Dec
1
Fri
North Carolina Furniture School Master Class, Dec 1: Demystifying Design @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Design is a pursuit. It is an abstract concept that many woodworkers struggle to truly understand. However, like its sibling music theory, visual design does have structure and can be understood. This class will introduce the framework of visual design and help to demystify some of the deeper abstract problems in the process. Participants will learn the terminology of the design language, and methodologies for creating better designs.

We will discuss some key concepts in design and help you to become conscious of them. We will show examples of furniture styles, design evolution, wood selection, and the impact of finishing on the success of a design. After lunch we will have design workshop to reinforce the concepts and teach you to apply the design framework with purpose and intent.

If you would like to bring a woodworking creation of your own, we can critique it with the group so you can gain a greater understanding of how the design in successful, and how it might be improved.

Lunch, refreshments, and materials will be provided.

This is one of our most popular classes, so book your spot early!

North Carolina Furniture School
252.916.8226
info@ncfurnitureschool.com
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513

Dec
2
Sat
North Carolina Furniture School December 2 – 3, Woodworking 101 @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day woodworking course to learn the fundamentals of workshop safety and efficiency. This is a fun two day workshop that introduces the proper use and and maintenance of common woodworking machines and hand tools. We will introduce every aspect of woodworking from material selection to finishing.

Topics include material selection and storage, machine safety, measuring and marking, milling, hand tool use and maintenance, joinery, assembly, sanding, and basic finishing. Throughout each lesson, we will reinforce the necessity of a workshop ethos where safe practices are partnered with efficient production techniques.

This is one of our most popular classes, reserve your seat today!

The North Carolina Furniture School
252.916.8226
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513

 

Dec
4
Mon
Machine Joinery 1 @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 4 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Machine Joinery 1

9:00am – 4:00pm
Monday Dec. 4, 2017
$175.00 includes all materials and lunch

We designed this class to give you a solid foundation in the most common joints used in general carpentry, cabinet and furniture making. The techniques we will focus on in this class will be made by machine. We will use the types of woodworking machines common to most home or small professional shops. These include the table saw, bandsaw, router, and drill press.

The class will introduce you to joint types, applications, and methods for producing wood-to-wood joints using woodworking machines. We will use the types of machines commonly found in home and small commercial shops. The course will emphasize joinery nomenclature, operator safety, cut repeatability, and accuracy. During the class you will produce joinery samples for:

  • Butt Joints
  • Miter Joints
  • Splined Miter Joints
  • Dowel Joints
  • Lap Joints
  • Grooves
  • Dados
  • Rabets
  • Finger Joints
  • Box Joints
  • Dowel Joints
  • Blind, Pinned, and Through Mortise & Tenon Joints
  • Floating Tenons
  • Through, Half-blind, and Sliding Dovetails

 

Dec
5
Tue
Finishing 1 @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 5 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9am – 4pm
$175/person
all materials & lunch provided

Wood finishing can be complex and difficult. There are penetrating oils, synthetic varnishes, lacquers, shellac, dyes, stains, gels, paints, sanding sealers, grain fillers, putties, waxes, solvents, urethanes, and the list goes on. We developed this class to help you understand the various types of finishes available and focus on how when, why, and where to use them.

We will begin with a foundation in material selection and preparation, to help you understand which finishes to choose and for your projects. Then we will discuss the various types of abrasives and explore how, when, why, and where to use them. We will then focus on wood sealers and techniques for coloring wood with dyes and stains. After sealing and coloring we will explore varnishes, film finishes, waxes, and polishes.

In the final portion of the class we will introduce the various types of paints. We will talk about the various types of paints and the quality spectrum. Then we will discuss material preparation and the importance of proper priming; and then explore brushing and spraying techniques.

We will provide handouts for the course content, but encourage you to bring a notebook to record tips and tricks we share with you during the class. As with all NCFS classes, please bring your own safety glasses. If you have questions please feel free to contact Stuart directly by email at stuart@ncfurnitureschool.com or by phone 252.916.8226.

