A full complement of woodworking classes

Dale Barnard shares his lifetime of woodworking experience with you.

Register today for one of Dale’s classes and learn from one of the most accomplished woodworkers of our time. All classes are limited to four students.

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St. Louis Woodworking Show

The Woodworking Show February 2016

St Louis, MO

February 12 – 14 2016

Friday 12-6; Saturday 10-6; Sunday 10-3

Gateway Center Center Hall, Ballroom ABCD
One Gateway Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234

Price:  $10 online / $12 at the door (Cash Only)

http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/webapp-shows/st-louis

Come and visit our booth, sign up for classes and chat with Dale about your woodworking projects

Details

You will learn

Materials

Level

When

  • February 12-14, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: Visit Our Booth, Sign Up for 2016 classes
  • Materials Fee:

Jigs and Fixtures: Sculpted Maloof Style Rocking Chair

New Class by Popular Demand

This class has been added by popular demand! Requested by students who have previously taken the sculpted rocker class. In this class you will make over 15 special jigs and fixtures needed to make the Maloof style rocking chair in your own shop.

In the photo is student Steve Pencsak sitting in the rocker he had just completed. The photos also shows the three different sizes you can make this rocker.

Details

A partial listing of what will be made in this class: Curved router sleds (0ne concave and one convex), the double angle oval drill press jig and table, the 5° taper jig, front leg seat notch jig, the arm-cove cutting fixture, the special router plate with donut riser, mold for the laminated back slats, the mold for the graceful laminated rockers, table saw seat scooping jigs and a complete set of patterns for different size chairs. You will leave this class with everything needed to produce these beautiful chairs easily in your own shop.

You will learn

Many tricks and secrets of jig making will be used. Most shop tools will be used in this class including:
  • Shaper
  • Lathe
  • Scroll Saw
  • Spindle Sander
  • Edge Sander
  • Table Saw
  • Jointer
  • Band Saw etc.
  • Pattern Routing

Materials

Available at time of class

Level

Intermediate Master

When

  • March 01-04, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $600.00
  • Materials Fee: $250.00 (estimate)

Furniture Making Basics 1

Starting Your Path to Craftsmanship

This 5-day class is great for anyone, especially if you are self-taught. It will fill in the missing pieces of the woodworking puzzle and help you to understand wood.  A few of the techniques you will learn in this class are; the technology of how to make a flat board, square and true, panel door and drawer construction, and using the tools to accomplish the tasks. You will also learn how wood moves and why it does, which are essential to furniture building.  I will also be teaching how design is affected by wood movement.

Pictured woodworking student Hermann Nann, Dale Barnard with finished projects from this class.

Details

This is a primer class for beginners. You go home with experience, confidence and knowledge to take on other projects, plus a really cool end table. 5 days

You will learn

Some of the lessons taught in this class:
  • Solid wood top
  • Panelized sides (frame and panel construction)
  • Adjustable shelf
  • Learn to hang and fit the door and
  • How to make the drawers
  • Machine cut dovetails
  • Mortise and tenon joinery

Materials

Poplar, Cherry, Spalted Maple - a variety of different woods

Level

Beginner

When

  • March 14-18, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: 800.00
  • Materials Fee: 95.00T

Fearless Finishing 1

Put Dale’s decades of finishing experience to work

Lose your intimidation or confusion about finishing with this excellent overview. You can bring an unfinished project to finish in class (subject to approval). Bring your spray gun if you have one and you can use it in the class with expert instruction.

We will offer two finishing classes this year

Details

  • Includes a small booklet that explains various products and how to use them

You will learn

  • The steps needed for high-class finishes, including step boards to take home with you
  • Crinkle paint for an authentic antique look
  • Aniline-dye staining, ammonia fuming, glazing stains, lacquer top coats, spray finishing, shellacs, finishing the finish

Materials

  • Various finishes

Level

  • All

When

  • March 19-20, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $75.00T, excludes water-based top coats; Organic Vapor Respirator required for class

Stickley Sideboard

A challenging project

This beautiful piece’s complex carcass brings many challenges for the experienced woodworker, especially completing it in six days.

The photo shows the finished piece of student & friend Paul Anwiler, an excellent craftsman.

Details

  • Quad linear legs, dovetail drawers, butterfly inlays in the panel doors, and solid wood top
  • If you don’t complete the piece, you may have a small amount of work to complete when you get home.

