The list below represents some of my favorite links. They
are not all wood-working related and are sorted by Category.
INSTRUCTION AND EDUCATION
Marc Adams School of Woodworking
Marc Adams runs one of the best woodworking schools in the
Country. This school stresses focused, hands-on learning from the leading
woodworkers in the country. Click the logo for more information.
Dakota County Technical College
Mitch Kohanek is one of
the best finishing instructors in the country. If you need intensive
training, this is the place. Click the logo at right.
goal is to provide a broad range of hands-on classes for woodworkers of all
levels. Workshops are offered in various formats and include classes that
meet for 1 or 2 days (week-end), week-long (5 consecutive days) summer
workshops, and courses meeting 1 night a week for multiple weeks.
For authentic Arts and Crafts Furniture Plans
For train tables and other unique childrens furniture
LUTHERIE AND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS
Homestead products are widely used in the field of lutherie (stringed
instrument making). To find out more about this fascinating craft explore
the links below.
The Guild of American Luthiers is a non-profit organization dedicated to
the advancement of lutherie.
Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA) was established in 1988
to help provide a sense of community and professionalism to the field of
stringed instrument making and repair. The goals of the association
include the establishment of a comprehensive database of resources,
supplies and technical information, a means of providing multi-level
education within the profession, assistance in marketing and promotion,
and the publication of informative newsletters and journals.
ASIA publishes the quarterly journal guitarmaker, a
quarterly magazine for builders and repair technicians.
collection of resources on the subject of designing and building plucked
stringed musical instruments, from Liutaio Mottola. The focus in
these pages is on electric and acoustic guitars and basses (mostly
basses), and includes information on design, construction, acoustics, and
ergonomics of stringed instruments. There is information here that should
be of interest to folks who want to get started in lutherie
(stringed instrument making) as well as for more experienced designers,
builders and researchers.
acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building,
violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any
other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute
and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and
more. Features the
Musical Instrument Makers Forum, an interactive forum for the
discussion of musical instrument construction, design and repair;
welcoming builders of all instruments at any skill level from expert to
SPRAY BOOTHS AND SUPPLIES
For the explosion proof fan used in the portable booth
featured in Great Wood Finishes go here:
Also a great source for spray booths, and booth supplies.
GENERAL FINISHING AND REFINISHING
Professional refinishers e-mail group
is a moderated e-mail exchange primarily for professional
refinishers. Yearly dues
required after a 30 day free trial. Very highly recommended if you are
serious about finishing.
is the forum of commercial and professional finishers. Great staff and knowledge
base. Click the logo at right.
site provides historical information related to clock restoration as well as
numerous how-to presentations. There are several topic-specific discussion
forums so visitors
can post questions or view techniques of other visitors.
The site was created as a companion to the book Extreme Restoration which
680 pages of restoration information and over 2,700 digital color photos.