We had a full and exciting foundational course this past week, with folks from all over the country. Students traveled from California, Georgia, Louisiana and Tennessee, with the rest from the Lone Star State!
Here are a couple of pictures of the students during the week.
For those that are not familiar with our Foundational Course, it is an intense course with a lot of hands-on, as well as lectures, crammed into six short days. We start out by teaching sharpening, then delve right into sawing practice and dovetails, going straight from there into making a dovetailed candle box. This takes up the first two days. On day three we build a shelf using mortise-and-tenons; I even show them how to cut a tapered sliding dovetail. The last three days are spent making a walnut end table, complete with hidden mitered tenons. Of course, the legs are tapered by hand and all the mortises and the arches are cut by hand. Everyone leaves with a completed table!