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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Creating Exceptional Furniture: Learning to Control the Line with Stephen Proctor 8:00 am
Creating Exceptional Furniture: Learning to Control the Line with Stephen Proctor
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Creating Exceptional Furniture: Learning to Control the Line with Stephen Proctor
Woodworkers require the ability to create true and elegant curves, both simple and compound in nature. These may be for the use of legs, or even just for shaping an edge. Beginning with simple exercises,[...]
Introduction to Woodturning with Matthew Hill 8:00 am
Introduction to Woodturning with Matthew Hill
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Introduction to Woodturning with Matthew Hill
What is a decent lathe, and how much will it cost? What tools do I need for bowl turning? Can I use this set of tools I bought for $3 at the flea market? How[...]
Machinist Tool Chest: A Resting Place for Your Finest Tools with Doug Dale 8:00 am
Machinist Tool Chest: A Resting Place for Your Finest Tools with Doug Dale
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – Jun 15 @ 3:00 pm
Machinist Tool Chest: A Resting Place for Your Finest Tools with Doug Dale
“A place for everything and everything in its place” is the old adage for a working machinist tool chest.  This is the perfect place for your finest tools, and is designed with the ability to[...]
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How to Safely Process Turning Blanks with Mark Hedin 9:00 am
How to Safely Process Turning Blanks with Mark Hedin
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
How to Safely Process Turning Blanks with Mark Hedin
The unfortunate reality is that most green wood turners sustain injuries during the preparation of their stock with either a chain saw or bandsaw as to an injury at the lathe.  Considering hours of usage,[...]
Parent & Child Wand Magic with Wand Wizard Carl Booth 9:00 am
Parent & Child Wand Magic with Wand Wizard Carl Booth
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Parent & Child Wand Magic with Wand Wizard Carl Booth
Carl (aka Pa), when he was asked by his granddaughter to make her a magic wand, enrolled in the master wizard class for wand making–Wizard Alan Lacer!  Having graduated with honors and a degree in[...]
Selecting, Grading & Milling Harwood Lumber with Jerry C. Forshee 9:00 am
Selecting, Grading & Milling Harwood Lumber with Jerry C. Forshee
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Selecting, Grading & Milling Harwood Lumber with Jerry C. Forshee
Most woodworkers are aware that better quality and lower priced lumber can be purchased by buying saw milled or rough hewn lumber. But many are not familiar with the milling process or lack sufficient confidence[...]
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An Introduction to the Hand Forged Blade with Matthew Parkinson 8:00 am
An Introduction to the Hand Forged Blade with Matthew Parkinson
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
An Introduction to the Hand Forged Blade with Matthew Parkinson
Knives call to us in a way that few objects can; they are an integral part of our daily lives and have been so for thousands of years. To hand craft your own knife is[...]
Inlay & Engraving with Grit Laskin 8:00 am
Inlay & Engraving with Grit Laskin
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Inlay & Engraving with Grit Laskin
This five day session will be divided into two parts. The first two days will focus on inlay. Discussion and demonstrations will cover all of the steps required to create inlays out of a variety[...]
Intarsia the Wise Way with Kathy Wise 8:00 am
Intarsia the Wise Way with Kathy Wise
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Intarsia the Wise Way with Kathy Wise
In this very unique workshop, students will learn all the basic intarsia steps from the beginning to end.  By the conclusion of the week each person will have a completed project ready for final finish. [...]
Joinery with Marc Adams 8:00 am
Joinery with Marc Adams
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 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[...]
Stereotomy: Overcoming Complex Designs with Patrick Moore 8:00 am
Stereotomy: Overcoming Complex Designs with Patrick Moore
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Stereotomy: Overcoming Complex Designs with Patrick Moore
In this course students will build a complex, yet manageable, timber frame awning design for over a doorway. The design consists of three dimensionally curved pieces, known in carpentry as double-curvature work. The roof of[...]
Transitions into the World of Digital Skills, Tools & CNC’s for Today’s Woodworker with Tim Celeski 8:00 am
Transitions into the World of Digital Skills, Tools & CNC’s for Today’s Woodworker with Tim Celeski
Jun 18 @ 8:00 am – Jun 22 @ 3:00 pm
Transitions into the World of Digital Skills, Tools & CNC's for Today's Woodworker with Tim Celeski
Getting the most out of digital woodworking tools requires a foundation of new skills and techniques. This intermediate class focuses on CNC machine skills, new digital design techniques and developing ways to integrate new methods[...]
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CNC Jigs, Fixtures & Layouts for Easy Digital Woodworking with Tim Celeski 9:00 am
CNC Jigs, Fixtures & Layouts for Easy Digital Woodworking with Tim Celeski
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 4:30 pm
CNC Jigs, Fixtures & Layouts for Easy Digital Woodworking with Tim Celeski
Getting the most out of a CNC machine requires understanding how to use their precision to your advantage. Through the use of precision designed jigs, fixtures and a bed pin registration system, you can take[...]
Intarsia: Taking Your Work to a New Dimension with Kathy Wise 9:00 am
Intarsia: Taking Your Work to a New Dimension with Kathy Wise
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 4:30 pm
Intarsia: Taking Your Work to a New Dimension with Kathy Wise
This weekend workshop will follow the week long Intarsia the Wise Way workshop. It is geared for students who have done some intarsia work and would like to push their art to the next level.[...]
Make a Hand Forged Kitchen Knife with Matthew Parkinson 9:00 am
Make a Hand Forged Kitchen Knife with Matthew Parkinson
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 4:30 pm
Make a Hand Forged Kitchen Knife with Matthew Parkinson
The kitchen knife is the most used knife in almost any home. These iconic knives help to create meals for family and loved ones. Well-made kitchen knives can last a lifetime and this class will[...]
The Perfect Topcoat with Tim Puro 9:00 am
The Perfect Topcoat with Tim Puro
Jun 23 @ 9:00 am – Jun 24 @ 4:30 pm
The Perfect Topcoat with Tim Puro
Many woodworkers clear coat their furniture to show off the wood’s natural beauty. However, your choice of clear coats and how they are applied can enhance or detract from your woodworking.  In this two day[...]
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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.