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Scroll Saw Your Favorite Family Photo or Pet Into a Puzzle
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, September 09, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: Eye protection and dust mask
Description: Students can bring a 8-1/2" by 11" copy of your favorite photo. This could be a photo of your family, wedding, favorite vavaction or pet. Students will be attaching this photo to a wood blank and then cutting a 48 piece jig saw puzzle of the picture. Students and their family and friends will have fun putting the puzzle back together. Since this class will not be spending time on an overview of scrolling, some previous experience with the scroll saw is helpful. At the end of the class, each student will have a customized puzzle to bring home.
Tuition: $75

Fun With Veneering - A Hands-on Class
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Friday, September 11, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: Eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: Veneering today doesn't require any special skills and can be quickly learned. Whether you have a concern for the environment or the scarcity of select hardwoods, veneering provides the means to use beautiful figured woods at a fraction of the cost of solid wood. It also allows woodworkers to use more stable substrates such as plywood and MDF and still achieve beautiful results. In this hands-on class, Mickey will demonstrate the tools, and materials used that are necessary to cut, join, and clamp veneers as well as the various clamping devices such as mechanical and vacuum presses. In addition, Mickey will discuss how veneers are made and the best sources for them. This introductory hands-on class will give students the opportunity to prepare veneer that will be glued to their own substrate. This class is also a prerequisite for further project related classes that will be offered in the future. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $125

Introduction To Steam Bending - Build A Carryall With a Steam
Instructor: Victor D'Alfonso
Class Times: Saturday, September 12, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, September 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye & hearing protection
Description: Building a carryall with a steam bent handle is a two-part class spread over over two days. After watching a short demonstration on how to steam bend the handle for this project, students will have the opportunity to do their own steam bending. The class is developed around building a carryall that requires a curved handle allowing for free access to the tray. In addition to the steam bending, students will learn how to cut box joints which are used for joining the sides of the carryall. Each students will come away from the class with the knowledge to tackle their own steam bending projects. Vic will also cover how he made his steam box so students will be able to construct their one in their own workshop. Tuition fee includes all materials and supplies.
Tuition: $200

Learn How To Flatten and Thickness Boards By Hand
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, September 15, 2015 5:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: None
Description: One of the main goals in fine woodworking is to prepare all wood stock to finished dimensions by first flattening one side and then planning the opposite face in order to achieve a desired thickness. While a jointer planer and thickness planer are important machines in a well equipped wood shop, not everyone has them and if they do, their capacity to prepare wide boards may be limited. In this clinic, Mickey will demonstrate how to flatten and thickness rough-sawn wide boards by simply using some common layout tools and hand planes. An approach that any wood worker can easily master.
Tuition: $65

Make a Shaker Sugar Scoop
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Thursday, September 17, 2015 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: Pencil, flat spoke shave, convex spoke shave, #3 x 25 mm gouge, #8 x 18 mm gouge
Description: Shaker artisans applied precision and care to even the most common objects. This sugar scoop is a handsome design for a very practical application. Students will have the chance to use the band-saw to cut out the rough shape and refine the shape further with hand tools like a spoke shave and carving gouge. A simple finish of salad bowl oil will allow the scoop to be used to prepare many holiday desserts. There is an additional materials fee of $25.
Tuition: $65

Woodcarving For Beginners
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Friday, September 18, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Contact Walpole store for tool list
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to woodcarving through the use of several simple exercises designed to teach students about proper chisel selection and how to keep them sharp. In addition, the carving exercises will teach students about basic design principals along with consideration of wood characteristics and how to read the grain in determining the direction of cuts. These simple exercises involve low relief type carving and can be the basis for learning more advanced skills as they apply to carving in the round and other forms of woodcarving.
Tuition: $120

How To Make Kitchen Cabinets Hands-on Series
Instructor: Tony Bratton
Class Times: Saturday, September 19, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, September 26, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 03, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, October 17, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: pen/pencil & paper, cordless drill/driver and camera
Description: This is a four part hands-on series spread over four consecutive Saturdays on how to make your own kitchen cabinets. In the first class, students will learn to make and assemble a miniature version of a kitchen cabinet complete with a face frame. Students will learn techniques that will make it easy to create strong and accurate cabinets without cutting corners. Students will also see examples of how to take their woodworking projects to the next level. In Part 2, students will focus on the inside of the cabinet, starting with how to drill the holes for shelf pins then going on to see several ways to make drawers including making a dovetailed drawer box using specials jigs. Class 3 is where students will learn the safe and effective way to use a set of cope and stick router bits to make the three parts of a frame and panel system. The method can be used for cabinet doors, end panels or wainscoting. In Part 4 and final class, all elements of the first three classes will be brought together. Students will learn how to mount drawer fronts, install hardware, hang doors and install the cabinetry. Still photos will be allowed throughout the series and there is an additional materials fee of $138. A $200 discount off the class tuition fee of $680 will be provided to students who sign up for all four classes at once.
Tuition: $680

