Rosewood Studio School of Fine Woodworking; Tools, Courses, Workshops and Instruction

The Craftsmanship Series

         Our Craftsmanship Series was developed to provide flexibility and a logical approach to achieving an accomplished level of furniture making skills. Each workshop is designed to advance the student’s skills in a useful progression, expanding on the material covered in the previous workshops in the series. We strive to make the programs both achievable and challenging, maintaining enough flexibility for students of various skill levels.
   Our Craftsmanship series includes courses like Excellence With Hand Tools, Mastering Machinery,  Joinery For Furniture MakersBuild a Shaker NightstandDrawer Making and Fitting, Build a Small Cabinet, Studio Veneering Techniques, Bow Front Cabinet, and Curves and Bends.These are skills development workshops, frequently run consecutively so that students can take more than one workshop during a visit to Rosewood. Where possible, these courses have been developed to allow students to build a small piece of furniture as they learn, though the emphasis of the classes is in learning the presented skills, rather than completing a project.
   Our 6-Week Craftsman Program is ideal for those who can arrange a continuous 6 week period of intensive study, providing a thorough introduction to the techniques used in solid wood furniture making. In addition to the skill building exercises in this program, students have the opportunity to build a small Shaker inspired table with a drawer. They enjoy the advantage of an uninterrupted stretch of time in which to immerse themselves in their work, with a degree of continuity not available when individual courses of the series are separated by time.

 The 12-Week Craftsman Program starts with the same curriculum as our six week program, then continues as students learn and apply more advanced techniques as they build several more small pieces of furniture. Along the way, we delve into more complex forms of joinery, the application of commercial veneers, finishing and a look at professional practices and the details of setting up a working shop.

 A Note Regarding Pre-requisites: The content of Excellence With Hand Tools and Mastering Machinery is fundamental to most of our week long programs. Students wishing to attend courses without the recommended pre-requisite classes may be permitted to do so, but with the understanding that they are assumed to already posses the knowledge and skills taught in those programs, and that the progress of the class cannot be altered to cover material from those courses. We’re sure you appreciate our position on this, and thank you for your understanding.


    Additional Courses

April 24/17
Five Ways to Form Wood with Michael Fortune

 The ability to bend wood to exact shapes opens up an incredible range of exciting possibilities for woodworkers.  Chair parts, table aprons, cabinet doors, sports equipment, musical instruments and sculptures can be made with precisely bent curved components.

May 1/17
Chair Making & Design with Garrett Hack

  Chairs are enough of a challenge that many woodworkers avoid building them. So let's be honest, a week class isn’t long enough for each student to complete a chair, at least not one you would be happy with. But we can explore all of the aspects of making chairs -- from comfort to joinery -- and I'll demonstrate it all by building a chair I'll bring partially started.

May 29/17
& August 21/17
The Basics of Fine Woodworking

  This summer, in an attempt to lure people away from the cottage and the golf course and into a woodworking class, we are offering a specially priced two week course consisting of our Excellence With Hand Tools and Mastering Machinery Classes. Combined, you might think of them as “The Basics of Fine Woodworking”.

Nov 27/17
Exquisite Boxes with Adrian Ferrazzutti

 During this 6 day course students will be exposed to a whirlwind of techniques involved in the building of a small decorative veneered box. The overall construction details will be the same for all students, with wood choices and dimensions being left up to the individual, though it is highly recommended that the dimensions not exceed 5”x10”x10”. Based on a style of box that Adrian Ferrazzutti has developed to be relatively simple to make, each student will learn exacting skills both at machines and the workbench. All this, and just in time for Christmas gift giving!


          If you have any questions regarding our workshops, please call us toll free at 1-866-704-7778.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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