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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Bowls, Plates & Platters with Alan Lacer 8:00 am
Bowls, Plates & Platters with Alan Lacer
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm
Bowls, Plates & Platters with Alan Lacer
The turning of bowls and their relatives (plates and platters) are certainly popular and exciting forms of woodturning today.  Participants will have the chance to explore green wood turning, “lumber yard bowls” and plates and[...]
Joinery with Marc Adams 8:00 am
Joinery with Marc Adams
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 17 @ 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 Queen Anne Tea Table with Phil Lowe 8:00 am
Make a Queen Anne Tea Table with Phil Lowe
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm
Make a Queen Anne Tea Table with Phil Lowe
Queen Anne furniture offers one of the most pleasing forms due to its sinuous curves. This workshop will immerse students in making a Queen Anne tea table starting with the designing and full size layout[...]
Nantucket Baskets: An American Heritage with Stephen Goettsch 8:00 am
Nantucket Baskets: An American Heritage with Stephen Goettsch
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm
Nantucket Baskets: An American Heritage with Stephen Goettsch
Nantucket baskets have a unique history.  Created by men on lightships, these baskets have solid wood cores and wood staves.  They took a long time to make, were very study, and very expensive.  The result,[...]
Trompe Lóeil: Sculpting & Shaping to Trick the Eye with Stephen Proctor 8:00 am
Trompe Lóeil: Sculpting & Shaping to Trick the Eye with Stephen Proctor
Aug 13 @ 8:00 am – Aug 17 @ 3:00 pm
Trompe Lóeil: Sculpting & Shaping to Trick the Eye with Stephen Proctor
Stephen was one of the first people to do contemporary trompe l’oeil, which means to trick the eye. In this class all students will work from a maquette at their own bench to learn the[...]
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Finishing, Coloring & Marbling with Alan Lacer & Matthew Hill 9:00 am
Finishing, Coloring & Marbling with Alan Lacer & Matthew Hill
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – Aug 19 @ 4:30 pm
Finishing, Coloring & Marbling with Alan Lacer & Matthew Hill
Woodturners face a daunting task with finishing because they make such a range of products, from those that come in contact with food to items for the outdoors and everything in between. During the weekend[...]
Make Piston Fit Drawers with Stephen Proctor 9:00 am
Make Piston Fit Drawers with Stephen Proctor
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – Aug 19 @ 4:30 pm
Make Piston Fit Drawers with Stephen Proctor
Opening a cabinet and pulling out a delicate beautiful sliding drawer is a real pleasure.  Building such a drawer is the true test of a furniture maker. There can be many subtleties and nuances to[...]
Pyrography: An Introduction to Woodburning with Julie Bender 9:00 am
Pyrography: An Introduction to Woodburning with Julie Bender
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – Aug 19 @ 4:30 pm
Pyrography: An Introduction to Woodburning with Julie Bender
For those who have ever wanted to try their luck at woodburning, this class is a dream come true.  Join Julie for her two day intensive workshop where students will obtain a strong foundation in[...]
Wood-Mizer®: A Company on a Mission 9:00 am
Wood-Mizer®: A Company on a Mission
Aug 18 @ 9:00 am – Aug 19 @ 4:30 pm
Wood-Mizer®: A Company on a Mission
What woodworker hasn’t dreamed about the thrill of running a log through a sawmill and pulling off a perfect board?  Here’s your chance!  In this two-day hands-on workshop the class will learn how to set-up,[...]
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Decorative Lidded Boxes with Matthew Hill 8:00 am
Decorative Lidded Boxes with Matthew Hill
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm
Decorative Lidded Boxes with Matthew Hill
Making lidded containers on the lathe is one of the most satisfying projects in woodturning.  A small lidded container is both functional and decorative and even a little magical.  Matthew will work with students primarily[...]
From Forest to Final Form®: Perpetuating Purpose 8:00 am
From Forest to Final Form®: Perpetuating Purpose
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm
From Forest to Final Form®: Perpetuating Purpose
With your passion for woodworking and your love of people it’s possible for YOU to impact lives around the world for generations to come.  Join MASW, Narrow Gate and Wood-Mizer® as we equip eight young[...]
