Monday, January 5, 2015

Getting a Jump on 2015

I hope that you had a great holiday season and are as ready as I am to embrace a new year. I am sending off the last of my images for the book tomorrow and Chris and Linda at Lost Art Press are working hard on getting it all put together. I'm thrilled to see it all coming together and look forward to starting this year with such a big project off my roster.

With that in mind, here is my teaching schedule as it stands now. There won't be a lot of classes for me this year, frankly, I feel like I've kinda earned a break. But, I am excited for the classes that I am teaching so here are the details. You can contact me at or 978-563-1425 to register or if you have any questions.

Early March (exact date to be set)
Balloon Back side chair

3 student class one opening remains) taught at my shop in Sterling
6 day class, tuition $1400
Don't be fooled by the simple looking side chair, it has plenty to challenge new and even seasoned makers looking to raise their skill level. I have taught this class a number of times recently and am convinced that the students learn more, make a better chair and have more fun doing it rather than tackling an armchair. For a 6 day class, armchairs are alright, but the extra time producing twice as many spindles eats into the time for indepth instruction and skill building
All classes that I host require a $250 deposit to hold the spot. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions about the classes.

April 20th in Greenville, SC at the shop of Caleb James
Fan Back Side Chair
6 students/ 6 day class, tuition $1300
I'm very excited to team up with Caleb who will be hosting this class and hopefully many others in the future. I will be teaching the class with the help of Charlie Ryland who has been helping me in the shop and teaching with me for the last year.

May 4th in Greenville, SC at the shop of Caleb James
Balloon Back Side Chair
6 students/ 6 day class, tuition $1300 (two openings remain)

I will be back at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking June 15th for a class building the Balloon Back side chair. You can find more info on their website.

I will also be teaching more in house classes at the North Bennet Street School, The Sapfm in Ohio and a series of classes down under in Australia. I might schedule more as the year marches on, but as I said, a little breathing room, and chairmaking/ blogging time seems like just the thing for 2015!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Spoons for Hunger is Back!

I was out working on a maple tree yesterday and saw so many lovely spoon blanks in it that I thought it was about time to start up the Spoons for Hunger project again.
 For those who don't know, here's how it works. I use my nervous energy to make spoons and then I put them up on the blog for sale and if you are interested, you can email me.
 I put the names in a hat after a couple of days and pick a winner. Then you get a spoon and I sent the proceeds to aid hunger relief. I'm looking forward to a long winter by the fire kicking out spoons!

 This monster cherry ladle is $210. I have more to come that are smaller and a bit less expensive, so stay tuned. Thanks for joining in and please let me know if you have a favorite hunger relief organization.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Have coffee with me

This weekend, PBS will be airing the episode of Rough Cut that I made last spring here in Sterling. Tommy and the crew did a great job and worked hard to represent the craft of chairmaking. For some, it will air on Saturday morning, so coffee up, sit back and lemme know what you think. And rest assured, even if you don't like it, my Mother will love it.

Here are a couple more teasers for the upcoming book. I am just a few days from finishing all the drawings and am finally getting the hang of it (of course). The designer is working up some samples and it should be firmly in her hands in a week or two.
 Spending 3 days drawing drill bits can make one feel a bit odd.
 There are some images, such as the variety of leg styles, where surface quality calls for a slightly more rendered appearance.