CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Build a Small Box with Hand Tools

Make any of a variety of small boxes: sliding-lid, sawn-lid, hinged-lid, dovetail, mortise and tenon, tote with a handle; painted boxes, unpainted boxes, carved and painted, painted then carved. The options are nearly limitless. You'll get started with a tidy little mortise and tenon shadow box with a lift lid, with plenty of options for making it your own. You will then be ready to look ahead to any number of interesting projects. This class is open to beginning and continuing hand tool woodworkers. CCAE

 
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Woodworking with Hand Tools

Complete a project started in another class, work on a project of your own design, or use the workshop to get started with hand tool woodworking. If you are a beginning hand tool woodworker, you'll start off with a tidy little mortise and tenon shadow box with a lift lid, with plenty of options for making it your own. Open to beginning and continuing hand tool woodworkers. CCAE

 

SHARPENING WORKSHOP

Sharpening is an essential woodworking skill, and does not need to be as challenging as it sometimes seems.  We’ll spend a day preparing and sharpening woodworking edge tools, and open a door that will likely change your woodworking experience.  We’ll start by preparing, sharpening, and honing a 1” chisel and a card scraper, then move on to plane irons, carving tools and any other edge tools you want to sharpen.  You will leave this workshop with sharp tools and a valuable skill to take on your woodworking journey. CCAE/ELIOT

 
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LOW-RELIEF, BOLD DESIGN

After a few quick exercises to introduce you to low-relief carving, we’ll find, scan, scavenge, draw, share, and trace our way to bold designs, transfer them to basswood panels, then lose ourselves in the process of slicing wood with sharp tools, painting, and sharing ideas and perspectives.  You will leave with lively carved panels, new or enhanced carving skills, and new design directions to explore. ELIOT

 
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BAGUETTE TRAY

The long, narrow wood tray is great for serving baguettes, fruit, olives, nuts and any number of small food and non-food items.  The instructor will demonstrate the skills required to excavate, shape, and finish-carve your tray, walking you through the process one careful step at a time.  We’ll use tools you drive with a mallet, and others you push by hand, leaving subtle, quiet marks or deep, dramatic ones. You will learn about a variety of carving gouges, sharpening, wood choices, and design, but mostly you will have fun slicing wood with sharp tools. ELIOT

MAKE A WOOD PLANE

There is something special about working wood with a plane you have made yourself.  In this workshop we will make small to medium sized wood planes for doing light or detail work.  Once you have roughed out your plane blank on the band saw, you will use the instructor’s wood planes to fashion a tool that suits you, learning to use wood planes while making a wood plane.  Choose a 1 ¼” iron for a nice little block plane, or something larger for a smoothing plane.  Once you have made one wood plane you will be ready to make planes for a variety of tasks.  You will leave with a niftyplane and an understanding of how to use it. CCAE/ELIOT

 
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Carve a Wood Platter/Tray

In this class you will carve a wood platter using mallet-driven carving tools and a variety of woodworking tools.  The instructor will demonstrate the skills required to excavate, shape, and finish carve a wood serving platter, walking you through the process one careful step at a time.  Once carved you will have an opportunity to paint your platter with food-safe milk paint or simply oil it and be on your way.  You will learn about a variety of carving gouges, sharpening, wood choices, designing, texturing and finishing.  This class is open to beginning and continuing bowl carvers, and the mix of skill levels provides a productive and supportive environment

 
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Carve a Wood Bowl

In this class you will carve a wood bowl using mallet-driven carving tools and a variety of woodworking tools.  The instructor will demonstrate the skills required toexcavate, shape, and finish carve a wood bowl, walking you through the process one careful step at a time.  Once carved you will have an opportunity to paint your bowl with food-safe milk paint or simply oil it and be on your way.  You will learn about a variety of carving gouges, sharpening, wood choices, designing, texturing and finishing.  This class is open to beginning and continuing bowl carvers, and the mix of skill levels provides a productive and supportive environment. ELIOT

Artful Carved Clock

Starting with a simple quartz clock movement, we will design and build analog clocks- wall clocks, mantel clocks, long clocks, short clocks, square, round, horizontal, vertical-whatever.  We’ll imagine and design our way to a fun clock- or a serious and solemn clock if that’s what we want- sharing ideas and energy, and generally enjoying the process of making.  We’ll carve elements and paint them, or paint them and not carve them- we’ll consider a range of possibilities and set to work. CCAE

 
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CARVED PANELS

In this class we’ll explore three ways to carve panels for boxes, doors, cabinets- anything you build with a panel.  We will start with carved and painted texture panels, move next to low-relief carving, and finally do some shaped incised carving to round things out.  You will leave with a sample panel in each style of carving, and be ready to begin designing and carving panels for your own work. CCAE

Wood Carving: Exploring Pattern, Texture, and Color

Immerse yourself in the rich possibilities offered by the combined use of carving tools, paint, pattern, texture, and color. We will first carve simple boards to practice techniques such as texturing, gouge drawing, and block print style tiles. We'll then begin exploring – considering a variety of design alternatives and generally getting lost in the process of carving wood, while sharing ideas and discoveries. CCAE/ELIOT

 
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