A full complement of woodworking classes

Dale Barnard shares his lifetime of woodworking experience with you.

You can take courses with Dale online at The Great Courses or Craftsy. You can also purchase his instructional DVDs from our Store tab, or  from Popular Woodworking Magazine online store.

 

Dale Barnard

Dale teaching

To take a class at our shop with Dale in person view the class descriptions below:

Register today for one of Dale’s classes by calling 812-723-3461 or email dale@the-cabinetmaker.com

We are located in beautiful Southern Indiana, in the Hoosier National Forest area. We are 45 miles northwest of Louisville, KY and 60 miles south of Bloomington, IN. 1714 E Owl Hollow Rd., Paoli Learn from one of the most accomplished woodworkers of our time. All classes are limited to four students so you will receive the attention you need.

View the class calendar by month.


 

Furniture Making Basics

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.

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 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

 

 

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

Columbus Woodworking Show 2017

Our Booth @ Woodworking Shows

Our Booth @ Woodworking Shows

January 27-29, 2017

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

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

Ohio Expo Center
Voinovich Livestock & Trade Center, 717 East 17th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43211

Price:

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

http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/webapp-shows/Columbus

 


Indianapolis Woodworking Show 2017

Our Booth @ Woodworking Shows

Our Booth @ Woodworking Shows

February 03-05, 2017

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

Indy is Dale’s Hometown 😀

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

Indiana State Fairgrounds
Champions Pavilion 1202 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Price:

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

http://www.thewoodworkingshows.com/webapp-shows/Indianapolis

 


St. Louis Woodworking Show 2017

Our Booth @ Woodworking Shows

Our Booth @ Woodworking Shows

February 03-05, 2017

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

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/

 


 

Blanket Chest in Greene & Greene

Design by Dale Barnard

What is Greene & Greene? By the time you are on this page you already know, but if not search online for information and you might be looking at your screen for many enjoyable hours. Brothers Charles and Henry Greene were architects from the midwest that relocated in California to become (eventually) world famous in the American Arts & Crafts movement. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end and many have their own ideas how that happened. But if you are interested you can begin your Greene & Greene study by clicking here. There are also many beautiful and informative books covering the careers and architecture of the Greene brothers. This Greene & Greene inspired blanket chest was inside Dale’s mind for a long time. During decades of building Greene & Greene inspired reproductions in furniture, kitchens and anything else you can think of lots of design ideas have been developed but no time to build them. Finally found the time! Dale now has his new blanket chest design ready to share with students.

 

G&G Inspired Blanket Chest

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Details:

You will learn essential elements of Greene & Greene style as well as take home a beautiful blanket chest.

Materials

Mahogany, Ebony

Level

Beginner to Master will enjoy this class of fun learning.

When

  • February 20-24, 2017

Fees

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

Jigs & Fixtures for Sculpted Maloof Style Rocker

This class has been 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.

jig-photo

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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.

 

 

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

Beginner to Master will enjoy this class of fun learning.

When

  • March 20-22, 2017

Fees

  • Instructors Fee: $450.00
  • Materials Fee: $275.00T (est)

Thorsen Table with drawer

This smaller table is Designed by Dale Barnard inspired by Thorsen House serving table

Thorsen Inspired Table designed by Dale Barnard

Thorsen Inspired Table designed by Dale Barnard

The photo was taken in the Barnard living room. It was taken by photographer, Al Parrish from Popular Woodworking Magazine article, “Handing Down Tradition” on Dale’s woodworking background by Bob Lang, former executive editor.

(the framed picture sitting on the table is Maria Barnard at age three)

 

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Details

Dale always admired the Serving Table in the Thorsen House dining room. He said, “I have built a full-size reproduction of the table for clients, but it would take too long to complete in a five-day class. So I designed this smaller version which has all the design features of the original version.” This is an excellent introduction to Greene & Greene design.