How to Make Through Dovetails By Hand
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Sunday, September 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: set of bench chisels, dovetail backsaw, combination square, mallet, coping saw, marking gauge
Description: Making dovetail joints by hand can be a challenge but easily learned through a methodical approach. In this hands-on class, Andrew intends to teach students how to make through dovetails by hand easily and efficiently. With a series of exercises, students will develop the skills and know-how to properly layout and fit the joint using nothing more than hand saws and chisels. This a skill that will no doubt add eye-appeal and bragging rights to your next woodworking project. In addition, this class will create a firmer foundation for those wishing to learn more challenging hand tool skills used in other types of dovetail joinery such as half-blind and hidden, mitered dovetails. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $85

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, September 22, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion.
Tuition: $65

Introduction To Bowl Turning
Instructor: Ken Lindgren
Class Times: Wednesday, September 23, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, September 24, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: eye protection
Description: This two-evening class is intended for beginners and for those who wish to brush up on their bowl turning skills. Ken will begin by a review of safety precautions followed by a discussion and demonstration of the turning tools needed along with methods and proper sharpening techniques. Students will also learn about wood selection and grain orientation and the use of face plates and chucks. Under close supervision, students will be assigned to their own lathe where they will learn to turn one or two small bowls by the end class. There is an additional materials fee of $25.
Tuition: $120

The KISS Philosophy On Wood Finishing
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: Notebook and pencil
Description: So you just finished constructing your masterpiece and you are suddenly aware that you now have to put a finish on it. So you go to the store and suddenly find yourself confronted with shelves of cans of all sorts with advertising that says this is the best finish since sliced bread! Who or what do you want to believe. In this class, Mickey will clear up those confusing questions and more by guiding students in the fine art and mysteries of choosing the proper finish. Students will learn the difference between materials and where and when to use them such as shellac, polyurethane varnish, and oil finishes just to name a few. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and enthusiasm to this fun and informative class. Here's an interesting question. Do you know why M&Ms don't melt in your hand? The first student to answer correctly will win a bag of M&Ms. Don't miss out!
Tuition: $65

Getting Started in Woodworking
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, October 01, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: notebook and pencil
Description: This class is intended to introduce people to the joys of woodworking and how it can enrich one's life. Mickey has been a passionate woodworker and custom furniture maker for over 30 years and will share in some of his experiences that will hopefully excite beginners to pursue woodworking as a favorite past time. He will also provide an overview of various kinds of wood, woodworking tools and machinery and how best to develop your interests and skills.
Tuition: $65

Make A Band Sawn Wooden Box
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Friday, October 02, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: Boxes are fascinating. While an unopened box is only a vessel, a package, or container, it contents are unknown and presents an air of mystery. It lures us with a promise that something desirable lies concealed inside. In this hands-on class, students will be able to create their own air of mystery by constructing a simple box with only the use of the bandsaw, belt sander, and a few common hand tools. This a fun and creative way to stretch your imagination while developing skills that will be useful in other woodworking projects. The finished box will also make a wonderful gift for that special someone on your holiday gift list. All tools and materials are supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $120

Carve a Decorative Fan Shell
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Sunday, October 04, 2015 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: Carving knife, #8 x 18 mm gouge, #5 x 25 mm gouge, #12 x 6 mm V-Part, #25 x 13 back bent gouge, #25 x 6 mm back bent gouge, pencil, compass
Description: The fan or fan shell carving has its roots in New England period furniture of the 18th century. In this class, students will learn the proper geometric layout and carving of this timeless motif that can be used in your next project. Students who have taken this class before may choose to challenge themselves by attempting a different fan design. Some experience in woodworking and tool sharpening is preferred. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $85

