I wanted to pass on an update about our earlier Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking as they are going having a one day woodworking show. The woodworking school’s students will be exhibiting their work on Saturday May 12th 2012.
Here is a short video showing some of the pieces that will be on display.
If you are going to be in the Kelowna, British Columbia area on the 12th of May be sure and stop by. The “Raising The Grain” woodworking show will be held at the Tutt Gallery. Would love to hear from any of you Canadian woodworkers who attend, leave your reviews of the event in the comments.
The Aspiring Woodworker’s workshop tour of Studio Woodworking that is presented below is a series of random shots all taken during one afternoon. Studio Woodworking at Okanagan College offers a thirty five week full time program which covers a wide range of woodworking skills. The video is well done and offered in high definition.
Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking
The state of the art joinery shop at Okanagan College has the luxury of large windows creating lots of natural light. Our shop is very well equipped with state of the art hand tools. We have huge variety of well maintained stationary machines with industrial dust collection. Many of our machines, tools, and cutters are new.
Our fully equipped tool room has a full time attendant and any wood working tool you could imagine. The bench room has a wood floor and cabinetmakers benches for each student. We also have a heated spray booth equipped with high quality spray equipment as well as breathing air equipment.
The program looks very extensive and covers many topics and woodworking techniques. Based what I see in the workshop tour of Studio Woodworking and the students work on the site they are helping aspiring woodworkers become skilled craftsmen.
After leaving the corporate world this ex salesman now builds wooden kayaks and paddles. Around 5 years ago Allen Deming decided to leave his position as head of the sales division for Proctor and Gamble. As a long time woodworker he decided to build a pair of wooden cedar strip kayaks.
From these two kayaks a business was born and he now builds 6 wooden kayaks and canoes designs as well canoe and kayak paddles. In addition he offers classes for aspiring woodworkers who would like to learn the craft of building wood strip canoes, kayaks and paddles.
He was recently profiled by Howard Meyerson of The Grand Rapids Press where he discussed his business called Mackinaw Watercraft.
Ex Salesman Now Builds Wooden Kayaks And Paddles
Inside, amid the sawdust and wood shavings, he is working on a 12-foot kayak he calls the Charlevoix.
“I was thinking, I don’t have to get back into the rat race. I’m going to try something new,” Deming said. “My wife said ‘you should run your own business’ and I was stupid enough to listen to her,” he said with a good-natured laugh…
…“Every boat is an individual,” Deming said. “It’s a little like building violins. There is a real romance in wooden boats and people all over North America and Europe love them. Running my own business has been an exciting experience. When the economy turns around, it might even be financially rewarding.”
The attention to detail that goes into Allen’s work is evident in the photos in the article and on his site which can be found at www.mackinawwatercraft.com. This ex salesman now builds wooden kayaks and paddles that anyone who loves the sport of paddling would be proud to own. If you are interested in building one of your own, check out The Strip-Built Sea Kayak by Nick Schade, the book mentioned in the article who inspired the style of wooden kayaks and paddles that Allen Deming builds.