Artist - Craftsman - Instructor
Teaching in the Netherlands
Intro Hand planes
This three hour hands on class will focus on selection, set up, sharpening and usage of planes. We will cover block, smoothing, jointing, shooting and shoulder planes. We will cover proper planing techniques and material holding methods. You will use a variety of vintage and new hand planes. This course is for those new to hand planes or those wanting to get more from their own planes. Call or email to schedule a private class. $100
Basic Turning Class
This four hour hands on class will introduce you to the basics of woodturning. Our focus will be on safety while having fun. You will learn how to secure stock to lathe for both spindle and face grain work. We will use spindle gouges, spindle roughing gouges, bowl gouges, parting tools, chucks and much more. You will also be introduced to the basics of sharpening. All tools and materials are provided. No experience required. Call or email to schedule a private class. $125
Learning to sharpen is a important skill to develop in order to achieve superior results. A sharp tool makes all the difference. We will cover sharpening plane blades, card scrapers and chisels using water stones and the Tormek system. We will learn how to improve sharpening jigs and maintain our water stones. We will explore the advantages and disadvantages of various sharpening systems. Call or email to schedule a private class. $100
Curtis enjoys using wood as a vehicle for self expression. He is particularly interested in using textures and other embellishments to complement the wood.
When possible, Curtis uses reclaimed or recycled timbers. Most materials are from urban redevelopment projects or storm damaged trees. He finds personal satisfaction and a great responsibility in working with this natural material. Each piece is made with the expectation it will long outlive its maker.
Curtis began seriously working with wood in 2000, after a successful career in the high tech industry. His work began with a focus on furniture, but evolved to include carving, turning and photography. Curtis traces his interest in building and crafting items to his early childhood. He still has the first tool box he made from scraps at the age of 10. He found inspiration from his maternal grandmother, who help him discover the excitement of recycling items into pieces with a new life. He spent much of his youth exploring nature, and building a variety of things, from fishing tackle to shoji screens. While most of his life was influenced by a strong entrepreneurial drive, his artistic side was quietly developing. He developed a love of teaching as a scuba instructor and dive guide. This allowed him to teach others the joy of diving and the exploration of nature. His enjoyment of teaching surfaced during his professional years, and continues into all aspects of woodworking. He wrote a monthly article for the Highland Woodturner for many years.
Currently, Curtis enjoys traveling domestically and internationally conducting hand tool woodworking demonstrations and classes for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. He also enjoys teaching woodworking and woodturning at the Austin WoodCraft and private class in his Round Rock studio. He was the 2012 President of Central Texas Woodturners, a member of the American Association of Woodturners, and Fine Woodworkers of Austin.
Curtis lives and works in Central Texas with his wife and four young children. Curtis and Kristena own Creative Brick Builders which hosts hands-on after-school classes, camps and birthday parties for preschool and elementary students featuring LEGO® Bricks.
Please contact me to arrange for an appointment or inquire about classes.