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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Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune 8:00 am
Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune
Apr 3 @ 8:00 am – Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm
Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune
Where do design ideas for furniture come from? How do I develop my own ideas? This course will introduce the participants to a series of simple bench top design exercises that will exponentially expand how[...]
Joinery with Marc Adams 8:00 am
Joinery with Marc Adams
Apr 3 @ 8:00 am – Apr 7 @ 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[...]
Make a Stickley Poppy Table with Robert Lang 8:00 am
Make a Stickley Poppy Table with Robert Lang
Apr 3 @ 8:00 am – Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm
Make a Stickley Poppy Table with Robert Lang
Before he introduced his iconic Craftsman designs, Gustav Stickley experimented with the Art Nouveau style. The Poppy table was one of those early and rare pieces and combines great looks with clever engineering. This solid[...]
Woodturning with Alan Lacer 8:00 am
Woodturning with Alan Lacer
Apr 3 @ 8:00 am – Apr 7 @ 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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Exploring the Use of Unusual Materials in Both Woodturning and Woodworking with Stephen Hatcher 8:00 am
Exploring the Use of Unusual Materials in Both Woodturning and Woodworking with Stephen Hatcher
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm
Exploring the Use of Unusual Materials in Both Woodturning and Woodworking with Stephen Hatcher
Adding inlay to your woodworking project can elevate your work from good to spectacular.  This course explores inlay techniques as applied to woodturning and flatwork and is structured for all levels in both.  This was[...]
Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek 8:00 am
Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 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[...]
Make a Greene & Greene Style Anderson Server with Thomas Stangeland 8:00 am
Make a Greene & Greene Style Anderson Server with Thomas Stangeland
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm
Make a Greene & Greene Style Anderson Server with Thomas Stangeland
During this weeklong class, students will delve into the design language of Greene & Greene by building the Anderson server, which incorporates many of the essential design motifs these revered architects made famous. Thomas will[...]
Mastering Veneer: The Great Woodworking Cover-Up with Marc Adams 8:00 am
Mastering Veneer: The Great Woodworking Cover-Up with Marc Adams
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm
Mastering Veneer: The Great Woodworking Cover-Up with Marc Adams
The ability to work with veneer is a skill well worth developing, opening up a whole new world of design freedom. Walnut burl, mahogany crotch, Macassar ebony, and quilted maple are just a few of[...]
Metal Fabrication Crash Course: A Complete Metalwork Survey for the Woodworker with Matt Burney 8:00 am
Metal Fabrication Crash Course: A Complete Metalwork Survey for the Woodworker with Matt Burney
Apr 9 @ 8:00 am – Apr 13 @ 3:00 pm
Metal Fabrication Crash Course: A Complete Metalwork Survey for the Woodworker with Matt Burney
In this fast-paced one week course, students will receive instruction and get hands-on experience in a vast array of metal fabrication processes.  Techniques covered will be oxy-acetylene welding/cutting/brazing/forging, plasma cutting, MIG and TIG welding, forming/bending/shaping[...]
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Introduction to Chip Carving with Wayne Barton 9:00 am
Introduction to Chip Carving with Wayne Barton
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – Apr 15 @ 4:30 pm
Introduction to Chip Carving with Wayne Barton
In this class students will learn the decorative techniques of chip carving from the foremost authority in the world.  Wayne will start by briefly discussing the history of chip carving and move quickly into the[...]
Introduction to Refinishing with Mitch Kohanek 9:00 am
Introduction to Refinishing with Mitch Kohanek
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – Apr 15 @ 4:30 pm
Introduction to Refinishing with Mitch Kohanek
Reviving or refinishing a piece of furniture can be just as rewarding as building something from scratch. But how does one get started with the process? Just like woodworking, refinishing any woodwork can either be[...]
Making Bent Carving Knives with David Franklin 9:00 am
Making Bent Carving Knives with David Franklin
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – Apr 15 @ 4:30 pm
Making Bent Carving Knives with David Franklin
Learn how to make your own carving tools with very basic equipment. Three bent knives and a straight carving knife will be made in this class, a basic yet versatile set of tools. These knives[...]
