Workshops

A Note About Workshops

We hope the national and local workshops will provide just the kind of experiences you need to build your woodworking skills. All workshops are a wonderful benefit of being an RWS member, and all require RWS membership.

Please note that lunch will not be provided at any of the local workshops, national workshops include lunch (unless specified).

To register just select the “Add to cart” button for the workshop you want.

Making Kitchen Utensils With Hand Tools

Instructor: Brett Templar

Date/Time: Saturday September 09, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: $5

Class size: 6 people

$30.00 Add to cart

This full day hands-on workshop will help you get intimate with your wood. We will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a spoon out of Poplar. You will learn how to read the grain of the wood and use it to your advantage. You’ll learn the proper use of some basic shaping tools and what they can do for you in everyday woodworking. This workshop will provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren and is a great way to introduce them to hand tool woodworking.

Tools needed for this workshop include:

  • Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
  • Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
  • Rasp or a course half round file.
  • 1″ wide flat Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Coping saw: Lowe’s or Home Depot
  • Sand paper: 100, 150, 180, 220
  • Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾” wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, a 7/30 or 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice. Woodcraft should have these items.
  • 12″ min. QuickClamp
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Protection
  • Pencil and pad
  • Scissors to cut out patterns

Optional tools:

  • Hand drill aka Brace with ¾” auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
  • Curved cabinet scraper.
  • Fine tipped felt pen

If you don’t have all of these tools, please don’t let this prevent you from signing up for this workshop. There will be extra tools available for you to borrow. But my “extras” are limited, so if you have extra tools, please bring them with you to share as needed.

PS: Everyone will be receiving wood from my private stash so I ask for a $5 material charge to help defray my costs. Thanks in advance.

If you know how to sharpen your tools, please do this before the workshop. If you are new to sharpening, we will have a sharpening station set up to help you.

The Woodcraft web site has a flat bottom spokeshave (Woodcraft Spokeshave). There is also a very good Blog post on Spokeshaves. You will also need a 4pc card scraper set (Woodcraft Card Scraper set) #147419 is a good choice. These should be available in the Henrietta store.

If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution: http://paulsellers.com/2012/11/grinding-and-honing-spokeshave-blades/

 


Mark Adams: National Lecture and Workshop

Marc Adams has been woodworking professionally for more than 28 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 magazine. Marc has worked with the EPA in Washington on current woodworking issues, and has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair. Marc 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 currently consults for both the laminate and adhesive industries. His “Technical Technique” video series is the largest-selling video series in the history of woodworking, and he was recently awarded four “Telly” awards.

Marc just completed an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine and was a judge for the 2008 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows and does train-the-trainer programs for today’s biggest tool manufacturers. In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community.

https://www.marcadams.com/

 

Mark Adams Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday September 15, 2017 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s presentation, Mark will talk about his work and experiences as woodworker.

 

Mark Adams Workshop

Instructor: Mark Adams

Date/Time: Saturday September 16, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$50.00 Add to cart

Getting The Most From Your Router

The router is the most often used and, without a doubt, the most versatile tool in the shop today. In this informative workshop, Marc will distinguish the differences between the trim, general, plunge, and “D” handle routers as well as safety and maintenance. Students will learn about the large selection of router bits available today and which ones work best for the job at hand. Speed, torque, feed direction and rate will be discussed as well as carbide versus high-speed steel, bit diameter, shaft size, collet types and sharpening. The majority of the class will be spent showing setups for a router table and how to make several fixtures including circle, elliptical, mortise & tenon, cope and stile, mock dovetail, and many others.

Joinery

Marc has had over 2400 people travel from around the world to attend his week-long Joinery class at his school. He has decided to come and spend a half a day showing some of his favorite joints. The day will start with a quick review of sharpening scrapers and chisels to razor edges. He will then discuss how to select a joint based on strength, grain direction, movement and the quality of fit. Demonstrations will include how to hand cut dovetails both through and half blind, mortise and tenons and the strongest joint in woodworking, the hip joint.

 


Hand Cut Dovetails

Instructor: Bob Couture

Date/Time: Saturday October 07, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 6 people

$30.00 Add to cart

Participants will learn to plan,lay out, cut and fit through dovetails. Pre-milled parts will be provided that will allow participants to finish a small tray. The focus of the workshop will be to finish the dovetails for one corner of the tray. The other dovetails can be finished up at home, and a bottom (either solid or plywood) added to create a finished project. This is a hands-on workshop.

The following tools will be required. I have extras, but only a limited amount. Call me before you buy anything.