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Tuesday, October 06, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Celebrate Autumn with a Scrolled Keepsake Box
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, October 07, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: Eye protection & dust mask
Description: Students will make a keepsake box in the shape of an Autumn oak leaf. Because this box is a celebration of the mighty oak, it is appropriate to use oak as the predominant wood. Since there will be cutting wood up to 2" thick, Some experience with the scroll saw is preferred. Each student will have an oak leaf keepsake box to take home.
Tuition: $85

Getting the Most From Your Tablesaw Without Shedding any Blood or Tears
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, October 08, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: The tablesaw is considered to be the focal point of any well-equipped workshop. This class is designed primarily for the beginner just starting out in woodworking and to introduce students through hands-on experience the safe and proper way of using the tablesaw and avoiding an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. Mickey will demonstrate the basic operations of ripping and crosscutting along with the proper setup and blade selection for each of the operations. In addition, various jigs will be demonstrated and used to augment the tablesaw's versatility in making wood joints safely and efficiently. This class will also be a prerequisite for more advanced courses that involve tablesaw use.
Tuition: $65

Carve a Decorative Pineapple
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday, October 15, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: 30 or 35 mm x #5 straight gouge, 20 mm x #5 fish tail gouge, #12 x 6 mm V- parting tool, short & straight carving knife, mallet, eye & hearing protection
Description: The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality in New England. In this two evening class, students will be able to take their carving skills and knowledge to the next level by completing a high-relief carved pineapple that can be hung from your front door as a sign that a hearty welcome awaits within. Mickey will cover the development of the full-size pattern and have students cut out their carving blanks on the bandsaw before carving can begin at the bench. Close attention to detail will be stressed along with learning how to precisely control chisel movements and execute delicate details while creating and texturing a historic decoration.
Tuition: $130

Introduction to Routers 101
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Sunday, October 18, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: The router is considered to be the most versatile power tool in any workshop. In addition, it offers a means to complete complex tasks efficiently. In this class, Andrew will provide insight through a series of demonstrations on how a hand-held router can be employed safely in a variety of basic tasks used in wood joinery as well as edge and surface shaping. There will also be a demonstration of various jigs that can be employed with the hand-held router. Time permitting, students will be given a hands-on opportunity to perform certain tasks under close supervision of the instructor. By taking this class, students will have a fundamental understanding of the router that will be helpful in future, more advanced woodworking classes. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $85

Wood Turning Series - Beyond the Basics
Instructor: Ken Lindgren
Class Times: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, October 21, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: personal turning chisels
Description: This two part series of classes is designed for students with prior woodturning experience. Learn to go beyond the round, functional shapes. Learn to handle interrupted cuts easily and safely. Learn to use unusual pieces of wood containing bark, knots, cracks and voids. Create pieces that combine artistry with functionality or create totally useless, non-functional wood art. Let Ken help you learn to go outside the box with your thinking and listen to wood as it talks to you. Students can provide their own wood or can obtain wood from the instructor for a nominal fee. Ken has been a full-time woodturning artist and teacher since 2003.
Tuition: $120

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, October 22, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion.
Tuition: $65

Make a One-of-a-kind Cutting Board
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Friday, October 23, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection,
Description: Are you tired of your plain old wood cutting board made from square blocks and straight lines? In this class, students will be given an opportunity to make a unique, one-of-a-kind cutting board that can either liven up your kitchen or be used as a holiday or house-warming gift. With the use of exotic and colorful bent wood laminations that are sandwiched between solid pieces of wood and incorporating common machine and hand tools, students will walk away with their very own cutting board, ready for use. There will be extensive use of the router table and cabinet scrapers. which will be provided by Woodcraft. There is an additional materials fee of $20.
Tuition: $85

Make a Stackable Wine Bottle Rack
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Saturday, October 24, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, October 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 4 - 6
Tools Required: None. Woodcraft will supply all the necessary tools
Description: Create a handsome storage for your favorite vintages. Every woodworker looks for a project that they can make in one or two days or mass-produce for welcome gifts. In this two day, hands-on class students will make a pleasing design of just four different interlocking parts that will easily assemble like Lincoln Logs. In this class students will build a basic two-rack system that will allow the holding of up to 12 wine bottles. The system can be easily expanded in the future if more storage is required. There is an additional materials fee of $35.
Tuition: $130

