Just Joinery

Mason McBrien
June 10-14


Participants get hands-on experience at cutting a full range of essential woodworking joints with power tools and hand tools. Mason provides instruction in choosing the right joint for the job, while teaching precise and safe construction methods for joinery typically found in casework. These include mortise and tenons, mitered joints, housed joints, finger joints, dovetails, and sliding dovetails. 

Students work with routers, biscuit jointers, Dominos, band saws, table saws, slot mortisers, and hollow chisel mortisers, as well as with hand saws and chisels. They leave with confidence in their ability to wed two sticks together so they stay married. This is an excellent class for students who want to build on the skills they learned in Basic Woodworking.

Mason McBrien has combined the roles of instructor and facilities manager at the Center since 2011, while still finding time to accept commissions for furniture and wood turning. After years of self-employment building custom furniture, museum installations, and historic garden architecture in New Hampshire, Mason enrolled in the Center’s 2007-2008 Nine-month Comprehensive and subsequently was awarded a Fellowship. His work is represented in collections in more than ten countries on six continents and has been published in Fine Woodworking and in Lark Books’ 500 Tables (2009) and 500 Cabinets (2010).

Open to all.


Tuition: $810


 McBrien 2017 dovetails with mallet and saw

McBrien Salvaged Mahogany Table by Mason McBrien, mahogany (63"x12"x33"), 2012