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Kelly graciously invited me to teach a few classes in his school in Kentucky. I’ve never been there, but Chris Schwarz has taught there and really likes it.

I’m teaching two classes at Kelly’s in 2009: A seminar called “18th c Tools and Techniques” and a project class in which we’ll try to build a Philadelphia style Spice Chest.

I’m particularly excited about the Tools and Techniques class. This is something a little out of the ordinary. If you read Stunt Man, you know I am really passionate about applying athletic like training to woodworking. Focus on the race is important. But success on race day, really does have a lot to do with how much training you’ve put into it. That’s exactly how I’m looking at this Tool and Techniques class. It’s your chance to spend a few days honing your abilities, and broadening your horizons.

The Spice Chest class will be an introduction to basic carcase joinery and Philadelphia style drawer making. This will be an 18th c hand tools only class. So leave your tape measures at home next to yourdigital miter gauges. Puffy shirts won’t be required.

Details for these classes and many others Kelly offers are available on line at:


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  • The Village Carpenter

    Kelly offers some really great classes. Any chance you would be teaching some of yours at Olde Mill Cabinet Shoppe in York, PA sometime?

  • steve Spear

    Just signed up for the spice cabinet class. Looking on-line, there seems to be many different drawer configurations and leg choices. Is this a regional thing? Really looking forward to the class.


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