Scroll Saw 101
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Description: Step into the classroom and right up to the scroll saw, even if it's your first time using one! We'll get right down to several practice exercises that increase in difficulty as you go. Cover these items: Overview of scroll saw history, types, parts and uses. Introduction of the four major steps for every cut. Transfer of patterns to wood and completion of simple cuts: straight, wavy, jagged. Cutting of a simple object on the scroll saw. Use of the loop method to create continuous, flowing cuts. Use of a drill bit to start interior cuts and completion of the cuts on the scroll saw. Use of a backing board to cut very small objects.
Tuition: $75

Introduction To the Bandsaw
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, October 29, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: none
Description: The bandsaw is capable of many useful operations in the workshop that include re-sawing, cutting curved parts and an efficient backup to cutting wood when a table saw or chop saw are not practical. In this class, Mickey will explain and demonstrate the basic operation and uses of the bandsaw that also include several useful jigs to maximize the bandsaw's efficiency and accuracy. Students will also learn how to setup and align the machine using various blade sizes and teeth configurations along with proper maintenance practices and trouble shooting.
Tuition: $65

Traditional Milk Paint From Antique to Contemporary
Instructor: Bill Hammond
Class Times: Sunday, November 01, 2015 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 8 - 12
Tools Required: none
Description: Milk paint is at least as old as ancient Egypt. The early American settlers used it simply because there was no manufactured paints available until the middle of the 1800s. Milk paint is often used on traditional antique reproductions, but contemporary woodworkers may enjoy the subtle variations in color it provides. Bill Hammond, Woodcraft's resident wood finishing expert will cover application techniques, antique effects, and contemporary finishes including new decorative products to take your project to the next level. Bill will also cover historical French gesso painting.
Tuition: $65

Make a Holiday Ornament With the Scroll Saw
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, November 04, 2015 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This is a great class to put your scroll saw knowledge and techniques to work while making a holiday ornament under the close supervision of scroll saw expert, Melita Quesada. Students will get to choose an ornament appropriate for Thanksgiving, Christmas or Hanukkah.
Tuition: $75

Fundamentals of Hand Plane Selection, Setup, and U
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, November 05, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 3 - 8
Tools Required: hand plane if available
Description: Hand planes are at the core of the woodworker's tool set, but must be properly tuned to get consistent results. The details of setup, adjustment, and technique can make the difference between frustration and success with the hand plane. This course will equip students with the understanding and skills to directly apply to using hand planes in your workshop. Students are encouraged to bring in a hand plane if available, as this course will be hands-on as well as a lecture and demonstration.
Tuition: $65

Fundamentals of Wood Finishing
Instructor: Bill Hammond
Class Times: Saturday, November 07, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 14, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 8 - 12
Tools Required: notebook and pencil
Description: This is a two day series broken up into three parts spread out over the course of two consecutive Saturdays that introduces students to the fundamentals of wood finishing. Bill Hammond, a professional finisher and furniture restoration expert, will cover the following in this series: Part 1 starts off by addressing the characteristics of wood such as grain and color, wood surface preparation using abrasives and cutting edge tools and how to address grain raising issues. Part 2 covers methods and techniques in applying and coloring wood using dyes and stains and discussing the pros and cons of both. In addition, there will be a short discussion on using chemicals or mordants to also alter the color of wood. Part 3 in the series looks into various final finishes that include the use of oils or film building finishes such as shellac or varnishes along with a discussion on the various available products and their corresponding pros and cons. There will also be a discussion and demonstrating of "finishing the finish" through the use of various abrasive materials to bring about a more uniform surface free of dust and brush marks if present. This series should clear up any confusion or mysteries surrounding one's ability to achieve a near-perfect finish.
Tuition: $165

Make A Chippendale Fretwork Mirror
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, November 12, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday, November 13, 2015 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection
Description: One of the most popular mirror forms in the 18th-Century and still today, is the Chippendale fretwork mirror. The ornate and intricate shapes of the frame were copied from Japanese "cloud forms" first seen by cabinet makers on furniture imported from China. The English designer and furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale was one of the first to incorporate these features on his furniture and it soon became all the rage in both England and the American colonies. While it may look complicated, it is actually pretty simple to make and can be an wonderful addition to your home or office decor. In this two day class, students will be guided through a sequence of woodworking operations involving both machines and hand tools in the making of the mirror frame. There is an additional materials fee of $50 that includes the mirror glass.
Tuition: $165