You will learn

  • How to create dovetails, butterfly inlays and finish a complex project in a short amount of time, all about drawers with secret tips
  • Hanging full inset doors with traditional butt hinges

Materials

  • Quartersawn oak

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • April 04-10, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1,050.00
  • Materials Fee: $875.00T

Wall Sconce Class For Couples

Team/Couple Wall Sconce and Art Class

 

Nice Change added to this great class!

The Wall Sconce Class Has Been Changed to Just Three Days Instead of Five Days. Students were just too quick! We will be building two beautiful light fixtures in the Greene and Greene style as always but in only three days.

Simultaneously, I will also be teaching the Art Glass Class for the sconces. This class has been changed for team or couple sign ups. A couple (husband and wife, friend-friend, parent-child, etc) = team. One team member will complete the Art Glass Class while the other will complete the Sconce Class (wood part). This change came about while I was working with a couple in a private class. I’ve used it since for another team and thought I should offer it on the schedule. Two sconces are the finished product, so each team member has one.

It’s a fun time for all involved. The Fearless Furniture class immediately follows this class so sign up for both and take home your finished Wall Sconces ready to install.

 

Call soon, it might help to read my blog on this website about finishing.

*Bring-a-Buddy discount does not apply to this class.

Details

Wall Sconce for couples is a three day class from Saturday through Monday. Great class for a long weekend for a couple. Also, fun meeting other couples within the class.

You will learn

Both woodworking skills and art glass skills (the foil method and stained glass)

Materials

mahogany, ebony, glass, copper foil tape, solder, etc.

Level

Skill level - all

When

  • April 16-18, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: Wall Sconce & Art Glass $900.00 for two people
  • Materials Fee: Wall Sconce & Art Glass $150.00T for two people

Grove Park Inn Rocker

An excellent introduction to building chairs

Learn chair-building essentials as you create a reproduction Grove Park Inn Rocker.

Details

  • Every joint is mortise and tenon, there are no fasteners
There are few chairs you couldn't build using the techniques of this class

You will learn

  • Composed angle tenons for the trapezoid-shaped seat
  • Pattern routing
  • Through tenons on the arms (a special Arts and Crafts joint accomplished woodworkers should know)

Materials

  • Quartersawn white oak

Level

  • Beginner or intermediate

When

  • April 25-29, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: $285.00T, excluding cane seat, which is available for purchase

Classic Bow Arm Morris Chair

Build a recliner to pass down to future generations

Learn to steam bend the arms of the chair, which are quarter sawn oak (select) or American black cherry, 1″ finish thickness, 6″ wide and 42″ long. Most people are surprised at how simple it is and how much clamping pressure it takes.

Details

  • Adjustable back has bandsawn curved slats
  • Quartersawn grain on all four sides of front and back legs
  • Footstool plan is included, but not made in class

You will learn

  • Steam bending
  • Special tips and techniques to attach the bent arms with through tenons
  • Dowels and drill press to make the pivot and adjuster pins
  • Beginner spindle turning, time permitting
  • Cutting band saw curves

Materials

  • Quartersawn White Oak
  • American Black Cherry

Level

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Master

When

  • May 09-15, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1050.00
  • Materials Fee: $395. +T, EXCLUDES upholstery, which will be discussed in class. Footstool kits available for purchase.

Nakashima Inspired Woodworking

Inspired by George Nakashima

Two Legged Chair or Slab Table, Students call to sign up and we will discuss your choice. 812-723-3461

This chair is built from a slab of walnut cantilevered over the two legs. The complex joinery in this chair will challenge your skills and take you into a new level of woodworking. It  is also one of the most comfortable chairs you’ll find. The spindles give a wonderful support to the back.  Overall once you finish the class you will find yourself needing more chairs and you’ll have the skill to make them and even design furniture of your own.

Details

This class is a tribute to the well known furniture designer, George Nakashima. This chair is inspired by the creative design of  this artist.

You will learn

  • Carving and sculpting with various hand and power tools
  • Working with the lathe
  • Joinery

Materials

  • Walnut
  • Various hard wood for spindles

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • May 23-27, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: $300.00 T

Greene and Greene Tall Clock

Step up to the challenge and take home a clock worth $10K

A Dale Barnard original design that stays true to the Greene brothers’ philosophy. The clock’s face, cocobolo numbers and ebony pegs with custom made hands are made in class. Even the interlocking back of the clock is a work of art.