  • Dovetail saw (sharp enough to deal with hardwood). We may do some tuning at class, but only if necessary. If you plan to buy one, please call me first. I have suggestions.
  • Chisels, a narrow one (1/4″ or so) and a wider one (1/2″ to 3/4″) if you have it. (We will both chop and pare, so sharpen before the class.)
  • Coping saw or jeweler’s saw.
  • Cutting style marking gauge. Call me if you have questions.
  • Marking knife. I’ll have several styles to show, but bring one if you have one.
  • 6″ or 12″ rule (Steel is best, but whatever you use is OK.)
  • Dividers (At least one).
  • Square (Small is easier for our purposes, but bring what you normally use.)
  • Bevel gauge or dovetail marker. Call me if you have questions.
  • Pencils and/or fine point pens.
  • Low angle block plane (optional)
 


Steve Latta: National Lecture and Workshop

Steve Latta PictureSteve Latta has been a professional furniture and cabinetmaker for nearly three decades and teaches woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, Pa. He serves as a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine and has published extensively in related journals and magazines. He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, Winterthur Museum, and numerous schools and guilds across the country. Working in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, he helped bring to market modern inlay tools, as well as instructional videos on the subject of inlay. Steve earned his MA in American Studies at Penn State University, where he focused on the decorative arts. Steve teaches numerous project based classes here at CVSW in addition to many weekend “skills” classes on subjects such as inlay, marquetry and joinery techniques.

 

Steve Latta Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday October 20, 2017 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s presentation, Steve will talk about his work and experiences as woodworker.

 

Steve Latta Workshop

Instructor: Steve Latta

Date/Time: Saturday October 21, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: Bruce Alles's Shop, 1939 Bennett Road, Victor, NY, 14564

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$50.00 Add to cart

It is easy to appreciate a piece furniture without ever understanding how it goes together in terms of construction and decoration. In his demonstration, Steve will present an approach to joinery that is both durable and efficient to execute. Rarely talked about is “what cut, in what order, and why?” and all that will be the focus of his presentation. His goal is to provide attendees with a logical, systematic approach to woodworking that results in cleaner work executed in the most efficient manner. He’ll use his time to cover table joinery and case construction for a bookcase and hanging corner cabinet. Of equal importance, Steve will talk about embellishing each of these with the use of moldings, differing leg/feet styles, beaded frames and, if time allows, elegant glass doors as well.

 


Intro to Spindle Turning

Instructor: Mike Brawley

Date/Time: Saturday November 04, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 8 people

$30.00 Add to cart

This workshop is an opportunity to learn the basic skills required to incorporate turnings into your flat-work in the form of columns, legs, finials and the like.  These same skills can also be used to make hundreds of useful household items from lamps to honey dippers. The workshop will be a comprehensive hands-on, review of the basic tools and techniques used to turn and  reproduce spindles.   It should be of value to both beginning and intermediate turners. Later in the day we will apply these skills to the turning of finger tops or to any particular projects which the participants care to discuss. RWS’ lathes and turning tools will be available for your use. A small material fee will be charged.

 


Tom Wirsing: National Lecture and Demo Workshop

Tom Wirsing PictureTom Wirsing was born in Roanoke, Virginia, in the Shenandoah Valley, an historic center of American furniture building and woodturning. Tom’s dad was an expert on American period furniture and had a well-equipped workshop which included a lathe. Tom began turning wood as a young boy. After graduating from Roanoke College with a degree in Physics, Tom began traveling extensively. He lived and worked in Europe, Asia, and nine US States. The lathe in his dad’s workshop became distant memory.

About 20 years ago Tom found himself working for the Hewlett-Packard Company in Chicago and living in a house with a spacious basement. He bought a lathe and began turning wood again. At first he made mostly furniture but, almost by chance, he attended a demonstration by Richard Raffan, a well-known Australian woodturner. Richard took a rough piece of American black cherry timber and turned it into a wonderful bowl. Tom was hooked.

Thus began Tom’s interest in creating art pieces on the lathe. He now turns primarily platters and bowls from a variety of woods. His favorite wood is figured maple.

Tom is a member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a non-profit organization of woodturners which has 15,000 members worldwide. Tom served two terms as president of the AAW. He also served two terms as president of the Front Range Woodturners in Denver. For more information on the AAW visit www.woodturner.org.

Tom has demonstrated at the AAW Symposium, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the Rocky Mountain Woodturning Symposium, Turnfest in Australia, as well as many AAW chapters across the USA and Canada.

In addition to turning wood, Tom enjoys building furniture. He has built tables, beds, chests of drawers, cabinets and a variety of other furniture.

Tom is an avid traveler. He has visited all 50 US states, around 70 countries and all seven of the world’s continents.

Tom resides with his wife Melinda on a ranch in north Boulder County, in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, where he grazes Angus cattle, builds furniture, and turns wood.​

 

Tom Wirsing Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday November 17, 2017 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s presentation, Tom will talk about his work and experiences as turner.