Integrating Non-Wood Materials into Your Projects with Andrew Glantz 8:00 am
Integrating Non-Wood Materials into Your Projects with Andrew Glantz
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – Aug 24 @ 3:00 pm
Integrating Non-Wood Materials into Your Projects with Andrew Glantz
While we all love wood and its inherent beauty and richness, sometimes a touch of an additional material can be just the thing to make a project much more successful. Using mostly tools and machinery[...]
Make a Butterfly Leaf Table with Michael Fortune 8:00 am
Make a Butterfly Leaf Table with Michael Fortune
Aug 20 @ 8:00 am – Aug 25 @ 3:00 pm
Make a Butterfly Leaf Table with Michael Fortune
Michael has seen a variety of ways of making tables expand and made almost all of them. But his favorite, and the only way he makes them now, is by using the “butterfly” method that[...]
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3-D Curved Surfaces: Compound Curves Made Easy with Andrew Glantz 9:00 am
3-D Curved Surfaces: Compound Curves Made Easy with Andrew Glantz
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 4:30 pm
3-D Curved Surfaces: Compound Curves Made Easy with Andrew Glantz
The eye easily identifies shapes and understands form – this happens so fast that we are completely unaware that it is happening. In furniture, it is important for a successful piece to captivate the eye[...]
Crafting Jigsaw Puzzles with Marc Tschida 9:00 am
Crafting Jigsaw Puzzles with Marc Tschida
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 4:30 pm
Crafting Jigsaw Puzzles with Marc Tschida
Ever wonder how jigsaw puzzles are made – then this is the class for you. This hands-on two-day session will look at the history of jigsaw puzzles, an overview of many techniques on making puzzles[...]
Introduction to Glassblowing with David Lee 9:00 am
Introduction to Glassblowing with David Lee
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 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[...]
Methods of Making Frames: In the Arts & Craft Style with Peter Miller 9:00 am
Methods of Making Frames: In the Arts & Craft Style with Peter Miller
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – Aug 26 @ 4:30 pm
Methods of Making Frames: In the Arts & Craft Style with Peter Miller
This two day class will explore the best joinery techniques most commonly used by Artisan Frame Makers working in the U. S. today. The student in addition to learning joinery will learn basic simple hand[...]
Laser Marquetry with Marc Adams 9:00 am
Laser Marquetry with Marc Adams
Aug 25 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Laser Marquetry with Marc Adams
This workshop will not be about how to select a laser as much as how to use one to cut veneer. Although lasers are still pretty pricy, it is amazing what can be done with[...]
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Photographing Your Work with Michael Fortune 9:00 am
Photographing Your Work with Michael Fortune
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
Photographing Your Work with Michael Fortune
Last summer when Michael showed his slide presentation, someone asked, “Who takes your photos? They are excellent!” Michael replied, “I’ve always taken my own photos.” Good photos are essential to successful presentations of one’s work,[...]
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By Hand & Eye Design with George Walker 8:00 am
By Hand & Eye Design with George Walker
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
By Hand & Eye Design with George Walker
The EYE part of this workshop is all about honing your judgment and trusting your gut. The HAND part is about putting all this to work so it becomes second nature. Most of us know[...]
Chair Design & Construction Methods with Andrew Glantz 8:00 am
Chair Design & Construction Methods with Andrew Glantz
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Chair Design & Construction Methods with Andrew Glantz
This workshop will help demystify chair design and construction for anyone who wants to tackle a chair project.  While chairs can often be a daunting and difficult project, this class will give students the skills[...]
Custom Cabinets & Built-ins with Zane Powell 8:00 am
Custom Cabinets & Built-ins with Zane Powell
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Custom Cabinets & Built-ins with Zane Powell
This class is designed especially for those people wishing to make a fine cabinet case piece for their home. On the first day of class, students will start with a quick review of the design[...]
Hollow Vessel Turning with John Jordan 8:00 am
Hollow Vessel Turning with John Jordan
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Hollow Vessel Turning with John Jordan
This class will cover the techniques required to turn elegant and refined vessels using green wood as a material with a major focus on the characteristics and properties of this wonderful material. Learn about the[...]
Water Gliding with Peter Miller 8:00 am
Water Gliding with Peter Miller
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – Aug 31 @ 3:00 pm
Water Gliding with Peter Miller
Students will be introduced to one of the oldest finishes still being done in the exact same way Italian gilding artisans gilded during the Renaissance period. Gilding is the application of very thin “beaten” metal[...]
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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.