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Woodworking Workshops 2014

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- Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day and the studio is open most evenings for open studio work if desired.

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Craft Yourself…Online!
Ennis Carter, Social Impact Studios
May 17-18

Spreading the word today can be challenging. But with so many new forms of media, it’s a great time to represent your work and your journey as a craftsperson online. You just need the skills to make the most of what’s available. In this 2-day workshop, we’ll review theory about online communications; review the ins & outs of online tools; and dive in for hands-on practice (with your laptop or tablet) to fit your individual style and needs. We will cover; best ways to showcase your work online, building or joining artist & gallery websites, how social media can be a tool for working artists, online promotion & advertising, building a global community of people who love your work. Whether you need a basic website or to dive into social media, you’ll have the opportunity to focus on what fits you and your abilities the best. By the end of the workshop, we want you to walk away with the basics in place, knowledge of tools, and the skills to enhance your online presence over time.
Beginner and Beyond

Ennis Carter opened Social Impact Studios in 1996, since then Social Impact Studios has combined artistry & activism to promote important social issues. They believe good causes should get more attention than anything else. And they believe thoughtful, beautiful and meaningful communication is still the best way to engage and motivate. Social Impact Studios is a creative hub where groups and creative activists collaborate, learn and do the work. From concept to creation, they design action plans, visuals, messages and moving grassroots experiences that make a social impact – together. www.socialimpactstudios.com 
Tuition: $300

 

Designing a Timber Frame Structure
T. Michael Moore
May 17-18

First, you experience a timber frame structure (If the seed is planted it will grow)….After you have decided you need one….you will need to design it. Not long after you begin this process you come upon some major decisions: size, species, joinery, finishes, exterior and interior details...details...details. We will have two days of discussions and black board sessions while students get hands-on experience in creating a sample of joinery and building a scale model of a frame. Our goal is for participants to feel confident they can make their decisions and know how to get the answers to such questions as: "What will it look like?", "How will post #1A be configured?" or "What is a critical path?" An evening slide show, open to the public, entitled "Timber Frame Building: 20 years Experience" will compliment the workshop.
Beginner
In 1975 a wood technologist is hatched from the University of New Hampshire….fast forward nearly 40 years. Behold a "silverback" with a tattoo of "wood" on his forehead. Mike Moore has been in the building industry for...ever. For the last 20 years his sole concentration has been the timber frame industry and as a lifetime member of the Timber Framer Guild of America, he has been working with clients throughout the United States. As the owner and managing member of Wood Structures LLC based in Branchville, NJ, Mike continues to attempt to solve problems before they arrive with proper design and forethought. Mike and his crew, along with students and volunteers, designed and built the dining pavilion on the Peters Valley campus.
Tuition: $300
Studio/Materials Fee: $40

 

Bringing Life to your Woodturnings
Dixie Biggs
May 30-June 3

Do you want to add personality to your woodturnings through surface enhancements and relief carving? Remember that rotary power carver or wood burner you bought that’s still in the box? It’s time to break them out. Students will start out by making a sampler disc that will incorporate the various techniques demonstrated. Techniques will include a variety of simple textures using dremels and engravers; relief carving with rotary power carvers; wood burning for texture and detail; and adding color to your work. No previous power carving experience is needed. Dixie will walk you through, step by step, her relief carving techniques from layout, to bit selection, to finishing. This beginning project will help build tool control before we move on to a turned vessel, bowl or platter. Since the focus of the class will be off the lathe, you should bring several pre-turned pieces that are dried and ready to carve so you will be ready to spend your time on the techniques you will be learning.
Intermediate
Dixie Biggs lives in Gainesville, Florida, and has been a full-time studio woodturner/artisit since1989. Having a degree in agriculture from the University of Florida and a love of gardening, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme. She is best known for her meticulously- carved, “leaf wrapped” vessels. She has exhibited her work in such notable venues as del Mano Gallery, Smithsonian Craft Show, American Craft Exposition and Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide. She has demonstrated at regional and national symposiums including Australia, the Utah Woodturning Symposium and the American Association of Woodturners and taught her techniques at Arrowmont, John C. Campbell and many woodturning clubs around the country. Visit www.dixiebiggs.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $50

 

