What are the best one-week or weekend woodworking classes/courses with an emphasis on hand tools in the country? I’m a self-taught woodworker. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. I’d like to start filling in some of the gaps in my skill set with quality instruction. Unfortunately there appears to be nothing in my home city, Houston. But I’ve got frequent flier miles galore and will travel anywhere.
Here are some specifics about what I’d like to learn (not necessarily in one class).
(1) Veneering/marquetry/inlay (using both hide glue and veneer hammer as well vacuum press).
(2) Architectural/period furniture carving.
(3) Case work construction with hand tools.
(4) tool making
In case it isn’t apparent, I’m particularly interested in period furniture and techniques.
My online research has turned up classes organized by Lonnie Bird and Ernie Conover that seem to fit the bill. Has anyone had experience with them? Any other suggestions?