Carving Fundamentals

Most woodworkers are mystified by carving. In this two day course, you’ll learn the basic techniques common to nearly all woodcarving. You’ll learn how to sharpen and care for your carving tools. You’ll learn how to layout and carve simple concave and convex shells and fans.

 

Students will need to supply their own safety glasses, hearing protection and dust mask or respirator. Students will also need to supply their own bench chisels as well as a #15 v-parting tool (6mm or smaller) and two #8 gouges (one 7mm and one 10mm). If you have more carving tools, bring them along as they will most likely be helpful.

 

Dates for this class:

  • April 27 & 28, 3013

 

The class size is limited to 6 students.

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

 

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 

All materials are supplied by us for this course.

 

Use drop down list to choose desired date.

 

$375.00 - Carving Fundamentals

 

 

 

 

 

Straight legged footstool

Although this footstool has simple lines, it can still challenge your woodworking skills. With its slip seat and “H” stretcher, it’ll help advance your woodworking skills.

 

Some of the skills learned in this class are:

  • Proper milling of material
  • Mortise and tenon joinery
  • Making and fitting a slip seat

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane or jack plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule. If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic. We have plenty of tools for your use in class.

 

Course Dates:

  • May 17 – 19, 2013

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

Lumber for this project (Tiger maple carries a surcharge) is included in the price of the class. Fabric and upholstery are not.

This course is limited in size to a maximum of 6 students.

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

Price: $575.00 Sold out!

 

 

 

 

 

Dovetail Blitz

Get ready to dovetail! This two day class is designed to really get you dovetailing. You’ll cut more dovetails in two days than you have probably cut in you life. All with the intent to tune up your technique and speed up the process. The goals are simple: fix your sawing and waste removal techniques; give you some powerful time and labor saving tips; get you cutting consistently good dovetails every time right out of the box.

 

We’ll focus on through and half blind dovetails. This will give you the edge you need when it comes to case and drawer construction. Whether you’re a pins first or tails first person, this class will help you cut better dovetails.

 

Some of the skills covered in this class are:

  • Through dovetails
  • Half blind dovetails
  • Improved sawing technique
  • Improved waste removal techniques

This course will take place on Saturday June 15 and Sunday June 16, 2013.

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane or jack plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule. If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic. We have plenty of tools for your use in class.

This course is limited in size to a maximum of 6 students.

If this course sells out, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

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Intermediate carving

You’ve worked your way through two dimensional carving but don’t know where to go next? This two day class will help you expand your carving skills into the realm of the third dimension.

 

Take the next step to bring your carving to a new level. You’ll explore the world of carved furniture elements. Cabriole legs and applied three dimensional carving will help you expand your carving skills.

 

 

Some of the skills explored in this class are:

  • design and layout of cabriole legs
  • three dimensional applied carvings
  • three dimensional relief carving
  • trifid feet

 

Students will need to supply their own safety glasses, hearing protection and dust mask or respirator. Students will also need to supply their own bench chisels as well as a #15 v-parting tool (6mm or smaller) and two #8 gouges (one 7mm and one 10mm). If you have more carving tools, bring them along as they will most likely be helpful.

 

This class will take place on June 29 & 30, 2013

 

The class size is limited to 6 students.

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

 

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 

All materials are supplied by us for this course.

Price: $395.00 Sold out!

 

 

 

 

Turning Fundamentals

If you’ve made more straight and tapered legs than you care to recall, it’s time to introduce a new skill to your repertoire, turning.

 

In this two day class you’ll explore spindle turning on the wood lathe. You’ll learn how to produce turned legs and other furniture elements to help expand your woodworking.

 

 

Some of the skill learned in this class are:

  • Use, care and sharpening of turning tools
  • How to duplicate parts by hand
  • How to get a ready for finish surface right off the lathe

 

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane or jack plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule. If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic. We have plenty of tools for your use in class.

 

Course Dates:

  • August 24 & 25, 2013

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

This course is limited in size to a maximum of 6 students.

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

Price: $375.00

 

 

 

 

 

Inlaid bowl with Geoffrey Noden

nodenlogoThis stands to be one of the most fun classes of the year. You’ve probably heard about the Noden Inlay Razor (if not, you just haven’t been paying attention) which is revolutionizing inlay. Here’s your chance to try one out, or learn how to use yours if you’ve already got one, directly from the master himself. Geoffrey is not only a master with this innovative tool, he invented it.

 

Each student will inlay a wall clock and a picture frame using the Noden Inlay Razor. If you’ve already got one, bring it along and learn how to use it to its fullest potential. If you don’t have one, Geoffrey will be bringing Razors for everyone to try.

 

Materials for this class are included in the class fee. You may use your own lumber but it must be shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

 

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane or jack plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule.

 

Course dates:

·       September 14 & 15

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am. A coldcut lunch and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

 

Some of the skills you will learn in this class:

·      Setting up and using the Inlay Razor

·      How to customize your pieces with inlay

·      How to create a nearly endless variety of inlay using the Noden Inlay Razor

 

This course is limited to 6 students.

 

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

$375.00 - Noden inlaid bowl

Molding planes with Matt Bickford

Stop making compromises with your router. Stop getting “close enough”. Learn how to use some of the most abundant moulding planes of the past to get the exact edge you are after. Hollows and rounds do not make specific profiles. They make specific arcs. Learn to transform these few arcs into scores of various profiles. From layout to execution, this weekend class will focus on creating various mouldings with these extraordinarily versatile planes.