Introduction To Router Table Use and Techniques
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Sunday, November 15, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: hearing and eye protection
Description: The router table expands the versatility of the hand-held router. In this class, Andrew will demonstrate how the router table can be easily employed safely and effectively in a variety of tasks involving wood joinery, edge and surface decoration, and other useful applications that might be unsafe or impossible with a hand-held router. Various jigs, accessories and router bit selection will also be covered. Time permitting, students will be given the opportunity to practice setting up and making cuts on their own under close supervision. There is an additional materials fee of $10
Tuition: $85

Scroll Saw Drop In Day
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Sunday, November 15, 2015 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 20
Tools Required: none
Description: This is a free clinic and show and tell for scroll saw enthusiasts and for those interested in getting into "scrolling." Woodcraft will have a number of scroll saws set up for a hands-on experience. Melita Quesada, Woodcraft's resident scroll saw expert will be on hand to supervise and answer questions relating to scroll saws and projects. You are encouraged to bring in your latest projects to share ideas and techniques with others and discuss the potential of starting a "scrolling club" at the store. Free refreshments will be provided.
Tuition: $0

Scroll Saw 101
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 9:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: Step into the classroom and right up to the scroll saw, even if it's your first time using one! We'll get right down to several practice exercises that increase in difficulty as you go. Cover these items: Overview of scroll saw history, types, parts and uses. Introduction of the four major steps for every cut. Transfer of patterns to wood and completion of simple cuts: straight, wavy, jagged. Cutting of a simple object on the scroll saw. Use of the loop method to create continuous, flowing cuts. Use of a drill bit to start interior cuts and completion of the cuts on the scroll saw. Use of a backing board to cut very small objects.
Tuition: $75

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Thursday, November 19, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Build An Acoustic Guitar with Scott Dixon
Instructor: Scott Dixon
Class Times: Friday, November 20, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 21, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 22, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 4 - 8
Tools Required: none
Description: Many of those who have played or even admired the beauty of the guitar have shown interest in someday making an heirloom instrument that can be played today and passed on and continued to be played for generations. This class is designed to take a beginner/imtermediate woodworker through the steps to make a steel string acoustic guitar from a kit. You will learn the terminology and techniques focused on many of the specialized processes to complete your personalized instrument. The process is broken down into small steps to familiarize the student with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, abalone inlay and construction of the body including brace trimming/fitting, top installation, bridge gluing/alignment, purfling and final fit up of the neck to body joint using a bolt-on system. Each guitar will be completed leaving the final top coat finish up to the student. Look for other classes designed for finishing techniques. Two models will be available to choose from, either Sapele or Sycamore. Tuition fee includes the guitar kit along with a hard-shell case.
Tuition: $675

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, December 03, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 3 - 8
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion.
Tuition: $65

Learn How To Carve Wooden Spoons
Instructor: Roy Nielsen
Class Times: Saturday, December 05, 2015 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 4 - 6
Tools Required: #49 pattern makers rasp, #9 x 15 mm straight gouge, curved edge scrapers, card scraper
Description: For thousands of years the spoon has been as common as bread. We use these simple tools everyday and yet they are used also as decoration, symbols, and for ceremonial purposes. Some makers have raised the humble spoon to a high art. A popular method of spoon carving employs the use of only a few edge tools. This traditional approach is primitive yet requires the development of sophisticated carving skills in order to create work more complex than the basic utensil. Roy will help students to begin the mastering of these skills while learning to master the preparation and use of a combination of hand and power tools. As with any craft, a lifetime of learning is ahead. Creating a simple but useful wooden spoon encapsulates the mission and tradition of craft: useful, beautiful, and unique.
Tuition: $125

Getting the Most From Your Tablesaw Without Shedding any Blood or Tears
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, December 08, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 3 - 8
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: The tablesaw is considered to be the focal point of any well-equipped workshop. This class is designed primarily for the beginner just starting out in woodworking and to introduce students through hands-on experience the safe and proper way of using the tablesaw. Mickey will demonstrate the basic operations of ripping and crosscutting along with the proper setup and blade selection for each of the operations. In addition, various jigs will be demonstrated and used to augment the tablesaw's versatility in making wood joints safely and efficiently. This class will also be a prerequisite for more advanced courses that involve tablesaw use.
Tuition: $65

