Education and Classes

Please note:

  • You must be a Guild member in good standing to attend classes. Members of other recognized Woodworking Groups or Guilds will be considered Members for purpose of class registration. Non-members may join here.

  • Liability Waivers plus Equipment Operation and Safety Training should be completed before the start of class. 

  • To apply for tuition assistance from the Master Class Scholarship Program, click here for an Application Form.

 

2021 Class Schedule

 

Cutting Board Class with Eddie Heerten

January 16th, 17th, and 24th, 2021
Cost $50.00 - Class is full. Registration Closed.

In this class you will utilize the band saw, jointer, planer, table saw, router and any other tools the instructor deems necessary to build your own cutting board.

Each student will need to supply the following materials:

    1. One piece of Cherry 35 inches long 6 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
      One piece of Walnut 35 inches long 4 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
      One piece of Maple 35 inches long 6 inches wide and 1 inch thick.
    1. Very important that the wood is one inch thick.
    1. Skill level beginner.
    Students will provide own wood.

The projected schedule:
Class 1 - Saturday, January 16, 2021
Class 2 - Sunday, January 17, 2021
Class 3 - Sunday, January 24, 2021

The fee for the class is $50. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.

 

Wood Flowers Class with Angie Burbank

February 6th, 2021
Cost $50

Join Angie Burbank and learn how to create Wood Flowers in this class.

The fee for the class is $50. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.

 

Beginning Wood Turning with Cliff Daniels

February 13th and 14th, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $50.00 - Class is full. Registration Closed. Wait list only.

This class will provide an introduction to wood turning. Learn the basics of the wood lathe, turning tools, sharpening, and safety.

The fee for the class is $50. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.

 

Intermediate Wood Turning with Cliff Daniels

February 27th and 28th, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $50.00 - Class is full. Registration Closed. Wait list only.

This class will take you beyond the basics of wood turning. You will turn a project such as a small bowl or box with a lid. You will need to provide your own wood for this project and preferably bring your own tools. Instructor will provide details on wood and supplies.

The fee for the class is $50. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.

 

Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

This class has been cancelled by the instructor, 1/6/2021

March 6th and 7th, 2021
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $175.00, Non-Members $225.00

While a wall-mounted cabinet is a great way to store tools, it's not always the most practical solution. If you haven't set up shop yet, or need to frequently move your tools, then a tool chest might be a better way to go. A while back I had made a travel chest to take along when I teach, and it has become a home-away-from home for me. While protecting your tools is a big concern, a tool chest should also act as a work station allowing fast, easy access to the tools you need when you need them.

Over the weekend, I'll demonstrate:

-Sizing a tool chest for the tools you have (and the tools you want).

- Tips for dovetailing larger case parts.

- Accurate no-math layout for through mortise-and-tenons.

- Sawing and chopping through mortise-and tenon joinery.

- Strategies for square, gap-free case glue-ups.

- Making a frame-and-panel lid at the tablesaw.

- A fast method for hinging the lid.

- Making a simple lid stay.

- Sizing and making a dovetailed drawer.

- A no-headache method for installing locksets.

- Organizing tools with partitions

- Simple shellac and wax finish

 

Bio

Mike Pekovich, author of the best-selling The Why and How of Woodworking, spent his college years studying furniture making, fine art, and graphic design, and he's been putting those skills to use designing and building furniture ever since. He also stays busy as a teacher and author, as well as the art director at Fine Woodworking Magazine.

There is a consistent theme in Mike's furniture making, teaching and writing: While there are fundamental woodworking skills and techniques that you have to know in order to do good work, there's more to building furniture than just that. How you put those skills together into a logical step-by-step approach to building will determine the success you have in the shop as well as how enjoyable the time you spend in it. Mike's focus is on helping you to determine the roadmap that will get you to the end results you're striving for as easily and and as stress-free as possible.

The fee for the class is $175.00 for members and $225.00 for non-members. Members of other recognized Woodworking groups or guilds may sign up at the Member rate. The extra $50 for non-members will be applied toward Guild membership should you decide to join the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.

