Stuart Kent Demonstrating for the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association @ St. Mark Church
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm
November 6 – 12: SPECIAL MASTER CLASS  “Build the Ultimate Workbench” @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Nov 6 @ 8:00 am – Nov 12 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for a special week-long Master Class and build your own reproduction of the famous Hancock Shaker Workbench. This is one of the most functional and beautiful workbenches ever created. The course price includes instruction, daily lunches and refreshments, and a complete kit with all premium hardwoods, vises, cabinet hardware, consumables, and finishes.

During the course you will learn:

  • how to cut many different joints with a combination of hand and power tools
  • methods for production mass laminating
  • cabinetmaking techniques for doors, drawers, and carcases
  • proper boring methods
  • hardware installation
  • hand tool use, sanding, and finishing

Please plan to bring the following tools. If you are lacking any of these required tools, we can order them for you and have them packaged with your bench kit on the first day of the class for an additional fee. Please call to discuss 252.916.8226

  • Western Style Backsaw or Japanese Pull Saw
  • 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ bench chisels
  • Block Plane
  • Combination Square
  • Folding Rule
  • 5″ Random Orbit Sander

*The class will run daily from 8 – 5. Due to the amount of work required to complete these complex workbenches, and the team nature of the building process, you must plan to be in attendance for the entire duration of the course. 

**if you are not equipped to transport your finished workbench we can arrange for delivery after the class for an extra fee, please call to discuss 252.916.8226

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
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513

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
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513