Woodturning for the Total Beginner - Arrive with no experience on the lathe, and by Sunday afternoon you will have the skills to to basic spindle turning such as furniture maker might need. Weekend of March 21.
Master Class - Sheraton Looking Glass - Three classes over three months and you will build a great looking period mirror for your home. Learn to assemble complex moldings, turn split columns, and execute rope carving by hand. Starting Weekend of March 28
Mortise and Tenon - In one day, Easter Saturday, learn to cut mortises and tenons, both by hand and by a variety of machines. Give us one day and you will own this versatile joint. Saturday, April 4.
Techniques in Veneering - Learn hot hide glue hammer veneering, cold press veneering,vacuum bag veneering. Soon you will be on your way to using this important and classic technique. Weekend of April 18.
Basic Sharpening - Many students tell us that sharpening is the most important class we teach. Hand tools work well, but if and only if, they are truly sharp. Learn this important skill in one day. Saturday April 25.
Planecraft - At the table saw one can adjust to a hundredth of an inch, with planes you can adjust to a thousandth of an inch. Get started on using these important tools. Sunday April 26.
Forget the snow, think summer
So, there's a little snow on the ground and covering your driveway. Big deal, forget it! Woodworkers should be thinking warm, summer thoughts and planning their 2015 summer. At PFW, we've got an exciting and challenging line up of week-long summer courses. All our courses are designed to stretch basic skills and develop new ones at an amazing pace with a great project to show off at the end of the week. So, after shoveling your driveway, take a look at our summer schedule and pick a week to join us at PFW.
Windsor Chair, July 6-10 & Aug 8-9. Building a Windsor is an amazing and unique experience. Most of our work involves the pursuit of flat, straight, and square. There isn't a single 90 degree angle on a Windsor. It's all about testing the strengths of your materials, sharpening your basic handtools skills, and liberating yourself to explore new design ideas. This course will forever change your approach to woodworking.
Joiners Workbench, July 13-17. At PFW we've been building benches for 10 years and have finally come up with a design that would be hard to beat. It has a full-size ( 28" x84") butcher block top, a traditional mortise and tenon knock-down base, quality face vise and the Veritas quick action tail vise assembly. We promise, you will never have to replace this bench, but you might want to build a second one.
Philadelphia Tool Chest, July 20-25. This compact, but commodious chest was designed to organize, showcase, and protect your most prized hand tools. It's large enough to hold the tools you use on a daily basis and small enough to sit on your workbench.
Made of solid mahogany, this chest has through dovetailed corners, a large drawer, top-quality knife hinges, and other traditional hardware.
Nod to Nakashima, Aug 3-7. It's not about worshiping the "sacred wany edge" of the slab. In this class, we examine basic ideas of proportion, balance, positive and negative relationships, while exploring the natural beauty of your material. I am continually surprised at the striking variety and the amazing beauty of our student's tables. This project will sharpen your appreciation for the beautiful work of George Nakashima.
Modern Armchair, Aug 17-21. This Mid-century armchair was inspired by the work of Hans Wegner, the premier Danish chairmaker and designer; and recently appeared in FWW's Reader's Gallery (issue # 245).
There are 2 primary techniques employed in its construction: a table saw-carved seat, using a novel method developed by Robert Marquis. The other is a 20-piece lamination for the back.
There's also a little carving and shaping of the glued-up back and some turning on the lathe. Chairs are typically an intimidating aspect of woodworking. Come join us and conquer your fears.
Other courses are on calendar as well. Please join us at PFW for a great learning experience.