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Learn woodworking at traditional workshop

 

Snow College is putting on a traditional woodworking skills workshop where this pioneer-era "Ruskin" table will be the hands-on project participants learn to build by hand.
Snow College is putting on a traditional woodworking skills workshop where this pioneer-era “Ruskin” table will be the hands-on project participants learn to build by hand.
Learn woodworking at traditional workshop

 

Robert Stevens

Managing editor

12-15-2016

 

EPHRAIM — Snow College is offering people a chance to learn traditional woodworking skills with a workshop that will guide participants through building a pioneer era “Ruskin” table.

The workshop will be Feb. 9-11 and again Feb. 16-18 and will be taught by Chris Gochnour.

” John Ruskin, a pioneer of the English arts and crafts movement, sought a return to the simple

life, away from Victorian era excesses,” Gochnour said. “He advocated simplicity, solid, beautiful woods and honest joinery. Ruskin stated, ‘When we build, let us think that we build forever.'”

Gochnour said much of the appeal of the Ruskin table that will be the workshop’s project comes from its gently bowed legs, which workshop participants will shape using traditional woodworking tools including the bow saw, spokeshave and compass plane.

Gochnour said other distinguishing features of the Ruskin table are a circular top and shelf, which highlight beautiful grain patterns.

“The table incorporates a range of joinery, including mortise and tenon joints, bridal joints and half lap joints,” Gochnour said.

The class will start with a thorough discussion and demonstration on tool sharpening so that students can take advantage of well-tuned tools throughout the workshop. Additionally, Gochnour said detailed demonstrations will accompany each aspect of the table’s construction.

A list of needed tools will be sent to each registered student.

To participate, contact Don Saltzman at don.saltzman@snow.edu or 283-7577.

Questions about the project can be directed to Gochnour at TheJoinersBench@gmail.com or 801-266-5859.

“Space is limited, so sign up quickly,” Gochnour said.” We look forward to seeing you there.”