I met John Jennie Alexander in 1994, took the “Make a Stool From a Tree” class, the first one at his Baltimore city home and work shop. We made a draw board mortise and tenon stool the way they were traditionally in the 16-1700’s. Alexander researched, went to museums and looked at every detail of theses stools to figure out how they were made. His discoveries were so eye opening to me I could not get enough. The tools used axes and froe a club, draw knife and the wood soaking wet, a freshly fallen oak tree. How is this possible that we can be so efficient and make something so durable and timeless? I am still amazed at this technology.
After that class, John, said “come down anytime and play” I would on any weekend and weekdays available. As a helper learning how to process green wood and make parts for classes. I then took a Ladderback class at Country Workshops and was the summer intern in 1998. I assisted Drew teaching his Ladderback course and again when Alexander came to teach the stool class. Immersed in green woodworking and chairmaking, craft at a high level was a bit intoxicating.
Since then I have taught at Living Class Rooms in Baltimore. I was the hand tool instructor, the first class in the program for those young men. In 2008 I started teaching woodworking out of my home shop in Northern Baltimore county. It was slow going getting students and interest, along with running my woodworking and home improvement business. In 2017 we bought or dream home fixer upper In White Hall Maryland, I have been and continue to work on the shop, an early 1900’s bank barn. I now offer workshops in that space. If your interested in getting started in woodworking or want to build on skills you already have or try a different type please check out the workshops I have to offer.
The shop is fully equipped with power tools and hand tools. Single day classes can be designed to work on specific skills and techniques.
Workshops that are offered by Sun Woodworking
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