Details

  • Eight-day mechanical movement
  • Cloud-lift door and side panels
  • Pendulum motion shows through artistic piercing cut out on bottom door
  • Ebony proud pegs

You will learn

  • Mortise and tenon construction, finger joints, cloud lifts, pattern routing, glass-door building, hanging two full inset doors, making stepped moldings, and installing the movement

Materials

  • African mahogany, genuine ebony
  • Hiding place and Hermle clock movement #13044 and stick pendulum, will be purchased from Klockit, Inc.
  • Custom-made brass pulls will be available for purchase

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • June 04-13, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1,500.00
  • Materials Fee: TBD one month before class, estimated at $3360T; includes clock movement, which will be determined at time of class for current pricing.

Furniture Making Basics 2

Starting Your Path to Craftsmanship

This 5-day class is great for anyone, especially if you are self-taught. It will fill in the missing pieces of the woodworking puzzle and help you to understand wood.  A few of the techniques you will learn in this class are; the technology of how to make a flat board, square and true, panel door and drawer construction, and using the tools to accomplish the tasks. You will also learn how wood moves and why it does, which are essential to furniture building.  I will also be teaching how design is affected by wood movement.

Pictured woodworking student Hermann Nann, Dale Barnard with finished projects from this class.

Details

This is a primer class for beginners. You go home with experience, confidence and knowledge to take on other projects, plus a really cool end table. 5 days

You will learn

Some of the lessons taught in this class:
  • Solid wood top
  • Panelized sides (frame and panel construction)
  • Adjustable shelf
  • Learn to hang and fit the door and
  • How to make the drawers
  • Machine cut dovetails
  • Mortise and tenon joinery

Materials

Poplar, Cherry, Spalted Maple - a variety of different woods

Level

Beginner

When

  • June 27-01, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: 800.00
  • Materials Fee: 95.00T

Fearless Finishing 2

Put Dale’s decades of finishing experience to work

Lose your intimidation or confusion about finishing with this excellent overview. You can bring an unfinished project to finish in class (subject to approval). Bring your spray gun if you have one and you can use it in the class with expert instruction.

Details

  • Includes a small booklet that explains various products and how to use them

You will learn

  • The steps needed for high-class finishes, including step boards to take home with you
  • Crinkle paint for an authentic antique look
  • Aniline-dye staining, ammonia fuming, glazing stains, lacquer top coats, spray finishing, shellacs, finishing the finish

Materials

  • Various finishes

Level

  • All

When

  • July 02-03, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $75.00T, excludes water-based top coats; Organic Vapor Respirator required for class

Stickley Chest #913

This class will be for building the Oak Stickley Bureau #913. Inspired by the Harvey Ellis nine drawer chest.

Details

This piece declares what is best about the Stickley furniture. Perfect in size and proportion, 50″ High X 36″ Wide X 20″ Deep The tapered legs top to bottom.

You will learn

Full inset Drawers

Materials

White Oak

Level

All levels

When

  • July 11-17, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1050.00
  • Materials Fee: $650.00 Drawer Pulls NOT included, call 812-723-3461 when you book the class to order drawer pulls in photo

New Class: Barnard version of Greene & Greene Blanket Chest

G&G: Barnard Version

This Greene & Greene inspired Blanket Chest has been on Dale’s mind for a long time and is finally manifesting into reality. After decades of living, breathing and building reproduction and inspired Greene & Greene furniture, furniture designs develop and occasionally there is time to make one. Join the fun with Dale at the Cabinetmaker’s Shop.

The chest will be mahogany.

 

Details

Build this great chest for blankets, linens or any treasure you want to store away.

You will learn

We will be using mahogany and make a beautiful piece of useful furniture. You will learn the importance of the hardware selection to make your chest perfect, as well as Greene & Greene elements. We'll conquer unique joinery problems with equally unique solutions.

Materials

  • Mahogany
  • Handles, hinges, etc
 

Level

Beginner to Master will enjoy this class of fun learning.

When

  • July 25-29, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $820.00
  • Materials Fee: $320.00T

Craftsman Joinery – Footstool

Joinery every craftsman must know!

In this joint making class instead of practicing on scrap and tossing it later, we will practice on a small footstool. You can give it away or you might want to keep it because it has a great “wow” factor.

 

Details

If you love the Arts & Crafts design, also called Mission, Craftsman, Stickley, etc.  this is the joinery they used to produce such fabulous furniture.

You will learn

  • Designing for wood movement
  • How to make quadrilinear legs the easy way
  • Through tenons - 2 applications

Materials

  • One of the most beautiful domestic hardwoods, quartersawn sycamore, some spalted. 

Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Master

When

  • August 05-06, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $100.00T

Advanced Kitchen Cabinetry

Learn the Art of Cabinetmaking

This class will build a 28″ base cabinet in the Greene & Greene Style, with one drawer – hand carved handle. Two doors with one pull out shelf, full inset etc.

