Design Your Own Workshop

Design Your Own Workshop • One-on-one Woodworking instruction with nationally renowned fine Woodworker David Finck. A word about private instruction. I've been spending a lot of time lately with folks on a one-on-one basis and in small pre-formed groups. One very successful activity has been hands-on plane-making in a two-day format.

Design Your Own Workshop • One-on-one Woodworking instruction with nationally renowned fine Woodworker David Finck. A word about private instruction. I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with folks on a one-on-one basis and in small pre-formed groups. One very successful activity has been hands-on plane-making in a two-day format. Another is learning about hand-cut dovetails and frame and panel work though making a box. One fellow is in the process of building a glass-front, wall-mounted cabinet. Upcoming planned private workshops also include building a hall table, coopering, exploring the design, layout, and shaping of Krenov-style cabinet legs, and sawing and working with band-sawn veneers. Don’t hesitate to inquire about your particular interest. Contact me to discuss your particular interests and together we’ll design a workshop that suits your needs. For more information on David Finck click here or see below.
The Mast Farm Inn has teamed up with David Finck to feature a wide variety of woodworking workshops throughout the year. Enjoy award-winning lodging and dining at The Mast Farm Inn before and after each workshop session. Bring your spouse, significant other, or a friend, so they can explore and enjoy the area as you attend the workshop.
The Mast Farm Inn has teamed up with David Finck to feature a wide variety of fine woodworking workshops throughout the year. Enjoy award-winning lodging and dining at The Mast Farm Inn before and after each workshop session. Bring your spouse, significant other, or a friend, so they can explore and enjoy the area as you attend the workshop.

Enjoy personal instruction in fine woodworking from nationally recognized woodworker and author David Finck. You will have the use of David’s well-equipped shop and a 7-foot long, solid maple cabinetmaker’s bench. A typical 7-1/2 hour day (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) involves up to 4 hours of demonstration and lecture on your chosen topic. The remainder of the day is hands-on work on your project, while David resumes his own work at a nearby bench. You are encouraged to interact with David as needed for questions and coaching as you progress. Bring your own materials or they may be purchased from David. This special Mast Farm Inn Package price is reserved exclusively for persons participating in David Finck workshops.

The Mast Farm Inn has teamed up with David to feature a wide variety of his woodworking workshops throughout the year. Click below to see the all-inclusive one-on-one woodworking workshops available with David Finck which include special rates for lodging and dining at The Mast Farm Inn.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE
Custom designed workshops sessions are available throughout the year. These 1-3 day workshops begin on Mondays or Tuesdays. In each case for this package check-in is at 3:00PM the afternoon before the workshop start, and check-out is at 11:00AM the morning after end of the workshop. This specially priced package is not available during the months of July, October & December, or within 5 days of a national holiday. However, David may be able to do workshops at those time finding you alternative lodging.

DESCRIPTION & COSTS
Cost for Workshop, Per Person, Per Day • $200, Optional Workshop Materials: Bring your own materials or they may be purchased from me.
Cost for Lodging & Breakfast, One Person, Per Night • $125
Cost for Lodging & Breakfast, Two Persons, Sharing One Room, Cottage or Cabin, Per Night • $175
Includes • Workshop fees, lodging & country gourmet breakfast each morning, does not include Lunch and dinner, optional workshop materials, gratuities, occupancy tax & sales tax
Lodging • Any room, cottage or cabin available at the time of your reservation. See rooms, cottages and cabins by clicking here
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CONDITIONS & TERMS
Minimum Stay ~ 2 Nights
Maximum Stay ~ 4 Nights
Maximum Occupancy ~ For Rooms: Limited to two persons;  For cottages & cabins: Limited to 4 person maximum, each extra persons beyond double occupancy in cabins & cottages are billed at $25 per person per day. Children over 2 are considered an extra person.
Days of The Week Available ~ For Check-Ins on Sunday, or Monday, except for within 5 days of a national holiday
Months Available ~ Any months except for July, October & December
May Be Reserved No Earlier Than ~ 24 weeks prior to scheduled date of arrival
Must Be Reserved No Later Than ~ 4 weeks prior to scheduled date of arrival

Deposit required ~ 50% of the cost of the package
Cancelation Policy ~ Full refund minus a $35 processing fee if cancelled 31 days or more prior to scheduled arrival, 50% refund if cancelled between 31-15 days prior to scheduled arrival, Billed completely without refund if cancelled 14 days or less prior to scheduled date of arrival
Reserved exclusively for persons participating in David Finck workshops.
To benefit you must request this special when reserving, this rate cannot be applied to reservations already made
Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, special offers, packages, promotions, gift certificates or packages


David Finck, a nationally recognized fine woodworker, lives and works in Valle Crucis, a few hundred yards from the Mast Farm Inn. We have teamed up with David to feature a wide number and variety of his woodworking workshops throughout the year.

