School of Woodworking
Each class at the Allan Breed School of Woodworking will teach the subtleties of design and construction that are so essential for the authentic reproduction of the best 18th century American furniture. The historical background of each piece will be discussed to help the student understand the evolution of the furniture forms built in each class.
Carving in the Newport Style
This class will cover the hallmark Newport elements: concave and convex shells, ball and claw and bracket feet and the Egyptian-like sparse knee carving. I will pass on the basic processes and tricks I’ve learned in making nearly 30 Newport pieces over the years.
How to Use Wood Carving Tools
A step by step approach to carving with hand tools. Carving is as much learning how to see as it is dexterity with the tools, and we will cover both aspects of the craft in this class.
One Day Ball and Claw Class
This one day class will help you understand how to choose the right tool for each element as well as how to modify tools for specific purposes and put all the measurements for the foot on one simple gauge.
Introduction to Hand Tools
This class will introduce woodworkers to basic hand tool use through the process of building a small box with a sliding lid. The goal of this class is to be able to do basic joinery with hand tools. Sharpening and setting up the tools will also be covered.
Shells, Fans, Flowers and Finials
The best pieces of early furniture are distinguished by their decorative elements, so take this opportunity to learn the basics and spruce up your next project with some impressive details.
One Draw Table
Learn how to build a high style country one draw table. This exceptional piece includes dovetailed draws, hand molded surfaces and an ornamental carving.
Wicked Sharp Weekend
Dull tools are the most common impediment to doing good work with hand tools. For this weekend sharpening workshop, bring your favorite tools and learn how to get them as sharp as they can be.
There isn’t a project much better than a stool to cover lots of hand woodworking skills, from basic joinery to carving.
Newport Four Draw Chest
This Rhode Island chest is an iconic example of American design, incorporating concave and convex shells, blocked front and unique scrolled ogee bracket feet.
Dovetails and Draws
Practice drawer construction and cutting full, half blind, angled and blind mitred dovetails by hand.
Would you like a custom class at your location?
I can travel to you to teach weekend or week-long classes. Past classes have included a Rococo mirror, piecrust table, lowboy and ball and claw carving, among others. Some classes can be multiple sessions separated by some working time in between for more complex pieces.
It’s been a pretty busy year so far in the teaching department. I started out in Williamsburg at the “Working Wood in the 18th Century” symposium with some lecturing and demonstrating on the subject of Rhode Island furniture makers. Had [...]
“I think I’m going to have to drop out of the class. This is way over my head”. This is what two students in a carving class once told me after seeing what the project was for the week. [...]