Details

Build your own cabinets - advance your skills with detail training from a master craftsman

You will learn

Dovetail drawer Pull out shelf How to hang full inset door End panel included on left or right (your choice)

Materials

Your choice of wood Drawer guide Ball tipped hinges, custom handles on doors, etc

Level

When

  • August 08-12, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: Approx. 250.00 Cost depends on wood costs at time of purchase Indiana Sales Tax will apply 7%

Thorsen House Table with Drawer

Thorsen House table inspired me to design this smaller one

I have always admired the Serving Table in the Thorsen House Dining Room. I have built a full-size reproduction, but it would take too long for a class. I designed this smaller version which has all the design features of the version. This is an excellent introduction to Greene & Greene design.

Details

  • Top with breadboard ends
  • Dovetailed drawer
  • Handmade drawer handle
  • Ebony plugs and ebony splines
  • Cloud lifts
  • Pierced slots in  the bottom apron, etc.

You will learn

  • You will learn all the above skills in this five day class

Materials

  • Mahogany with ebony

Level

  • Intermediate

When

  • August 22-27, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $900.00
  • Materials Fee: $275.00 T

2016 Sculpted Maloof-Inspired Rocker – Part I

This intense project teaches new and unusual skills for the accomplished craftsman

This class is a great time and an opportunity to build a beautiful family heirloom while meeting other accomplished woodworkers. We will provide the wood of your choice, which will vary the material costs.

Photo: Cherry sculpted rocker made by student – Curly maple rocker made by Dale Barnard


 

Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded
  • Part 2 is scheduled October 03, 2016

You will learn

  • Sculpture by carving with grinders and rasps
  • How to laminate the curves on the flexible back slats and rockers
  • Many jigs and time-saving tips
  • Making flexible slats
  • Free-form sculpture

Materials

  • Your choice

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • September 06-10, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $825.00
  • Materials Fee: Depends on your choice of material; contact Dale to discuss 812-723-3461

Stickley Tall Clock: Revisited

Build this timeless beauty, the Stickley Tall Clock for your own home

This prairie style flat top clock is a study in simplicity & proportion and clearly displays the arts and crafts principles of Gustav Stickley. The rectilinear and subtly trapezoidal form, the oak case – fabulous, and the clock face adds to its beautiful design.

Details

  • Eight-day mechanical movement
  • Pendulum motion shows through

You will learn

  • Mortise and tenon construction, glass-door building, hanging full inset door, and installing the movement

Materials

  • White Oak, Cherry, etc. Call 812-723-3461 when booking class to discuss wood choice
  • (Mechanical Movement) will be purchased from Klockit, Inc.

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • September 19-27, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1,400.00
  • Materials Fee: $1485 T (Subject to material prices at time of class)

2016 Sculpted Maloof-Inspired Rocker – Part 2

This intense project teaches new and unusual skills for the accomplished craftsman

This class is the completion of a two-part project. The first part is held in two weeks earlier.

Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded

You will learn

  • Sculpture by carving with grinders and rasps
  • How to laminate the curves on the flexible back slats and rockers
  • Many jigs and time-saving tips

Materials

  • Your choice

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • October 03-08, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $825.00
  • Materials Fee: Depends on your choice of material; contact Dale to discuss 812-723-3461

Furniture Making Basics 3

Starting Your Path to Craftsmanship

This 5-day class is great for anyone, especially if you are self-taught. It will fill in the missing pieces of the woodworking puzzle and help you to understand wood.  A few of the techniques you will learn in this class are; the technology of how to make a flat board, square and true, panel door and drawer construction, and using the tools to accomplish the tasks. You will also learn how wood moves and why it does, which are essential to furniture building.  I will also be teaching how design is affected by wood movement.

Pictured woodworking student Hermann Nann, Dale Barnard with finished projects from this class.

Details

This is a primer class for beginners. You go home with experience, confidence and knowledge to take on other projects, plus a really cool end table. 5 days

You will learn

Some of the lessons taught in this class:
  • Solid wood top
  • Panelized sides (frame and panel construction)
  • Adjustable shelf
  • Learn to hang and fit the door and
  • How to make the drawers
  • Machine cut dovetails
  • Mortise and tenon joinery

Materials

Poplar, Cherry, Spalted Maple - a variety of different woods

Level

Beginner

When

  • November 14-18, 2016

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: 800.00
  • Materials Fee: 95.00T