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 limited to 5 students.

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

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

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. Class is limited to 5 students.




 

Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

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.







Member $175 Non-Member $225

 

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

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.




 

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.





 

Inlay Master Class with Janita Baker

July 17th and 18th, 2021
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $215.00, Non-Members $265.00

This workshop will be a two day hands on class with demonstration of techniques by the instructor. We will start with a simple design to learn how to cut and shape shell and then inlay it into a piece of rosewood. Participants are encouraged to bring their own projects to inlay and should contact me (2bluelion@gmail.com) concerning suitability of a piece if they have questions. The surface to be inlaid should be unfinished hardwood, flat (or very slight curved, such as a radiused fretboard) and preferably in a dark wood color. It is more difficult to inlay into light wood (like maple or cherry) for a variety of reasons which we’ll discuss in class.

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 in the materials fee ($40.00) (see note):

  • 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: Because there is no way to predict what materials each participant may use, the materials fee is based on a participant using everything listed above. 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.]

 

Janita 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

Janita Baker has been playing mountain dulcimer for over 40 years; through her recordings, books and appearances at festivals and workshops across the United States she has become well-known for her teaching skills and Blue Lion Dulcimers, which she builds with her husband Robert. As a solo performer on the mountain dulcimer, Janita presents her audiences with a wide range of musical experiences including classical, traditional, Hawaiian, blues, ragtime, swing and original instrumental pieces. A gifted story teller, Janita delights her listeners with a warm and personal sharing of her music and introduces to her audience and her students the incredible complexity, variety and beauty of the mountain dulcimer.

Since 1977, Blue Lion has been offering acoustic guitars and mountain dulcimers of the highest quality. We pride ourselves on the level of craftsmanship and aesthetic style for which our instruments are known, and continually strive to perfect our craft.

We began building instruments in the mid-1970's; when Robert gave Janita a mountain dulcimer she fell in love with the instrument and she began using it on stage with their band. At that time, it was very difficult to find a high quality mountain dulcimer (at least on the West Coast) that met performance standards. We were doing some instrument repair and inlay work for a local music shop, and it was a natural step to go from there to trying our hands at building. Janita and Robert built their first mountain dulcimer from scratch using walnut from Janita's grandad's Illinois farm.

From that point, Blue Lion became our business. We set up shop in the old garage and spent the first year or so building and modifying the prototype for what is now our Style II model. With great support from friends and family we were able to survive those first few years; it's not easy convincing folks that Californians can build a decent Appalachian folk instrument!

We have been blessed with great success and acceptance in the dulcimer community; while we initially expected to build guitars for a living, with an occasional dulcimer here and there, just the opposite has happened. We have built approximately 100 guitars since 1977 and over 4000 dulcimers.

Our instruments are not manufactured on an assembly line but are individually crafted by the two of us to the highest standards possible. We combine the best elements of traditional tools and equipment with modern high precision machinery to produce instruments of unsurpassed quality and excellence. We moved into our current shop building in l985 which allowed us to improve our production output. We build approximately 150 dulcimers a year in production runs of 25 to 40 instruments per run.

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The fee for the class is $215 for members (which includes the materials fee of $40) and $265 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 $215.00 Non-Member $265.00

 

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.