A Berea College Tradition Strengthened

The Woodworking School at Pine Croft is now part of the Berea College Family.

 
 

Summer 2019's Offerings

Craft a Shaker-inspired piece you'll cherish.

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Summer 2019 Sessions Open Now

Our Story

Berea College has re-opened the former Kelly Mehler School of Woodworking under the leadership of Berea College Head of Woodcraft Andy Glenn as The Woodworking School at Pine Croft. Both Andy and Berea College are dedicated to preserving the fundamental character of the school as it was developed by Kelly and Teri Mehler, and are grateful to enjoy their support and involvement moving the school into this next phase. Further supporting Berea College’s 120 year commitment to the preservation and promotion of craft.

The Woodworking School at Pine Croft will provide quality woodworking classes beginning in July 2019. We are excited to again open the wood school doors to the public. While in some ways woodworking is an individual pursuit, there are common traits that connect across makers: a desire to expand our skills, furnish our homes, surround ourselves with the handmade, and join a community of dedicated craftspeople. We believe that craft can both preserve traditions and beauty – and that craft can act as a counterbalance to a disposable and consumer-reliant world. Making is essential to us. We look to create a school where students can grow in their skills and fulfill their creative pursuits. We will provide opportunities to work with leading instructors who come from diverse backgrounds and have different woodworking perspectives. All are welcome to attend.

Meet the Summer 2019 Instructors

Kelly Mehler

Instructor

Kelly’s professional career began in 1977 and he opened his first commercial furniture shop in Berea in 1978. Kelly’s formal training began at the University of Cincinnati’s Ohio College of Applied Science and he continued his education in the Industrial Arts program at Berea College where he was mentored by instructor and wood turner Rude Osolnik. Kelly is the author of The Tablesaw Book, is featured in two Fine Woodworking Videos, and has contributed numerous articles to Fine Woodworking magazine, Wood magazine, American Woodworker, Popular Woodworking, Woodworkers Journal, Custom Woodworking Business magazine, and the Time/Life woodworking book series.

Andy Glenn

Instructor

Andy Glenn joined the team at Berea College Student Craft in the summer of 2017. Since Andy's arrival, the Woodcraft program has begun a return to traditional joinery, hand tool instruction and use, and a re-commitment to the pursuit of excellence that made Berea synonymous with quality handcraft. Andy came to Berea after spending 14 years in the northeast (first in Boston, then Maine), where he trained at the North Bennet Street School (NBSS) before working in repair, cabinet and furniture shops. For ten years, he has taught continuing education classes at NBSS and as a guest instructor in the Cabinet and Furniture Making program. He is excited to help lead the school going forward: ``Berea is a welcoming place with amazing creative energy and dedication to craft. We hope to embody those same traits in the school: genuine hospitality, sense of community, and high quality craft. It will be different than it was (it will have to be - there's only one Kelly Mehler!), though I hope all who attend will find a similar essence in our efforts.” ~Andy Glenn
glenna(at)berea.edu

Summer 2019 Sessions

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Build a Two-Drawer Side Table
July 22-27, 2019

Taught by Kelly Mehler

Assisted by Andy Glenn

$1,049 plus materials
6 Day Class

This Shaker-inspired table has a multitude of uses waiting to be found! This piece pairs nicely with many types of decor where its classic simplicity and enduring clean lines create visual harmony.

Kelly originally built a variation of this two-drawer white pine table for a customer in 1995. The table was based on the original piece from the Alfred Shaker community in Maine, now part of a Shaker collection in the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The original was built between 1850 and 1900 of white pine. You will have some wood choices that suit your needs and preferences.

The design of the table is clearly straightforward, and so are the broadly-applicable techniques used in the construction of your table. You will create square, tapered legs that are mortised to receive tenons on the ends of the rails. The aprons are pinned to ensure joint security. You will learn how to fit drawers with handcut dovetails and with solid bottoms and thumb moulding on their front edges. You will use a combination of hand tools and machine tools to fashion the unusual curve where the square part of the leg begins to taper. The techniques that you will use throughout this project will assist you in making other tables and case good pieces in your own shop.
So now let’s have some fun as you join Kelly in building this well-designed table

Prepared Materials will be available from the school for $215 in white pine/cherry/maple or $260 in walnut/mahogany. No hardware is needed for this project. We will have an easy lesson on turning the two wood drawer pulls at the school.

A fully catered lunch is included and served every day and drinks and snacks are provided all day. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs. It is a good idea to make your lodging reservations well in advance (options follow below).

Contact Aaron Beale at bealeaa(at)berea.edu or (859) 985-3224 to register or with any questions.

Click here to email Aaron
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Build a Two-Drawer Peg-Leg Stand
August 5-9, 2019

Taught by Andy Glenn

Assisted by Kelly Mehler

$899 plus materials
5 Day Class

This class will use cherry lumber to construct a small Shaker-inspired stand with delicate details. The stand’s features can challenge a more experienced woodworker, while still being accessible to someone just starting in the craft. Participants will work individually on their machine and hand-tool skills to create the various components, then will work collectively on the last day to assemble the stands.

The finished stand is approximately 22” long by 16” deep by 24” tall.

This is an excellent class for a beginning or intermediate woodworker. We’ll be using the lathe to turn the pedestal, legs and knobs. The majority of the remainder of the time will be spent at the workbench with hand-tools, first making the dovetailed drawers and top, and later to assemble the piece.

As it is with Shaker furniture, the surfaces are clean of ornamentation and extra detailing. The beauty of the piece lies in the form and the skillfulness that goes into making it. The challenge, and the fun, will be in striving to craft the small details in pleasing ways. And that’s where we’ll spend a majority of our time and energy during the class.

Attendees can bring their own materials. Or we can provide the prepared materials for $85.

A fully catered lunch is included and served every day and drinks and snacks are provided all day. Please let us know in advance of any special dietary needs. It is a good idea to make your lodging reservations well in advance (options follow below).

Contact Aaron Beale at bealeaa(at)berea.edu or (859) 985-3224 to register or with any questions.

Click here to email Aaron

The Woodworking School at Pine Croft
1865 Big Hill Rd. Berea, KY 40403, USA

Where to Eat & Stay

Where to stay in Berea:

Berea College’s Boone Tavern Hotel
(800) 366-9358

Holiday Inn Express Berea
(859) 985-5500

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
(859) 985-8191

Quality Inn
(859) 986-9627

Homegrown Hideaways
(859) 986-3478

Where to eat in Berea:

Boone Tavern
800-366-9358

Apollo’s Pizza
859-756-6036

Native Bagel
859-756-6185

Papaleno’s
859-986-4497

Noodle Nirvana
859-756-6447

J. Gumbo’s
859-868-1001

Berea College Farm Store
859-985-3685