Classes & a Word about Our Sponsors

IMG_1015Last week we announced the first four hands-on classes to be held throughout 2015, right here in the 360 WoodWorking shop (check them out here). I thought I’d take a moment and expand a little on what the classes are and how they work.

First, the classes are limited to nine students in order to ensure that everyone gets plenty of one-on-one instruction. And that leads to the next point, which is the classes will be taught by the entire 360 WoodWorking team (if you do the math that’s a 3 to 1 student to teacher ratio). Sure, there will be one lead instructor, but you’re also getting the other members of the team helping out and lending their experience and viewpoints to the class.

Some of the best classes I ever held at the Acanthus Workshop were ones where Glen Huey came to teach. We worked together with the students on the projects and they benefitted by learning different methods and experience. The students all had a great time and learned far more than if there was only one instructor.IMG_1022

I brought many of the tools (both hand and power) with me from the Acanthus Workshop to the 360 WoodWorking shop. We’re set up with enough benchspace for at least nine students.

As the year progresses you’ll see a few more classes added, both week-long and weekend. The number of classes, like the benchspace, will be limited. So, this is your chance to jump into a well equipped shop with the entire 360 team and kick your skills up a couple of notches. Don’t worry about your skill level, we’ll help you do more in the shop than you dreamed possible.

The other thing I wanted to touch on today is the fact that the 360 team is out on the road with The Woodworking Shows. We just finished up our fifth show in Columbus, Ohio, but there are still six shows remaining. That means you have six more chances to come out to the show, sit in on our seminars (they’re free with admission to the show) and get to meet us and ask us those woodworking questions that have been driving you nuts forever.

KC_boothWe’re teaching seminars throughout the weekend that walk you through the process of building a Shaker stand with one drawer. The coolest part is, we give you multiple methods for doing just about every step – that’s the 360 difference. You get the most experienced team giving you tips and methods you can trust from several perspectives. And that’s true whether you are sitting in one of our seminars, taking one of our hands-on classes or subscribing to our online magazine.

This weekend we’ll be in the St. Louis area at the Gateway Center Conference Center in Collinsville, IL. The show starts at noon on Friday and at 10 am on Saturday and Sunday. Our seminars are different each day, so you might just want to be there all three days. We’ll be wrapping up the February leg of the shows with the show in Novi, MI the following weekend and in Somerset, NJ the weekend of February 20th through the 22nd. Check out the Woodworking Shows website for the complete schedule.

But we wouldn’t be able to be out on the road doing the seminars and meeting you folks if it weren’t for our sponsors. We’d like to thank, and encourage you to patronize, Lee Valley (for such awesome hand tools), Jet Tools (for the power to get through our seminars) and Noden Adjust-a-bench (for the coolest bench on the planet) for making it possible for us to do what we do at the shows.

 

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— Chuck Bender

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