From Tree to Lathe: Focus on the Decorative Platter
Dennis Fuge
June 6-8

Learn to turn a “Decorative Platter” by first learning how to identify the most common trees in the North East and the best ways to use them. Beginning with rough logs, topics covered will include: green wood turning, grain orientation, design, proper use of tools and finishing and decorative techniques. Dennis will share his 40 years of turning experience with a focus on how to bring out the beauty in any piece of wood.
Beginner to Intermediate
Dennis Fuge is a self-taught wood turner from Mendham, NJ, who has been turning for 40 years and spent time in South Africa, Hong Kong and the USA. Dennis was President of the New Jersey Woodturners Association and has demonstrated at events up and down the east coast. He turns a wide variety of items, but his main focus is on deep hollow vessels, platters and artistic pieces. In recent years Dennis has attended the Arrowmont School of Art and spent a few days with Dave Register in the UK. A lot of his work focuses on what nature has already started and he allows the wood together with its flaws and faults to determine what the finished item will look like. Some of his work will only use wood as a canvas and he creates some very eye catching pieces using color, mixed media and carving. Many of the woods he works with are from New Jersey and are what he calls “road kill” or rescue timber. ww.timeforyou.net
Tuition: $385
Studio/Materials Fee: $65

 

 

Rack ‘em Up
Peter Harrison
June 13-17

In this class, we will design and construct beautiful wine racks out of wood and concrete. Wine racks are an interesting design challenge with plenty of room for personalization and experimentation. Cast concrete bases will be provided, which will allow for various configurations to apply wood and design a unique wine holder. We will focus on creative designs while learning machine safety and fundamentals of craftsmanship. Click here to watch a video of Peter making one of his signature wine racks.Wood is not included in the materials fee and can be purchased at the studio.
Beginner and Beyond
Designer Peter Harrison makes handmade modern furniture. His furniture features exposed polished stainless steel fasteners, concrete, metal and wood. He graduated with a BFA from the Woodworking and Furniture design program at RIT in 1996. His work has journeyed from one-of-a-kind furniture, to sculpture, to his present line of handmade limited production furniture. www.peterharrison.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $40

 

 
 

Cabinets and Built-ins: Bookcase Edition
Ken Burton
June 20-24

This is a new take on Ken's iconic cabinetmaking class. This year participants will learn cabinetmaking skills through designing and building their own bookcase. As we design our bookcases at the beginning of the class, we’ll take a look at the elements that give a cabinet a distinctive look: moldings, face frames, doors, and discuss practical considerations such as adjustable shelf systems and shelf stiffness. With our designs in hand, we’ll move on to how to make our ideas into reality. We’ll start by building the cases (the cabinet boxes that hold all the other parts) using techniques common to any type of cabinet work. Then we’ll move on to making and installing shelves, building face frames, making and hanging doors, shaping moldings, etc…all the fun stuff that changes an ordinary bookcase into something truly unique and original. By the end of the week, you’ll go home with a solid background in basic cabinetmaking skills along with a finely crafted bookcase to show off to your friends and family.
Beginner to Intermediate
Ken Burton has been working with wood professionally since 1984. He is spectacularly over-educated for a woodworker, holding an Associate of Arts degree from Bucks County Community College in Fine Woodworking, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, he has taken numerous summer classes and workshops at various craft schools around the country. Ken's Windy Ridge Woodworks is a multifaceted endeavor reflecting Ken's wide range of interests in various craft media. At the heart of the operation is the design and construction of studio furniture and custom cabinetry. This is coupled with the teaching of woodworking workshops and the writing of woodworking books and articles. During the school year, Burton is a Technology Education Teacher at Boyertown Area Senior High School. He also teaches at the Yestermorrow School in Warren, Vermont and at Peters Valley School of Craft. www.wrwoodworks.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $85

 

Build a Small Wall Cabinet
Matt Kenney
June 27-July 1

Wall cabinets are fun to make, and a great way to experiment with new materials and techniques. In this class, we'll make a small cabinet with two drawers. You'll learn how to cut dovetails for the case and drawers, how to make your own veneer, how to use a vacuum bag for veneering, and a simple, but beautiful finish that brings out the wood's natural beauty. When the class is done, you'll go home with an attractive cabinet ready to hang in your home.
Beginner and Beyond
Matt Kenney is a Senior Editor at Fine Woodworking magazine. He began to make things from wood as a child, and got serious about furniture making as a graduate student (because he couldn't afford to buy it). Before starting at the magazine, he spent most of his free time in the shop of a professional furniture maker learning the craft. And since starting at the magazine, Matt spends all of his time--free or otherwise--improving and expanding his skills. When he is not editing articles about how to make furniture, he's in his shop making custom furniture for his family and for clients.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $160

 


