Open House

Saturday, June 10, 2017 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Open House 

June 10, 2017

4:00PM ~ 8:00PM

Phil With Chair

Carve a Newport Shell

Monday, June 19, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, June 23, 2017 5:00 pm
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Carve A Newport Shell

Newport Shell

June 19 ~ 23 2017 Monday  ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Phil Lowe

Level: Intermediate ~ Advanced

Tuition: $775 Includes Material

The Goddards and Townsends, 18th century furniture makers from Rhode Island, produced the finest block front furniture ever made. This uniquely American form,  has brought record breaking amounts at New York's best auction houses. This class will explore the design of the Newport shell with close attention given to the over-all modeling, the central scroll motif, and to the undulating curves of each lobe. Learn the techniques that these furniture makers implemented to create this truly masterful piece of work.

Open Studio with Phil Lowe

Monday, June 26, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, June 30, 2017 5:00 pm
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Open Studio with Phil Lowe

 Open stodio

Monday ~ Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM) 

Instructor ~ Phil Lowe
June 26 ~ 30, 2017

Level: Beginner / Intermediate
 / Advanced
Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Open studio is a great way to take on those projects that you've always wanted to. It could be finishing up a project from previous class or starting a whole new one.  Whether it's a table, complex case work or a chair, this is a great opportunity to spend two weeks with a nationally known furniture maker and author.   You can start the class in the design room by developing your project and stock list, then use the well-equipped shop to mill lumber, cut joinery and you will have a bench all to your own and the advice  from a master furniture maker at your fingertips.   This is an opportunity doesn't come along all that often so join us for a great week with others that have the same passion as you.

Small Boxes

Monday, July 03, 2017 9:00 am - Thursday, July 06, 2017 5:00 pm
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Small Boxes

Small Boxes

July 3 & 5 ~ 6, 2017

Monday ~ Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Phil Lowe

Level: Beginner

Tution: $450 Plus Materials

Boxes are always a fun project. This course offers you the chance to make an attractive one in just 3 days, while learning techniques that will allow you to make many more in your shop. Using both machines and hand tools, you'll learn how to cut accurate miters with splines. If you like you can veneer the boxes and apply edging and banding. We will show techniques for gluing together the miter joints, and how to prepare your boxes for a finish, and a quick finish that is as easy to apply as it is beautiful. 

Sketch Up for Woodworkers

Thursday, July 06, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, July 07, 2017 5:00 pm
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Sketch Up for Woodworkers

Scetchup

July 6 & 7 2017 Thursday & Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Derek McDonald

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $ 350.00

Sketchup is a powerful and free computer aided design program perfect for all types of woodworking projects. Whether you are looking to make quick mock-ups, or create detailed build plans, this two day class will help you to beat the learning curve and become a more effective and efficient designer. 
 
This class is perfect for those with little to no 3D modeling experience. Instruction will begin with setting up the program, learning to navigate through 3D space, using basic CAD tools, and creating various woodworking joints. You will then move on to digitally construct multiple pieces of furniture, starting with the basics, then progressing to more complex designs. In addition, you will also learn how to create annotated plans, exploded views, and full scale printable templates. 
 
A laptop with the latest version of Sketchup is required. A mouse is highly recommended

Handtools Only

Monday, July 10, 2017 8:00 pm - Friday, July 14, 2017 5:00 pm
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Handtools Only

Handtools Only

Monday ~ Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Instructor ~ Phil Lowe
July 10 ~ 14, 2017 (One Week)
Level: Beginner

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Discover the secrets of woodworking hand tools. This class is a must for those interested in making the finest woodwork and furniture. Hand tools such as planes, chisels, scrapers and marking gauges only perform well when they are tuned, sharpened and adjusted correctly. Phil will show participants how to achieve all of these tasks and more, so that working with these tools becomes a pleasure instead of a chore. After students have tuned up and sharpened their tools Phil will present the principles of “flat and square” and students will put their tools to work, laying out and cutting mortise and tenon, miter and dovetail joints. This is an excellent class for the novice and the intermediate woodworker.

