Allan Breed
School of Woodworking

Teaching the design and construction of American 18th century furniture.

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.

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April 15 – April 19, 2019

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.

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April 8 – April 12, 2019

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.

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April 27, 2019

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.

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May 6 – May 10, 2019

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.

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May 20 – May 24, 2019

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.

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June 10 – June 14, 2019

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.

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July 8 – July 12, 2019

Carved Footstool

There isn’t a project much better than a stool to cover lots of hand woodworking skills, from basic joinery to carving.

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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.

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