Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

A Typical Week at MASW

What to Expect

MASW is a very busy place with lots of activities during the week. Class instruction and use of power equipment goes from 8:00 a.m. to around 6:00 p.m. each weekday. After 6:00 p.m., when the power equipment goes off, students are more than welcome to stay and work, socialize, or do research in the library. Each class is required to review safety before power equipment can be used, but after the safety session, power equipment will officially be on, and students will have full access to all the machinery covered in the safety review.

For full week workshops the final cleanup will take place on Friday afternoon around 3:00 p.m., and students should be able to be on their way home around 4:00 p.m.

It is highly advisable for students to plan some time during the week to visit the other workshops and to network with other students. There is always something else going on, and it is okay to visit the other workshops.
During the week, students will have two time-outs. The first will be on Tuesday evening when the instructors show slides of their work. This event will start around 5:30-6:00 p.m. and will offer a dinner for anyone who wishes to attend. The second will be for a quick class photo.

Full Week Programs

Enrollment is limited, and classes typically fill up fast.

Students should have a general knowledge of woodworking and must bring their creative spirits. Wood for specific projects can be purchased at the school, or you may bring your own. The school has several local sources that can provide pre-milled material for any class; just call the school for information. Each class has a tuition cost and, if necessary, an additional cost for materials and/or supplies. If a class has a required material and/or supply fee, students are not allowed to bring their own materials in lieu of these fees. Students may ship tools or wood to their own attention at the school’s address and shipping home is easy with our in house UPS service.

Full week classes begin on Monday and end on Friday.

Classes begin at 8:00 a.m. and instruction generally wraps by 5:00 p.m. but could go well into the evening.  MASW is in the EASTERN TIME ZONE. Power equipment can be used from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. for all general woodworking classes and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for turning classes Monday through Thursday.  During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing. On Friday, the final cleanup and certificate presentations start around 3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided daily and includes a variety of really wonderful homemade food. Tuesday night features a slide presentation by the instructors and a cook out dinner that spouses, friends, and family are welcome to attend.

Tool lists will be available online as they are made available from the instructors, and students are encouraged to bring their own hand tools. The school does have extra hand tools that are available for students to use by request. If your class has a specific cut-list or requires that you bring special materials or supplies, a list will be mailed to you in advance of the class. Videotaping of any instructional workshops is strictly prohibited even for personal use.

REMEMBER THAT MANY WOODS ARE IRRITANTS OR EVEN TOXIC. PLEASE BRING ONLY DOMESTIC WOODS WITHOUT SPALT SO THAT EVERYONE BREATHES EASIER.

Super Weekend Specials

Super weekend specials are designed to give students an opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the masters in the field of a variety of crafts.  Classes are scheduled just Saturday or Sunday or both Saturday and Sunday. If you cannot make it to any of the full week classes, then take advantage of the cost-efficient weekend programs. Classes start at 9 a.m. and last until around 4:30 p.m. EASTERN TIME. Some classes are hands-on; others are demonstrations, lectures, and slides. Lunch is provided and includes lunch meat sandwiches.  Each class has a tuition cost and, if necessary, an additional cost for materials and/or supplies. If your class has a tool list, it will be available online. If your workshop has a specific cut list, it will be mailed to you. Students may ship tools or wood to their own attention at the schools address and shipping from any workshop is easy with our in house UPS service.  Videotaping of any instructional workshops is strictly prohibited even for personal use.

2018 Summer Workshops

Class availability on the web page will be updated as often as possible, but all online registrations will not be official until your credit card has been manually processed.

