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Learn to Sharpen a Saw ... And your wits!

This coming Sunday, February 24th, Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking will be offering a day-long class on sharpening hand saws (as well as an auger bit). If you cannnot remember the last time you had your saw sharpened this is the must class! Bring a saw to sharpen, between 10 and 6 TPI and leave for home with a saw that cuts like new. Cost: $125. Register HERE. Mike has a host of other great classes coming up, including:

  • A Place to Sit: Make a Bench (March 23, 2019)
  • Build a Small Sea Chest (April 13-14, 2019)
  • Holtzapfel Style Workbench (April 24 - 29, 2019)

Chippendale Gaming Table with Master Carver Tony Kubalak

Tony will be offering a class in 2019 and 2020 on building and carving an 18th Century Philadelphia Chippendale Gaming Table.
Students will reproduce the original as found in a museum. The table has elaborately carved cabriole legs with ball and claw feet, turret tops on the two front legs which are carved, sculpted conforming knee and transition blocks and carved and slanted front and side skirts. In addition there is a wooden hinged gate leg that swings to support the open playing surface, which is covered with baize.
The class will be held in Tony's shop in Eagan, MN. It will consist of four 3-day sessions spread over two years with the price $600/session (A total of $2400): The sessions will be:
  • Session 1: May 4 - 6, 2019 (Sat - Mon).
  • Session 2: Oct 12-14, 2019 (Sat - Mon).
  • Sessions 3 and 4: There will be two more 3-day sessions in 2020, dates to be determined.
As is always the case with a high end project like this it is highly unlikely that anyone will finish it in class. The goal is to present enough information so that the serious student can finish it at home. Think about this class as a graduate seminar and not a step by step introductory class. The reason for saying this is to set expectations appropriately.
If you are interested in this class or have any questions contact Tony via email at It is important that potential students are clear about what is being offered to avoid later confusion or disappointment.
  • If you sign up for the class my expectation is that you are financially committing to all sessions.
  • To sign up for the class send a $100 deposit for the first session to Tony at: 3660 Robin Lane, Eagan, MN 55122.
  • If the class is canceled you will receive a full refund of any deposit.
Download this FLIER for more detailed information as well as photos of the completed table.

Have some Class(es)!

The Central Minnesota Woodworkers Association (CMWA) Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 CLASS LISTING is now available!
Learn about bandsawn boxes with Michael Cullen, CNC techniques with George Vondriska or Marquetry with our own award-winning Guild member Joe Morgan. Mark Laub is even teaching a class on Embelishment (of wood, not personal history!).
CMWA offers top-quality classes. Check 'em out at the CMWA Website today!

Classes & Schools - Local

Blue Sky Galleries
Tom Caspar's Workshop
Hennepin Technical College - Woodworking Technology
Mike Siemsen's School of Woodworking
Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) - BFA Furniture Design
North House Folk School
Rockler - Minneapolis
St. Paul College Cabinetmaking Program
Women's Woodshop
Woodcraft University
Vondriska Woodworks(George Vondriska).

Classes & Schools - National

American School of French Marquetry
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship
College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture
The Crucible
Fine Woodworking - Woodworking Schools Directory
Franklin Street School of Woodworking
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts
Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking
Kelly Mehler's School of Woodworking
Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking
Marc Adams School of Woodworking
National Institute of Wood Finishing
North Bennet Street School - Cabinet and Furniture Making
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) - Furniture Design
University of Maine - Wood Science and Technology

Community Workshops

Minneapolis Make, LLC
Edina Community Woodshop
Blue Sky Galleries
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