Build a Work Bench

Monday, July 17, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, July 21, 2017 5:00 pm
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Build a Workbench

Workbench

July 17 ~ 21, 2017

Monday ~ Friday 9:00AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Freddy Roman

Level: Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

 Learn to build a sturdy professional workbench. Any woodworker knows that it is absolutely necessary to have a work surface that is safe, functional, and custom built to suit the needs of its user. 

Making Inlay Bandings

Monday, July 24, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, July 28, 2017 5:00 pm
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Making Inlay Bandings

Banding Class

 Monday ~ Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Instructor ~ Freddy Roman

July 24 ~ 28, 2014 (One Week)


Level: Intermediate


Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Bandings are the ornamentation that makes Federal Furniture so alive with contrast and subtle elegance. This class will be focused on the ways in which these complex bandings are glued into sandwiches and cut to usable lengths that can be applied around exotic veneers. There are many complicated designs, but we will start with some basic laminations and work towards the more complex such as herringbone and arrow bandings. This opportunity will allow you to appreciate some of the clever ways in which this decoration can be fabricated allowing you to add another design dimension to your work.

Get Bending & Shaping

Monday, July 31, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 04, 2017 5:00 pm
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Get Bending & Shaping

Steam Bending

July 31 ~ August 4, 2017 Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Phil Lowe

Level: Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Stepping beyond straight and square will add tremendous oppurtunities to your work. Learn how to steam bend, bend and laminate, cooper,  coopering with sawn profiles, and brick layering. Where to use each technique will open up a world of design options. Learn to build molds for steam bending and bent laminating and jigs for gluing coopered joints and brick layering. 

Cutting & Serving Boards

Saturday, August 05, 2017 9:00 am - Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:00 pm
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Cutting & Serving Boards

cutting boards

August 5 & 6, 2017 9am ~ 5pm Saturday & Sunday

Instructors ~ Freddy Roman & Paul Jasper

Level ~ Beginner

Tuition ~ $360.00 Plus materials 

NEW CLASS!  The cutting board/serving board class is a brand new offering here at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts and was specifically designed with two goals in mind: (1) Allow students to design, build, and take home 2 or 3 cutting/serving boards ranging from professional end grain cutting boards to more artistic and fun hand shaped serving boards.  (2) Be the perfect introductory woodworking class, incorporating both hand tools and machine woodworking, as well as stock processing, glue-ups, shaping, and finishing.  
 
The price of the custom cutting boards alone can justify the class price, but even more importantly you get two full days of woodworking experience and personalized instruction.  Freddy and Paul both enjoy teaching and offer this class as a way to introduce woodworking to a larger audience, so you too can experience the fulfillment of hand-crafting something for your family. 
 
Join us for a fun filled weekend of learning and making before the class fills up!  (maximum enrollment = 9 students)
Freddy Roman is a graduate of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts full time program who runs his own woodworking business restoring and making furniture from his shop in Littleton, MA.  Paul Jasper has is an avid woodworker, studying at several of the Boston area furniture schools, and pursuing the craft for over a decade from his home shop in Framingham, MA. 
 
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Machine Woodworking

Monday, August 07, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 11, 2017 5:00 pm
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Machine Woodworking

Machine 2

Monday ~ Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Instructor ~ Phil Lowe
August 7 ~ 11, 2017 (One Week)

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials 

Machines are a necessary part of woodworking. This class is the perfect class for anyone interested in becoming involved with woodworking. The students will be instructed in the safety and operation of all of the shop machines while building a simple pair of saw horses. The  table saw, chop saw, jointer, planer, band saw, lathe, drill press, mortiser, grinder, and router table are the machines to be covered. This class brings you through the layout and cutting of rough parts, proper milling techniques, ripping, crosscutting, bevel cutting, mortising, setup and cutting dados, and router table techniques. This is a great class for anyone using or wanting to use machines.

