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2018 Fall Seminar

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Featuring Kelly Parker on November 9 - 11, 2018

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This year our presenter will be Kelly Parker, a rising star in woodworking. See the introductory message from Kelly below. If the volume is too low, please roll over the movie, after you have started it, and select the 'CC' icon in the lower right to activate the closed captioning.

About Kelly
Kelly started woodworking in high school, where it was taught as a Fine Art subject. After high school she became a biochemist and worked in the corporate world. She and her husband built their own home and, in the process, rediscovered her love of woodworking. A few years after that, Kelly took a bold step and left her secure corporate job to become a full time woodworker. She has finished the Masters Program at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking and is currently working on the Fellowship Program. You can learn more at Kelly's website,

Seminar Registration - $80.00
Box Lunches - $12.00/day (optional)

Time and Location
UPDATED 10/13 The seminar will be held at Saint Paul College. Additional updates regarding the specific location and parking will be provided when confirmed by the Fall Seminar committee.

On Friday evening, November 9 at 7:00 pm, we will hold a slide show where Kelly will talk about her work. After covering her work, she will review and discuss any member’s work who would like some feedback. The Friday evening event is open to the public. On Saturday, November 10, we will start at 9:00 am and end at 5:00 pm. On Sunday, we will start at 10:00 amand end at 4:00 pm. Box lunches will be available to order when you sign up.

Learning Segments/Sessions
(as described by Kelly)

Creating Identical Complex Parts — this is the technique I use to make parts that are continually changing due to complex curves - typically table legs. This is not simple pattern routing although patterns and a router are involved. In this demo I will show how to make templates for the front, side, top and bottom views and how to fair them. I will then layout the patterns on the blank followed by how to bandsaw the front and side profiles. From here, I will go to the router table and remove as much of the waste as possible in a controlled manner. Lastly, I will use a variety of hand tools and profiled sanding blocks to further refine the shape.

Lou Leg — this is a new leg design for me. I consider it a 'production leg' as it is finished exclusively by machine, as opposed to my sculpted legs which have a lot of hand shaping, as described above. This is a double-taper leg: wide in the x-direction, narrow in the y-direction at the top, transitioning to narrow in the x-direction and wide in the y-direction at the bottom. The inside and outside faces are gently rounded. It has a V-groove on the inside of the leg that starts at the bottom but gets narrower and shallower as it goes up the leg, a bit reminiscent of seamed stockings. I add a splash of sassy color in the groove. She is sexy, I gotta say!

I named it the 'Lou Leg', short for Louboutin, those crazy expensive high heels with the red lacquered soles. I don’t use any templates for this leg but it does take 4 jigs to create it. The demonstration will include discussion on the use of the jigs, how and why I made them, and the final result. I will also discuss the use of a card scraper and profiled sanding block for the final finishing.

Building a Small 'Daisy Table' — there is a lot of learning that can happen by building this table. I will demonstrate my signature exposed-dowel-joinery technique that shows up in a lot of my work, pattern routing legs, profiling the edges of the table 'petals', using a circle cutting jig on the bandsaw, and three different options for the legs. The options span easy to difficult with each giving a different look to the table. I will have to bring some pre-fabricated pieces to get through the demonstration. However, I will fully discuss what I did to create those parts I bring along.

Clamping Strategies for Working Out of Square — to achieve a good glue bond you need to have clamping pressure perpendicular to the glue line at the centerline of the joint. This is easy to do when working square but since I often work out of square I frequently need to fabricate custom clamping cauls to get clamping pressure exactly where needed. I will talk about commonalities of all of the cauls that are designed to give clamp pressure perpendicular to the glue line at the centerline of the joint.

If any member has a non-square project they are working on, I could help trouble-shoot the glue up, assist with designing the cauls and perhaps even do a dry run. Please reach out to Richard Tendick if you are interested.

Kelly Parker