2018 Summer Workshops by Subject

2018 Summer Workshop Instructors

Workshop Calendar

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Make a Banjo from Scratch-No Joke with Richard Scott Newman 9:00 am
Make a Banjo from Scratch-No Joke with Richard Scott Newman
Sep 29 @ 9:00 am – Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm
Make a Banjo from Scratch-No Joke with Richard Scott Newman
Richard’s objective for this nine day class is that each student build a complete five string, open back banjo from rough lumber including cherry, walnut and ebony.  This is an ambitious undertaking, but is based[...]
Bowls: Traditional, Natural Edge & Nested Sets with Andy Cole 8:00 am
Bowls: Traditional, Natural Edge & Nested Sets with Andy Cole
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm
Bowls: Traditional, Natural Edge & Nested Sets with Andy Cole
The focus of this class will be bowl turning with an emphasis on natural edge bowls with bark. Andy will cover the basics of shaping traditional bowls from turning blanks and natural edge bowls from[...]
Sculptural Furniture, Functional Art with Victor Di Novi 8:00 am
Sculptural Furniture, Functional Art with Victor Di Novi
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm
Sculptural Furniture, Functional Art with Victor Di Novi
Victor has developed a unique sculptural style of furniture that mimics the creative tension of nature and both pleases and fools the eye. In this class, students will laminate a table “blank” to their own[...]
The Ultimate Puzzle Box Class with Jeff Vollmer 8:00 am
The Ultimate Puzzle Box Class with Jeff Vollmer
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm
The Ultimate Puzzle Box Class with Jeff Vollmer
The class will be fast paced and fraught with fun. Jeff has set the goal for each student to make at least four unique puzzle boxes.  Students will learn new skill sets with each piece[...]
Understanding Design: The Secret for Beautiful Woodwork with Graham Blackburn 8:00 am
Understanding Design: The Secret for Beautiful Woodwork with Graham Blackburn
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 5 @ 3:00 pm
Understanding Design: The Secret for Beautiful Woodwork with Graham Blackburn
To be truly successful, furniture must do the job it’s designed to do AND look good.  In this weeklong class, Graham covers the whole gamut of design essentials.  Students will learn about function, structure, and[...]
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Have a Blast Turning Small Things with Andy Cole 9:00 am
Have a Blast Turning Small Things with Andy Cole
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm
Have a Blast Turning Small Things with Andy Cole
This class will be fun and fast paced as students turn a variety of small and fairly simple items.  The turnings will include: pens, bottle stoppers, eggs, spheres, honey dippers, candlestick holders, goblets, mallets, poi[...]
Linenfold Carving: Making Wood Look Fluid with Graham Blackburn 9:00 am
Linenfold Carving: Making Wood Look Fluid with Graham Blackburn
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm
Linenfold Carving: Making Wood Look Fluid with Graham Blackburn
In the days before plaster, beaverboard, and sheetrock, quality houses were wood-paneled. One of the most gorgeous forms of paneling was linenfold — an especially impressive form of carving that is also used in furniture.[...]
Tools, Techniques, Jigs & Tricks for Hand-Cut Mortise & Tenon Joinery with Jeff Miller 9:00 am
Tools, Techniques, Jigs & Tricks for Hand-Cut Mortise & Tenon Joinery with Jeff Miller
Oct 6 @ 9:00 am – Oct 7 @ 4:30 pm
Tools, Techniques, Jigs & Tricks for Hand-Cut Mortise & Tenon Joinery with Jeff Miller
Over the years, Jeff has explored, developed, refined, and rediscovered numerous ways to make the mortise and tenon joint easier and more precise. The resulting techniques, tricks and jigs will make cutting mortise and tenon[...]
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Apprenticeship with Marc Adams 8:00 am
Apprenticeship with Marc Adams
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm
Apprenticeship with Marc Adams
This two week workshop will be an intensive study of how to work with wood, through both design and physical hands-on practice. Both weeks will involve a lot of technique development with little to no[...]
Building a Slat Back Chair with Jeff Miller 8:00 am
Building a Slat Back Chair with Jeff Miller
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm
Building a Slat Back Chair with Jeff Miller
Building a chair is one of the most rewarding projects anyone can take on, but where in the world would you start on a project with so many challenges?  Jeff, author of Chairmaking & Design,[...]
Making a Tenor Ukulele with John Ressler 8:00 am
Making a Tenor Ukulele with John Ressler
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm
Making a Tenor Ukulele with John Ressler
Aloha!  No, we aren’t having a class in Hawaii; however, we will bring a little bit of Hawaii to Indiana as students build a popular Hawaiian instrument, the ukulele. By the end of the week[...]
Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes 8:00 am
Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes
Oct 8 @ 8:00 am – Oct 12 @ 3:00 pm
Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes
All classes have a starting point, and Jimmy will start this class by showing the correct way to sharpen your turning tools. He will then discuss the different tool profiles and commercial sharpening systems, covering[...]
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How to Turn an Exact Sphere without Measuring with Hans Weissflog 9:00 am
How to Turn an Exact Sphere without Measuring with Hans Weissflog
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – Oct 14 @ 4:30 pm
How to Turn an Exact Sphere without Measuring with Hans Weissflog
In every woodturning apprenticeship in Germany, you have to learn how to turn an exact sphere without measuring. In this class you will get a very small part of this apprenticeship. Part of the class[...]
Mountain Dulcimer with John Ressler 9:00 am
Mountain Dulcimer with John Ressler
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – Oct 14 @ 4:30 pm
Mountain Dulcimer with John Ressler
Have you ever wanted to learn to build a stringed instrument, but didn’t know where to start? A mountain dulcimer is a great first instrument. This unique stringed instrument combines a moderately challenging project with[...]
Making the Wood “Pop” with Mitch Kohanek 9:00 am
Making the Wood “Pop” with Mitch Kohanek
Oct 13 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Making the Wood "Pop" with Mitch Kohanek
Figurative woods look great with clear coatings, but what will make those figurative woods “pop” with color? In this class students will work with coloring agents that will add depth and metamerism (chatoyance) to figurative[...]
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Dyes, Stains, Glazes & Toners with Mitch Kohanek 9:00 am
Dyes, Stains, Glazes & Toners with Mitch Kohanek
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Dyes, Stains, Glazes & Toners with Mitch Kohanek
In this intensive one day class, Mitch will help students understand the coloring techniques used on wood that professional wood finishers use every day on high end furniture and millwork. This class is for those[...]
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Boxes & More with Hans Weissflog 8:00 am
Boxes & More with Hans Weissflog
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm
Boxes & More with Hans Weissflog
In this class there will be three different projects. The first box is the “Drunken Box,” a sphericon. Hans will show samples and explain all the steps that have to be done. This box starts[...]
