The woodworking classes I offer are small one person tutorials and four person workshops. I have taught as many as 15 at other schools with assistants, these situations are very fun and rewarding, my shop is not set up for that many.
The drive to the shop sets the mood for the day, a back road in the hilly countryside of northern Baltimore county Maryland. Trees, streams and wildlife are part of the experience. At the shop in the summer the windows and doors are open and wintertime the woodstove is going.
If green woodworking we will split our parts from a log and if using sawn lumber we will use hand tools to start the process of milling and introduce the machines as well. This process is the basis for all woodworking and is the same procedure when starting with the drawknife, hand plane or the jointer and planer, just different techniques. It’s important to learn or at least see how to get from a to b with hand tools from there we can work the way you want with the tools available to you. I want you to be able to continue this with the tools available to you, not go home with an expensive list of tools to buy.
You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to start with rough lumber and finish with a well made daily user. If just starting out in woodworking or wanting some more skills and options these classes are huge jump start on your journey. A lot of the techniques transcend all disciplines. And if you are a seasoned craftsperson wanting to expand, the bench class and chair class and wood carrier have a great deal of information and skill set.
These workshops are fun! open to all, I have been in a learning situation (still am) and it can be intimidating, daunting, awkward and uncomfortable, but not here your time in my shop is for you let’s move past all that and have fun. Woodworking is a physical endeavor at times, we need to work smart and carefully = safely, it’s all good I’ve got your back.