Methods of Inlaying Woodturned Rims with Stephen Hatcher 9:00 am
Methods of Inlaying Woodturned Rims with Stephen Hatcher
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – Apr 15 @ 4:30 pm
Methods of Inlaying Woodturned Rims with Stephen Hatcher
Create dazzling optical effects in any woodturning with translucent mineral crystal inlays, shell, paper, and purfling. In the past, this class was always fun with the current techniques that Stephen was using but this year[...]
Machine Maintenance & Precision Alignment with Doug Dale 9:00 am
Machine Maintenance & Precision Alignment with Doug Dale
Apr 14 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Machine Maintenance & Precision Alignment with Doug Dale
Have you ever tuned up your table saw, bandsaw, or chop saw? Have you ever tried to change the knives on your joiner or planer? What’s the best way to lubricate all those metal parts[...]
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Build a Wooden Sea Kayak with David Orth 8:00 am
Build a Wooden Sea Kayak with David Orth
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – Apr 22 @ 3:00 pm
Build a Wooden Sea Kayak with David Orth
Build your own wooden kayak in a fun group setting with the help of experts, and your own assistant if you like.  Kayaks will be single-cockpit, sea kayaks (perfect for lakes and rivers, too) designed[...]
Creative Woodturning with Michael Hosaluk 8:00 am
Creative Woodturning with Michael Hosaluk
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm
Creative Woodturning with Michael Hosaluk
This class will be a great opportunity to spend a week learning the craft of woodturning with one of the best woodturners in North America. Michael starts off with a detailed discussion of lathes, tool[...]
Handskills Every Woodworker Should Know with Stephen Proctor 8:00 am
Handskills Every Woodworker Should Know with Stephen Proctor
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm
Handskills Every Woodworker Should Know with Stephen Proctor
Literally anything can be made using hand tools, but not everything can be made with machinery. Understanding hand tools and how to use them will enable you to make furniture that would otherwise be impossible[...]
How to Carve in Three Dimensions with David Franklin 8:00 am
How to Carve in Three Dimensions with David Franklin
Apr 16 @ 8:00 am – Apr 20 @ 3:00 pm
How to Carve in Three Dimensions with David Franklin
This week will be a fun adventure that will teach students how to visualize three dimensionally, and how to use multiple views to learn to carve sculpture.  This year it will be shark week!  Sharks[...]
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Beautiful Borders: Using Silver, Wire, Stone & Precious Metals with John Koch 9:00 am
Beautiful Borders: Using Silver, Wire, Stone & Precious Metals with John Koch
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:30 pm
Beautiful Borders: Using Silver, Wire, Stone & Precious Metals with John Koch
The difference between a good project and an eye-popping project is often in its decorative details. There are many ways to decorate wood. This class will focus on the use of silver wire, stone and[...]
Carved Borders with Bob Yorburg 9:00 am
Carved Borders with Bob Yorburg
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:30 pm
Carved Borders with Bob Yorburg
Students will enjoy the history of carved borders on furniture and architecture.  A step by step approach will be presented so that students will be able to add detail to future projects.  Straight borders, curved[...]
Getting the Most out of Shaper Origin with Noah and Kiley 9:00 am
Getting the Most out of Shaper Origin with Noah and Kiley
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:30 pm
Getting the Most out of Shaper Origin with Noah and Kiley
Shaper Origin is the world’s first handheld CNC router. Origin combines robotic accuracy with the flexibility of a hand tool. This weekend course will teach students what they need to successfully bring Origin into their[...]
Offset Turning: Vessels & Drinking Cups with Embellishments with Michael Hosaluk 9:00 am
Offset Turning: Vessels & Drinking Cups with Embellishments with Michael Hosaluk
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – Apr 22 @ 4:30 pm
Offset Turning: Vessels & Drinking Cups with Embellishments with Michael Hosaluk
This class will explore the use of offset turning to create unique and functional vessels and cups. Experimentation with multiple offset patterns, decorative texture and coloration to vessels will be investigated using milk paint, acrylics[...]
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Carving Appliqués for Furniture & Architecture with Bob Yorburg 8:00 am
Carving Appliqués for Furniture & Architecture with Bob Yorburg
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am – Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm
Carving Appliqués for Furniture & Architecture with Bob Yorburg
This class is an excellent opportunity to learn how to design and carve applied ornamentation for furniture and architectural details.  The class will reveal historical examples of carvings on doors, cabinets, wall panels, over doors[...]
