I worked in cabinet shops in Baltimore in my late teens and early twenties and it never quite felt right, I wanted to experience woodworking not just do woodworking, I went to Skarie (a woodworkers supply store before the box stores moved in) for something , probably just to rummage around, and picked up Fine Woodworking “On Chairs and Beds” and one of the articles was “Green Woodworking” I followed Dave Sawyer and ten students through the process of  changing a log into chairs at Drew Langsners school in NC. At the end of the article there was contact info, I sent away  for a class schedule and to my surprise mentioned there was a class in Baltimore  with John Alexander and Peter Follensbee  “Make A Stool From A Tree” a joinery class in accordance with 17th century New England practice. I was hooked, that class left an indelible impression on me. I kept visiting John ,  learning  and having fun being immersed in oak. I attended some classes at Country Workshops and was the summer intern in 1996.

Since, I have attended more classes and taught at Living Class Rooms in Baltimore as a woodworking instructor.

Red Oak Bolts

I really enjoy working with green  wood, the way it shaves and the tools used, the sound it makes against them and even the smell,usually.

In my opinion it makes a better stronger finished product than kiln dried stuff.                           

Roughing out a Cherry Bowl

Michael Clarkson

Sun Woodworking

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