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Videos Featuring Maplewood Center for Common Craft

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 | Comments Off on Videos Featuring Maplewood Center for Common Craft

The Maplewood Center for Common Craft was recently featured on Finewoodworking.com Maplewood Center for Common Craft booth at NWA Woodworkers Showcase featured on Saratogian.com (first 20 seconds of...

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Restore an Antique Handplane

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 | Comments Off on Restore an Antique Handplane

Restore an Antique Handplane

By popular demand, we have opened up another Restoring a Antique Stanley #4 Handplane class on April 12, 2014.   The November 2013 class is full.   Participants in this Saturday workshop will have the opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of this trusty stand-by that has served generations of craftspeople.  Best of all, you get to keep the plane you restored at the end of the day! There is still room in our parent workshop (for grandparents too!) is designed to equip adults to introduce hand-tool woodworking to the next generation of woodworkers. This class will include sharpening basics...

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Small Scale Agriculture

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Small Scale Agriculture

Small Scale Agriculture

Beyond the realm of woodworking, the Maplewood Center for Common Craft is also dedicated to the preservation of small-scale agricultural traditions. This June, we will be demonstrating the traditional skill of harvesting hay with hand-sharpened scythes. In the near future, we also plan to offer additional workshops on various aspects of animal husbandry from pasture management and fencing to raising chickens and sheep. The Maplewood Maple Sugar House is also used as an educational facility to introduce the process of making Maple Syrup to the next generation. Built in 2010, this timber...

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Spring Classes Have Begun!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 | Comments Off on Spring Classes Have Begun!

Spring Classes Have Begun!

Classes are currently underway in our hand-tool woodshop and newly completed timber framing shop. Participants in the recently completed Joiner’s Workbench class left with new levels of skill and increased understanding of traditional joinery and time-tested woodworking techniques, not to mention a hand-made workbench that will last a lifetime. Timber framers need sturdy sawhorses to hold freshly cut posts and beams, some over 30 feet in length. In our recently completed Introduction to Timber Framing class, participants delved into the layout and joinery required in timber frame...

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