Woodworking class offered at Arcola Mills

Learn from two expert craftsmen about traditional furniture-making and other skills in a beautiful riverside setting.




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Jim Van Hoven
Jim Van Hoven

For hands-on types, create a century craftsmen experience through discussion of various vintage tools of woodworking and even build your own small project. Weather permitting, the event will be held outdoors on the Arcola grounds.

Tools of the Trade
Saturday October 6, 2012
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
$15 per person + $5 materials charge
Limit 10 Participants

Register here.

About the Presenters

Mike Siemsen is a lifelong woodworker; he learned by trial and error, reading, on the job training and taking classes. He has worked as a house carpenter and in millwork and fixture shops, in his own cabinet and furniture shop, and worked as a restoration furniture maker on 18th century American furniture. He is the chapter secretary for The Minnesota Chapter of  the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and a member of the Minnesota Woodworkers Guild. Mike says “I am pleased to offer these classes as a way to pass along my knowledge and love of the craft of woodworking.”

Jim Van Hoven’s fascination of Windsor chairs started in the early 1980s as a collector. Jim’s quest to learn more led him to read many books, attend several classes (some in a dark garage) in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and finally gain recognition from Mike Dunbars, the dean of Windsor chair-makers, Hall of Fame in 1996. Jim is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. You may also find him at a Folk Art Show or doing demonstrations in period costume.


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