2018 Classes: Hands On Group Classes

Woodworking Classes In David’s Workshop/Studio

Carving, and Color,  and Boxes–Oh My!

Box Making with Guest Instructor

Michael Cullen


May 24 – 28, 2018   5 Days Hands On



Class Size: 3 – 10 students            Class Fee: $875.00


SOLD OUT!  Please use the CONTACT page to be added to the Wait List


Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced
All Skill Levels Welcome

   50% Payment

Investigate different approaches and forms that a box can become using both hand tools and machines.  This workshop is highly creative and will focus on exploring ideas in box making that fall outside the typical six-sided container. Emphasis will be on shaping and sculpting boxes to create pleasing curves, unusual shapes and just about anything that falls into the category of fun and zany.  A primary focus in the workshop will be on creating pattern and texture, and applying color to the surfaces of the boxes.   Tools used but limited to include:  gouges and chisels, files and rasps and some machinery.  This class is perfect for the beginner who is curious about making things from wood; and is also very good for the expert who is looking to create something new and fresh.

Bio: Michael Cullen is a furniture maker and sculptor who has a studio and workshop in Northern California.  His pieces range from delicate work that can fit in the palm of your hand to massive ones that are best moved with a crane.  He’s been widely published and his work is in private and public collections around the world.  He is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking.  His love of teaching and making had taken him to Nepal, New Zealand, Europe and all over North America.

Video interview from Hawaii workshop 2016:


Video Interview at SUNY Purchase on box making:  http://hosting.soundslides.com/mrgcq/


Gilding & Chemical Patination

3 Days Hands On

July 13 – 15, 2018  OR   Dec. 7 – 9, 2018


Class Size: 5 – 10 Students   Class Fee: $650.00 – All materials  included.


Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced
All Skill Levels Welcome

  50% Payment   July 13 – 15, 2018

  50% Payment  Dec. 7 – 9, 2018

David has expanded this class to 3 days to provide more time to go over the gilding and patina processes. Even if you have taken this class previously, this newly expanded class will include the use of frisket and other techniques to expand your capabilities. The processes that you will learn can be applied to any surface that will accept paint. These include wood, metal, paper, ceramics, glass, even plastics. So no matter if you are a jeweler, ceramicist, sculptor, blacksmith, woodworker or woodturner, you will take home some very creative and innovative techniques to enhance your work and increase your marketability.

Marquetry & Inlay 

August 3 – 5, 2018      3 Days Hands On


Class Size: 3 – 10 students      Class Fee: $775.00 – All materials included.

 Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced
All Skill Levels Welcome

  50% Payment

In this hands-on class David will teach the challenging and artistic world of marquetry. He will explore several different methods of creating one of a kind inlays that will enhance your work and take it to the next level. David will show you how to do free hand inlay, router template inlay, double bevel marquetry (which is a veneering technique as opposed to an inlay technique), and colored epoxy inlay. He will show students how to do repeatable inlays by teaching you how to design and make your own templates.


Creative Turning 5 Days Hands On

October 4 – 8, 2018 


Class Size: 3 – 10 students     Class Fee: $895.00 – All materials included.


Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced
All Skill Levels Welcome

  50% Payment

In this class students will get to experiment with different woods and different shapes to create their own individual designs.   Students will turn bowls and small hollow vessels and decorate them with segmented rings made of ebony and other exotic woods.  Students can also add gilding and chemical patination to embellish their bowls and vessels.  David will teach sharpening techniques as well as design techniques.


Bentwood Lamination 4 Days Hands On

Nov. 8 – 11, 2018


512 Contemporary Bent Laminated Lamp

Episode 512: Contemporary Bent Laminate Lamp


Class Size:  3 – 10 Students        Class Fee: $825


Skill Level: Beginning – Intermediate – Advanced
All Skill Levels Welcome


This class is for beginning to intermediate woodworkers that want to learn the process of bentwood lamination as they design and make their own project.  In this hands on 4 day group class each student will design his or her own curve, as well as design and build their own bending form.  Students will learn how to resaw laminates on the bandsaw and each student will make their own bentwood lamination project that they can take home.  In addition, David will demonstrate how to do compound bentwood laminations as well as continuous strip laminations

  50% Payment