An Amazing Class in Arizona!

I taught a 5-day workshop in Phoenix this past March for the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, and it was a hit. It got a great write-up on Paul-Marcel’s Half-Inch Shy blog that was excerpted in the AZ Association’s “Woodchips Newsletter” in April, along with a bunch of really excellent testimonials and some class photos.

The first project was a marquetry panel based on one of several patterns he brought to class. These are simple as far as marquetry projects go since the petals can have some cut drift or over-shading and still look pretty good.
While simple, the project takes you on a fast tour of everything needed for marquetry: 4-way bookmatch background, mitered filetti (the border), packet cutting all the part veneers at once, sand shading to express a light source, and all that is involved in assembly, gluing, repairing, sanding, and finishing. By the way, ‘fast’ is appropriate: Paul keeps a very good pace; nobody gets left behind, but you won’t find yourself yawning much either. Very much appreciated.

You can view and download the 6-page PDF here:

I found Paul’s class everything that I expected and much more. He shared a wealth of information over the 5 days of the class and when I finished , I had created two panels that I would never have thought I could produce.” Jack L.

This was the best hands on workshop I’ve ever attended. Period. Paul was extremely knowledgeable and, importantly, very willing to deal with each of us at our own skill level. This individual one-on-one attention was important to each of us to get the most from the workshop.” Steve R.


In other news:

  • Fine Woodworking #227 just published a great article about Compass Planes which I did, which is a review of what is available and how to tune an old one one up for that perfect curve. I use mine on almost every project I do! (PDF download requires FW membership)
  • Other than one scheduled class at Marc Adams, I will be doing limited teaching in my shop in 2013. I will be concentrating on creating more internal content, on projects I am doing here, build out YouTube, document what I am doing. Kind of a creative retreat, work stint,  to return to teaching in 2014 with new energy and new experiences to share.



One thought on “An Amazing Class in Arizona!

  1. I have also attended several of Paul’s classes and I have to say that classes with Paul cannot get any better than notch in every way and when you know what you are doing. even on projects are different from what you have done in class, the lessons still apply.. I cannot recommend a class with Paul enough..well worth every penny..

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