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John Beltman

Nashwauk, MN
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John is a master woodworker who specializes in working with traditional hand tools and utilizing traditional building techniques. His students consistently comment that this approach permeates every class he teaches. John has recently concentrated his efforts on traditional early American methods of woodworking, including spring-pole lathe turning, the construction of snowshoes, and hand-crafting Windsor chairs & stools. John's training includes work with the Rockport Apprentice Shop in Maine, Strong's Canoe Yard in Vermont, and the Windsor Institute in New Hampshire.

Current Courses Offered by John Beltman

3.25 Days
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Snowshoe Construction: Build Your Own

Carve, bend and lace your own pair of wooden ash snowshoes in the traditional Ojibwe style. Pointed at both ends, this snowshoe design is efficient for travel through both wooded areas or across frozen lakes and open expanses. During the evening session, students will steam bend and shape ash frames.…
Fri, Nov 16th, 2018  –  Sun, Nov 18th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman
3 Days
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Timbered Workbench: Early American Style

Have bench, will travel?  Indeed - with this workbench you can do both!  A fine workbench is an essential fixture in the home workshop.  In this class students will build a sturdy timbered workbench based on early American designs using simple and classic joinery that echoes timber framing techniques.  Mortise…
Fri, Oct 5th, 2018  –  Sun, Oct 7th, 2018
Instructor: John Beltman

Past Courses Offered by John Beltman

Beginning Windsor-Style Turning

Building The Classic Wooden Rowboat: Build Your Own Susan Skiff

Fundamentals of Traditional Wooden Boat Building

Oar Construction: Make Your Own Set

Pram Boat Building: Build Your Own Traditional Norse Pram

Service Learning Project: Timbered Top Workbenches

Snowshoe Construction: Up the Trail

Spindle Turning on the Spring Pole Lathe

Spring-Pole Lathe: Build Your Own

Techniques of Pram Boat Building: Old World Boatbuilding Traditions

Three-Legged Milking Stool

Traditional Furniture Building with Hand-tools, Spring Pole & Electric Lathes

Windsor Kitchen Stool: On the Lathe