Build a Virginia Clothes Press/Entertainment Cabinet with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton 8:00 am
Build a Virginia Clothes Press/Entertainment Cabinet with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – Oct 21 @ 3:00 pm
Build a Virginia Clothes Press/Entertainment Cabinet with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
During this seven day class students will combine both hand tools and power tools while investigating the period construction methods used in building this chest.  Students can choose between calling it a clothes press or[...]
Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek 8:00 am
Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek
Oct 15 @ 8:00 am – Oct 19 @ 3:00 pm
Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek
This five day hands-on finishing class is designed to help students understand what finishing schedule is best for their projects.  The goal is to learn what it takes to create a beautiful, lasting, finish through[...]
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Introduction to Glass Bead Making with Kazumi Svenson 9:00 am
Introduction to Glass Bead Making with Kazumi Svenson
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm
Introduction to Glass Bead Making with Kazumi Svenson
This two day intensive class will introduce basic methods of working glass over a torch in the context of glass bead making.  Various techniques of manipulating design and color will be explored. Students will learn[...]
Scrimshaw on Common Modern Materials with Mike Dubber 9:00 am
Scrimshaw on Common Modern Materials with Mike Dubber
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm
Scrimshaw on Common Modern Materials with Mike Dubber
Whalers and sailors of the mid 1800’s generated the art technique we know as “Scrimshaw.”  It includes a variety of methods of picking, scratching and cutting the surface of bone and ivory objects with a[...]
Turning Side Grain Boxes with Glenn Lucas 9:00 am
Turning Side Grain Boxes with Glenn Lucas
Oct 20 @ 9:00 am – Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm
Turning Side Grain Boxes with Glenn Lucas
Turning side grain boxes can be both challenging and rewarding. Students will learn about selecting wood and how to prepare it for turning.  Glenn will teach several turning techniques including how to cut and fit[...]
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Basic Metal Engraving with Mike Dubber 8:00 am
Basic Metal Engraving with Mike Dubber
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
Basic Metal Engraving with Mike Dubber
The class is designed for the woodworker who wishes to expand his or her skills to include hand engraving.  Mike will illustrate how a small amount of hand engraving can enhance metal hardware and add[...]
Design and Build a Mid-Century Inspired Coffee Table with Kyle Huntoon 8:00 am
Design and Build a Mid-Century Inspired Coffee Table with Kyle Huntoon
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
Design and Build a Mid-Century Inspired Coffee Table with Kyle Huntoon
Following the Second World War, American design exploded with the introduction of new materials and processes that were quickly picked up by architects and furniture designers alike. Combined with the craft revival that brought names[...]
Making a Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench/ Coffee Table with Taeho Kwon 8:00 am
Making a Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench/ Coffee Table with Taeho Kwon
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
Making a Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench/ Coffee Table with Taeho Kwon
Although this class will teach the making of a sitting bench/coffee table, there are many other aspects of woodworking that will be focused on as well.  Students will learn how to make furniture that will[...]
The Colorful World of Neon with David Svenson 8:00 am
The Colorful World of Neon with David Svenson
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
The Colorful World of Neon with David Svenson
This class will introduce students to the many possibilities that “neon” can offer.  Students will start immediately with hands-on training over the fires with simple but very rewarding projects.  Students will gain a basic understanding[...]
Turning Bowls & Platters with Glenn Lucas 8:00 am
Turning Bowls & Platters with Glenn Lucas
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – Oct 26 @ 3:00 pm
Turning Bowls & Platters with Glenn Lucas
Students will start the week by getting their tools sharpened and shaped to meet Glenn’s requirements for the class.  He will help you establish a simple repeatable sharpening process using the most common sharpening systems[...]
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Introduction to Glassblowing with David Lee 9:00 am
Introduction to Glassblowing with David Lee
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm
Introduction to Glassblowing with David Lee
If it is adrenaline you seek, this is the class.  This workshop will introduce the student to the exciting world of hot glass and offhand glassblowing.  In this intensive two day class, students will get[...]
Making Hand Mirrors: A Special Gift with Michael Fortune 9:00 am
Making Hand Mirrors: A Special Gift with Michael Fortune
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm
Making Hand Mirrors: A Special Gift with Michael Fortune
Make a beautiful hand mirror for someone you love.  For a birthday, Valentine’s Day, or a holiday gift, this hand mirror will convey both your admiration for that special person and your commitment to your[...]
Turning a Three-Legged Stool with Alan Lacer 9:00 am
Turning a Three-Legged Stool with Alan Lacer
Oct 27 @ 9:00 am – Oct 28 @ 4:30 pm
Turning a Three-Legged Stool with Alan Lacer
This is a great opportunity to complete a three-legged stool—that can be used in any part of the home.  The idea for this project is often a design idea in some of Alan’s other classes,[...]
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Glassblowing Matriculation: Creating Vessels & Shapes from Molten Glass with David Lee 8:00 am
Glassblowing Matriculation: Creating Vessels & Shapes from Molten Glass with David Lee
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm
Glassblowing Matriculation: Creating Vessels & Shapes from Molten Glass with David Lee
This exciting five day class will give the students the requisite knowledge and skills to rent bench space in most open hot shops around the country.  David, together with Eli Zilke and Bryan Lee will[...]
Joinery with Marc Adams 8:00 am
Joinery with Marc Adams
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm
Joinery with Marc Adams
It’s a general rule that the weakest part of any furniture piece is at the joint. No matter what your skill level, this class will change the way you approach all of your projects. Students[...]
Making Folding Chairs with Michael Fortune 8:00 am
Making Folding Chairs with Michael Fortune
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm
Making Folding Chairs with Michael Fortune
Few folding chairs are now are made in wood; instead metal and composite materials are the norm. This is a wonderful opportunity to make a folding chair in wood that would fit nicely in a[...]
Woodturning with Alan Lacer 8:00 am
Woodturning with Alan Lacer
Oct 29 @ 8:00 am – Nov 2 @ 3:00 pm
Woodturning with Alan Lacer
This class includes something for everyone, whether a new turner or someone wishing to build and improve upon their woodturning foundation. Alan discusses the basics of spindle turning to executing a fine-fitting, lidded box. You[...]
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2018 Summer Schedule