 

Tom Wirsing Workshop

Instructor: Tom Wirsing

Date/Time: Saturday November 18, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: Isaac Heating, 50 Holleder Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14615

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$35.00 Add to cart

Tom Wirsing will be doing a demo where he will go through all the steps to make platters and plates. He will talk about design, how to hold the wood blanks, good and bad techniques for turning the platters. He will also focus on the use of Negative Rake Scrapers. There will also be a section on tool steels for turning.

http://www.thomaswirsing.com/

 


Tom Wirsing: Hands-on Workshop

 

Instructor: John Beaver

Date/Time: Sunday November 19, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Isaac Heating, 50 Holleder Pkwy, Rochester, NY 14615

Cost: $ 65 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 12 people

$65.00 Add to cart

Participants can order lunch from Subway on Saturday and / or Sunday, for $10 each day (not included with registration), or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.

 


Using Stationary Power Tools

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday December 09, 2017 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Alan's Workshop

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 7 people

$30.00 Add to cart

Table Saw, Band Saw, Jointer, Planner, Drill Press

Set up, tune up, safe use, tricks, and jigs for power tools. Make sure your equipment is set up properly. Make sure you use them properly. Make sure that you have the fixtures and accessories that you need for the operations that you perform. Ensure that your next tool acquisition is right for your needs.

 


Turning a Peppermill

Instructor: Terry Lund

Date/Time: Saturday January 06, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: $15

Class size: 8 people

$30.00 Add to cart

During this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to make an 8″ tall pepper mill using a mini lathe. There will be some discussion of the various types of mechanisms that are available, and some of the design considerations for using each will be described and illustrated with examples. If you’ve looked into making a pepper mill, and have been discouraged by what looks like a complicated set of instructions and the need for some specialized sizes of drills, then this workshop is for you. During the workshop you will learn how to make pepper mills at home using ordinary drills and turning tools. We will also discuss how the method used in the workshop, with mini lathes, can be modified if you have access to a larger lathe in your shop. The workshop is intended for participants with some wood turning experience, but we can also accommodate beginning turners. Participants should bring their own turning tools if they have them, but the necessary tools and drills will be provided. There will be an additional materials charge collected at the workshop to cover the cost of the mechanisms.

 


Lee Valley: National Lecture and Tool Sale

Lee Valley Logo

Lee Valley is a family-owned business that has been serving users of woodworking and gardening tools since 1978.

The company is family-owned. The founder, Leonard Lee, was a recipient of the Order of Canada. He founded the company in 1978, in Ottawa, Ontario. Over the next ten years, the company opened several more stores (Toronto, Vancouver) and started manufacturing its own line of tools (starting with the Veritas Dovetail Marker in 1982). Since then, it has continued opening stores, manufacturing more diverse tools, and selling through mail order and the Internet. In 1998, Canica Design was launched. Canica is a medical design company associated with Lee Valley Tools which arose out of consultations between Leonard Lee and surgeon Michael Bell after Lee found that Bell was using Lee Valley tools in his plastic surgery practice.

Their primary business is mail-order and retail, purveying mainly woodworking and gardening tools and equipment, as well as woodworking hardware and gifts. The consumer part of the business runs under the main company name, Lee Valley Tools.

Lee Valley also has a manufacturing arm, called Veritas Tools. Veritas makes many woodworking hand-tools, including hand planes, marking gauges and other measuring tools, router tables, sharpening systems, and numerous other gadgets. Veritas does research and development activities for the factory line, and has developed and patented many innovative designs.

About one third of their total sales volume is in products of their own design. The vast majority of these are Veritas® brand products made by Veritas Tools Inc. They have a research and development team of 11 people and 130 more in manufacturing. And they have a number of customers earning royalties on products that they manufacture based on designs received from them.

 

Lee Valley Representative Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday February 23, 2018 @ 07:45 PM

A representative from Lee Valley will present on Friday evening at St. John Fisher Basil Auditorium.

Lee Valley will have tools for sale available the following day February 24, 2018 at CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

 


Hand Plane Usage

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday March 10, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Alan's Workshop

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00 Add to cart

Take your woodworking to the next level with hand planes. This is an abbreviated class from the 4 day extensive classes offered in the past (“Plane Identification and Repair”, “Plane Tune Up”, “Sharpening”, and “Advanced Hand Plane Usage.” Session exercises shall include flattening a rough sawn board (in case you don’t have a jointer or a jointer wide enough for your plank) and jointing two edges of table top planks for jointing/finishing.

Participants should bring rough planks and hand planes if they own them. If not, materials and tools will be available in the session for anyone who needs them. Participants will attempt to achieve “finish ready” board surfaces with hand planes and card scrapers (with out sanding).