Shaker Oval Box Making
Eric Pintar
July 4-6

In this course, you will construct a nesting set of five Shaker oval boxes using Cherry bending stock that is carefully prepared, in Michigan, by the instructor. Learn how to carve the iconic "swallow tails" or fingers using a sharp knife. A short soak in hot water softens the wood enough to be bent into the traditional oval shape. Tiny copper tacks are then clinched on an anvil, holding the band together. Quarter-sawn boards are then carefully fitted for the top and bottom of each box and then pegged into place. The project, best described as "Elegant Simplicity," is appealing to anyone with an interest in box making and or Shaker techniques.
Beginner
Eric Pintar along with his business partner, have run The Home Shop in Michigan for over 30 years. The Home Shop specializes in the revival of Shaker oval box making and supplies quality material, tools and instruction. Eric’s work focuses on the attention to detail with a look to the past that reveals simple techniques that are useful in modern day woodworking. He enjoys passing the knowledge of traditional construction methods. www.shakerovalbox.com
Tuition: $385
Studio/Materials Fee: $60

 

Reflections
Glen Guarino
July 11-15

Instructor Glen Guarino will share techniques he uses to design and build objects of art. The focus of the workshop will stress how design, style, form and function all play a role in everything a woodworker builds. Participants will learn how to merge function and form to create a beautiful wall hung mirror frame. Everyone is urged to explore his or her creative aesthetic. You will learn how to utilize stacking techniques to create form and will use traditional machines; however considerable studio time will be devoted to the use of hand tools. You will develop skills by sharpening, adjusting, and using the many hand tools needed to create form. This hands-on experience strengthens the intuition a craftsperson brings to the material and will strengthen your artistic voice. Learn a simple sketching technique that will be used to generate design ideas. Then make a simple model of your design, as well as a full size drawing and a pattern followed by the preparation of materials to be cut, carved, refined and assembled. Each participant will make a mirror pattern that can be cut by a glass company. Glass will not be cut during the workshop. Wood is not included in the materials fee and may be brought by the student or purchased at the studio.
Beginner and Beyond
Glen Guarino's work is frequently seen in juried gallery and museum shows, and in collections of corporate and residential clients. He has been honored as a Signature Artist by Noyes Museum of Art. He is a member of the Furniture Society. His art has been published in Fine Woodworking Magazine, NJ Savvy, and Woodshop News. His work can also be found in 500 Tables and 500 Cabinets. Schiffer Books has chosen his art for Bespoke: Furniture From 101 International Artists, Studio Furniture from Today's Leading Woodworkers, Hand & Mind, and Wood Art Today 2. He has been on interviewed on radio and cable television. Guarino, a long time teacher both at the high school and university levels has loved woodworking since grade school. He holds a BA Degree in Industrial Education and Technology and a Masters of Studio Arts. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Kean University Fine Arts Department. www.guarinofurnituredesigns.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $25

 

The Fine Art of Pyrography
David Kreider
July 18-22

Pyrography or “writing with fire” is the art of decorating materials, in this case wood, with the controlled application of burn marks. The class will begin with an inspirational overview of the art of pyrography featuring unique examples of work being done in this medium and ways it has been integrated with other media. The primary focus of the class will be oriented around developing hands on skills and techniques, exploring the medium in a variety of directions devoted to projects of personal interest to the participants. The class will be characterized by demonstration, coaching, and interactive reflection by the class so as to learn and take creative inspiration from each other.
Beginner to Intermediate
David Kreider is a self-taught artist working in multiple media pyrographic art for 30 years. He has been making a living showing and selling his work at hundreds of juried art shows and festivals over those years and has become known around the world through his website and connections on social media for his signature work in pyrogravure coloree. His intercultural background in Israel-Palestine, undergraduate studies in biology and sociology, and graduate studies in religion, peacebuilding and conflict transformation have been formative in his renderings and in his appreciation for the arts as a universal language for spiritual expression, intercultural bridge-building, and social healing across the lines of our identities and worldviews. As a result of his explorations across these disciplines David has been drawn to work at the edges of engaging the arts for trauma healing, intercultural diplomacy, and peacebuilding through contemporary social media as well. These passions have been formative in his conviction that our sense of the meaning of our existence also shapes the nature and social relevance of our art. Visit www.kreiderart.com and associated links to David's Galleries of Pyrographic Arts online for more information about his art and personal journey.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $5

 

