Our Residency Program members continue to produce some quality work as they continue their discovery of fine woodworking. In class today, someone asked if I was a carpenter. I explained that a carpenter works with great skill but a different focus than I. Woodworking is as varied as the branches on a tree one might say. A good cabinetmaker might work only in veneer or only in solid wood. She may do inlay or carving. There is no one way to be a woodworker or a fine cabinet maker. We learn methods and skills and then choose our direction from there.
In class, former Mastery student Jeff O’Brien shows our Residents about laminating techniques for cold bends. This is a tremendously useful skill when making up small door handles, bending chair rockers or back slats or even bending up a drawer face. Simple techniques producing a variety of results. What kind of woodworking do you want to do? We have the methods to show you.