Cabinet Scrapers - Use and Care
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, December 10, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Basic cabinet card scraper
Description: The cabinet card scraper is one of the most powerful but least understood hand tools. If sharpened and used properly, it can create a wood surface finish far superior to using abrasives and power sanders. In this hands-on class, students will learn the proper sharpening methods and techniques necessary to achieve a consistent sharp edge and results. Mickey will also introduce curved edge scrapers and how you can make your own from discarded tool steel. Learning how to use the basic cabinet scraper will immediately elevate your skill and abilities in fine woodworking.
Tuition: $65

Build A Router Bit Storage Cabinet
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Sunday, December 13, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Intermediate
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: Tape measure, combination square, pencil, eye & hearing protection
Description: The skills taught in Andrew's previous router classes will be practically applied in this one day hands-on project class. In the making of a router bit storage cabinet, students will complete a series of tasks which will result in a handsome cabinet suitable to store their router bits in. Students will be encouraged to set-up the router for several steps themselves under Andrew's close supervision. The goal of the class is to give the woodworker more hands-on experience so they can complete projects more independently and with confidence. There is a materials fee of $40.
Tuition: $110

The KISS Philosophy On Wood Finishing
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 3 - 10
Tools Required: Notebook and pencil
Description: So you just finished constructing your masterpiece and you are suddenly aware that you now have to put a finish on it. So you go to the store and suddenly find yourself confronted with shelves of cans of all sorts with advertising that says this is the best finish since sliced bread! Who or what do you want to believe. In this class, Mickey will clear up those confusing questions and more by guiding students in the fine art and mysteries of choosing the proper finish. Students will learn the difference between materials and where and when to use them such as shellac, polyurethane varnish, and oil finishes just to name a few. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and enthusiasm to this fun and informative class. Here's an interesting question. Do you know why M&Ms don't melt in your hand? The first student to answer correctly will win a bag of M&Ms. Don't miss out!
Tuition: $65

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Thursday, December 17, 2015 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Introduction To the Bandsaw
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, January 07, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: none
Description: The bandsaw is capable of many useful operations in the workshop that include re-sawing, cutting curved parts and an efficient backup to cutting wood when a table saw or chop saw are not practical. In this class, Mickey will explain and demonstrate the basic operation and uses of the bandsaw that also include several useful jigs to maximize the bandsaw's efficiency and accuracy. Students will also learn how to setup and align the machine using various blade sizes and teeth configurations along with proper maintenance practices and trouble shooting.
Tuition: $65

Fundamentals of Spindle Turning
Instructor: Rick Angus
Class Times: Saturday, January 09, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 10, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye protection & dust mask
Description: In this two day intensive class, Rick will train students in the fundamentals of spindle turning or sometimes referred to as turning between centers. Students will learn about proper turning chisel selection and techniques while developing an eye for making the desired shapes. This class focuses on practicing proper techniques while making a series of totems that serve as a reminder of the techniques learned. Beginning with the roughing out of a square blank and converting it to a cylinder, students will learn and practice planing, chamfer and peeling cuts with the skew chisel. They will then go on to learn how to use the detail gouge by making beads and cove cuts. After considerable practice and coaching, students will move on to discuss what items they can make with their newly acquired skills. Items such as a candlestick holder, mallet, cooking flipper, bud vase, or spurtle to name a few. Students are encouraged to come to class with some simple spindle project ideas. Students are encouraged to bring any turning tools they might have as Rick will also briefly discuss how to keep your turning chisels sharp. This class is the first of two sessions being offered in the fundamentals of woodturning. The next session being offered with Rick will be the Fundamentals of Bowl Turning. Students who wish to sign up for both sessions can qualify for a 10% discount off the class tuition fee for both classes. That's a savings of $45.
Tuition: $225

Getting Started in Woodworking
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: notebook and pencil
Description: This class is intended to introduce people to the joys of woodworking and how it can enrich one's life. Mickey has been a passionate woodworker and custom furniture maker for over 30 years and will share in some of his experiences that will hopefully excite beginners to pursue woodworking as a favorite past time. He will also provide an overview of various kinds of wood, woodworking tools and machinery and how best to develop your interests and skills.
Tuition: $65

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, January 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion. This class is a wonderful prerequisite for hand tool related classes that Woodcraft will be offering in the future. Classes such as the use of bench chisels and hand planes along with cabinet scrapers and how they are used in fine woodworking and furniture making and in particular how to make dovetails by hand and preparing boards for finishing.
Tuition: $65