Fine Detailed Boxes with Adrian Ferrazzutti 8:00 am
Fine Detailed Boxes with Adrian Ferrazzutti
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am – Apr 27 @ 3:00 pm
Fine Detailed Boxes with Adrian Ferrazzutti
The small box is an ideal project to introduce intricate veneer work while developing fine box making techniques. Students will build a small box using a veneered pattern of their own design that seamlessly wraps[...]
Make a Winchester Serpentine Front Chest with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton 8:00 am
Make a Winchester Serpentine Front Chest with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am – Apr 29 @ 3:00 pm
Make a Winchester Serpentine Front Chest with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
A Winchester serpentine front chest is a true period masterpiece. Students will learn all the facets of building their own chest from design to the last final details.  This seven day class will encompass the[...]
Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes 8:00 am
Woodturning with Jimmy Clewes
Apr 23 @ 8:00 am – Apr 27 @ 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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Carved Letters with Bob Yorburg 9:00 am
Carved Letters with Bob Yorburg
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – Apr 29 @ 4:30 pm
Carved Letters with Bob Yorburg
This class is an excellent introduction to the basics of letter carving and design.  The secrets of proper letter proportion and spacing will be revealed.  A systematic approach to correct tool handling and safety will[...]
Turning Wet Wood with Jimmy Clewes 9:00 am
Turning Wet Wood with Jimmy Clewes
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – Apr 29 @ 4:30 pm
Turning Wet Wood with Jimmy Clewes
Turning wet wood is probably the most fun possible when it comes to woodturning.  Wet wood is easy to cut, which builds up good tool control and confidence.  This class is designed for all abilities[...]
The Business of Woodworking with Frank Pollaro 9:00 am
The Business of Woodworking with Frank Pollaro
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
The Business of Woodworking with Frank Pollaro
This one day intensive class is applicable to shop owners just starting a one-man operation, all the way to well established shops with 50+ employees.  The objective of the workshop is for each participant to[...]
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Basic Cabinetmaking with Zane Powell 8:00 am
Basic Cabinetmaking with Zane Powell
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – May 4 @ 3:00 pm
Basic Cabinetmaking with Zane Powell
Cabinetmaking is the fundamental place to start woodworking, and this class is designed for those just starting. Students make a small face frame cabinet, which is the foundation of the class. Design, layout, dressing the[...]
Combining Precious Metal Clay and the Turned Object with Jennifer Shirley 8:00 am
Combining Precious Metal Clay and the Turned Object with Jennifer Shirley
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – May 4 @ 3:00 pm
Combining Precious Metal Clay and the Turned Object with Jennifer Shirley
Ready to add something totally different and beautiful to your woodturnings? Then this class is for you! This week students already familiar with woodturning will explore making turned containers and bowls and fitting them with[...]
How to Carve: Rosettes, Shells & Other 18th Century Furniture Embellishments with Al Breed 8:00 am
How to Carve: Rosettes, Shells & Other 18th Century Furniture Embellishments with Al Breed
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – May 4 @ 3:00 pm
How to Carve: Rosettes, Shells & Other 18th Century Furniture Embellishments with Al Breed
In this class students will learn the basic carving skills needed to create common carved elements seen on 18th century American furniture. Tool selection, sharpening and proportion and layout of the elements will be a big[...]
Introduction to CNC: Essentials for Woodworking with Randy Johnson 8:00 am
Introduction to CNC: Essentials for Woodworking with Randy Johnson
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – May 4 @ 3:00 pm
Introduction to CNC: Essentials for Woodworking with Randy Johnson
This class is open to woodworkers of all skill levels. Prior CNC experience is helpful, but not required. This class provides a systematic approach to learning the essentials of designing for and operating a CNC[...]
The Art of Concealment: Incorporating Hidden Compartments in Your Work with Matthew Dworman 8:00 am
The Art of Concealment: Incorporating Hidden Compartments in Your Work with Matthew Dworman
Apr 30 @ 8:00 am – May 4 @ 3:00 pm
The Art of Concealment: Incorporating Hidden Compartments in Your Work with Matthew Dworman
Hidden compartments – Just saying those words puts a smile on the face of most woodworkers. There is something magical about a secret space that reveals itself to only the person that knows about it.[...]

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.