I have been a hobby woodworker since my teens, but I didn't have the skills to accomplish in reality what I could imagine on paper or in my mind. I had tools, but they were frustrating because I didn't really use them properly. I was busy with my career, and had little time to improve my woodworking skills. Finally, in 2011, I had the time to really concentrate on woodworking. As a matter of fact, I had decided to make it my second career.
Over the past three years, I have had the pleasure of attending a total of 12 weeks of classes at Rosewood Studio. I have learned an enormous amount. I can now use my tools properly and achieve what I imagine. My planes and chisels are razor sharp, and that makes such a huge difference! I have learned many techniques, and how and when to implement them. Things like hand-cut dovetails, mortise and tenon joints, decorative inlays, tapered and curved legs, fine veneer work, bent laminates, and fine finishes are all a part of my everyday work, because I have learned them properly at Rosewood.
I have worked there with fine teachers: Ron Barter, Garrett Hack, and Adrian Ferrazzutti are all highly regarded woodworkers as well as excellent, patient, and thorough instructors. Safety is paramount at Rosewood, and all of the instructors emphasize the safe and proper way to do any job. They are also very willing to deal with the individual issues of each student. This is important, since we don't all have the same background.
The Studio itself is very thoughtfully laid out, and also well-equipped. It is an environment where fine woodworking can really be done!
I thank everyone at Rosewood for all that I have learned, and I look forward to returning in the future.