This class has been cancelled by the instructor, 1/6/2021

 

Mentoring Session with Mike Cunliffe

March 20th, 2021
9:00am-10:00am
Cost $Free$ with membership

Mike has broad commercial and feature film experience and is known for his work with Southern Living, Cooking Light and Recipes.com. Mike will share his film making expertise with you so that you too can produce amazing videos of your fine woodworking projects.
The equipment of choice will be your cell phone camera. The first goal is for you to understand a cell phone camera’s full video and editing potential. Also, you will learn how to highlight your project’s features of interest while minimizing all video and audio distractions. Of course you can expand what you learned to family gatherings, children and grandchildren’s sporting events and more.

This live streaming session is a benefit of membership and that means FREE!
Links to join us on Zoom will be emailed before the meeting.

 

Woodturning With Carbide Tools with Angie Burbank

March 27th and 28th, 2021
Cost $50.00

Learn about carbide turning tools and how to work with them on the lathe.

The fee for the class is $50 and is limited to 5 students. You must be a member in good standing to attend.
You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.




 

Woodworking Fundamentals Class with Ray Ziegler

Classes are from 9:00am to 4:00pm unless otherwise scheduled by instructor
April 10th and 11th, 2021
April 24th and 25th, 2021
Cost $50.00

This is a demonstration class that will provide an introduction to woodworking. This class will certainly help beginners, but will also be of value to all woodworkers that want more information to improve the results of their projects.

This demonstration class is based on a Fine Woodworking article and video by Michael Pekovich, “Making a Table from One Board”. We will follow his concept and expand upon it to suite our needs.

The class will include:

  • Design concepts
  • Wood selection for the parts the project
  • Stock preparation,
    • Re-sawing
    • Getting the stock square 4 sides
    • Sticking
  • Final sizing
  • Joinery - I will be demonstrating several joinery techniques to attach the aprons to the legs including, Pocket screws, Dowels, Domino, and Mortise and tenon.
  • Shaping Techniques,
    • Tapering Legs using the table saw, band saw, and joiner
    • Beading the apron
    • Cutting a curve on the bottom of the apron
  • Table top glue-up
  • Assembling the table

The projected schedule:
Class 1 - Saturday, April 10, 2021
Class 2 - Sunday, April 11, 2021
Class 3 - Saturday, April 24, 2021
Class 4 - Sunday, April 25, 2021

The fee for the class is $50 and is limited to 30 students. You must be a member in good standing to attend.
You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.




 

Mentoring Session with Marty Schlosser

April 17th, 2021
9:00am-10:00am
Cost $Free$ with membership

Many of you have been lucky enough to attend one of Marty’s amazing sessions over the past few years. Marty and his wife are Snow Birds who visit Orange Beach every winter. About half way through their stay Marty goes into woodworking withdrawal. His solutions was to find a group of woodworkers and AWG was the beneficiary of his search.

Marty is locked up in Canada this year but he will join us live on Zoom. That means you can see him, hear him, make comments and ask questions while he tells us all about his latest project, two corner cabinets for a small dining room. As always, you can expect Marty to take us from beginning to end of the project. He will focus on pre-project functional and artistic design decisions and the many woodworking techniques used to produce beautiful cabinets.

This live streaming session is a benefit of membership and that means FREE!
Links to join us on Zoom will be emailed before the meeting.

 

Finishing Master Class with Alan Noel

May 1st and 2nd, 2021
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $175.00, Non-Members $225.00

Regardless of how perfect the joinery is or how beautiful the wood species is, the first thing the eye sees on a piece of furniture is the finish. For many woodworkers, the joy of designing and building their own furniture grinds to a halt when the time comes to apply a finish, as they fear their creation will be sullied with a lousy finish job.

Choosing and applying a finish can be a bewildering task, starting with the dizzying array of product choices and ending at times in disappointment once they are applied. In this class, Alan Noel, a professional furniture restorer with over 35 years of experience, will be your guide to unraveling the mysteries of furniture finishing. Alan will illuminate the criteria for selecting the right finish for a project, so the finish provides the needed level of protection and achieves a look and feel appropriate for the piece.