Build And Fit A Dovetailed Drawer

Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:00 am - Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:00 pm
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Build And Fit A Dovetailed Drawer 

at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Drawers

Instructor: Philip Lowe

August 12-13, 2017

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Tuition:$275.00

Materials Fee: $25

A well-fitted drawer is one of the defining features of a well-crafted piece of furniture. Many articles, tutorials, and books have been written to address the fitting of drawers, but most have focused on the best case scenario, ignoring a common situation: fitting a slightly imperfect drawer into a slightly imperfect opening.

In this workshop, master craftsman and educator Phil Lowe will demonstrate how to construct a classic dovetailed drawer. Over the course of the weekend students will cover the techniques of proper drawer-making, including how to fine-tune the piece after assembly to ensure a high-quality fit.

 
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Pembroke Table with Alf Sharp

Monday, August 14, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 18, 2017 5:00 pm
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Pembroke Table with Alf Sharp

Pembroke

August 14 ~ 18, 2017, Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Alf Sharp

Level: Intermediate

Tuition: $850.00 Plus Materials

Carriage Clock

Monday, August 21, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 25, 2017 5:00 pm
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Carriage Clock

clock

August 21 ~ 25, 2017 Monday ~ Friday  9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Phil Lowe

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Carriage clocks were early timepieces that could be easily transported. This workshop is a great opportunity to build this classic and to work along side one of the countries premier woodworkers. Past students say that watching Phil at the layout board, where he will develop the design and proportions of the case, is worth the price of the class. After the layout the stock list will be developed and hardware determined. In the shop students will prepare lumber and begin construction. Throughout the class Phil will give pointers on the accuracy in machining of wood and you can marvel at the control and precision he can obtain with simple hand tools. This class is also great way to learn about the router table and running straight moldings with the shaper. Be one of the first to build this heirloom with Phil.

Traditional Upholstery

Monday, August 28, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, September 01, 2017 5:00 pm
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Traditional Upholstery

Ruthjoe

August 28 ~ September 1, 2017

Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Joseph Karagezian

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

This week long class is a great opportunity to spend time learning from a master upholsterer who describes himself as having “been spitting tacks for 60 years”. Throughout the week, Joseph Karagezian will discuss the tools and materials necessary for simple upholstery and the students will upholster a simple slip seat using webbing, burlap, horsehair, cotton and muslin. In the latter part of the class the more advanced technique of spring tying and complex fabric cutting and advanced sewing techniques will be practiced. If you have a simple chair with a slip or spring seat we encourage you to bring it along to work on. Make sure the frame you bring is stripped of its upholstery when you arrive and it is structurally sound. Don’t miss this class as it isn’t offered that often. Learn from a true “Master”.

Getting The Most out of Your Lathe

Monday, August 28, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, September 01, 2017 5:00 pm
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Getting The Most from your Lathe

Turning 2

August 28 ~ September 1, 2017

Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Ralph Rummery

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

This weeklong class will open your eyes to all the possibilities of working with a lathe including spindle turning and faceplate turning.  While focusing on spindle turning, you will learn the grinding techniques for the proper angles of parting tools, gouges, and skews, as well as the honing of the edges needed to make clean proper cutting.  This will present you with the opportunity to learn the safe, correct setup and sequence of cuts to transform basic shapes into beautiful ornamental turnings.  Using the techniques of making cove, parting, and round over cuts, you will be taught to combine them to create complex turnings for candle sticks, lamps, and many more useful and exquisite objects. Another focus of this course is faceplate turning.  With this you will come to understand the set up of faceplate turnings, which are sawn from circular form.  These are the basics for table tops, trays, and lamp bases.  You will apply the grinding and sharpening skills to your tools which will largely contribute to the success of your project and will open up a multitude of faceplate turning possibilities.  Not only will spindle and faceplate turning be covered in this course, but you will also explore the use of chucks to turn knobs and bowls, using a lathe to bore holes, creating index wheels for reeds and flutes, and laying out spirals.  

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