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Project by corpmule posted 01-21-2013 03:53 PM 2603 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just completed the 6 Day Foundational Woodworking class at the Heritage School of Woodworking. I’m very glad I did that. It was well worth the time and money. It’s a good curriculum teaching basic woodworking joints and techniques. I feel I have a much better ‘foundation’ to build on now.

These projects turned out better than I thought they would (as I was building them). Yet, I discourage anyone from looking at them too close. :) You WILL see a lot of mistakes! laffs. I learned, I have a lot to learn! :) I need a lot of practice. But, I also learned, it can be done.

The instructor was Frank Strazza. A very good teacher and a Master Woodworker of the highest caliber and talent. Not to mention just a really nice guy. Take a look at “The Rose Table” he built and won best of show in Texas Furniture Makers Show. It’s a work of art!

The curriculum for this course belongs to Paul Sellers. It is the same information in his book and DVD set “Working Wood 1 & 2: The Artisan Course.”

As well as what he teaches in his new woodworking school, New Legacy School of Woodworking.

And via his new online Woodworking Masterclasses (of which I am a registered).

Sorry about all those “plugs” but, I really feel this is a quality program that Paul developed. If I could afford to travel to New York and take the course directly from Paul Sellers, I would. But, the Heritage course was much closer to me, making it more affordable and still very valuable.

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#1 posted 01-21-2013 03:59 PM

I took the Heritage course a few years ago and loved it. Excellent instruction and worth every penny.

-- Beth, Oklahoma, Rambling Road Designs

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#2 posted 01-21-2013 06:32 PM

Very nice work! I am a big fan of Paul Sellers.

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#3 posted 01-21-2013 09:44 PM

Nice work I want to build a table similar to yours

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#4 posted 01-22-2013 02:35 PM

Nice work. There needs to be more classes like this, or ones that he can take on the road across the country. Did they teach any photography in the class….;), my neck is strained after looking at your first two pics.

Thanks for posting the links too. I’ll be using them.

-- Just a man with his chisel.........

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#5 posted 01-22-2013 04:19 PM

It looks like you learned a lot. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 01-22-2013 04:48 PM

These are all done very well


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#7 posted 01-22-2013 06:43 PM

@DouginVa, I don’t know why those pictures turned sideways. :) It didn’t give me a choice to rotate them. Those pictures were at the correct orientation on my camera (phone) and, computer file system. (shrug)

Maybe if I rotate them the wrong way when I upload them, the Lumberjocks software will rotate them back to the correct orientation. laffs.

I really enjoyed that class. It’s perfect for someone starting out. Now, my view of most of the other videos I’ve purchased or seen is more like those guys just saying “Look what I can do.” :) Instead of teaching you how to do it. But, that’s probably due to my lack of experience and knowledge.

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#8 posted 01-22-2013 10:16 PM

I used to live in Waco and we would go out to Homestead Heritage pretty often to eat at their cafe. I always wanted to take one of their classes. The furniture they have in their shop is absolutely incredible. True craftsmanship.

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#9 posted 01-22-2013 10:30 PM

You ain’t wrong! The food is really good. Especially the deserts! :) And the furniture they make is really high quality.

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