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UPCOMING LIVE CLASSES

Each 2-hour class can be purchased à la carte and will have a demonstration session immediately followed by a Q&A. It may not be practical for you to work alongside us, but the recording will be published a few hours after each class ends (each class’ recording is free for folks who paid for the class).

WOOD TURNING FOR CHAIRMAKERS with ELIA BIZZARRI February 20th, 1pm Eastern

We’ll talk about turning green and dry wood, and look at how different wood species work in the lathe. Setting up the lathe will be discussed and we’ll look at a few different home-made tool rests. Techniques for sharpening and using the roughing gouge, spindle gouge, parting tool and skew chisel will be shown in detail. Elia will then turn samples of double-bobbin, baluster and bamboo chair legs and answer all your questions. $40 or pay-what-you-can.

 

BOWL CARVING with DAVE FISHER and ELIA BIZZARRI 
Three-part Series: February 27th,  March 6th, March 20th, 1pm Eastern

Dave Fisher’s bowls are the most beautiful bowls I have ever seen.  Plus everyone says he’s the nicest guy you’ve ever met.  We’ll spend three days learned every detial of his process, from choosing the wood, to finishing the bowl.  Join us!

 VELDA’S CHAIR & ROCKER CLASS with CURTIS BUCHANAN & ELIA BIZZARRI
Ten Biweekly Saturdays from April 3rd through August 7th, 2pm Eastern

One of Curtis Buchanan’s most popular chairs, Velda’s Chair has rarely been offered as a class–until now! Curtis and I team up for a 10-episode series to build both the arm chair and rocker versions of Velda’s Chair. We’ll show every aspect of building the chair, from procuring wood through the final assembly. The exact tasks that we cover in a given class may get massaged around a little as we go along, but we promise to finish in 10 episodes.

 


RECORDED VIDEOS

Full 2-hour recordings of the live-streamed online classes.

Purchase the video you would like to watch (or make a donation as your budget allows) and you will receive an e-mail with a password allowing you to view and download the recording. If you don’t get the e-mail within a half-hour, please e-mail Seth (but first check your e-mail spam folder).

TOOL MAKING CLASSES

MAKE A REAMER with ELIA BIZZARRI
This Set Includes 3.5 hours of Instruction in Two Parts

Part 1: Starting with the blade, we look at various types of steel, making a blade from a scrap handsaw blade, grinding the blade, sharpening, honing and turning a burr. Then we look at wood options (lumber and log), sawing the blade slot by hand and by machine, and turning the taper to match the blade. The shaving lands are cut with a chisel and drawknife. We focus on making a six degree reamer for chairmaking, but the same techniques would work for a variety of sizes and tapers.

Part 2: We adjust the cutting depth with either a permanent wedge or an adjustment screw, then we work on two different types of handles, a fixed dowel and a removable tapered handle. We taper the top end of the reamer to a point and talk about using the reamer in various chairmaking applications. $30 for the set.

SPOON, BOWL AND BIRD CARVING CLASSES

FAN BIRDS with JANE MICKELBOROUGH and ELIA BIZZARRI

Jane Mickelborough  joins us from France as she teaches us to make traditional Scandinavian and Russian fan birds. These magical birds can be carved and bent from a single piece of wood in a matter of minutes. Jane usually makes them in the style of hummingbirds with long beaks, but the techniques can be used to make dolls, mobiles and earrings and more. It’s the perfect craft to learn right before Valentine’s Day!

Jane and Elia demonstrate how to carve, split and bend the feathers, talk about tools, make a few birds, show some short how-to videos, and answer all your questions. We’ll also talk about how to make a riving knife like the one Jane uses to split the tail feathers. $20


SPOON CARVING with PETER FOLLANSBEE & ELIA BIZZARRI,
Pt. 1: HEWING THE BLANK 

Part one of this 2-part class looks at axe work in hewing the general shape of a cooking/serving spoon. We’ll talk about wood selection and look at axe shapes. Follansbee quickly demonstrates the techniques he uses to create the general shape of the spoon prior to knife work, then Elia does the process under Follansbee’s watchful eye. Plus a Q&A session. ($20 suggested purchase price)

