2019 Featured Presenters were:
5 Essential Hand Plane Techniques
Hand planes are highly efficient, accurate, and for some work superior to machines. We’ll do some edge jointing, smoothing, fine true the shoulders of a joint, and a few other techniques that will persuade you to get out your hand planes and use them.
Details can be fun and add interest, but they are also practical — softening an edge or lightening the visual weight of a part. Garrett will demonstrate some of his favorite dazzling details, from fine inlaid lines to beads and proud cockbeads, and a little about using shell and metals.
Garrett Hack is an internationally known furniture maker, educator, writer, and farmer from Thetford, Vermont. A furniture maker for more than 40 years, he has created his own aesthetic with designs that continually push his skills to the next level. He’s also an in-demand woodworking instructor, teaching classes in Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, Israel, and Japan, as well as throughout the US.
Dovetailed drawer dividers: half-tails, full tails, stepped tails and dovetails with cock-beading.
Celebrating Birds with Brush & Knife
Steve Sanford is an artist, woodworker and boat builder who lives on a South Cambridge farm in Washington County. Using Powerpoint, he will give an overview of his creative interests. He will follow that with a brief demonstration of how he approaches carving decorative birds and hunting decoys.
Designing, Building and Restoring Duckboats
Steve Sanford is an artist, woodworker and boatbuilder who lives on a South Cambridge farm in Washington County. Using Powerpoint, he will give an overview of his work with boats – mostly small vessels designed for hunting waterfowl. From his minimalist “gunning coffin” – which has been built by hundreds of hunters across the country from his plans first published in 1982 – to a pilothouse for a 25-foot “mothership” – he will describe how he designs and then constructs or restores a wide variety of boats. He will bring along his 13-foot Sweet Gherkin – a one-man decked-over canoe – to illustrate some of his approaches.
Steve grew up on the south shore of Long Island and learned to hunt, dig clams and sail on Great South Bay in numerous small craft. His lifelong interest in birds led him to a 35-year career in wildlife conservation but is also woven through much of his art: drawing, painting, carving and even his boat building. Steve has won numerous awards for his carving and his boat building. You can learn about his work at his website: www.stevenjaysanford.com