You'll learn the how's and why's of top coats, what's compatible, what's not, and the pros and cons of spray finishing, versus brushing or wiping. Your color eye will be honed as you learn the nuances of staining and dyeing, how to use coloring agents in combination and the secret to color matching. Alan will share tips for getting your finishes smooth and even as well as tips on how to "go backwards" when an application goes awry plus how thinners are the real secret to fine finishing.

So come ready with pad and pencil plus all of the questions you can think of for this two day seminar cram packed with information, demonstration and most of all, clarity to the “mysteries of finishing”.

Please feel free, and class members are encouraged, to bring in any projects to the class for discussion. All tools and materials will be supplied by Alan.

 

Bio

I am Alan Noel, the proprietor of Noel’s Woodworx here in Atlanta Ga. and have been a professional restorer for over 35 years. I have extensive experience in a wide range of finishing and restoration techniques. I have also written columns for Finishing and Restoration, Professional Refinishing, Home and Gardens Wood Magazine and Highland Woodworkings' monthly Wood News Online for the last twenty plus years and I teach a series of classes there throughout the year. I have also taught my skills throughout the Southeast and have served as a finishing consultant for various cabinet and furniture manufacturers throughout the Southeast.

The fee for the class is $175.00 for members and $225.00 for non-members. Members of other recognized Woodworking groups or guilds may sign up at the Member rate. The extra $50 for non-members will be applied toward Guild membership should you decide to join the Alabama Woodworkers Guild.
You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.







Member $175 Non-Member $225

 

Workshop Wiring with Terry James and Bill Newman

May 8th and 9th, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $50.00

Class format: The class will consist of instructional lectures, demonstrations and an opportunity for hands-on experiences for the participants.

What topics will be covered: Basic electric theory, voltage, current, power, energy, resistance and impedance. These topics will be introduced to ensure that the participants have a common understanding of the terminology and concepts. After the introduction of these basic concepts, the instructors will discuss the topics of: circuit design, circuit sizing, voltage selection (120V vs 240V), circuit protection, conductor ratings, switching circuits, basic wiring techniques, and other associated topics. The participants will be encouraged to ask questions to ensure that their interests are addressed.

Prerequisites:
None

Tools or materials required that are not included in the class fee: The participants are asked to bring a screwdriver, a pair of lineman’s pliers, wire cutters and wire strippers if they have these tools. If they do not have these tools, the instructors will have tools that can be shared.

The fee for the class is $50. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.




 

Bandsaw Box Workshop with Bill Newman

May 29th and 30th, 2021
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $50.00

Bill is working on a new Bandsaw Box for this years class.
Details coming soon.

The fee for the class is $50. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.





 

Mentoring Session with Doug Stowe

June 19th, 2021
9:00am-10:00am
Cost $Free$ with membership

If you have ever been in one of Bill Newman’s box classes, you have heard of Doug Stowe and his many publications. Doug teaches at Marc Adams and Connecticut Valley Schools of Woodworking and shares his experience with Woodworking Guilds throughout the USA. Doug is a several times winner of the Vaughn Golden Hammer award for writing in woodworking. His latest passion is teaching woodworking to kids that is exemplified by his latest publication.

During the Live Streaming session Doug will share his thought process as a master woodworking artisan as design considerations are made. Doug will return to the Guild in August for a two day face to face demonstration Master Class on decorative box making. The participant will learn skills that will increase speed, accuracy and craftsmanship in fine woodworking. The skills essential to making beautiful boxes.

This live streaming session is a benefit of membership and that means FREE!
Links to join us on Zoom will be emailed before the meeting.

 

Inlay Master Class with Jack Smoot

July 24th and 25th, 2021
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $175.00, Non-Members $225.00

This workshop will be a two day hands on class with demonstration of techniques by the instructor. The first day of the workshop will be spent learning and applying the special skills involved with the art and craft of shell inlay; participants will start with a fairly simple design and learn how to cut, fit and inlay shell; once comfortable with these skills participants can begin work on inlays of their own design and apply them to projects they have brought with them. Usually, such projects offer different challenges and techniques than the sample project demonstrates which allows for further demonstration and learning opportunities.

