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Marc Adams School of Woodworking 2018 Review

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Blog entry by Matt887 posted 11-09-2018 07:56 PM 245 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My inaugural year of attending classes at The Marc Adams School of Woodworking was an experience like none other. I was unsure what to expect as I found the school after a recommendation from the guys at the Against The Grain podcast not from a trusted friend or colleague. So when I arrived in April for Zane Powell’s Basic Cabinet Making course I was a bit apprehensive. As I entered the building I was surprised to find 20 high quality benches in the classroom and a machine room full of top of the line machinery, and not just one table saw or planer, multiples of everything. I would come to find out each of the machines were fine-tuned beyond belief, especially shocking for a shop that sees so much activity from such a wide range of folks. I would come to find out there were three bench rooms like the one I entered, an additional machine room, a lathe room with what must be 20+ lathes, a hot shop for glass, metal, neon, etc. courses and a tech room for CNC classes… all in all the place couldn’t be better equipped for adult learning.


In 2018 I took;

1) Cabinet Making with Zane Powell
2) Puzzle Boxes with Jeff Volmer (weekend)
3) Charity Build with Marc Adams (weekend)
4) Turning Bowls and Platers with Glenn Lucas
5) Hand Mirrors with Michael Fortune (weekend)
6) Joinery One with Marc Adams

All of these courses opened my eyes more and more to what I am capable of with dedication to the craft, whatever that may be. On Tuesday evenings they have a cookout and the instructors that particular week give short presentations on a sampling of their body of work. Each Tuesday I was there I walked away from the presentations with my mind blown as to what these people had made. From period correct 18th Century offerings from Allan Breed to multi-story glass sculptures from the Valpo Hot Shop, to the modern furniture offerings of Michael Fortune they all have so much to share.

My experience in all the classes was first rate, each course gave me things to bring home to my own shop. That being said, my experience in Joinery One gave me a foundation of joinery I will be able to build on for years to come. The course is fast paced and Marc pushes the students to work at a pace faster than they would like but it all serves a purpose in the end. I had waited all year to attend this class and Marc did not disappoint, this was the most rewarding class I have taken at MASW to date. It is for all the reasons above plus the cafeteria, the famed ice cream machine, the top notch staff, and so many more things that courses sell out quickly every year. I can hardly wait to get the 2019 catalogue, I hope to see you there!

https://www.marcadams.com/

Footnote: MASW has some wonderful lodging options as well

-- "If you want to go fast, go alone... but if you want to go far, go with a team."



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Andre

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#1 posted 11-09-2018 08:34 PM

It is amazing isn’t it, somehow I think that when we find these places it is not luck but fate!
Speaking of my time at Inside Passage, the time spent there and my return visits continue to
shape and change my life, wish I had found it sooner but maybe that is the object of Fate?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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Matt887

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#2 posted 11-09-2018 08:48 PM



It is amazing isn t it, somehow I think that when we find these places it is not luck but fate!
Speaking of my time at Inside Passage, the time spent there and my return visits continue to
shape and change my life, wish I had found it sooner but maybe that is the object of Fate?

- Andre

Andre I agree, part of me wishes I would have found it years ago. But, I am not sure I was ready. I need to check out the inside passage school too.

-- "If you want to go fast, go alone... but if you want to go far, go with a team."

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