CLASSES WITH ALAN DEWEY

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TWO-DAY CLASSES

I. General overview

Classes are at the workshop in West Asheville.

Beginners' Chess Set Making Class

This class teaches you to turn while you make your own chess set. That's true! We will start with absolute beginners. It is the only class of this sort in the world, and is tremendously popular.

Chess set making intensives take two days. It takes ALL day, EACH day to get through this, so please plan on being here from 8-5 on both Saturday and Sunday. We can also schedule these classes for two Saturdays, or two Sundays, if that works better. In the end you walk out with a Staunton style competition chess set (4" kings!) complete with carved knights.

CLASS PAGE: BEGINNER'S CHALLENGE... MAKE A CHESS SET IN TWO DAYS! includes all how-to videos...check it out!

Skill Set of the Victorian Turners

This class is actually an extension of the chess set making class. In the chess set class, you learn solid-body spindle turning and carving at the lathe. In this class, you are taught a wider and extremely useful set of skills: design, external form, modified hollow form, turning between centers, turning with end running free (use of a glue chuck), capture ring turning, bone turning, finial work, threading, object replication.

The first day, you make an object going through the various skills step-by-step. On the second day, you make a copy of that object...trying to remember for yourself how to do it! We are there the entire time to help, of course. The class page (below) has the syllabus, videos of each step of making the object, and videos of making the tools. Check them out and write if you have questions.

It takes ALL day, EACH day to get through this, so please plan on being here from 8-5 on both Saturday and Sunday.
We can also schedule these classes for two Saturdays, or two Sundays, if that works better.

CLASS PAGE: SKILL SET OF THE VICTORIAN TURNERS
includes all how-to videos...check it out!

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A SHOUT OUT FOR STUDENTS!

As well as teaching here at the workshop, I also have "distance students" who learn from the videos as well as extended email correspondences. This is done at no charge whatsoever to the student.

One of these students, Haim Hen of beautiful Zichron Yaackov, Israel, sent me a link to his work.
Pictures speak more loudly than words...take a look!

 


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COMING TO ASHEVILLE ... WHAT FUN!

If you need info on staying in Asheville, the loveliest city in what may be the loveliest region of America, please contact me or dig around online. There are amusements and learning opportunities for the whole family here, so working a class in with a family vacation becomes possible. Here are a couple of good places to start your research: Romantic Asheville and Asheville: Any Way You Like It.

However, if you wanna do the bohemian thing, stay local. Check out staying at Bon Paul and Sharky's Hostel. It is three blocks from the house, and about the same from 5 or 6 good restaurants. Aside from the wildly popular West End Bakery, lots of folks love the UJ and Sunny Point Cafe. Being who we are, we are fond of the Tastee Diner, which is a working man's establishment that has been in business since 1947. Anyway, the Hostel is also close to the Westville Pub and Hops and Vines. The pub is a very good pub , and you can often get a game of chess in the back as well. Hop & Vines is a supply store for beer & wine making that offers free Friday beer tastings of local beers. Aside from free beer, this is meaningful because the city of Asheville is Beer City USA for the third year in a row!

Check out my CHESSSPY: LIFE AND ALL THAT page for more about Asheville: we have a cross-dressing bicycling nun, Friday night drum circles, and more. So very much more...


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