 


Mark Hedin: National Lecture and Workshop

Mark Hedin PictureMark Hedin is no stranger to woodworking, having been self-employed in the trade for the last 20 years, both as a custom homebuilder and a maker of high-end cabinetry and freestanding furniture. Mark received his education in the areas of design, architecture, and craft by attending classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball State, and Miami University before completing his undergraduate degree at Indiana University. As owner and operator of Heartwood Builders, Inc., Mark’s craftsmanship and eye for design received publicity in local newspaper coverage of one of the unique and energy efficient custom homes he designed and built. Mark won the MASW Student of the Year award in 2010–the same year he completed his Masters. Mark is now a full-time member of the MASW staff and continues to fulfill commissions for custom work on the side. When he’s not wrapped up in the world of woodworking, he enjoys spending time with his two young beautiful children.

 

Mark Hedin Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday March 16, 2018 @ 07:45 PM

Mark’s Friday night lecture will show some of his work, his student’s work, and the work of those that inspired him. Mark will talk about the process of Infusion and how wood and other materials can be impregnated with resins, the reasons why you may want to do this, and the techniques involved.

 

Mark Hedin Workshop

Instructor: Mark Hedin

Date/Time: Saturday March 17, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$50.00 Add to cart

Come learn from one of the world’s foremost leading experts on the subject of decorative and structural applications for resin in the context of woodworking. These simple but relatively unexplored processes and techniques will change the way you view porous materials, inspire you to try these techniques yourself and undoubtedly set your work apart from others.  Imagine what can be done with wood once it has been permanently stabilized as a material and the less than desirable traits of this material have been overcome. Envision stunning resin based inlays and glass like stylized furniture panels that beg the question, “What is that made of?  How did he do that?” Discover the only pore filling furniture finish that is unaffected by either water or alcohol.  Learn to cast your own one of a kind blank for either decorative details in flat board work, or turning blanks.

At Mark Hedin’s Saturday Workshop, Mark will discuss and demonstrate many resin based techniques as well demystify the various types of resins available on the market, their general working properties, and which ones he recommends for different woodworking applications.  Demonstrations will include surface stabilization/topical infusion, 100% cellular vacuum stabilization and dying and double dying your material during this process, the different types and uses of inclusions that can be used for resin based inlay techniques, utilizing fiberglass/carbon fiber/Kevlar for strength and aesthetics in woodworking, options for decorative surface treatments when casting panels with resin for furniture components, casting large turning blanks with a variety of resins, the necessary equipment to do resin work and considerations when purchasing such, the machining properties of each resin, safety concerns, and material and informational resources.

Though no one material is the “silver bullet” product for woodworking, resins have been generally over looked and underutilized in the word of woodworking.  From choosing adhesives for dissimilar materials to understanding the backbone of certain inlay techniques to turning beautiful but structurally unsound wood into something stronger and more durable than the original sound wood, this seminar will open your eyes to a world of possibilities you may never have considered.

 


Shaker Oval Box Making

Instructor: Bob Couture

Date/Time: Saturday April 07, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 6 people

$30.00 Add to cart

Participants will construct a Shaker oval box (size #2, 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ high) using commercial 1/16″ veneer in cherry, walnut or anigre. Top ] and bottom materials will vary. Materials and specialized equipment will be provided. The class will extend over two sessions because of the need for the steam bent sides to dry. It is expected that some work at home will be required to fit the top and bottom, and to finish the box.

There will be a presentation with handouts that will cover the construction process, material selection, construction of the forms and steam box, and other projects that make use of the techniques used in the workshop.

After some clean up of the pre-cut sides, participants will steam bend, tack and dry the sides. Boxes must then dry on the forms. In the second session, bottoms will be individually fit, pinned, and glued. The band for the top will then be steam bent, and formed around the bottoms for a tight fit. The top can be fitted at home using the same techniques, and the participant can choose and apply a finish.

Bring these tools if you have them:

  • Exacto knife with standard blade, fine carving knife, or utility knife
  • Pencils
  • Tack hammer or other small hammer
  • Fine needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters (can be part of needle nose plier)
  • Sand paper, #80 grit to #220 grit with sanding block
  • Manual or power hand drill with 1/16″ bit

There will be a material fee of $35. The forms can be borrowed for the duration of the class, or purchased for $35.

 


Bob Van Dyke: National Lecture and Workshop

Bob Van Dyke PictureAfter 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, CT Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.

Bob’s approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn “by doing rather than by watching”. Successful contemporary furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob’s classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that require mastery of a combination of hand tools and machines.

 

Bob Van Dyke Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday April 27, 2018 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s presentation, Bob will talk about his work and experiences as woodworker.

 

Bob Van Dyke Workshop

Instructor: Bob Van Dyke

Date/Time: Saturday April 28, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

$50.00 Add to cart

Workshop subject matter is TBD.