2022 Class Schedule
The 2022 schedule is in progress. New classes will be added. Stay tuned or sign up for updates
Mike Pekovich: Perfect your Hand Tool skills: May 28-29, 2022
Alexander Grabovetskiy: Classical Carving: June 13-17, 2022
Lie-Neilson Open House: July 8-10 (worth checking out; We will have a booth there)
Wm. Francis Brown: Carve a Bellamy Eagle: potentially July 18 - 22 (TBD depending on interest)
Ray Journigan - Chippendale project (hand tools & lots of carving guaranteed!) - date TBD
Alexander Grabovetskiy: Carving in the Grinling Gibbons Style: August 8-12, 2022
David Douyard: Ladderback Chair Making: September 19-24, 2022
Shawn Murphy: Windsor Chairmaking: October 17-22, 2022
Here's a little bit about each class. More details coming soon....
Mike Pekovich - Fine-tune your Hand Tool skills: May27-28, 2022
Alexander Grabovetskiy: Classical Carving June 13-17, 2022
Alexander Grabovetskiy: Carving in the Grinling Gibbons style August 8-19, 2022
Mike Mascelli: Furniture Finishing Intensive 2 day class - date TBD
Wood Finishing - Basics of Color and Topcoats
This two day class is tailored especially for woodworkers who are uneasy about the finishing process and wish to master
the basic knowledge and techniques that will enable professional finishing results using easily available materials.
The class is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and has an emphasis on hands on activities that all students will complete using both sample panels and actual small project pieces, and hands on techniques that can be done in a home workshop.
Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY with over 40 years of experience in working and teaching, and is also Director of the Professional Refinisher’s Group, a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the restoration, refinishing and conservation trades. His finishing
expertise is based on years of shop experience and the counsel and mentoring by some of the most experienced wood finishers in the industry. He has contributed to the Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and he also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed several instructional videos.
Wm. Francis Brown: Bellamy Eagle Carving - Date TBD
David Douyard: Ladderback Chairmaking Sept. 19-24, 2022
Shawn Murphy: Windsor Chairmaking Oct. 17-22, 2022
Carve the iconic American symbol: an authentic 19th century Bellamy style eagle.
We will cover all aspects of making the eagle: pattern making, sizing and proportion, roughing out with 18th century tools, smoothing, and fine detail carving. Plus, as time permits, we will get into finish options (natural, antiqued, gold leaf, and painting). Making of a personalised banner will also be covered as time permits.
William is the premier currently active carver of American Bellamy eagles. He is the owner of the Maine Coast Workshop and his work can be seen here.
This 6 day class will take you, step-by-step, through the process of hand crafting a ladderback /post & rung chair. This year in addition to the Brian Boggs designed Berea line of chair the Litchfield Hills ladderback chair will be offered. Each class covers every aspect of making a ladderback chair, beginning with lumber selection all the way through final assembly using hide glue.
Shawn will cover all the aspect of building a chair from selecting materials, riving and shaping the bows crests and spindles, carving the seats and assembly. The turnings will be pre-done for all classes. Shawn will answer all questions about painting or tool sharpening during the week.
You'll never know the true joy of the craft until you introduce hand tools into your woodworking. In this weekend class Mike Pekovich, senior editor at Fine Woodworking and author of multiple books, will take you through a series of skill-building exercises designed to boost competence and confidence using the essential hand tools. We'll focus on chisel, block plane, backsaw, spokeshave and scraper skills, and also take time to talk about getting truly sharp with each tool. You'll gain a better understanding of the geometry and ergonomics involved in making a hand tool work for you. The emphasis of this class is on making shavings not furniture parts, so there's no stress involved. The aim is to have fun and gain some skills and confidence with your tools that you can then bring to your woodworking projects. Mike is The Editor and Creative Director at Fine Woodworking Magazine and is a truly gifted furniture maker and designer. He prefers to work with handtools when possible. Learn to tune-up, sharpen, and master the backsaw, block plane, chisels, scraper, spoke shave, shoulder plane, smoothing plane, marking knife, marking gauge, bevel gauge, combo square, and coping saw. This class will fill up quickly so sign up soon.