|Me Pointing To The Packet|
This time I was asked to teach two full weeks of French marquetry in addition to two different classes over the weekend. It was a very rewarding time for me and I appreciate all the help that Marc and his excellent staff provided.
Marc Adams is a person with a very high energy level and his ability to organize and direct such a large and complicated school of woodworking is amazing. As a teacher, I am provided with absolutely everything I might ask for to make my job as easy as possible. He pays my airfare, sets me up in a nice hotel, lets me use his car, feeds me lunch and pays me a good salary. In addition, since I could not teach the craft of French marquetry without the tools, he had his staff build 8 really fine oak chevalets, which are set up in my classroom when I arrive.
The only thing that I can complain about is that there is nothing to complain about!
|Cutting Piece by Piece on a French Chevalet in Indianapolis|
|Stage I Project #2: The Face|
|Stage I Project #3: Beer Coasters|
During the second week I taught a class on Piece by Piece method, and the students made two projects. They cut and assembled three copies of the classic first exercise, the Rose. Then, since they were essentially done by Wednesday, they all completed another project using the Boulle method: Painting in Wood.
|Painting In Wood Exercise|
|Cleaning off the Paper with Water|
|The Excitement of Seeing the Work for the First Time|
|Lots of Roses|
During the weekend, between the French marquetry classes, I taught two different one day workshops. The first class was on how to use protein glues to veneer a column. It is amazing to me that so many different furniture designs in so many different countries incorporated veneered columns in their furniture during the first half of the 19th century. At the same time, it is not at all a common element of furniture made today. I think that veneering columns is a neat trick, and I have worked out a simple system using Old Brown Glue which works every time.
|Column Ready for Cutting Seam|
|Having Fun Re Gluing the Seam|
At the end of the class I had three columns, in different stages of completion.
|Old Brown Glue, Jig Set Up, Tools Required, and Final Results|
The second day of the weekend was a lot of fun and I had a very large class. Everyone got a wood jig and a back saw and a packet of veneer and cut out "tarsia geometrica" elements. They all got a chance to build assembly boards and glue down variations of their design. I think it would be a good idea to expand this topic into a full week class in the future, both at MASW and also here at ASFM.
|The Cube, a classic example of "Tarsia Geometrica"|
Marc asked me to return next year and I agreed to teach again in August. The weather was great and I look forward to the experience.
If you want to see more pictures of his school, and my class, visit his site: MASW Photos
The only down side, if there were any, to teaching at Marc Adams is that I need to ship 100lbs of tools and materials. You cannot imagine what goes through the TSA inspector's minds when they open my bags and find such strange stuff...