I am looking for a woodworking school recomendation. Somewhere I can
advance my skills and possibly (but not necessary) bring home a piece
of furiture in the process. Classes that last no longer than 2 weeks.
Anyone have experince with any of the following?
1.Center for Furniture Craftsmanship on Maine
2.Lonnie Bird's in Tennesee
3.Rosewood studio in Almonte Ontario
Location is not a problem as I am willing to travel.
I was also thinking of American Sycamore Woodowrkers Retreat in Indaina
but I heard they went bankrupt
Those folks have really good reputations. What do you want to build?
And yet you mention primarily East coast and heartland locations...
William Ng Woodworking Schools in Anaheim, CA (?) ((LA basin for
certain)) has a strong lineup of teachers, with first rate credentials.
I wish I had the chops to make a course there worth my time and money.
Five or 6 really strong 'local' programs in the SF Bay Area, with small
classes and excellent craft/art focus. Many instructors are alumni
and/or adjunct faculty at College of the Redwoods, the school that
Krenov led for two decades.
UC San Diego has a leading edge furniture design program. Not my style,
but it may be yours. Prepare for your world to bend.
Several strong Colorado programs. A really good program in the Texas
hill country, focused on traditional forms, and native woods. Pacific
Northwest opportunities too numerous to mention, including traditional
wooden boats. Woodturning symposia sufficient to mulch Montana...
Indaina but I heard they went bankrupt
I don't think so.
But it's July 1. You may be late in planning this summer's schedule.
Many of these fill up months in advance.
I've taken courses at Alameda Woodworker Academy. You always come home
with a project. They have a web, site just do a search for Alameda
woodworker Academy. He's not a movie star(magazine star), but certainly
an excellent teacher. Most importantly, he stresses safety.
Mt Diablo Adult Education, Pleasant Hill, CA - fairly full range through
intermediate levels. Many of the instructors have had summer CR
experience. Good folks. affiliated with www.diablowoodworkers.com
Arnold Champagne, SF. Arnie did the program at CR, and drank the
KoolAid. Gorgeous veneer and joinery work. Chairs, tables and small
objects are his specialty. Small, short-duration, repeat classes (think
2 to 3 day sessions, every 4-6
Jay Van Arsdale & John Lavine (& others, I'm sure) teach in the area,
based in and about the Laney College program in Oakland. Jay has a
specialty in Japanese style and design sensitivity. A pro woodworker of
my acquaintance trained with him, and cannot speak more highly of him.
John Lavine edits Woodwork Magazine.
What MJ Wallace said about Jerry in Alameda agrees with every one I've
talked to who has taken classes from him. It's a worthwhile investment.
John Grew Sheridan teaches in the area. I think he's at the Academy of
Art near the SF waterfront, at least part time. Arques Wooden Boat
school in Marin County. As several others have mentioned, David Marks
in Sonoma County, as well as Brian Condrian, Michael Cullen, Greg Zall,
Seth Janofsky and others of the marquetry wizards. Sonoma County
Woodworkers is a good starting point for contacting them.
Bay Area Woodworkers http://www.geocities.com/bawanewsletter /
Baulines Crafts Guild http://www.baulinescraftguild.org /
There is reliable information about Sacramento activity, too, but I
haven't met any of those folks yet. And more is going on in the South
Bay, but again, that's not in my regular circles.
I KNOW I've left out a number of really good teachers and craftspeople.
We didn't even start on turners, finishing experts or restoration/period
types. There are a more options than can be taken advantage of here.
Something should work for you.
Could you elaborate a little on the local SF Bay Area facilities?
Laney College perhaps? I'm interested in taking classes too and live
Thanks for your help.
Just wander over there and listen for the power tools! They have a wood
technology program, with a (commercial) cabinet making focus. centered on
getting folks jobs in the industry. Or so I'm told.
I haven't been, but some folks I know thought the program worthwhile.
My focus is somewhat more esoteric, as a hobbyist in sawdust therapy. Mt
wife claims I have always been somewhat of an elistist yb. ;-) And yet,
she stays married to me these 32+ years. Must be some sort of codependency
thing going on here. ;-)
"1.Center for Furniture Craftsmanship on Maine "
I would like to hear more about this school. Quite a nice vacation spot
"I was also thinking of American Sycamore Woodowrkers Retreat in
bu"t I heard they went bankrupt "
A friend of mine took a class there recently and said they have
Not sure what you meant by saying "a mean thing"...I'm thinking you are
responding to someone else, or you misunderstood what I meant? There
is nothing wrong with Jerry's appearance; the reference was not to his
physical looks. Perhaps I should have said he may not have famous,
celebrity status (like David Marks or Norm), however he is an excellent
instructor. Maybe he SHOULD start his own show! Hope this clears up
what appears to be a misunderstanding. No offense intended.
It was in reference to woodguy's comments about them being bankrupt and
having problems. Erroneous, BTW. Unless you're woodguy, it wasn't
directed toward you, a misunderstanding, I think.
Dave in Fairfax
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