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

Materials

Mahogany with ebony plugs

Level

Intermediate skill level

When

  • April 24-29, 2017

Fees

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

Craftsman Joinery Class

How to make quadrilinear legs the easy way

Arts and Crafts Movement, (1880 – 1916) was a philosophical movement turning away from the Industrial Age. It promoted simplicity of design focusing on form and function with excellent craftsmanship as a rebellion against the mass production felt to have removed creativity from the manufacturing process. Custom shops or small factories with each craftsman being top quality in skills began making items for every aspect of life. The movement touched American life from wallpaper design to architecture and everything in between. Design details are central to the movement. This joinery class, making quadrilinear legs with through tenons is an element essential to Arts & Crafts joinery.  

In Dale’s class instead of practicing on scrap wood and tossing it later, you will practice by making a small footstool. You can give it away or you might want to keep it because it has a great “wow” factor. If you love the Arts & Crafts design, also called Mission, Craftsman, Stickley, etc.  This is the joinery they used to produce such fabulous furniture.

 

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Details

  • Designing for wood movement
  • How to make quadrilinear legs
  • Through tenons – 2 applications

 

 

Materials

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

Level

  • Beginner – Master

When

  • May 06-07, 2017

Fees

  • Instructors Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $100.00

Nakashima Inspired (Conoid) Chair     conoid-chairs

The Two Legged Chair Inspired by George Nakashima

The class is a tribute to the well-known furniture designer, George Nakashima. This chair is inspired by the creative design of this artist. It 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 to 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 this class you will find yourself needing more chairs and you’ll have the skill to make them and even design furniture of your own.

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Conoid chair classDetails

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

 

 

Materials

  • Walnut
  • Various hardwood for spindles

Level

  • Intermediate – Master

When

  • May 15-19, 2017

Fees

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

Greene & Greene Wall Cabinet

Build your own G & G Masterpiece

Dale’s design is inspired by the dining room wall cabinet in the Thorsen House in Berkeley, California which is owned by Sigma Phi Society of California. It is undergoing restoration at this time but still has public tours. For those of you not living on the west coast, Marc Spagnuolo, The Wood Whisperer has a 20-minute tour with Dale’s friend and fellow master craftsman, Darrell Peart giving the tour, which shows some of the beauty if you cannot make the trip to Berkeley.  In 1998 Dale visited the Thorsen House for the first time which left its mark on him. If you don’t know about this Berkeley Landmark, it is one of Charles and Henry’s Greene’s ultimate bungalows originally built in 1909 for William & Caroline Thorsen. Popular Woodworking Magazine filmed Dale making his wall cabinet for a teaching DVD, it is available on our store tab of this site and also at Popular Woodworking Videos with the other videos Dale has made with them.

This wall cabinet, Dale’s design inspired by the larger original cabinet has been on DVD for several years and many have purchased a copy and successfully built his cabinet. That fact is just what we wanted! One CA man, after purchasing the DVD, made the cabinet, then claimed it was his own design on FB!  Which is very interesting considering the DVD is copyright with Popular Woodworking and so is Dale’s design. Obvious, Dale is an excellent teacher to give someone so much confidence he thinks he designed it himself! We hope you will take this class and be instructed by Dale in person.  A small class of four students will enjoy the fun of working together.

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Make G & G Wall Cabinet DVD

 Details

  • Create joinery including mortise & tenons, interlocking finger joints, rabbets and dados
  • Build an inset glass door
  • Hang a door inside the cabinet for a flush finish
  • Cut, clean and install stained glass
  • Make and install ebony plugs and inlays

 Materials

Mahogany with ebony plugs

 

Level

Intermediate skill level

When

  • May 29-Jun 2, 2017

Fees

  • Instructors Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: $375.00T

Stained Glass in G&G

Art Glass for Greene and Greene Wall Cabinet

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Learn the Tiffany foil method developed over 100 years ago.

Thorsen Inspired Wall Cabinet Door

Dale’s Thorsen Inspired Wall Cabinet Door

  • Glass cutting and grinding
  • Foil method for stained glass
  • Decorative soldering
  • Pattern making, adding patina to solder

Materials

Your choice

Level

Beginner to Master, any level of skill can make the stained glass for the G&G Wall Cabinet in two days.

