ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
We are a small, intimate woodworking school, wonderfully situated in mid-coast Maine, a few blocks from the harbor in the quaint town of Camden. We offer a limited number of high-quality classes each year, with a focus on traditional hand tool use. Because of the high level of individual attention from our instructors, many classes are able to fully accommodate advanced to beginner skill levels. If a class is designed for an advanced level only, this will be clearly stated. Our instructors are chosen based on reputation as the best in the world at their craft, and just as importantly, their unsurpassed success as teachers to students of all ability levels. I explained my vision and philosophy behind the Maine Coast Workshop here: My interview with Popular Woodworking Magazine
WHAT TO EXPECT
Classes are run at a relaxed pace, with plenty of one-on-one time with the instructor, and extra time allotted for exploring the area and dining with the instructor and host after class. Click here to learn about what there is to do and see in Cameden.
Classes will generally run from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm, though the school will be open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm for those who wish to get in extra work. The first day of class will begin at 8:00 am for a meet-and-greet, and to allow everyone to get settled. We'll feature a slide show by each instructor during the week, and an optional boat tour of the Camden Harbour by an old sea captain friend. Gathering for a class dinner with spouses and families is another option. In the school library we have an extensive listing of local amenities, great sites to visits, local menus, activities, beaches, hikes, etc
A nice lunch will be provided each day, either home-made or from one of the best deli's in town (included in the cost of the class). Students with dietary restrictions are welcome to bring their own lunch, which they may store in the fridge. Complimentary coffee, tea, fresh fruit, and snacks will be available throughout each day.
Hand tool work will be emphasized, with the use of some machinery where they will add efficiency. When power tools are utilized, in most cases our instructors will also demonstrate how techniques can be done by hand, allowing students to practice the technique. Some classes use only hand tools, and will be advertised as such. Required tools are listed on each class page. We can help pack your project and ship it for you if you live out of the area and can’t take it with you on the last day.
The focus of our classes is on traditional 18th century American craft. We are not in competition with, but cooperate with other woodworking schools; our difference is in emphasis. We desire to preserve and foster a greater awareness and respect for our unique heritage of fine American craftsmanship while passing on amazing skills of the early American craftsmen and women. We strive to preserve original techniques, many of which, frankly, have not been improved on. We will continue to support and recommend other schools in the area, depending on what students are looking for.
Our goal is to establish a reputation for excellence in American craftsmanship while ensuring both a fun, while at the same time, first-class learning experience for students and teachers alike.
Make a Windsor Chair with Shawn Murphy
Shaker Oval Boxes
Ladderback Chair with David Douyard
Make a Traditional 18th Century Floor Cloth
Green Woodworking - bowls, spoons, and more
Saw Sharpening with Matt Cianci
Sharpening Intensive weekends