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.
• 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
"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 email@example.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."
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 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…"
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 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 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
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
Videos • www.davidfinck.com/videos.htm
Book • www.davidfinck.com/book.htm
FaceBook Page • www.facebook.com/david.finck.woodworker
FaceBook Profile • www.facebook.com/david.finck
WebSite • www.davidfinck.com
Blog • www.davidfinck.com/blog
E-Mail • firstname.lastname@example.org
Source & Photo Credits • www.davidfinck.com
To enquire about the workshops call David at 828.963.6504, write email@example.com, or use the “How Can We Help You?” form on the right panel of this page.