Monday, May 22, 2017

The Galbert School of Craft




That's right, the time has come, I am beginning to scout out locations and facilities in southern Maine for a school. After a couple of years of transition and quiet following my move and book release, I am ready to put together a school dedicated to teaching small groups of people chair making and also roping in some of my most gifted friends to share their talent and energy as well.  My goal is to keep things intimate and relaxed, just a great place, in a great place to do what we all love.
I welcome any input and advice as I enter this endeavor as well as any tips from folks who know the area that I'm considering. I want to be within a couple hours of Boston (I still have my roots there) and also close enough to some great towns and sights that can be a part of the experience. I've learned a lot from my friend Kelly Mehler and the good folks at The Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Highland Woodworking about how to create an environment that puts the craft and the students first and I look forward to seeing you there!
I will be posting progress reports as things develop and a schedule at the earliest possible date. I hope to start in the spring of 2018 and offer classes through the fall.

I just got back from a great trip to Iowa for the third Handworks, and I assume, like many of the exhibitors, I've spent most of the day asleep on the floor with my dogs. I find that following their nap rhythm is the only plan that makes sense after such and active and exciting few days.

Here I am in the Greenwood barn, where all us rugged outdoorsy types showed our wares in the rain and cold! I'm "rugged", but apparently not so much so that I would drive out...I flew, so here is the chair in progress that I disassembled and packed in a box.
 This chair is fast becoming one of my favorites, lots of design choices and influences feel like they are starting to gel. Plus it's a ball to build, but more on this one later once I can show the finished piece.

Here are some of Claire Minihan's travishers in exotics Australian woods. Claire has achieved so much with this tool and while I gave her a nudge in the beginning, this baby is all hers now. I have a knack for inserting myself in the picture with people that are already on their way to great things.

 
Here is a beautiful Japanese shavehorse that Russ Filbeck brought by to show me, it had a surprisingly powerful grip!
Well that's it for today, I have other business to attend

9 comments:

John Scott said...

Wow that's great news Pete! I'll be an early enrollee! Great choice for a venue!

imaginer99 said...

That will be an exciting time! Welcome to Maine, from downeast.

R Francis said...

and from the midcoast.
Don't go too far south and If I can help let me know
Very exciting news

Grzegorz Sajko said...

wow, thanks for posting this japanese shavehorse. I was looking at Koutarou Ohkubo instagram feed, and couln't graps, how his shavehorse works. I mean, I got that you push it down, but didn't understood it fully. Here is his shavehorse, he shaves with japanese spokeshave his utensils:
https://www.instagram.com/p/BJfUx23gjAO/

Grzegorz Sajko said...

Also loving the chair. I'm in process of making rocker from article in fine woodworking, and I think I'll ditch the crest and go with this design. I really like those asymmetrical cuts in back posts.

Bill Palmer said...

Ogunquit area is nice Pete. Use to spend summers there. There's nothing like hanging with the pups, the smell of earthen puppy paws always make me sleepy. I'm so glad to hear about your new project. Bill

Jeremy said...

Glad this is public. Now I don't have to keep any secrets... From my perspective as a student, one of the things I'd be most concerned about is, affordable lodging or (Air BnB) and ease of access to/from an airport.

Frank Strazza said...

HI Peter, It was great visiting you at Handworks. I look forward to your school, best of luck as you progress with it. Please reach out to me if I can be of any help.

Mitch Wilson said...

Peter-have you any insight as to Kelly Mehler's status? His school's website hasn't been updated in over two years and I have been unable to find any thing about him during this time. Is he well? Has he retired? I have a lot of admiration for him.