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Rosewood Studio Newsletter October 2012

    We know that I’ve gone too long without sending out a newsletter when we start to get people re-submitting their email addresses multiple times to subscribe, assuming that they haven’t received one because their request hasn’t made it to us. In truth, the problem lies with me. It astounds me that people can blog, sometimes multiple times in one day, while I have trouble getting a newsletter out every few months. I could use the defense that I don’t want people to feel they are being “spammed”, but everyone would know that I was just making excuses, wouldn’t they? 
     Since our last newsletter, we’ve once again enjoyed having Garrett Hack here to teach his Decorative Details class. The focus was on the details that can really make your work stand apart with a small additional investment in time and materials. If you missed it, keep reading for details on a weekend version of the class you might be interested in coming up in the spring of 2013.

  Adrian Ferrazzutti
  This week we have guest Adrian Ferrazzutti with us to teach Studio Veneering. As of this writing, we still have a couple of spaces left in Adrian’s Exquisite Box class, running November 26-30, 2012. Coming just before Christmas, this class is a perennial favourite, not only for the techniques you will learn, but also for the awesome gift you will create to put under the tree for somebody special. Give us a call and we’ll help you make someone very happy this Christmas.
We started September with a full house for the first week of our fall
             Twelve Week program and Excellence With Hand Tools.                                  
    We’ve recently posted our course calendar for 2013. While there are still some details to work out, our schedule is for the most part there. We hope you will look it over and find something that interests you. If you have any questions or suggestions, we look forward to hearing from you.

Michael Fortune
  Imagine being able to have a world-renowned furniture designer, maker and instructor guide you through the design and construction of a unique and original table of your own. How cool would that be? Build a Cool Table with Michael Fortune will run April 8th to 12th, and this is your opportunity to do just that. Call Mary Anne to book one of the eight spaces available for yourself.
    Christopher Schwarz
  Christopher Schwarz’s work is probably familiar to most of you, whether as editor at Popular Woodworking and Woodworking magazines, his books (including The Anarchist’s Tool Chest, Handplane Essentials, Workbenches: From Design And Theory To Construction And Use and The Workbench Design Book) or from his publishing company and blog at Lost Art Press.

  For a long time now we have been getting requests to bring “The Schwarz” to Canada We are pleased to tell you that Christopher will be joining us for the first time here at Rosewood as he leads folks through the building of their very own “Anarchist’s Tool Chest” running April 15th to 19th, 2013. On the following Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st he will teach a hand tool intensive Build a Shaker Wall Cabinet ”, based on a small cabinet from the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts. Check your calendar and let us know if you can join us.
Garrett Hack
  Another world-class furniture maker, teacher and author, Garrett Hack has shared his skills and techniques all around the planet. He has just returned from Germany and Italy, and will be coming back to Canada to offer two classes at Rosewood in May –Tables Without Reservations from May 13th to 17th, and a weekend Decorative Details class on May 18th and 19th. This will be Garrett’s eleventh year teaching here at Rosewood, and we are delighted to have him return. Come for a class with Garrett, and you will understand why we keep asking him back.

Rosewood on Facebook?
   When people around here describe me as a Luddite, they are referring (I think) to my lack of enthusiasm for cell phones, social media or any form of communication that might be referred to as “cutting edge”. I’ve just barely gotten used to answering e-mails, let alone embracing text-messaging, SEO, blogging or tweeting.
    That having been said, we have taken to the slippery slope with our very own Rosewood Studio Facebook page. Please look upon it as a work in progress as we figure out how to use it and more importantly, how we can use it to better serve you. We hope to start by posting the “history” of the school on our timeline, along with some photos taken over the years. From there we’ll look at adding current photos and announcements of what’s going on around the school. Let us know your thoughts, and with any luck we can create something you will be able to “Like” on Facebook

   Check out the October/November 2012 issue of Canadian Woodworking. It was nice to see photos taken here at the school, starting with a photo of Katie Barnstaple working on her round table on the Contents page, tables by Roch Laviolette and Roberto Telo Seto in the gallery section, and a shot of our benchroom and another of Peter Coolican gluing up laminations for his chair in the article on Canadian schools. They all assure me that the fame hasn’t gone to their heads.


   Speaking of fame, if you have taken classes at the school and have a website featuring your work, we hope you will pass it on to us, and we’ll be happy to add a link from our site to yours. And of course if you would be so good as to add a link back to our site, we will be doubly happy!


   I love Chinese proverbs. There seems to be an applicable example to support just about any position you might wish to maintain. For example, for years I've justified the unfinished state of my house with the one that states "House finished, life over". Not wanting my stay in this mortal realm cut short by any hasty action, my home remains in a state of incompleteness to this day.

   In closing, I'd like to leave you with this ancient Chinese morsel of wisdom, one that we firmly believe and apply to how we do things here at Rosewood.

                                                     When you hear something, you will forget it.
                                                     When you see something, you will remember it.
                                                     But not until you do something will you understand it.

Enjoy the doing,



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Posted 2012-10-25 | Last Modified 2016-03-03 07:52:51