When

  • June 03-04, 2017

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $350.00
  • Materials Fee: $150.00T

Advanced Kitchen Cabinetry

Learn the Art of Cabinetmaking

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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., you will learn the basic elements of G&G in woodworking.  After this class, you can build your own cabinets – or just advance your skills with detail training from a master craftsman.

Students taking home their projects

Students taking home their projects

Details

  • 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

Beginner to Intermediate

When

  • July 12-17, 2017

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $950.00
  • Materials Fee: $365.00T

Furniture Making Basics

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.

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Student made finished project (without hardware) by Beverly & Wayne Jones

Student made finished project (without hardware) by Beverly & Wayne Jones

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

 

intro-class1

Dale and students with finished projects

 

 

Materials

Poplar, Cherry, Spalted Maple – various wood

Level

Beginner

When

  • July 11-15, 2017

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: $ 125.00T

 


One Day Fearless Finishing

Hands on One Day Finishing Class

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Lose your intimidation or confusion about finishing with this excellent overview. Bring your spray gun if you have one and you can use it in the class with expert instruction.

When

July 16, 2017, Sunday

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $175.00
  • Materials Fee: $50.00T

Maloof/Taylor Rocker Class Part 1

Made by Mike Shireman in the Sculpted Rocker Class and finished in our Fearless Finishing Class

Made by Mike Shireman in the Sculpted Rocker Class and finished in our Fearless Finishing Class

Dale is not taking credit for designing this chair!

Most woodworkers have heard of Sam Maloof, and admired his organic designs, especially his famous rocking chair. Maloof actually invented a new joint where the seat meets the legs. If you are unfamiliar with this chair just Google “Sam Maloof rocking chair image”.

This sculpted rocking chair represents an exercise in modern design and is extremely comfortable. There are an incredible amount of woodworkers with slight variations on this rocker.

Many years ago, Dale took a rocking chair class from Andy Chidwick and made some design changes in the arms of his own chair. Dale tells everyone that he adapted his design from Andy Chidwick, who adapted it from Hal Taylor (known for his original design of StoryTime Rocking Chair) , who adapted it from Sam Maloof, who got some of his design from Wharton Esherick and on and on. You might Google these names to see what you think of this evolving design.

Many of you on my email list may have sat in my chair while attending a Woodworking in America Conference or The Woodworking Shows. So many coming into my booth expressed an interest in making this rocker in a class. So I’ve listened and I believe dealt with the main problem you face. That problem is completing the chair during your class.

Barnard Woodworking School Students

Barnard Woodworking School Students

Now, I know there are other woodworking instructors that offer the Maloof rocker or a version of it in a six-day class.

They’re all good instructors, and they teach all skills needed to complete the chair at home. Many students I’ve spoken with don’t like that approach because working on it at home can drag into a six months or more project. My approach is different; in that, I teach it in two five-day classes.

This first class, Part One, we will have all four legs, the seat carved, crest rail shaped… half finished. At the end of the second class, Part Two, your chair will be complete, all sculpted – together and rocking. Separating the building of this rocker into these two, one-week classes Makes Sure that you will finish your chair.

Your only homework will be the final sanding, polishing, and finish.

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Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded
  • 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

Cherry, Spalted Maple – various wood

Level

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

When

  • July 24-28, 2017 Mon-Fri

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $825.00
  • Materials Fee: Your choice of wood call for information +T

There are three different sizes of this rocker. Choice your size when class starts.


Classic Bow Arm Morris Chair

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.

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Bow Arm Morris

Side Bow Arm Morris Chair & Ottoman

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
  • 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

 

Material

  • Quartersawn White Oak

    Completed project and happy student

    Completed project and happy student

  • American Black Cherry

Level

Intermediate +

When

  • August 07-12, 2017 Mon-Sat

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $985.00
  • Materials Fee: $400.00

 


Maloof/Taylor Rocker Class Part 2

Part Two, your chair will be complete, all sculpted – together and rocking. Breaking the building of this rocker apart in these two classes Makes Sure that you will finish your chair.

