designed for both accomplished “segmenters” as well as beginners.Students will be guided in creating their own designs. All students will not be doing the same type of vessel; instead they will be encouraged to attempt a variety of techniques. Malcolm will teach much more than just the basics of this fascinating... [Read more...]


Sculpted Dining Chair with William Ng (6/8/15 – 6/13/15)

Sculpted Dining Chair with William Ng (6/8/15 – 6/13/15)

This six day sculpted chair class will definitely broaden and raise your woodworking skills a few notches. The class will cover topics such as chair joinery, design, placement of back spindle for comfort, defining hard and soft lines, sculpting using various methods such as grinder, rasps, gouges, scrapers and spoke shaves. Cherry wood will be prepared for you before you arrive to save on milling time.... [Read more...]


Joinery Techniques with William Ng (6/15/15 – 6/19/15)

Joinery Techniques with William Ng (6/15/15 – 6/19/15)

Good joinery is key to making fine furniture that will last for generations. Many of us are intimidated by the complexity of these joints. In this class we hope to de-mystify and simplify the joinery process. We will learn western and eastern joinery and their applications, including dovetails, half-blind dovetails, sliding dovetails, mortise-and-tenons, angled mortise-and-tenons, lap joints, bridle... [Read more...]


G & G Inspired 8 Legged Table with William Ng (7/6/15 – 7/11/15)

G & G Inspired 8 Legged Table with William Ng (7/6/15 – 7/11/15)

This is one of our more popular classes. This beautiful table is well proportioned, with simple elegant lines that will grace any home. It can be used as a hall table, sofa table or an entry table. Imagine what your guest will say when they are welcome into your home and met with this stunning piece of furniture. The table will be constructed using African Mahogany and Ebony. Wood will be prepared... [Read more...]


Inlay Techniques Class with William Ng (7/11/15 – 7/12/15)

Inlay Techniques Class with William Ng (7/11/15 – 7/12/15)

Using inlay to embellish your projects can be very rewarding. It’s a way to take your work to the next level, to set yourself apart from others. In this intensive two day class, we will cover the following topics: 1) Tools (including the Jeweler’s fretsaw, carving tools, shopmade vises, and a vise that I’ve personally designed and used for over 25 years); 2) Materials (including wood,... [Read more...]


Making Custom Cabinets with William Ng (7/13/15 – 7/17/15)

Making Custom Cabinets with William Ng (7/13/15 – 7/17/15)

In this class, we will cover different methods and techniques for cabinet construction. These methods can be applied to building kitchens, vanities, entertainment unit, build-in, home theaters or just a stand alone cabinet. We will build a cabinet using face frame, finish ends with frame and panel. We will cover topics such as door making from raised panels to grain matching, drawer construction using... [Read more...]


Tuning and Using a Japanese Plane with William Ng & Taeho Kwon (7/18/15 – 7/19/15)

Tuning and Using a Japanese Plane with William Ng & Taeho Kwon (7/18/15 – 7/19/15)

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Blacker House Inspired Chair with William Ng (8/1/15 – 8/8/15)

Blacker House Inspired Chair with William Ng (8/1/15 – 8/8/15)

This is perhaps the most difficult class we offer at our school. This class is not for the faint hearted. This chair will challenge every areas of your woodworking skill. We will be dealing with angles, proportion, chair design, choosing wood grain, Sculpting of the crest rail using a 4-1/2″ angle grinder, Inlay technique for the back slat of the chair, Scribing technique for hand fitted joinery,... [Read more...]


Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (8/10/15 – 8/14/15)

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (8/10/15 – 8/14/15)

The secret to fine woodworking can be found in the pursuit of the fundamentals. With high-tech machines and power tools, these fundamentals can be overshadowed. In this class we will learn the values of design, drawings, mock-ups, sharpening, care and use of hand tools, tuning up a bench plane, layout, measuring tools, wood technology, choosing and preparing lumber, joinery (including hand cut dovetails... [Read more...]