About Us

Diversity

The beauty of MASW lies in the diversity of our workshops.

This summer there will be over 230 workshops, of which 80% will be different than those workshops offered in 2017.  Our strength lies in our differences, not in our similarities. The lineup for 2018 will include the entire range of woodworking workshops PLUS feature workshops in:

  • metal working,
  • glass blowing,
  • basket making,
  • water gilding,
  • fiberglass construction,
  • stereotomy, automata,
  • CNC technology,
  • instrument making,
  • blacksmithing,
  • upholstery,
  • working with lasers,
  • pyrography
  • and special workshop that are designed specifically for philanthropic purposes.

What makes MASW unique is that our student base is worldwide, our instructors are the best craftspeople of modern time, and our staff and facilities are beyond compare.  If you are considering some type of training or formal education in the world of “how to” then the choice is straightforward—MASW simply offers more choices, better diversity, and bona fide credibility.

There is no other university, college, vocational program, YouTube video, online workshop or general woodworking/craft school on the planet that can boast that.

What Separates MASW from Other Places

Teacher/Assistant to Student Ratio: Do the Math

At MASW we have the facilities, equipment, staff and instructors to make your experience as personal as possible. If you do the math for one of our classes that requires the power room, you’ll see we have a teacher/assistant to student ratio of 1 to 5. Factor in that the school has more equipment and space than any other program in North America.

However, I personally feel the important aspect to consider when selecting a hands-on intensive summer program is not about ratios and space. I believe selecting a school should be based on whether that school creates an environment that has spirit brought by lots of people who all share a common passion and can’t wait to network, play, and learn together. In such an environment, additional learning takes place through serendipity.

The true equation of our program is that by the time you add up your new friends and what you’ve learned, then factor in your experience with our world-class instructors and staff, you will always come out mathematically ahead.

Meet Marc Adams

MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 36 years. In 1991, he became a technical consultant to the WWPA, SFPA, AHEC, and the U.S. government, representing the United States on International Quality of Furniture Making. His work has appeared in Design Book Six and Design Book Seven, and his shop was featured in The Workshop by Taunton Press. In addition, his work has appeared in many national publications and has been featured on the front cover of Woodshop News and Fine Woodworking. Marc has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair and AWFS trade shows. He has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times and periodically does TV and radio talk shows on woodworking topics. He co-authored the book Working With Plastic Laminates and authored The Difference Makers – the 4th generation to be released in the fall of 2018 by Lost Art Press. His Technical Techniques video series was awarded four Telly awards and in 2013 he made a video on The Table Saw for Fine Woodworking magazine.  Marc has written numerous articles including an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine. He has been a judge for the 2008 and 2016 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards

 

and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows.  In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community and in May of 2017, Marc received an Horary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Indianapolis.  The Governor of Indiana awarded Marc with a Sagamore of the Wabash, which is Indiana’s highest civilian honor.  Read more about Marc and other MASW instructors.

MASW Higher Education

The Masters Program

The MASW Masters program is the most recognizable and credible woodworking certificate program in America.

Michael Fortune Fellowship

The Michael Fortune Fellowship program is open to anyone who has already completed their Masters.

Alan Lacer Woodturning Fellowship

The MASW Alan Lacer Woodturning Fellowship will encourage research and exploration of the diversities of turning.

Facility

At each instructor’s bench, there is a state-of-the-art digital camera system that puts you closer to the action. A specially designed sound system is available for those who have a hard time hearing during class lectures. Each student has his or her own custom-made Lie-Nielsen workbench and a padded stool to sit on. There are special floors and cushioned mats which eliminate the stress of standing on concrete all day. Students gain the most in an environment conducive to learning.
The Marc Adams School of Woodworking is conveniently located just 12 miles south of Indianapolis and is one of the largest hands-on woodworking schools in the world with nearly 40,000 square feet of space. It is possible that there could be as many as six independent workshops taking place in a given week.  The school has four large bench rooms, three huge tool rooms, a dedicated turning center, a building for glass blowing and metal working, a cafeteria that can serve 100 people at a time, a wonderful multimedia room, and an outbuilding for special classes. The facility features wireless internet service, so bring your own laptop. There are six clean bathrooms (four of which are wheelchair accessible). The buildings are air conditioned, but during the summer students should plan on dressing comfortably.  The school also has a FEMA approved tornado shelter that can hold 80+ people.
There are plenty of power tools and even more hand tools to aid in the learning process. Each tool room offers plenty of workspace, along with a variety of well-maintained equipment; you have to see it to believe it! Please note that the facility will not be open on Sunday afternoons if there is not a scheduled workshop. Students attending full week workshops should plan on arriving the first day of class by 7:45 a.m.  For weekend workshops students should arrive by 8:45 a.m.

Directions

The shop is located just 12 miles south of Indianapolis and is only 25 miles from the Indianapolis International Airport. From Indianapolis take I-65 south to the Whiteland exit (exit mile marker 95). Turn left (east) on Whiteland Road and drive 2.2 miles. The shop is on the left hand (north) side of the road. Heading north from Louisville, take I-65 to the Whiteland exit (exit mile marker 95). Turn right (east) on Whiteland Road and drive two miles. The shop is on the left hand (north) side of the road.

The building is brown, and the sign says: “MARC ADAMS SCHOOL OF WOODWORKING –  THE LARGEST WOODWORKING SCHOOL IN NORTH AMERICA.”

Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Gift Certificates

There is no better way to celebrate that special occasion, holiday, retirement, anniversary or birthday than to give a MASW gift certificate.

It’s easy to do! Just call 317-535-4013 and ask for Paula.