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Maplewood Featured on FineWoodworking.com

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Feature | Comments Off on Maplewood Featured on FineWoodworking.com

Maplewood Featured on FineWoodworking.com

At the recent Saratoga Woodworker’s Showcase, Fine Woodworking.com  contributor Joe Larese stopped by the Maplewood booth and spoke with one of our young woodworkers practicing hand-cut dovetails.    The video was posted recently on the Fine Woodworking website along with a nice article describing our goal of passing hand-tool skills on to future generations of woodworkers.  As it turns out, Isaac is just one of over a dozen young students learning traditional joinery methods using hand tools.   Our upcoming one-day workshop for...

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Northeastern Woodworking Show in Saratoga Springs, NY

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in Feature | Comments Off on Northeastern Woodworking Show in Saratoga Springs, NY

Northeastern Woodworking Show in Saratoga Springs, NY

Our booth at the 23rd annual Northeastern Woodworking Association Show in Saratoga was busy, to say the least.   Throughout the weekend we conducted informal demonstrations on timber framing, guitar making, spoon making and tuning up hand planes.   Over 500 attendees entered our drawing for the workbench.   Our friend Bogdan Piatek stopped by the booth and took some great pictures (below). Workbench winner announced ! Congratulations to Tony Barreara of Niskayuna whose name was drawn from...

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Small Scale Agriculture

Posted by on Mar 16, 2013 in Feature | 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...

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Spring Classes Have Begun!

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Feature | 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...

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