Passing the Baton: Country Workshops & the Maine Coast Craft School

I keep hearing bits and snatches of news about things down near Marshall, N.C. – home of Country Workshops. In his newsletter from the last part of 2016, Drew Langsner mentioned that things were slowing down. For 2017 there are only 2 tutorials this summer. So I wrote to Drew, asking “Is this it?” “Yup”, … Continue reading Passing the Baton: Country Workshops & the Maine Coast Craft School

Country Workshops, mostly pictures, few words

I had a great group of carvers & box-makers last month down at Drew & Louise’s place. There was so much to cover, I shot some photos, but didn’t really do it justice. Someone should just shoot the table settings/meals. I shot some of the opening night’s pizza, but after a while, it was time … Continue reading Country Workshops, mostly pictures, few words

Two spaces left at Country Workshops’ box class August 2013

Drew Langsner tells me there’s two spaces left for this summer’s box-carving class at Country Workshops. Once these two are filled, there is no second chance for this class in this spot – so if you’re thinking about having a great time down in the western North Carolina mountains, think faster…Then get a hold of Drew … Continue reading Two spaces left at Country Workshops’ box class August 2013

How did I get started? Country Workshops & the Langsners is how

I have a funny job. 8 months out of the year, I answer questions as I work in the shop. You tend to hear some of them over & over again. And again. I’m going to answer some of them here from time to time. Here’s the first one.  How did I get started in … Continue reading How did I get started? Country Workshops & the Langsners is how

Country Workshops again

I got the new issue of Popular Woodworking magazine the other day. I have a short article in there about the tools used by 17th-century joiners… While I was flipping through the magazine, I was quite pleased to see a 2-page spread about Country Workshops. A nice general feature about their classes, and some of … Continue reading Country Workshops again

box-making class Country Workshops

When I was 18 years old, I was an art-school dropout, and had inherited a basement shop full of modern (c. 1960s) power tools. I had started to learn a bit about using them, and quickly found that I was a bit intimidated by them. Fortunately for me, by the time I was 20, in the fall … Continue reading box-making class Country Workshops

Country Woodcraft: Then & Now

In 1978, I had never even been to the country. I was born & raised in the suburbs. When I was little, we had to come in when the streetlights came on…so what was I doing reading a book called “Country Woodcraft” by Drew Langsner? Unknowingly, I was re-directing my just-dropped-out-of-art-school life. Drew’s updated version … Continue reading Country Woodcraft: Then & Now

lectures, demonstrations and workshops

I have a bit more travelling to do soon. First off, a lecture at Historic Deerfield, as part of the symposium in a couple of weeks: “The Full Splendor of Beauty and Grace”: Design and Proportion in Early American Architecture and Furniture;  November 12, 13, 14, 2010.  Details are here: http://www.historic-deerfield.org/events/full-splendor-beauty-and-grace-design-and-proportion-early-american-architecture-and  There I will present … Continue reading lectures, demonstrations and workshops