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You'll learn to cut beautiful exposed joints like these, useful on all types of furniture.
At Fine Woodworking, we’ll go anywhere in North America to find the right author for any given topic. We set a high bar for the quality of information, and readers appreciate that. That’s what makes it hard for staffers to get articles into the magazine. Although most of us are accomplished woodworkers in our own right, we pick our spots.
Our art director, Mike Pekovich, is something of an exception. As insightful and skillful as anyone who has written for FWW, Mike already has 10 articles to his name, and a number of video workshops. His reputation as a patient and effective teacher is also growing. To that end, we give Mike as much time as we can to get out on the road and teach classes.
If you have time to go to Marc Adams School of Woodworking this summer, you’ll find Mike teaching two amazing classes:
A 6-day class (7/29 to 8/3) on building an Arts & Crafts entry table, and a power-packed one-day workshop (8/4) on sharpening, with some great hand-tool exercises thrown in.
Our contributing editors and authors travel the country holding classes and workshops. Consult our schedule for information on where we’ll be next.
Mike is a longtime student of the Arts & Crafts style, and a master of its exposed joinery. You’ll come away with a beautiful, tile-topped entryway/sofa table, but more importantly you’ll get all of Mike’s tricks and tips for cutting joinery precisely and efficiently, using a mix of machines and hand tools.
One of Mike’s other missions is spreading the joy of hand tools, and he knows that true sharpness is the gateway. He turns this much-debated topic into a series of can’t-fail steps for chisels, plane blades, and even the (formerly) tricky scraper. In one day, you’ll become a hand-tool user for life.
As you can tell by now, I can’t recommend Mike enough. By the way, he’ll also be teaching at the next FWW Live event, August 8-11, in New Haven, CT.
In six days with Mike, you'll build one of these beautiful tile-topped entryway/sofa tables in the Arts & Crafts style.
In Mike's one-day hand-tool workshop, you will experience true sharpness, and find out exactly how to get there every time.
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I'm signed up for the class to make the entry table at Marc Adams' this summer and I'm looking forward to it. I was out today looking for a supply of white oak so I can start preparations.
Just wanted to echo what Steve Bluhm has said about the video workshops: they are the number one reason for my taking out a subscription to the website and despite living in the UK, I also bother to order copies of some the the DVD's. These workshops have taken me from enthusiastic bungler to intermediate wood worker and I am now getting confident enough to start designing my own pieces rather than simply copy your plans. The UK seems to be woefully lacking in ways to learn the craft so I really rely on FWW to keep me going. The videos really make it feel as though you have a private tutor working with you.
Now we just need you to start thinking about FWW - UK (hint, hint).
A suggestion box is a great idea. We just need to figure out a mechanism for it. Stay tuned. Love the video workshop ideas. As you know, We have tons of them online already for members, starring both Mike and Garrett, and we have more Mike coming up soon. Plus we are about to release a workshop on a cabinet with curved veneered doors. So great minds think alike!
Great job on the new site. I didn't see a "suggestion box," so I thought I'd leave you a note here. (a suggestion box might be a good idea to help drive content on the site and in the magazine)
Taking a week off and doing nothing but woodworking would be great, but it's a bit out of my reach as a husband and father of two with an engineering practice to maintain. The next best thing would be to get more video workshops together from experts like Garrett Hack and Michael Pekovich. A video of an expert working is worth a thousand articles, and I would be willing to pay a premium for the opportunity.
While I'm here, a video workshop on vacuum veneering both flat panels and curved pieces would be great, and a tool review of shapers and shaper cutters to follow up Speetjens "consider a shaper" article would be great.
Keep up the good work!
This is a beautiful piece.
This week's prize is a 7-piece router bit set from Whiteside valued at $118!
The Shakers had this diminutive design pegged
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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