 

Dec
16
Sat
North Carolina Furniture School Class December 16 – 17, 2017: Introduction to Woodturning @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 16 @ 9:00 am – Dec 17 @ 4:00 pm

North Carolina Furniture School Weekend Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning

Join us for two full days of woodturning! This course is designed to introduce you to the tools and techniques for safe, efficient woodturning. It’s a good course for all skill levels because it starts with the basics, provides a strong foundation in shop safety, and launches you right into fast and efficient woodturning. You will gain a solid understanding of common tooling, machine options and features, types of cuts, basic lathe joinery for furniture making, spindle turning, bowl turning, and more!

Both days will begin with a morning presentation and Q & A session, followed by hands-on learning at the lathe. Materials are included. Each student will be provided with an Introduction to Woodturning Information Packet and will keep the woodturnings they make in the class. Samples will include a bead and cove set, cylinders, cones, joinery samples, and a completed wooden bowl.

We look forward to meeting you in person, reserve your spot today – seats are limited and fill very quickly!

Contact:
Stuart Kent
252.916.8226
info@ncfurnitureschool.com
503 Second Street
Ayden, NC 28513

Jan
6
Sat
Introduction to Segmented Woodturning @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Jan 6 @ 9:00 am – Jan 7 @ 4:00 pm

Advance your woodturning skills and join us for an Introduction to Segmented Woodturning. In this class you will learn the fundamentals for making complex vessels from small segments of wood. This technique is dependent on a high degree of accuracy and enables you to build forms using less material, with far greater complexity and infinite variety.

Participants will learn the theories and vernacular for building segmented vessel forms. You will also learn how to create segment sled for making repeatable and accurate segments in your shop. We will explore various methods for flattening rings, simplifying glue ups, workholding, etc. Student will create a basic segmented vessel over the two days. There are 8 available seats for this class and they fill quickly, so register early!

North Carolina Furniture School
252.916.8226
info@ncfurnitureschool.com
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513

 

Jan
17
Wed
Mobile Classroom Demonstration & Class Registration @ Pitt County Senior Center
Jan 17 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come visit us at the Pitt County Senior Center and watch a woodturning demonstration with us in the North Carolina Furniture School Mobile Classroom. We are excited this new partnership and look forward to offering another opportunity to learn woodturning!

Beginning in January we will teach a monthly two hour woodturning class on site at the Senior Center on County Home Road. The classes are open to all ages 18 and up so come out and join us!

Jan
20
Sat
DIY Woodworking – Elevate Your Craft! @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Jan 20 @ 12:16 pm – Jan 21 @ 1:16 pm

Are you interested in doing some woodworking to dress up and maintain your home? Do you have some tools and an interest in crafting beautiful things to dress up your home or office? This class is for you. We will focus on a core set of tools common to most garages, and the kind of things you see professional designers use on television, Pinterest, and Facebook.

Over this fun weekend we will discuss tool safety and proper use, workshop organization, making the most of your time in the shop, quick and easy wood joinery, understanding wood movement, wood finishing, salvaging materials like pallets and barn wood, where to buy – and what to do with good quality new materials, what types of fasteners to use – and where, etc… We will also cover tricks and tips for hanging frames and art correctly, so that you can present your objects de’ art like a pro!

12 seats available, call to reserve yours today – they will fill fast!!!
Price for class includes materials and lunch, just bring your safety glasses and hearing protection and be sure to wear close-toed shoes.

the North Carolina Furniture School
503 Second St
Ayden, NC 28513

252.916.8226

 

Feb
3
Sat
Introduction to Woodturning @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – Feb 4 @ 4:00 pm

North Carolina Furniture School Weekend Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning

Join us for two full days of woodturning! This course is designed to introduce you to the tools and techniques for safe, efficient woodturning. It’s a good course for beginners because it starts with the basics, provides a strong foundation in shop safety, and launches you right into fast and efficient woodturning. You will gain a solid understanding of common tooling, machine options and features, types of cuts, basic lathe joinery for furniture making, spindle turning, bowl turning, and more!

Both days will begin with a morning presentation and Q & A session, followed by hands-on learning at the lathe. Materials are included. Samples will include a bead and cove set, cylinders, cones, joinery samples, and a completed wooden bowl.

We look forward to meeting you in person, reserve your spot today – seats are limited and fill very quickly!