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Fall Classes 2019

Make Your Own Shaker Bench:
Cutting Dovetails by Hand

September 28-29,
Saturday and Sunday, 9am-5pm

. includes materials

This Shaker Bench class has been a favorite of students for years. While building their own Shaker Bench, the main focus of this class is making the hand cut dovetail joint, one of the most admired joints in the field of furniture making. We will begin by making a few practice dovetails in small pieces of wood and then get into our Shaker Benches. We will be making through dovetails as are shown in the picture of the bench. Half blind dovetails which are used in the the front part of a drawer will be discussed and if time permits, students may have a a chance to do some practice versions of these. Students will learn to use handplanes to clean up their joints and to apply edge details. We will also learn to make a wedged mortice and tenon joint that will make up the cross support of the bench.

This class is designed for beginning woodworkers or those who have not made these joints. All tools and materials will be supplied, but participants are encouraged to bring their own tools and or safety equipment. 

We will use- small hand planes, chisels, mallets, cross cut dovetail saws- Feel free to bring your own tools.

Safety equipment- each student should have their own safety glasses, I will have hearing protection and paper dust masks for your use but I encourage you to bring your own.


Make Your Own Shaker Bench: Cutting Dovetails by Hand

Build Your Own Cod Rib 12 Canoe

October 14-19,
Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm

includes materials


Each student will make his or her own Cod Rib 12, skin on frame, double-paddle, solo canoe. Warm wood and a translucent skin make for a wonderful aesthetic, and its light wight (20# or less) will make trips to the water a breeze. It is a boat that can take you on a quick lunch-time paddle or on an extended back-country trip. A fun group project, we will cut fine joints for the pine stringers with Japanese saws and steam bend the ash or oak ribs. Dacron will be shrunk to a perfect fit on the hull with a household iron, and inwales and outwales will be bent and screwed into place. The project is well-suited to those with no prior woodworking experience and can be quite fun for experienced woodworkers. At the end of the class, students will each have a canoe that is ready for finish coats of polyurethane.

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Build Your Own Cod Rib 12 Canoe

Classes to come-
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Paddle Making:
Shaping Wood
by Hand and Eye

1 and 1/2 days

Double Paddle Making:
Shaping Wood
by Hand and Eye

1 and 1/2 days

Build Your Own Windsor Work Stool

2 Saturdays

Build a Windsor Fan Back Side Chair of your own design

5 days

Contact me by phone or email at

(802) 989-3204

2111 Green Street
Waltham, Vermont 05491