 

The class will start off with maintaining the cutting edge, then move to laying out and ultimately sticking (planing) several mouldings that will range from simple coves and ovolos through ogees, cymas and various combinations. The class will focus on hollows and rounds sized 6 and 10 along with an unfenced rabbet plane. Students will have the opportunity to bring their own performing planes or they can use newly made planes by M. S. Bickford, planemaker. Students will also have the opportunity to use a larger range of planes.

Each student will leave with a picture frame (or several) and the ability to transfer mouldings he or she sees in person or print into wood and onto their project. Students will also have the option to bring in a complex profile and stock for a piece on which they are currently working but cannot yet execute.

 

A third, optional day is now offered in which the class will delve further into these seemingly mysterious planes with the instruction of Master Cabinetmaker and Carver Charles Bender, learn to carve complex embellishments such as egg and dart upon the mouldings they have already created. 

 

The third day is strictly optional for those who wish to expand on the learning of the first two days of the class. The third day may only be purchased in addition to the two day class. All other registrations for the third day will be cancelled. Matt Bickford may be present for this 3rd day of class dependent upon scheduling.


 

Sign up today – this is a great opportunity to learn the use of these extremely versatile planes- and learn a little about how they are made. At the end of the weekend Matt will make available for sale some of the actual planes you will be using.

 

Course dates:

 

 

·       October 12 & 13, 2013 with an optional third day on October 14, 2013

 

 

 

The class size is limited to 6 students.

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9 am. A coldcut lunch and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

 

All materials are supplied by us for this course.

 

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 

Use the first drop down list to choose desired class session. If you’d like to stay for the third day, please use the additional drop down list to choose the appropriate third day.

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Veneer and Inlay

This two day class covers the basics of veneering and inlay. Highly figured veneer and contrasting inlay can add dimension, depth and decoration for your pieces. Most woodworkers don’t know where to begin with veneer and inlay but this class will help get you started.

 

The techniques are simple to grasp and the results can be dramatic. If you are looking to step up your woodworking skills to the next level, this is the class for you.

 

Some of the skills you will learn in this class are:

  • Hammer veneering
  • Bookmatching and slip matching veneers for dramatic effects
  • How to make edge banding
  • Sand shading

You’ll also make a veneer hammer and inlay tool to take home.

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane or jack plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule. If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic. We have plenty of tools for your use in class.

 

Course Dates:

  • October 26 & 27, 2013

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

This course is limited in size to a maximum of 6 students.

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 

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Pennsylvania Painted Wall Cupboard

Courtesy of H.L.Chalfant

This project is perfect for someone looking to learn some basic case and door construction.

 

You’ll get a chance to work on your dovetailing skills while constructing the case. Keeping the case and face frame square can be a challenge but we’ll show you methods that will make it simple.

 

Whether you’ve never made a door or if you’ve made and hung hundreds, this class will help you get it right the first time and every time.

We will be finishing the cupboards in class. You’ll learn how to do some basic paint decoration on your cabinet.

 

Some of the skills learned in this class are:

  • Case construction for pieces that will receive plenty of use
  • Door construction
  • How to hang a door
  • Basic paint decoration

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane or jack plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule. If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic. We have plenty of tools for your use in class.

 

Course Dates:

  • November 4 – 8, 2013

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

This course is limited in size to a maximum of 6 students.

Materials are included in the price of this class. Hardware is not included.

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

To pay for this class in full, click the button below.

Price: $995.00

 

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To register for this class by paying a deposit (you will be billed the balance 60 days prior to the class,  net due 30 days) use this button.

Price: $300.00

 

Make a pair of hollows and rounds with Matt Bickford

IMG_0930Exclusively at Acanthus Workshop!

 

The Acanthus Workshop is the only place in the country offering this week long class with Matt Bickford. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity.

 

Stop making compromises with your router. Stop getting “close enough”. Learn how to make and use traditional molding planes. Hollows and rounds do not make specific profiles. They make specific arcs. Learn to transform these few arcs into scores of various profiles. From layout to execution, this week long class will focus on making a pair of hollows and rounds then creating various mouldings with these extraordinarily versatile planes.

 

The class will start off with stock selection, preparing the plane body blank, shaping the body and mortising the escapement, shaping the iron, maintaining the cutting edge, then move to laying out and ultimately sticking (planing) several mouldings that will range from simple coves and ovolos through ogees, cymas and various combinations.  When the planes are put to use, the class will focus on hollows and rounds sized 6 and 10 along with an unfenced rabbet plane.  Students will also have the opportunity to use a larger range of planes.

 

Each student will leave with a picture frame (or several) and the ability to transfer mouldings he or she sees in person or print into wood and onto their project. Students will also have the option to bring in a complex profile and stock for a piece on which they are currently working but cannot yet execute.

 

Each student must supply his, or her, own: safety glasses and hearing protection; combination or machinist square; bevel gauge; bench chisels; carvers mallet; crosscut dovetail saw; marking gauge; smooth plane; block plane; and tape measure or folding rule. If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic. We have plenty of tools for your use in class.

 

The information covered in this class is proprietary and copyrighted. Each student will be required to sign an agreement of acknowledgment of copyright.

 

Sign up today – this is a great opportunity to learn to make and use  these extremely versatile planes.

 

Course dates: 

·       November 18 through 22, 2013

 

 

The class size is strictly limited to 6 students.

 

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9 am. A coldcut lunch and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

 

All materials, including plane irons, are supplied by us for this course.

 

If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.

 

To register for the class paying in full, use the button below. 

Price: $1,325.00 Sold out!

 

To register for this class by paying a deposit (you will be billed the balance 60 days prior to the class,  net due 30 days) use this button.

Price: $300.00 Sold out!