Turn Up and Have Fun
Graeme Priddle
July 25-29

This class will cover a wide range of subjects and possibilities from basic faceplate and spindle turning, to more advanced hollow forms and multi-center work. There will be an emphasis on exploring a multitude of possibilities, as opposed to finishing set projects, and on personalizing your turned objects with various carving and surface embellishment techniques. You will be able to choose from a diverse range of projects to suit all skill levels or you may wish to refine or expand on the possibilities of what you are already doing.
Beginner and Beyond
Graeme Priddle Is an internationally recognized woodturner, sculptor, demonstrator and workshop facilitator whose work is found in many public and private collections around the world. He is best known for narrative sculptural turnings that reflect the environments and passions in his life in New Zealand. He will be covering a range of topics from basic turning skills, through to more complex turning, carving and surface treatments as well as offering helpful advice on how to find your own creative identity. www.graemepriddle.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $100

 

Woodworking from the Start
John Sheridan
August 1-5

This workshop will be a great introduction to the wood studio for those that have always wanted to explore woodworking or those that want to polish up on their old skills. We will successfully explore fundamentals and new techniques by making John's Fine Woodworking sanding block sample joints, a dovetailed tool tray and the Scoot Stool. This workshop can be taken in combination with the following week’s “Furniture with Momentum” class as a great way to continue on with your skills, or as a stand alone. Beginner
John Sheridan is celebrating 40 years as a furniture maker and a lovely, new marriage to terrific therapist and fiber artist, Andrea DuFlon. In 2000 he created a furniture program for the Interior Architecture Department of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco which ended in 2010 when he started to expand the San Francisco WoodShop Program, where his own studio teaching on the weekends continues to be popular. Peters Valley provided John and his late wife, Carolyn, with a unique 16 month extended apprenticeship that he still appreciates. He also had work in the "500" series and juried one of them. John wrote many articles for Woodwork before it became an annual. 
His website has images of his work and a listing of exhibitions. www.sanfranciscowoodshop.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $100

 

Furniture with Momentum
John Sheridan
August 8-12

This second workshop with John will review the skills learned in “Woodworking from the Start” and then focus on the use of the latest Festool techniques to build tables, benches and bookcases. Students will use these skills and techniques to build a laminated stool. Traditional joinery will not be neglected. This workshop can be taken in combination with previous workshop or as a stand alone. Beginner
John Sheridan is celebrating 40 years as a furniture maker and a lovely, new marriage to terrific therapist and fiber artist, Andrea DuFlon. In 2000 he created a furniture program for the Interior Architecture Department of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco which ended in 2010 when he started to expand the San Francisco WoodShop Program, where his own studio teaching on the weekends continues to be popular. Peters Valley provided John and his late wife, Carolyn, with a unique 16 month extended apprenticeship that he still appreciates. He also had work in the "500" series and juried one of them. John wrote many articles for Woodwork before it became an annual. His website has images of his work and a listing of exhibitions. www.sanfranciscowoodshop.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $100

 

Japanese Woodworking
Yann Giguere
August 15-19

A finely tuned Japanese hand plane can produce gauze-thin shavings and leave a glass-smooth finish without sanding, oil or varnish. This class will cover setup and use of the Japanese plane, sharpening for chisels and plane blades, and use of the Japanese pull saw. These skills will be practiced and applied as each student builds a beautiful tea tray that celebrates the artistry inherent in the wood's texture and grain. Basic joinery and Japanese layout techniques will be used. The focus of the class will be on developing skills with Japanese hand tools. Complexity of trays will be tailored for each student skills. In keeping with Peters Valley Tea themed course this week; students will create a tray that is in keeping with the subtle elegance and appreciation of tea culture. Students will be provided with a suggested list of tools that must be acquired for this workshop. W
ood is not included in the materials fee can be purchased at the studio.
Beginner and Beyond
Yann Giguere lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He has been working wood with Japanese hand tools since 1991 after completing three years of training in western cabinet & furniture making. He has designed and built a Japanese timber frame structure in New England, a 2 1/2 year project. Yann underwent a nine year Japanese carpentry and woodworking apprenticeship in Seattle Washington under the mentorship of Dale Brotherton head of TAKUMI co. In 2009 he established Mokuchi a woodworking studio specializing in fine custom woodworking in the Japanese tradition. He has works at the Troika gallery in Floyd VA. www.mokuchiwoodworking.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $20
 

 