Check out this month’s workshops and others. Click below to view more.

2018 Workshop Catalogue

Class availability on the web page will be updated as often as possible, but all online registrations will not be official until your credit card has been manually processed.

Check out all the new 2018 workshop descriptions.

Tuition and New Student information

Full Week Classes

  • Full week classes (Monday through Friday) are at the very reasonable price of just $795 and will include lunch every day.
  • Each full week class starts at 8 a.m. and requires a deposit of $300, which confirms your spot in the class. Please note that some classes have additional fees to cover any class materials, which will be included in your final billing.
  • The two week apprenticeship classes will cost $1600. During the two week Apprenticeship class, the shop is not open on Saturday or Sunday because of interference with the weekend classes.
  • All class(es) longer than five days require a deposit of $400, which confirms your spot in the class.

Weekend Classes

  • Most weekend classes are priced between $150 and $350, depending on the length of class and the number of participants.
  • The average two day class is $300. Some weekend classes will also require an additional materials fee.
  • All Saturday and Sunday classes start at 9 a.m. and will include lunch.
  • There is a $50 deposit for each one day class and a $125 deposit on a full weekend class upon registration.

Please Note

Each student will be responsible to read and fully understand and accept the registration process including the annual non-refundable registration fee and the cancellation policy before signing up

Student Info

  • You will be sent a final bill approximately 20 – 30 days before the start of class. Most tool lists will be available online unless your class has a specific cut list. This information will be mailed to you with your class confirmation letter.
  • Keep in mind that all classes are on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Due to outside contracts, or agreements with publishers, most instructors are NOT allowed to be filmed or have any of their processes videotaped.  Because MASW does not hold the rights to film instructors, neither do students.  Videotaping of any class session is NOT permitted.  This also holds true for personal use.  However you can take all the still photographs you wish.
To see the complete billing policy and new student information, click the link below.