I am semi retired and want to take up woodworking. I have little
experience in it but have always enjoyed what little I have done. I would
like to ultimately start to create fine furniture for my own use and maybe
for sale. I found a place in Chicago ( where I live ) called The Bauhaus
Apprenticeship Institute. I was wondering if anyone had any advice as to
whether it is a good place to be trained. If there are any other places that
are similar I would like to hear about them.
Secondly I would like to set up my own workshop so would welcome any advice
as to what I need to start, where to buy it.
thanks in advance
When nothing seems to help, I go and look at a stonecutter hammering away at
his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it.
One of the Woodworking at Home DVD magazine issues featured the Bauhaus
Institute and show a fair bit of footage of students at work, as well as
interviewed the institute founders and some employees. You might want to
take a look at that.
Heres a review of the DVD magazine itself -
Have a read, then go to their official magazing website and track down the
issue with the Bauhaus piece featured.
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Today's your lucky day. I attended the complete four-class series at
Bauhaus. The series is composed of
Up until starting classes, I had no formal woodworking training and just a
little practical experience, though I had assembled the major shop
components. With that level of experience going in, I found the Basic
Woodworking mostly review of things I already knew, but some good
information. My favorite was the hand tools class, which is one of the main
reasons I attended. I wanted to get some instruction and experience using
hand tools (chisels, mallet, hand saws, etc.) If nothing else, it will make
you appreciate your mortising machine. The power tools class was also
enjoyable and easier on my mallet-swinging arm. Honestly, I felt as though
I got the least out of the furniture design class. At the beginning there
is some instruction, but you quickly get to the point of coming up with
something you want to design, drawing it up, Berthold critiqing it, you work
on it more during class and at home, you bring it back in, and the cycle
continues. Perhaps I expected too much.
All in all, I was happy with my experience and would recommend it to others.
They recently moved, and I just checked their web site
(http://www.lf.org/bhai2000/bhai.html ) and the address has been updated.
They're basically now on the north side of Chicago at Clark and Devon. By
the way, it appears that they have changed their name to Chicago Bauhaus
If you have any other questions about Bauhaus, feel free to contact me.
spot on and thanks alot. I will pop up and sign up sometime next week.
Seems that you have done exactly what I intend to do. Thank you for the kind
offer of further help, I will take you up on it. Thanks again.
Knowing nothing about the Bauhaus program, I can't comment on it.
I am well down the road of taking classes at an excellent adult education
program, sponsored by the local school district. Our tax dollars at work.
Good skills. Excellent safety. Nice people. Well-equipped shop, where
students can learn to use the tools, before falling into the Sears trap.
Check around for such an alternative. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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