The workshop will cover the following topics:

  • Working with shell, including design principles, selection, handling and limitations of the material, and use of alternate materials such as recon stone and metal.
  • Uses for shell inlay.
  • Tools and techniques for working with shell, including cutting, grinding and fitting shell and router basics as applicable to shell inlay.
  • Special situations requiring modification of standard shell inlay techniques (for example, inlaying a curved surface, inlaying instrument fretboards, etc.).
  • Sources for inlay materials.

Prerequisites:
No previous experience is required for this class.

Tools or materials required that are not included in the class fee:

Not required but very convenient to have so you don’t have to share. I will be bringing one or two of each of the items that are starred for everyone to use.:

  • * Thin set cyanoacrylate glue (super glue); sets in 10 seconds or less
  • * Needle files: half round, round and needle
  • C Clamps (2) (unless the Guild has a sufficient supply for all participants)
  • Needle nose pliers (if you think you’ll be working with metal)
  • General purpose wire cutter (dikes) if your needle nose pliers don’t have a built in wire cutter
  • Work light (if you have a light that can focus on your work area that can be helpful instead of relying on overhead lighting.)
  • * Sanding block —you can make one out of scrap wood or use a “real” one. It should be comfortable to hold and at least 3.5” long.
  • * Dental pick or sharp stylus, used to help position and/or remove inlay from routed cavity

Items included:

  • Abalone and mother of pearl blanks (enough for at least two or three small inlay projects)
  • Rosewood blank (1 per participant) for first project
  • 2/0 jeweler’s saw blades (4/student kit)
  • [Note: In addition, I will bring lots of extra inlay material (several varieties of shell, recon stone and square brass wire) which will be available for purchase. Each participant will be given a material purchase list and they can add (or subtract) from that list to keep an accounting of the materials used; purchases (or refunds) will be payable to me.]

 

Jack will have available for purchase the following items:

  • Extra jeweler’s saw  blades in various sizes
  • Extra router bits
  • Assortment of shell blanks of various types (priced per piece) including white, gold and black Mother of Pearl, Abalam Paua, abalone, sea snail, pink mussel (most are .040” thick)
  • Shell dots, and an assortment of precut designs
  • Assortment of recon stone (various colors)
  • Square Brass wire 1/32” & 1/16” —about 2' length or so of each

 

Bio

Woodworking was a natural progression of Jack’s interest from childhood in learning how things are put together.

He built his first mountain dulcimers in the mid 1980’s: the first for his daughter and the second for himself, as a means of giving her a way to pursue traditional music, as well as for them do this together. Those dulcimers were built according to a 2-page instruction in a 1985 edition of The Woodworker’s Journal. Jack continued to build as well as play the instruments whose name means ‘sweet sound’.
It was also at a dulcimer gathering that Jack met his now-wife, Sally. Sally introduced Jack to the John C Campbell Folk School, where his first class was in dulcimer building under the instruction of dulcimer builder, Horger Knight; they became friends. When the school was looking for additional dulcimer instructors, Horger recommended Jack, and Jack began teaching there in the mid 1990’s; he continues to teach week-long dulcimer building classes. He has also served on the folk school’s board of directors.

After retirement from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources as an historic site administrator at a grist mill and covered bridge, Jack and Sally moved to Brasstown, NC, to enjoy the folk school and surrounding community. His work in his home shop includes building dulcimers, ukuleles and an occasional washtub bass; he also made the Windsor chairs around the dining room table. His work in instrument building led to an interest in developing inlay skills.

Jack graduated from Southeast Missouri State University in 1975 with a major in art and minor in philosophy; in his own words, “virtually useless in the job market”. Subsequent jobs included work as a chimney sweep, a public school art teacher, an upholsterer, and an exhibit designer/builder at the Missouri state museum; the latter led him to his longterm career in historic preservation.
He has been a long-time member of the Society for the Preservation of Old Mills, and has served on its board.
Jack has been known to tell a story or two, and to enjoy a good martini….but only after closing down the woodshop. He is also especially proud of an extensive rubber chicken collection, including his rubber chicken inlays, one of a kind.

