Instructor: John Randazzo
Saturday November 2nd, Sunday Nov 3rd, and Saturday November 9th, 16th, and 23rd 8am to 4:30 pm (with lunch provided)
A $100.00 deposit is required to confirm your reservation. Deposit is refundable until 30 days before the class.
(It is recommended, though not required, that you have taken the Basic Veneering class before taking this class)
Veneer is an excellent medium sandwiched between two opposing reputations of being both cheap and incredibly difficult. It gets its bad name for being a cheap alternative to solid wood thanks to a plague of poorly crafted, assembly-line factory furniture from the 70s, while those who have dabbled in veneering often believe that good veneer work requires tremendous skill. The reality is that much of the finest furniture produced throughout history has been veneered, and that, like anything else, veneering requires a little knowledge, sharp tools, and practice.
In modern times, the very best trees are made into veneer. Burls, stumps, crotches, exotics, and highly figured woods are readily available that otherwise would be prohibitively expensive as solid wood . Learning to utilize veneer will open up a huge variety of options in design that would be difficult if not impossible to do in solid wood.
About the class:
This workshop will teach the fine art of working with veneer to create pictures and decorate furniture. In this class you will learn how to cut, tape, assemble, and press your project. You will also learn how to use sandshading to “animate” your designs by adding depth to create a three dimensional image.
John will show you how to dye veneer to bring added color to your design, and you will learn what type of glue and substrate to use as well. By the end of the class, you will have sanded and lacquered your projects to take home with you. This class requires patience, but the value you will add to your future projects is well worth it.
This class is open to woodworkers of any skill level. It’s a great starting point for beginners and will take the work of professionals to a much higher level. You may also consider taking John’s Advanced Veneering and Working in a Vacuum classes as well.