All it took for us to elevate a basic knife block ($25.95; cutleryandmore.com)? A pencil and some paint. Begin by spray-painting the block with two coats of Rustoleum's white semigloss ($4.19 for 12 ounces; amazon.com). Allow two hours of drying time between coats; then let them dry overnight. Next, lay the block faceup. Using the knives you plan to keep in the block, lay one utensil atop the block in a spot that reflects the blade's placement when stored; carefully trace the shape with a pencil. Repeat with the other three knives. Fill the inside of each shape with another paint color—we used Benjamin Moore's Clearspring Green ($6.49 for 16 ounces; benjaminmoore.com). Let dry for two hours , add a second coat, then let dry again before inserting the cutlery.
Turning: Turning is an art in and of itself. In these classes, students are mentored in how to choose and work with the perfect wood to get the perfect turning result. We teach wet and dry wood work, specialty tool use such as lathes and skew chisels, and how to make custom tools for specific projects. Techniques for spindle-work, hollow-end grain work, faceplate turning, and milling will be covered. We address special joinery considerations and precision fitting parts.
Prerequisites: Each level (Basic, Intermediate, and Master-Level) is a prerequisite for the next. However, students entering our Professional Training series can submit to a Skills Assessment by one of MSF’s instructors to determine if they may enter into the program and receive more advanced instruction without first satisfying previous training requirements.