Weekend Community Classes are designed for people who cannot schedule the full-time attendance required for our Workshops and other programs. Community Classes provide the same outstanding instructors and facilities in a more accessible time format. Classes are held Saturday and Sunday 9-5.
See course descriptions for materials and tool information.
Mark Juliana & Mason McBrien
February 8 & 9
This class covers accurate set up and maintenance of the woodworker’s most common machines. Instruction includes replacement and setting of jointer and planer knives; installation and tuning of band saw blades; and safe set up of table saws. Students work side by side with our facilities managers on each machine.
Introduction to Ornamental Carving
February 8 & 9
This class introduces the fundamental tools and techniques used for a wide variety of ornamental carving styles. Through demonstration and hands-on exercises, Valdemar teaches the safe and effective use of carving chisels and gouges, sharpening, wood selection, design, and layout. During the class, students practice several different ornamental elements. This class provides a foundation from which students can continue to pursue their individual interests in carving.
April 5 & 6
This introduction to spray finishing covers selection of equipment, safe practices, cleanup procedures, and techniques for applying stains, solid colors, and beautiful clear finishes with a spray gun. Greg also introduces touch-up techniques, as well as methods for rubbing out a final finish. Participants use both water-based and solvent-based products. Students who already own spray equipment are welcome to bring it in for evaluation and practice.
Sculptural Wood Carving
April 12 & 13
This course introduces tools, skills, and thought processes for sculpting in wood. Working with chisels, gouges, rasps, and files, students learn to visualize and carve in three dimensions in order to achieve a sculpture in the round. Participants practice on small blocks to explore the interaction of tools and material, before creating more formal representational carvings in pine. Through discussion and demonstration, Steve addresses topics such as tool sharpening, composition, shape, and volume.
It's Your Turn
April 26 & 27
This intermediate-level course is for students who want to expand their current knowledge of turning and advance their creative skills. Stephen’s instruction covers spindle and faceplate turning, and the floor is open to questions relating to students’ specific interests. Participants may bring work in progress or embark upon new projects. The course is a great follow up to any of our introductory courses, and an excellent refresher for those who have been away from the lathe for a while.
Introduction to Marquetry
May 3 & 4
This class introduces participants to the fundamental tools and techniques of marquetry. Jim leads students through the step-by-step process of creating images and decorative patterns out of wood veneer. He teaches the traditional double-bevel sawing method. Working with both fret saws and scroll saws, participants create small panels with floral designs.
Community Woodturning Classes are open to anyone who is 16 years of age or older.
Registration and Payment Information:
Please call our office at 207-594-5611 to check availability and to register for the class.
- Community Class tuition ($295) is payable in full at the time of registration.
- If you withdraw from a community class more than seven days in advance, we will refund your tuition less a $35 cancellation fee.
- No refund will be given for withdrawal within seven days of a Community Class.
- We accept personal checks, Visa or MasterCard.
- In the event that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship must cancel a class, we will promptly refund the full tuition amount.