Your only homework will be the final sanding, polishing, and finish.

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Rocker in three sizes

Rocker in three sizes

Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded
  • 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

Cherry, Spalted Maple – various wood

Level

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

When

  • August 21-25, 2017 Mon-Fri

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $825.00
  • Materials Fee: Your choice of wood call for information +T

There are three different sizes of this rocker. Choose your size when class starts.


Greene and Greene Tall Clock

A Dale Barnard original design that stays true to the Greene brothers’ philosophy.

This clock was one of thirty pieces featured in the Fearless Furniture Exhibit at the Indiana State Museum’s Design Center. The art pieces were by invitation only and were juried by internationally renowned furniture designer Wendy Maruyama, Professor Emeritus, San Diego State University. 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.

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Barnard Tall Clock

Tall Clock Designed by Dale and was featured in Fearless Furniture Exhibit at the Indiana Museum

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
  • 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 +

When

  • September 16-24/25, 2017 Sat-Sat/Sun

Fees

  • Instructors Fee: $1,500.00
  • Materials Fee: $1,860.00

 


Stickley Tall Clock

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.

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Stickley Tall Clock pictured below at the Thornton St Guest House accommodations Bed & No Breakfast. Call to book your room as soon as possible. 812-723-3461

Stickley Tall Clock
Details

  • Eight-day mechanical movement
  • Pendulum motion shows through
  • Mortise and tenon construction
  • Glass-door building
  • Hanging full inset door
  • and installing the movement

 

Materials

  • Traditionally, white oak, but
  • Cherry, etc. Call 812-723-3461 when booking class to discuss wood choice
  • Mechanical Movement will be purchased from Klockit, Inc.

Level

Intermediate +

When

  • September 14-22, 2017 Sat-Sat/Sun

Fees

  • Instructor’s Fee: $1,500.00
  • Materials Fee: $1,485.00T (Subject to material prices at time of class)

Fearless Finishing

Hands on Finishing Class

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Lose your intimidation or confusion about finishing with this excellent overview. Bring your spray gun if you have one and you can use it in the class with expert instruction.

When

October 28-29, 2017, Sat/Sun

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $75.00T

Wall Sconce & Art Glass

Two completed Greene & Greene inspired wall sconces with glass in only five days.  (another Dale Barnard design, not an exact copy)

This is a popular, fun class so sign up early. The finished wall sconces are easy to transport home and an opportunity to learn Greene & Greene style and technique as well as the art glass involved. I sell these for $800. plus S&H each when purchased finished and ready to install. So with this class, you will build two sconces plus all the training, personal instructions and the plans to go.

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Wall Sconce

Wall Sconce

 

Details

  • Greene & Greene design
  • Art glass
  • Furniture construction 

When

  • November 06-10, 2017 Mon-Fri

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: $150.00

 

 

 

 


Limbert Plant Stand

Take home this simply and elegant plant stand

You can build this perfect Arts & Crafts accent table to use as a plant stand or just to admire in the center of the room. Today Charles P. Limbert is perhaps not as well know as other American Arts & Crafts period furniture makers, but his distinctive and decorative cutouts using circles, hearts, spades, etc. is favored by many. His work is among the best in joinery techniques and was chosen to outfit the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park in 1906 to match the rustic resort architecture. Many of Limbert’s furniture pieces are popular in the current Arts and Crafts Revival. Over the years, Dale has been commissioned to make several Limbert (inspired) tables and finds this one a good example that will teach students about the furniture maker and the unique characteristics of his furniture.

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Limbert Plant Stand

Class will be making plant stand similar to original

Details

  • 20″ square and 29 1/2″ tall
  • Furniture construction
  • American Arts & Crafts 

Materials

  • Quartersawn white oak

When

  • November 13-17, 2017 Mon-Fri

 

 

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $800.00
  • Materials Fee: $190.00