David Finck, Woodworker • David Finck, a nationally recognized fine woodworker, lives and works in Valle Crucis, a few hundred yards from the Mast Farm Inn. Some of the nation’s most prominent craft galleries and shows have featured David’s work. David is also active as a woodworking instructor, having taught extensively at a variety of craft centers and campuses nationwide.
The Mast Farm Inn has teamed up with David to feature a wide variety of his woodworking workshops throughout the year. Click below to see the all-inclusive one-on-one woodworking workshops available with David Finck which include special rates for lodging and dining at The Mast Farm Inn.
The Mast Farm Inn has teamed up with David to feature a wide variety of his woodworking workshops throughout the year. Click below to see the all-inclusive one-on-one woodworking workshops available with David Finck which include special rates for lodging and dining at The Mast Farm Inn.
Making & Mastering Wood Planes
Hand-Cut Dovetail Joinery, A Simple Box
Dovetailed Box with a Frame & Panel Lid
Band-Saw Your Own Veneers, A Small End-Table
Design Your Own Workshop

These two boxes represent my fifteen minutes of fame, though ironically, my contribution to the Warner Bros. movie of 2008, Nights in Rodanthe, went uncredited, so I guess it doesn't count. Nevertheless, the experience was a unique one. I received a call from the property manager of the movie asking if I could design and build two boxes for the movie as well as supply some props and do some coaching. The movie is based on a book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. I won't summarize the plot, but the leading lady in the movie, Diane Lane, plays a character who was a bit of a woodworker in the past and a pair of boxes play a significant role in the plot. So I did the boxes and set up a sequence so she could appear to make one of the boxes in the movie. I also supplied some tools and coached Ms. Lane in a few aspects of dovetail joinery.  The movie has struck some folks rather deeply and they've managed to track me down to commission replicas for meaningful gifts. Taking nothing away from Ms. Lane or Mr. Gere, but, is there an Oscar for "Best Performance by a Box"?  Note:  I became allergic to cypress while making the originals so reproductions are done in other woods. The basic concept remains the same, and of course, each box will be entirely unique."My work is about quality, careful attention to detail, functionality, and permanence. I think of it as an ongoing attempt to capture the essential core of the beautiful and bring that into people’s homes and lives. I find great pleasure in the process of woodworking. That love of fine craftsmanship often plays a major role in animating my finished products.”These two boxes represent my fifteen minutes of fame, though ironically, my contribution to the Warner Bros. movie of 2008, Nights in Rodanthe, went uncredited, so I guess it doesn't count. Nevertheless, the experience was a unique one. I received a call from the property manager of the movie asking if I could design and build two boxes for the movie as well as supply some props and do some coaching. The movie is based on a book of the same name by Nicholas Sparks. I won't summarize the plot, but the leading lady in the movie, Diane Lane, plays a character who was a bit of a woodworker in the past and a pair of boxes play a significant role in the plot. So I did the boxes and set up a sequence so she could appear to make one of the boxes in the movie. I also supplied some tools and coached Ms. Lane in a few aspects of dovetail joinery.  The movie has struck some folks rather deeply and they've managed to track me down to commission replicas for meaningful gifts. Taking nothing away from Ms. Lane or Mr. Gere, but, is there an Oscar for "Best Performance by a Box"?  Note:  I became allergic to cypress while making the originals so reproductions are done in other woods. The basic concept remains the same, and of course, each box will be entirely unique.
"My work is about quality, careful attention to detail, functionality, and permanence. I think of it as an ongoing attempt to capture the essential core of the beautiful and bring that into people’s homes and lives. I find great pleasure in the process of woodworking. That love of fine craftsmanship often plays a major role in animating my finished products.” To enquire about the workshops call 828.963.6504, write info@davidfinkc.com, or use the “How Can We Help You?” form on the right panel of this page.

Over the years, stretching back to 1984, I have designed and built a wide variety of one-of-a-kind objects ranging from desks, tables, chairs and rockers, to showcases, jewelry boxes and lighting fixtures.Especially significant to me are the liturgical works and the steel-string and classical guitars I've made. Adding the spiritual or musical dimension truly enlarges the scope of this work
“Over the years, stretching back to 1984, I have designed and built a wide variety of one-of-a-kind objects ranging from desks, tables, chairs and rockers, to showcases, jewelry boxes and lighting fixtures. Especially significant to me are the liturgical works and the steel-string and classical guitars I’ve made. Adding the spiritual or musical dimension truly enlarges the scope of this work."

Some of the nation’s most prominent craft galleries and shows have featured David’s work, and it is in the permanent collection of the West Virginia Department of Culture and History. He has had articles in the preeminent woodworking magazine, "Fine Woodworking", and been featured in "American Style Magazine".