He is grateful for his ability to enjoy woodworking, as well as for the opportunities to pass on what he has learned.

The fee for the class is $175 for members and $225 for non-members. Members of other recognized Woodworking groups or guilds may sign up at the Member rate. The extra $50 for non-members will be applied toward Guild membership should you decide to join the Alabama Woodworkers Guild.
You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.







Member $175.00 Non-Member $225.00

 

Decorative Box Making Master Class with Doug Stowe

August 21st & 22nd, 2021
9:00am-5:00pm
AWG Woodworking Education Center
Cost $175.00, Non-Members $225.00

When you met Doug Stowe you will soon learn that he is a most accomplished woodworker. Doug is known throughout Arkansas for his unique custom furniture. But after being with Doug for a short period of time, you will know him as a professional woodworker whose passion is the creation of unique decorative boxes and providing hands on woodworking experiences for kids.

Doug will conduct a two day face to face demonstration Master Class on decorative box making on August 21 and 22, 2021. The participants will learn skills that will increase speed, accuracy and craftsmanship in all fine woodworking. These are the skills essential for creating beautiful boxes but also crucial to creating attractive and structurally sound wall cabinet, sugar chest, tool chest, and all types of furniture that include the box as a basic structural component.

Doug teaches at Marc Adams and Connecticut Valley Schools of Woodworking and shares his experience with Woodworking Guilds throughout the USA. He is a several times winner of the Vaughn Golden Hammer award for writing in woodworking. His latest publication focuses on teaching woodworking to kids.

In an article written for Arkansas Online, Stowe’s accomplishments were highlighted by Laura Jo Hightower. She writes, “Stowe runs his hand over his latest work of art, a gorgeous, 8-foot long, 3-inch thick silver maple slab he has planed and sanded to the consistency of velvet. The feel of it is so sumptuous, it's difficult to pull one's hand away. It will eventually be a dining room table, the place a family from Little Rock will gather for family dinners and celebrations.”

“Stowe is a woodworker, obviously, and a craftsman, certainly, but he actually has a plethora of titles: He founded the Eureka Springs Guild of Artists and Craftspeople in 1977 and is one of three co-founders of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts, which has been educating a new generation of artists and craftspeople for nearly 20 years.”

Doug has influence the arts in Arkansas in many ways throughout his career. He's is the creator of the Wisdom of the Hands Program at Eureka Springs' independent school, Clear Spring School. While developing this program, Stowe became an expert in "educational sloyd," a Finnish system that emphasizes education through handicrafts. His philosophy that developed through his research into this system is in bold type across his website: "I have found that nearly everything in human life is enriched if your hands are engaged in its exploration."

Not only will Doug Stowe’s workshop stress sound woodworking techniques but his artistic considerations that have guaranteed that his little boxes are neither made of ticky tack nor sit on a hill top all the same.

The fee for the class is $175.00 for members and $225.00 for non-members. Members of other recognized Woodworking groups or guilds may sign up at the Member rate. The extra $50 for non-members will be applied toward Guild membership should you decide to join the Alabama Woodworkers Guild.
You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.









Member $175 Non-Member $225

 

Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

August 28, 2021
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $100.00

Each year the Guild builds kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities for a Habitat for Humanity Holiday House. This class will take you through the complete steps of building cabinets, from face frames, carcass construction, doors, dovetailed drawers, finishing, and installation in the home. You work in teams of 4-5 people and everyone gets to do every step of the project. Starting the end of August and finishing with installation mid December, the class will meet once or twice a month to complete the cabinets.

Class 1 - August 28, 2021 - Orientation and Face Frame Build
Class 2 - September 4, 2021 - Carcass Construction
Class 3 - September 11, 2021 - Drawer Boxes
Class 4 - October 2, 2021 and possibly October 4, 2020 - Doors and Drawer Fronts
Class 5 - October 23, 2021 - Spray Finish
Class 6 - November 6, 2021 - Attach Doors, Drawers, and Pulls
Class 7 - Early December - Installation of Cabinets at Holiday House
Class 8 - TBD - Holiday House Dedication

The fee for the class is $100. You must be a member in good standing to attend.
You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.