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Rosewood Studio Newsletter March 2016

    As another winter draws to a close, Adrian Ferrazzutti has joined us for the week as students delve into the intricacies of pattern matched veneer work. This week’s efforts will culminate in the radially matched top for their round occasional table. It’s hard to believe that by Friday there will only be two weeks left to wrap it all up. As usual, the time has flown by. But this in itself is a good thing. You can’t help but feel you are on the right path when you are so immersed in what you are doing that you loose track of time. Kind of the opposite of watching the clock. Our next 12 Week Craftsmanship Program, starting September 6, 2016, has a couple spaces available and we have started registrations into our January 2017 session. If you are considering attending, don’t forget to take advantage of the free Veritas hand plane we offer for booking early!

Garrett Hack

        After our first 12 Week Program of the year wraps up, we will be starting into our spring guest instructor classes. Though federal government requirements continue to make it more and more challenging for us to bring in guest instructors from outside of Canada, we are pleased to once again have Garrett Hack coming up from Thetford Center, Vermont. Garrett will be doing a new class this year, leading students through the construction of a Coopered Corner Cabinet. We have never done one as a class project before, and are looking forward to another fun week with a generous and talented craftsman.

Paul Andrews

    Paul Andrews will arrive the following week for his Build a Danish Stool class. This is a great project and in last years class, each student completed an elegant piece of furniture in addition to the techniques they learned along the way. We are looking forward to Paul’s return, and would be delighted to have you join us for this six-day class the week of April 25 - 30, 2016.  

Vic Tesolin

       Congratulations are in order for Rosewood alumnus Vic Tesolin, who recently published his first book, The Minimalist Woodworker. Vic’s book guides readers with the premise that you don’t need a workshop full of machinery nor a lot of space to enjoy woodworking. We are pleased to have Vic return for the week of May 2 - 6, 2016 for his Build a Japanese Style Box class. In true minimalist fashion, the project will be created entirely with hand tools, giving participants the opportunity to improve their skills with a variety of essential hand tools while creating a distinctive and useful box.

Tom Fidgen

    Hot on Vic’s heels,Tom Fidgen, author of Made By Hand and The Unplugged Woodshop, will be here for six days starting May 9th, 2016. Our second hand tools only workshop of the season, It Starts With A Box will give you the opportunity to design and build your own cabinet or box totally “unplugged”, without the use of any machinery. You might think of working this way as “old school” and you wouldn’t be wrong. But there is more to it than that. I don’t know that you will meet another craftsman with more reverence for the work than Tom Fidgen, and we are delighted to have him back with us this year to share his skills and approach.  
    Our two week Basics of Fine Woodworking class running May 30th and our Excellence With Hand Tools in August have already filled, but we would be happy to take your name on a waiting list in the event that someone might have to cancel. Our Mastering Machinery class still has a few spaces, so please call Mary Anne if if you can join us for this the week of August 29th. Our next available Excellence With Hand Tools class will run January 9th, 2017, and we have started taking bookings for that week if you would like to attend.
    We recently built two new benches for use here at the school using Veritas quick release face and tail vices. The vices installed easily and operate extremely smoothly. I’ve never used a tail vice with the quick release capability before, and really enjoy the speed it can be adjusted. It may seem like a small thing, but any economy of time and motion repeated thousands of times adds up. Essential to doing fine work? Hardly, but definitely a pleasure to use nevertheless.

Upcoming Events

    A couple of upcoming events you might be interested in: The Kingston Woodworkers Association is hosting a woodworkers symposium April 16, 2016. “The Experts Signature Techniques Explained” will feature seven presentations by furniture makers on the techniques they use to help make their work stand out. Attendance is limited, so pre-registration is recommended if you are able to attend.
    The Ottawa Woodworker’s Association will be hosting Woodworks 2016 at the Perth Campus of Algonquin College the weekend of September 23-25th. Details can be found at the page link above as they become available. After the success of the last Woodworks conference, I’m really looking forward to the follow-up this time around.

  Those of you who have read these newsletters over the years may remember past issues where I have taken the liberty of celebrating a great canine companion. I love dogs. They personify so many of the qualities that we admire in others, and wish we had more of ourselves. It saddens me to tell you that we recently lost Mary Anne’s black lab Buddy. He would have been sixteen years old in May, and was happy and healthy to an age most retrievers never see. We take solace in how lucky we were to have enjoyed his affection as long as we did. Mary Anne always told him he was “the best black lab ever”. My favorite memory of Buddy will always be the way he would light up and bounce about when Mary Anne came into a room, leaving no doubt that he in turn knew who was the best person ever.

  I hope all of you with a dog will give them an extra cookie and let them know they are the best. There’s an empty spot by the fireplace, and an empty spot in our hearts. A spot that will always belong to Buddy, the best black lab ever.

 As always, thanks for your time,




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