Rustic Furniture Construction with Marty Dodge

 Join legendary woodsman Marty Dodge and learn to make rustic furniture from start to finish. Following a session on the maintenance and techniques to use a variety of rustic woodworking hand tools, participants will process red oak and white ash logs harvested from the Rochester Folk Art Guild forests into planks and leg stock using cross cut saws, hewing axes, hatchets, wedges, mallets, beetles, froes and draw shaves. This material will be assembled into benches, chairs and tables using axes, draw shaves, hand drills, chisels and mallets.

Participants may bring their own tools such as those mentioned above to maintain and use for the workshop.

The workshop will include demonstration of chain saw use for free hand production of furniture stock and actual furniture construction using mortise and tenon joints and tapered dovetail splines. Participants will not be permitted to operate chain saws.

Marty Dodge grew up in Connecticut, earned a BA in Chemistry from Colby College in Maine and an MF in Forestry from Utah State University. He taught middle school science for two years in Thomaston Maine, then served three years as a deck watch officer aboard the USCG Cutter Sedge out of Cordova Alaska.

During his 39 years at Finger Lakes Community College, he offered 31 different courses including Ecology, Environmental Science, Small Woodlot Management, Global Sustainability and Wilderness Survival. During that time, Marty most enjoyed the FLCC travel ecology courses of two to five weeks duration to the Florida Everglades, Costa Rica, Belize and Alaska. In 1974 Marty started the FLCC Woodsmen’s team and coached the men’s and women’s teams to a total of 32 championships by the time he retired in 2011.

In addition, Marty has served as a consulting forester and has designed and helped to construct numerous area Nature Interpretive Trail Systems, and has constructed more than thirty log and rustic buildings working with FLCC, the Cumming Nature Center, and a private land owner in Wiseman, Alaska. During the summer of 2016 in Wiseman, Marty completed building his tiny retirement home at the top of the world. Currently, Marty maintains a You Tube channel containing video programs of rustic cabin and furniture construction techniques that have to date been viewed nearly 400,000 times in 145 countries.

 

 

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