This course teaches the basics of woodworking through the construction of a Shaker-style bench using 5 boards. Perfect for woodworking students with little to no experience, this course provides the opportunity to become more familiar with the process of woodworking in a guided, hands-on experience taught through furniture building.
Students will have the opportunity to learn about local wood, plan reading, board selection according to grain, cutting to length, joining and furniture assembly. Specific tool use includes block planes, Japanese hand saw, Jigsaw, chisels and more. Each student will be leaving with their own 5-board bench.
Taking place at the our workshop at 140 Hurricane Road in West Keene, Saturday Feb 23rd, students should plan on brining a bag lunch. $100 registration cost includes all materials. Since this course provides an excellent introduction to woodworking for younger students, we have created a special discounted price of $75 for teens 14 -18 (select “teen pricing” at check out).
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This instructor for this course, David E. Matuszek, started woodworking before he could tie his own shoes, though to be honest he couldn’t tie his shoes until he was seven. His father, who was trained in furniture and cabinet making, would have him catch boards coming off the table saw or have him straighten nails that came out of reclaimed lumber. He was also lucky that his father had a set of 19th century housewright tools and encouraged him to try and make his own projects using hand tools. In his teen years David attended William J Dean Technical High School in Holyoke, MA and specialized in precision manufacturing, and worked as a Tool Maker while in college, ultimately earning a degree in History from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.
This diverse background comes together to form his love of all things Shaker. From his 20’s onward David has focused mainly on building Shaker style furniture. He has expanded from that 19th century set of hand tools into a better table saw, jointer, and planer without loosing his basic hand tool skills. Currently he is building a new workshop at his new home; Echo Farm in Lyndeborough, NH where he lives with his wife and daughter. In addition to woodworking David’s other interest include photography, small scale farming, home brewing, and spending time in the outdoors.