'Welcome to Woodschool' video library

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Lead CFC instructor Tim Rousseau demonstrates how to cut carcase mitres in one of the Woodschool's online videos.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine, USA has launched a free online library of best practices in woodworking.

“Welcome to Woodschool” is a series of 50 professionally filmed, instructional videos that feature best-practice techniques from the CFC’s professional-track curricula, presented by lead instructor Tim Rousseau. Topics range from tool sharpening and hand-cut dovetails, to five different ways of machine-cutting tenons, to building forms and laminating curves.

“Filming these videos gave us a way to share the incredible depth of knowledge that hundreds of outstanding woodworkers from around the globe have contributed to our curricula through teaching,” says Peter Korn, CFC’s Founder and Executive Director. “Making this knowledge accessible to the world at large, regardless of financial, geographic, or cultural barriers, goes right to the heart of our mission as a nonprofit school.”

The videos were filmed in the spring and summer of 2020, while classes were suspended due to the pandemic. They were instrumental to the safe reopening of CFC in September 2020, as they allowed students to maintain social distancing while watching demonstrations that require close-up viewing.

The CFC hopes to expand the free library in future years with additional instructors and topics.

See the video library at at www.woodschool.org/videolibrary

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