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Open House – April 22, 2017 10am-noon

Posted by on Apr 18, 2017 in Feature, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Open House – April 22, 2017 10am-noon

Open House – April 22, 2017 10am-noon

We will be having our 5th annual Open House next weekend.  Take a tour of our main woodshop and timber frame workshop.  Hand tool demonstrations will include carving, dovetail joints, and even guitar making.  This is the perfect opportunity to meet our instructors and learn more about upcoming programs. No cost to attend, but please register...

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2017 Saratoga Woodworking Showcase

Posted by on Mar 25, 2017 in Feature, Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2017 Saratoga Woodworking Showcase

2017 Saratoga Woodworking Showcase

For the 5th year in a row, we will have our regular booth at the NWA Woodworking Showcase in Saratoga next weekend (April 1 and 2, 2017).  In addition to our regular activities and demonstrations at our booth, three of our presenters will also be featured demonstrators.   Martin Macica will be teaching “Edge Joining Made Simple” at 3:30pm on Saturday, Jacob Fruchter will be teaching “Hand Tools for Finish Carpentry” at 10:30am and Logan Simms will be teaching Sharpening & Using Card Scrapers at 12:00pm on...

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Thanks for a Great Season!

Posted by on Oct 28, 2016 in Feature, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Thanks for a Great Season!

Thanks for a Great Season!

We’ve had a great season here at Maplewood with full workshops and lots of activity!  Our 1 Day Sharpening and 1 Day Joinery Saturday classes were very well received.   A few of the classes went into the early evening, with a lot of ground to cover in one day, but participants seemed to enjoy the opportunity to learn the basic skills of sharpening or joinery in a single day. We’ve also had good feedback on some of our newer classes, including a dovetail drawer class taught by Arien and Jacob. Our 4th annual Hand Plane...

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Maplewood Video!

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Feature | 1 comment

Maplewood Video!

Here is a video showing the Maplewood workshop in full swing!  Many class participants have told us they enjoy learning in our spacious timber-framed woodshop.  Our facility is equipped with 18 hand-made workbenches and complete sets of hand tools, so those attending classes do not need to bring tools (unless they would rather use their own).   Don’t forget to check out our class schedule for details and registration information on upcoming...

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Hardwood Spatula Workshop

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014 in Feature | Comments Off on Hardwood Spatula Workshop

Hardwood Spatula Workshop

Our 7 week Hand Tool Skill Building Series ends with a class in Shaping Wood. It is an excellent way to learn about grain direction and curved work.  Here you can see some of the hardwood spatulas that participants made as they honed their shaping skills using spokeshaves and other hand tools.   Use the subscribe area to the right to sign up for updates on upcoming classes.     We are considering offering this 6 week series on Friday afternoons this Fall (Nov-Dec.)  The six weeks...

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Building Hand Tool Skills

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Feature | Comments Off on Building Hand Tool Skills

Building Hand Tool Skills

We are half way through our six-week Thursday hand tool skill building series.   In the first two sessions, participants learned to sharpen chisels and planes.   In the 3rd session, instrument maker Martin Macica taught the principles of hand-cut dovetail joinery using traditional methods and tools. The class consists of both beginners and experienced woodworkers looking to add some techniques to their repertoire.  Jeff Kadlic, who owns his own guitar making company Champtone Guitars, participated in the first two weeks of these classes to...

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Hand Plane Restoration Class (with slideshow and video)

Posted by on Dec 7, 2013 in Feature, Videos | 4 comments

Hand Plane Restoration Class (with slideshow and video)

Can an old rusty Stanley hand plane really be brought back to better-than-new condition in only a few hours?   In our recent hand plane restoring class, fifteen woodworkers spent their Saturday cleaning, flattening and sharpening a plane that would become theirs to keep.  By the end of the day, everyone was using these old Stanley #4 workhorses to raise panels, create roundovers, plane rough stock four-square and take shavings of less than one-thousandth of an inch.   We spent the morning going through the three stages of restoring...

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Timber Framing Class (with video)

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Feature, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Timber Framing Class (with video)

Timber Framing Class (with video)

We always enjoy our Introduction to Timber Framing Class here at Maplewood.    Participants spent three days building a timber-framed sawhorse that incorporates three traditional timber framing joints, including the angled knee brace.    This is a “hand-tool only” workshop, so beams are crosscut with hand saws and mortises are drilled with antique beam drills (otherwise know as a “boring” machine or beam auger). Maplewood...

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Guitar Making Class (with video)

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Feature, Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guitar Making Class (with video)

Guitar Making Class (with video)

On Saturday, September 14th, Martin Macica shared his insights from over 30 years of fine instrument making during an Introduction to Guitar Making class at the Maplewood Center for Common Craft. Some of the participants had experience building instruments, while others were simply interested in learning more about the craft. Martin uses hand tool techniques, some of which he has developed himself, to accomplish tasks where many other guitar makers would use machines. For example, he demonstrated the process for adding the binding to the...

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Restore an Antique Handplane

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Feature, Uncategorized | 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...

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