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SPOON CARVING with PETER FOLLANSBEE & ELIA BIZZARRI,
Pt. 2: KNIFE WORK

We look at a couple different knives; a straight “sloyd/slojd” knife (most folks use a Morakniv #106) and a hook knife. Then we follow through with various knife techniques that come into play as we refine the shape of the spoon. Plus a Q&A session. ($20 suggested purchase price)

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SPOON CARVING with CURTIS BUCHANAN & ELIA BIZZARRI
Through the magic of the internet, Curtis joined me to teach his unique spoon carving technique. I started a 5-year apprenticeship with Curtis 18 years ago, but we had never taught together. He’s one of my favorite humans.

First we whittled a blank, then boiled it in a pot, bent it, then carved a serving spoon. We’ll be using a fairly flat gouge (maybe #3-3/4″ or so), a #8 x 7/8″ to 1″ gooseneck gouge (a straight gouge may work too), drawknife, axe, club, spokeshave, sloyd knife, pencil and straightedge. We’ll talk about materials and tools as we go and we’ll laugh a lot. ($20 suggested purchase price)

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CHAIRMAKING CLASSES

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR PT. 1: STRETCHERS, POSTS AND LEGS
Curtis Buchanan discusses his Democratic Chair plans and we show you how to create the stretchers and spindles. We talk about wood selection and how to split the parts out, then whittle as many parts as we have time for. At the end, Curtis answers students’ questions about tool techniques, wood storage and more.

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR Pt. 2: WHITTLING SPINDLES AND BENDING THE CREST
After whittling the spindles and crest, we’ll bend the crest and talk about drying the parts. We may get into choosing and flattening the seat as time permits. Plus Q&A session 

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR Pt. 3: PLANING THE SEAT, BORING AND REAMING MORTICES
While our green parts dry, we’ll plane the seat and then bore holes for the legs and posts and start reaming the holes to fit. Plus Q&A session.

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR Pt. 4: CARVING THE SEAT
We’ll saw out the front of the seat with a bowsaw, then spend some time learning to use the inshave and start start carving the seat. Plus Q&A session.

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR Pt. 5: ASSEMBLING THE UNDERCARRIAGE
We’ll bore stretcher mortises, measure stretcher lengths, cut tenons and assemble the undercarriage.  Leveling the legs will be covered as time permits. Plus Q&A session.

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR Pt. 6: BACK ASSEMBLY
We’ll bore crest mortises in the posts, tenon the crest, bore spindle mortises, then tenon and clean up the spindles. With any luck, we’ll have the chair fully assembled by the end of this class. Plus Q&A session and a bonus video of Elia repairing his undercarriage from Pt. 5.

DEMOCRATIC CHAIR Pt. 7: MILK PAINT FINISH
Curtis and I will talk about painting spoons and Democratic chairs with milk paint. We’ll cover preparing the surface for paint, mixing and applying milk paint, brush choices, crackle finishes, rubbing the paint out to create a sheen, and top coat options. Plus Q&A session.

LIVE CLASSES

No live classes currently scheduled.

RECORDED VIDEOS

Full 2-hour recordings of the live-streamed online classes:

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“That spoon carving video blew me away. You all need a TV show. I love the format, it worked really, really well I believe. There were good closeups and I liked how Curtis was watching the work and visible right there. It was quite meta.”
– Adam Tracy

A lot of tech: Four video cameras, a micro video camera, ATEM mini pro video switch, OBS broadcasting software, production lighting. Ian Strickland & John Parkinson, videographers; Roy Underhill, part-time videographer; Seth Elliott, moderator

GREENWOOD VIDEO EXCERPTS

Contolling a Split with a Froe

Choosing Splitting Wedges

Attaching a Froe Handle

SPOON CARVING with CURTIS BUCHANAN EXCERPTS

Steam Bending a Spoon Blank

Using a Drawknife to Carve a Spoon

A Hollow-Grinding Jig for Sloyd Knives