Creating a Timber Frame Structure
T. Michael Moore
August 15-19

Come learn about the historical and contemporary techniques of timber framed construction. This class will teach you the ways in which timber framing evolved and how you can learn to build beautiful wood structures. Participants will work along side a professional timber framing crew to make sample joinery (theirs to take with them, if desired). Then we will move on to the actual joinery of a frame. The goal is for you to get a thorough understanding of how and why to timber frame. Topics covered will include joinery decisions, sequencing, layout, cutting, chisel work and raising strategies. This year's project will be a timber framed "Tea House". We will create an indigenous structure utilizing native wood species designed to stand alone in an open air setting. The design and joinery of the "T-Tea House" will be created during the May 17-18 workshop "Designing a Timber Frame Structure". Participants should have basic woodworking skills.
Advanced Beginner and Beyond
In 1975 a wood technologist is hatched from the University of New Hampshire...fast forward nearly 40 years. Behold a "silverback" with a tattoo of "wood" on his forehead. Mike Moore has been in the building industry for...ever. For the last 20 years his sole concentration has been the timber frame industry and as a lifetime member of the Timber Framer Guild of America, he has been working with clients throughout the United States. As the owner and managing member of Wood Structures LLC based in Branchville, NJ, Mike continues to attempt to solve problems before they arrive...with proper design and forethought. Mike and his crew, along with students and volunteers, designed and built the dining pavilion on the Peters Valley campus.
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $50

 

The Bandsaw: A Maker’s Tool
James McNabb
August 22-26

The bandsaw is one of the most underestimated machines in most wood shops. This class will explore a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods of using the bandsaw in the development of several small projects. Students will learn how to safely and confidently use this machine to generate a variety of forms and apply beautiful surface textures. We will discuss how bandsaws work, and how to properly care and maintain them to ensure optimum performance. Workshop participants will produce a band saw box, a decorative spoon/utensil and a variety of experimental bandsaw cut objects and ornaments.
Beginner and Beyond
James McNabb is the owner and maker at McNabb & Co. Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He holds an MFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a BFA from Rochester Institute of Technology. His most recent work, 'The City Series' is a collection of cityscape inspired wood sculptures. Each piece is intuitively cut using a band saw from a variety of reclaimed woods. The collection has been widely featured on web and print publications including American Craft, Fine Woodworking, and The New Yorker Magazinewww.mcnabbstudio.com
Tuition: $550
Studio/Materials Fee: $65

 

Intermediate Woodturning
Steven Antonucci
August 30-Sept. 1

Are you looking to tackle some more challenging woodturning topics? Have you considered coring bowls or making tools? Do you feel ready for the next challenge? Over the course of the three days, participants will have the opportunity to learn to make turning tools from steel supplied as part of the work shop as well as learn to use a bowl coring rig to make nested bowls. Students will make their own hollowing tools and cut their first hollow vessel. If you've ever felt uncomfortable trying these topics, please join us as we'll tackle them in a very easy to understand manner. Students should be comfortable with turning a tool handle and a bowl on their own, and should expect to leave with a nested set of bowls, a hollowing tool, and their first hollow vessel.
Intermediate
Steven has been an instructor for Peters Valley in the past, teaching beginning turners the skills they need to become proficient at woodturning. His passion for creating turned wooden objects inspires his students to jump into the all-encompassing void that is woodturning. An engineer and technologist at heart, Steven's attention to technical details are notable. It is not uncommon to find Steven wandering Peters Valley's other studios looking for new ideas. Steven's work has received national attention in AAW Symposiums. He exhibits at the Sally D. Francisco Gallery at Peters Valley.
Tuition: $385
Studio/Materials Fee: $65

 

Introduction to Hand Rubbed Finishes
Brenda Hall
September 6-7

Come and learn the beauty of hand rubbed finishes and the use of dye stains to achieve exquisite surfaces on wood. Brenda Hall will also demonstrate the use of Milk paints and eco friendly finishes. She will provide materials to show the entire process of mixing dye stains and Milk paints, hand rubbing and waxing and samples of wood to work with. You are also encouraged to bring a small piece if desired to start finishing.
Beginner and Beyond
Brenda Hall has been a professional woodworker and finisher for over 23 years. She currently works for Duc Duc LLC in Torrington, CT. Brenda also has her studio and showroom in Winsted, CT. She has been featured in articles in Curve and GO magazines, and her work has been in various newspapers. www.facebook.com/BHwooddesign
Tuition: $300
Studio/Materials Fee: $100

 

  
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Special Needs: Peters Valley is committed to being accessible to all of our students. However, the terrain at the Valley is natural and some of the historic buildings are only partially accessible. Paths and driveways are not paved. If you need special assistance, please indicate your needs with your workshop application. At least two weeks notice must be given when requesting special assistance so that we have time to accommodate your needs.