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Forum topic by Betsy posted 05-31-2008 05:42 AM 1730 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-31-2008 05:42 AM

As you know, I’ve just recently visited Kelly Mehler’s school in Kentucky and blogged about my experience and what I learned. I’d be interested to hear about the schools others have attended, the good and bad, etc. I’m hoping that I get some good feedback so I can start planning for my next vacation next summer. I certainly will be visiting Kelly’s school again, but want to see what other options and experiences you all have had.

Thanks in advance.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 05-31-2008 06:39 AM

I have given you a review from the school of hard knocks in my tips and tricks blog.

That’s the only woodworking school I have attended. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-31-2008 07:31 PM

I haven’t been there yet, but this July I will be taking a class at the Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, Or. The class is going to be Chris Schwarz and is all about handsawing. A week of handsawing! I liked your blog on your woodworking vacation. I’ll see if I can do the same for my class.

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#3 posted 06-01-2008 02:06 AM

School of hard knocks…. hummm where is that? I’ve never heard of it—- wait, I may have been introduced to that school just outside of Hope, Arkansas.. Not a fun school. Expensive to!

Mike’s school sounds much more fun.

Looking forward to your blog Mike. I hear Chris puts on a good, entertaining class.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 06-03-2008 04:47 PM

In June 2007 I took a one-week class, curves and veneers, at Inside Passage School of Fine Woodworking near Vancouver, BC.

It was a great time. I found Robert Van Norman to be a very nice guy with a good sense of humor, and a great teacher. They teach a nice blend or power and hand tools there. But the emphasis, at least in my class, was really on developing fine hand tool skills. The location is beautiful too.

I highly recommend Inside Passage for anyone looking to improve their hand tool skills or interested in James Krenov’s methods of work. I plan to go back.

-- johnjoiner

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