Once the regular school year is complete in May, College of the Redwoods, here in Fort Bragg, California, continues into the summer with several excellent short courses on a variety of woodworking specialties. Tools and Techniques and Plane Making have been popular courses for many summers now but this summer’s offerings include some very special offerings. The greater Fort Bragg area includes whitewater vistas, deserted beaches, redwood forests, fishing, golf, shopping, a great aquatic/rec center, even a steam train — plenty of fun for the whole family while you’re off honing your woodworking expertise. From the college website:
We are welcoming the return of Yeung Chan and Kevin Drake and presenting our annual class in furniture making fundamentals.
Our first class in parquetry will be presented by Heather Trosdahl, who in her two years here proved able to combine a sense of adventure while keeping in touch with tradition.
Jim Krenov often said he was too much of a coward to build a chair, a common sentiment. Adding to her responsibilites as program director, Laura Mays will be providing guidance in chair creation, joining the summer crew for the first time.
Tool and Jig Making
with Yeung Chan, May 20–24, $525
Introduction to Parquetry
with Heather Trosdahl, June 3–7, $550
Design a Chair
with Laura Mays, June 10–14, $555
Making and Using a Western Saw
with Kevin Drake, June 17–21, $555
Tools and Techniques
with Jim Budlong, July 8–26, $1165
with Jim Budlong, July 8–12, $480
with Jim Budlong, July 15–26, $725
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And, be sure to check out the Midwinter Furniture Exhibition Friday, the first of February (a First Friday in Fort Bragg — monthly ritual when the local galleries and shops stay open late for evening shopping, strolling and schmoozing). This annual show is always a first-rate treat showing some of the finest woodworking ever. And the reception is a great party with current and former students and many friends of the program and woodworking enthusiasts in general. I’ll be at my post behind the bar, doing my best to keep everyone… schmoozable. Don’t miss it!