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Learning Series 2 - Beyond Basics - week 3

Learning Series 2 - Beyond Basics

Learning Series 2 - Beyond Basics

Instructor - Craig Vandall Stevens 

  • October 30 - December 18, 2019  9am - 4pm (8 Wednesdays) *If necessary as a class, we will change the date of the 5th session - Thanksgiving week - to accommodate participant’s travel plans.

About the Learning Series 

The Learning Series are ongoing, weekly classes designed to guide beginners through specific techniques and exercises, helping them build strong fundamental woodworking skills. Students will explore the tools, techniques and attitudes use to create fine, hand-made furniture and woodworking projects. The focus of these process-oriented classes is the development of skills, as they relate to hand, eye and workbench. The emphasis will be the sensitive use of hand tools combined with the proper and safe use of machines.

The Series has been created to help woodworkers develop safe, accurate and efficient woodworking techniques that lead to successful results and minimize many of the frustrations that occur when learning on their own. Upon completion of the first course, Learning Series 1 - Basics, a followup course, Learning Series 2 - Beyond Basics will begin. Learning Series 2 picks up where the first course left off and continues adding techniques and skills to student’s repertoire. Learning Series 3 will be a projects-style course where students will apply what they’ve learned to a furniture project.

Learning Series 2

In Learning Series 1, students learned important base skills, techniques and vocabulary as they got their start building an excellent woodworking background. Learning Series 2 - Beyond Basics continues that momentum, adding new techniques and reinforcing those already practiced in the first course. 

Expanding on the same format as the Basics course, Beyond Basics introduces new joinery methods, additional techniques and continues to explore wood as a challenging material. Participants will learn and practice;
- half-blind dovetail joinery
- wedged, through tenons
- the bridle joint, along with frame and panel construction
- introducing speciality tools
    - spokeshaves
    - shoulder plane
- continue gaining proficiency with hand planes, chisels and scrapers learned in Learning Series 1
- as time permits, tool making
    - small hammer
    - small square

Cost includes all materials. Students bring their own lunch.

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