In 2000 he released his book, "Making and Mastering Wood Hand Planes", currently published by Hickory Ridge Press.It is considered by many to be the best book available on the topic. David's background includes two years of intensive study with internationally renowned master craftsman James KrenovTwo generations of woodworking heritage passed down from his father and grandfather, and many years of experience maintaining his own studios in West Virginia, Kansas, and now, in North Carolina where he has been since 1997.
In 2000 he released his book, "Making and Mastering Wood Hand Planes", currently published by Hickory Ridge Press. It is considered by many to be the best book available on the topic. David’s background includes two years of intensive study with internationally renowned master craftsman James Krenov, two generations of woodworking heritage passed down from his father and grandfather, and many years of experience maintaining his own studios in West Virginia, Kansas, and now, in North Carolina where he has been since 1997.

David is also active as a woodworking instructor, having taught extensively at a variety of craft centers and campuses nationwide. He has been teaching from his own studio since 2006 offering intensive workshops and custom-tailored private instruction.

Most of us have an awareness of the effects over-consumption and our "throw-away society" have on our environment and our state of mind, yet our manufactured world is increasingly filled with objects that are temporary, superficially attractive, and lacking in human warmth.The things in our homes are among the most intimate part of our external world. They influence us for better or worse, while portraying some essence of who we are and who we wish to become
"Most of us have an awareness of the effects over-consumption and our "throw-away society" have on our environment and our state of mind, yet our manufactured world is increasingly filled with objects that are temporary, superficially attractive, and lacking in human warmth. The things in our homes are among the most intimate part of our external world. They influence us for better or worse, while portraying some essence of who we are and who we wish to become…"

Pictured are things I’ve built because I wanted to, or to fit a need for someone that requested it. Some of the pieces are currently available as noted. I encourage you to call or e-mail if you see something you like or if my work provokes thoughts of a commission.  Contact information is at the bottom of this page.

Enjoy personal instruction in fine woodworking from nationally recognized woodworker and author David FinckYou will have the use of David’s well-equipped shop and a 7-foot long, solid maple cabinetmaker’s bench.  A typical 7-1/2 hour day (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) involves up to 4 hours of lecture and demonstration on your chosen topic. The remainder of the day is hands-on work on your project, while he resumes his own work at a nearby bench. You are encouraged to interact with me as needed for questions and coaching. Cost of instruction is $150 per day. You can bring your own materials or they may be purchased here when you arrive.
Enjoy personal instruction in fine woodworking from nationally recognized woodworker and author David Finck. You will have the use of David’s well-equipped shop and a 7-foot long, solid maple cabinetmaker’s bench.  A typical 7-1/2 hour day (8:30 AM to 5:00 PM) involves up to 4 hours of lecture and demonstration on your chosen topic. The remainder of the day is hands-on work on your project, while he resumes his own work at a nearby bench. You are encouraged to interact with me as needed for questions and coaching. Cost of instruction is $150 per day. You can bring your own materials or they may be purchased here when you arrive.

Making and Mastering Wood Planes • The Book
Making and Mastering Wood Planes • The Book

Making and Mastering Wood Planes is in its fourth printing and now  available on video too!  See the trailer here. While either format will get you to a finished, functioning plane, the two taken together gives you the most thorough coverage of the topic.The book works great as a bench-top reference and self-paced instructional guide and includes many fundamentals of fine woodworking as well. The video pulls it all together and presents information and nuance that truly only comes across in moving pictures.

I decided to write "Making and Mastering Wood Planes" after teaching dozens of workshops on the topic at craft centers and schools across the country over many years. It was the pure delight expressed by so many students at having the simple, yet subtle mysteries of the hand plane uncovered that inspired me.

I was introduced to wooden hand-planes many years ago as a student of the craftsman so often associated with this particular style of hand-plane, James Krenov. He was also kind enough to provide a forward for the book. Students of mine had suggested on many occasions that a book was needed on the topic that would appeal to novice and experienced woodworkers. Indeed, building your own hand-plane is not just and end to acquiring a great hand tool, but also serves as an elegant framework for learning many fundamentals of fine woodworking.

Three years in the making, with very detailed text and hundreds of photos and drawings, I think you will find that "Making and Mastering Wood Planes" will ably and assuredly guide you through the process while helping to elevate your skills to the next level.

Making and Mastering Wood Planes • The DVDs
Making and Mastering Wood Planes • The DVDs

This 4 hour and 40 minute video workshop (2 DVDs) is the perfect companion to the book "Making and Mastering Wood Planes," recognized as the definitive guide in the field.

Author David Finck expertly guides you through the process of making a laminated wood plane, while also teaching fundamentals of fine woodworking that can push your skills to the next level.


For More Information
Videoswww.davidfinck.com/videos.htm
Bookwww.davidfinck.com/book.htm
FaceBook Page • www.facebook.com/david.finck.woodworker
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WebSite • www.davidfinck.com
Blog • www.davidfinck.com/blog
E-Mail • info@davidfinck.com

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To enquire about the workshops call David at 828.963.6504, write info@davidfinkc.com, or use the “How Can We Help You?” form on the right panel of this page.

The Mast Farm Inn, Historic North Carolina Country Inn & Restaurant, Valle Crucis, NC