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Marc Adams School of Woodworking The Premier Woodworking School in North America

Our 23rd Season Is Off to a Great Start!

We are thrilled to kick off our 23rd season of providing you with the finest in hands-on woodworking education. Our new season promises to bring you an inspiring line-up of hands-on woodworking classes and workshops, taught by the very best woodworkers the world has to offer, in the best equipped facilities available anywhere in North America.

Kevin Glen DrakeMarc Adams

We continue our new season with week two of classes. In our Outpost bench room, we are pleased to welcome back noted tool maker, Kevin Glen Drake, teaching Making Classic Wooden Planes in the Krenov Style. In this class, Kevin will introduce students to the art and craft of making and using wooden hand planes. Each of Kevin's students will assemble, shape, and tune both jointer and smoothing planes to make shavings that can be measured in a thousandths of an inch. When everybody’s planes are ready to go, Kevin will demonstrate how to create seamless joints, create a flat face surface, and obtain a sparkling finish without the use of abrasives. Everyone will leave at the end of the week with a whole new appreciation for what can be accomplished with a simple handplane.

Meanwhile, taking the rest of the shop facility (that's two bench rooms and two machine rooms!) is our own Marc Adams leading his class through the intricacies of building 78 church pews in a production environment withTogether We Can Make a Difference: 78 Church Pews for St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary with Brother Mark. In this charitable class, everyone is doing their part to help make church pews, based upon the originals in Notre Dame cathedral, for St. Thomas Aquinas new seminary in Virginia. We start the week with 7000 board feet of prime 8/4 Ash and complete the week with pews ready for final assembly! Even better, all the proceeds for the week are being contributed to the brotherhood. It's going to be a very special week!

Just a "typical" week here at Marc Adams School of Woodworking!

 


Craftsman May Be Lying To You

By Scott Grove

The last time Scott Grove taught at the school, he shared this presentation, prepared for the TEDxFlour City Talks, during our Tuesday Night slide shows. In it, Scott addresses the rise of technologically driven production methods and its relation to our definition of traditional, hands-on craftmanship. Ultimately, he asks us to consider just what hand-made means in the 21st century and how do we communicate that our customers. It generated lots of discussion that week and we felt it important to share it with all of you. Enjoy!

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Masters

Masters

MASW has an incredibly strong teacher base which gives our program diversity and depth. Students that pursue our Master's designation are assured of receiving a well rounded education by teachers that make their living as Master woodworkers. Read More

Fellowship

Fellowship

The Michael Fortune Fellowship program picks up where the Master's program leaves off and is open to all who have completed their Masters designation. This program leads the student towards a profession or a passionate avocation as a respected woodworker. Read More

Wood Turning

Wood Turning

Working closely with program director Alan Lacer, MASW has created this unique opportunity for wood turners to challenge yourselves and broaden your woodturning skills while exploring a the wide array of different techniques that is woodturning. Read More

Weekend Workshops

Weekend Workshops

Super weekend specials are designed to give you an opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the masters in the field of woodworking. Classes are scheduled just Saturday or Sunday or both Saturday and Sunday. Read More