Introduction to Shaker Oval Box Making
Instructor: Victor D'Alfonso
Class Times: Friday, January 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 6
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: The Shaker oval box is a classic project and one that is fun for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of Shaker oval box making so students can then go on to making oval boxes in their own shop. Each student will be supplied with the John Wilson box kit which includes all the necessary material to make three oval boxes. During the class, each student will make the #3 box (approx. 4-1/2" wide by 7" long) from the kit. The remaining two boxes can be made outside of the class using the new skills and knowledge gained in the class. This one day class focuses on the process and techniques associated with making Shaker oval boxes. Additionally, we will discuss how to make the various jigs and templates necessary for oval box making.
Tuition: $175

Make A Chippendale Fretwork Mirror
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Saturday, January 16, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday, January 17, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection
Description: One of the most popular mirror forms in the 18th-Century and still today, is the Chippendale fretwork mirror. The ornate and intricate shapes of the frame were copied from Japanese "cloud forms" first seen by cabinet makers on furniture imported from China. The English designer and furniture maker, Thomas Chippendale was one of the first to incorporate these features on his furniture and it soon became all the rage in both England and the American colonies. While it may look complicated, it is actually pretty simple to make and can be an wonderful addition to your home or office decor. In this two day class, students will be guided through a sequence of woodworking operations involving both machines and hand tools in the making of the mirror frame. There is an additional materials fee of $60 that includes the mirror glass.
Tuition: $225

Scroll Saw 101
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, January 20, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: Step into the classroom and right up to the scroll saw, even if it's your first time using one! We'll get right down to several practice exercises that increase in difficulty as you go. Cover these items: Overview of scroll saw history, types, parts and uses. Introduction of the four major steps for every cut. Transfer of patterns to wood and completion of simple cuts: straight, wavy, jagged. Cutting of a simple object on the scroll saw. Use of the loop method to create continuous, flowing cuts. Use of a drill bit to start interior cuts and completion of the cuts on the scroll saw. Use of a backing board to cut very small objects.
Tuition: $75

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Thursday, January 21, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Introduction to Routers 101
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, January 27, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: The router is considered to be the most versatile power tool in any workshop. In addition, it offers a means to complete complex tasks efficiently. In this class, Mickey will provide insight through a series of demonstrations on how a hand-held router can be employed safely in a variety of basic tasks used in wood joinery as well as edge and surface shaping. There will also be a demonstration of various jigs that can be employed with the hand-held router. Time permitting, students will be given a hands-on opportunity to perform certain tasks under close supervision of the instructor. By taking this class, students will have a fundamental understanding of the router that will be helpful in future, more advanced woodworking classes.
Tuition: $85

Getting the Most From Your Tablesaw Without Sheddi
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, January 28, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 8
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: The tablesaw is considered to be the focal point of any well-equipped workshop. This class is designed primarily for the beginner just starting out in woodworking and to introduce students through hands-on experience the safe and proper way of using the tablesaw. Mickey will demonstrate the basic operations of ripping and crosscutting along with the proper setup and blade selection for each of the operations. In addition, various jigs will be demonstrated and used to augment the tablesaw's versatility in making wood joints safely and efficiently. This class will also be a prerequisite for more advanced courses that involve tablesaw use.
Tuition: $65

Woodcarving For Beginners
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Friday, January 29, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Contact Walpole store for tool list
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to woodcarving through the use of several simple exercises designed to teach students about proper chisel selection and how to keep them sharp. In addition, the carving exercises will teach students about basic design principals along with consideration of wood characteristics and how to read the grain in determining the direction of cuts. These simple exercises involve low relief type carving and can be the basis for learning more advanced skills as they apply to carving in the round and other forms of woodcarving.
Tuition: $125

Fundamentals of Bowl Turning
Instructor: Rick Angus
Class Times: Saturday, January 30, 2016 9:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 31, 2016 9:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye protection & dust mask
Description: A shallow but functional bowl is the perfect introduction to the fun of bowl turning. Students will be trained in fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques while developing an eye for making the desired shape. Using these techniques, turners cut wood efficiently and leave a smooth and accurate surface in their work. Students will learn how to manipulate the turning tools gracefully by guiding the knife edge along a smooth curve. Various methods of mounting the wood on the lathe will also be covered and discussed. This is session two of Rick Angus' classes on the fundamentals of wood turning. Students who wish to register for Rick's spindle turning class as well can qualify for a 10% discount off of both sessions for a savings of $45.
Tuition: $225