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bbrown

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04-14-2021 10:39 AM

Hi folks,

I was not sure where to post this, and hope it’s OK to do so here.

I started a new hand tool and carving school in the midcoast village of Camden, Maine: Maine Coast Workshops

This interview Popular Woodworking outlines my vision and goals. Needless to say it’s been a tough go, starting this during the Covid government restrictions! We have some of the world’s best artisans as teachers and still have lots of spots available. Classes will be very small so lots of one-on-one time.

Again, hope it’s Ok to post this.

Thanks,
-Bill

Maine Coast Workshop School of Woodworking
MaineCoastWorkshop.com
Camden, Maine
Wm. Francis Brown
434-907-5427

2021 Class schedule
June 14-18, 2021 Alexander Grabovetskiy (from FL) – Classical Carving
June 19-21 Marty Leenhouts (from MN) – Chip Carving
July 5 – 9 Frank Strazza (TX) – Marquetry and Inlay
July 12 – 16 Mary May (SC) – Acanthus Carving ‘Deep Dive’
August 9 – 14 Matt Kenney (MA) – Make a Kumiko Tea Cabinet
September 13-18 Ray Journigan (VA) – Make & Carve the iconic John Elliott Chippendale Stool
October 3-9 Alf Sharp (TN) – Make a Queen Anne Chair

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 04-15-2021 06:34 PM

Probably going to be too far for me to travel for a class, but darned if you don’t have some really talented instructors coming in the weeks to come.

Wishing you the best of luck, wish you were closer to home.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 04-15-2021 06:51 PM

I sure wish you and Ray Journigan would stay here in VA and do that class on the Chippendale Stool :-)

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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bbrown

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#3 posted 04-16-2021 12:03 AM

Thanks for the encouragement Steve and Ken! Ken, Ray Journigan does teach out at the VA Beach Woodcraft. Not exactly close but not as far as Maine! His classes look fantastic.

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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SMP

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#4 posted 04-16-2021 12:07 AM

Wow, i need to make a trip up to Maine. Have been wanting to go to Maine Coast Craft’s school for years, now this, and LN nearby! Plus lobster…

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bbrown

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#5 posted 04-16-2021 12:21 AM

The location is fabulous. Camden is voted one of the top 10 best small towns each year. It also gets rated number one favourite village in Maine by Down East Magazine most years. Many of my students make the trip into a family vacation. Lie-Nielson is 10 minutes down the road. They have a wonderful Open House event each year complete with lobster bake.

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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#6 posted 04-16-2021 04:31 AM

Hi Bill,
I have enjoyed every boat, cabinet, and box that I have built in my life but nothing really compared to the satisfaction I received from seeing my students discover new skills when I finally opened my school.
I know you will find the same amazing feeling watching yours. I wish you the best of luck with the classes and a long run for your school.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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bbrown

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#7 posted 04-16-2021 10:39 AM

Thanks so much Paul!
Stop by and visit some time. Goodness, you could teach a class.

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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jdh122

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#8 posted 04-16-2021 11:05 AM

I’m not too far away – just the other side of the Canada-US border. I have driven to your area to take courses at the Center for Furniture Craftmanship (a fantastic carving class with Mary May) and at Lie-Nielsen (spoon-carving with Peter Follansbee). Very likely I’ll sign up for one of your classes once our border reopens. Looks like an amazing lineup for this summer and early fall.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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bbrown

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#9 posted 04-16-2021 11:14 AM

It would be wonderful to have you join us Jeremy. Sign up for updates on the website and I’ll be posting class info as it comes. I have Mike Pekovich from Fine Woodworking, Al Breed, windsor chair class with Shawn Murphy, and ladderback chairs with David Douyard already lined up for summer 2022. Mary May and other hopefully will return.

How was the class with Follansbee? He is a character – I met him at the Lie-Nielson open house a few years ago. So far he has not had much interest in joining us.

-- Traditional Woodworking & Carving classes at my shop in Coastal Maine: http://www.MaineCoastWorkshop.com

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jdh122

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#10 posted 04-16-2021 06:44 PM

Follansbee was great as an instructor. It was only two days, but if you could get him for a longer class on his joined stool, wainscott chair or other carved 17th-century furniture I’ll sign up for sure if my schedule allows it.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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