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Our Alpine Workshop is expanding to Canada! Good news, eh!

We're very proud to announce we're helping bring a new way to get the Alpine Workshops experience. The first-ever Alpine North workshops are coming to Vancouver, BC, Canada in 2019!

Our new Alpine North sessions cover topics beyond our original workshops. Get back to the basics at a Hand Joinery Fundamentals or Shaper Safety session, or get the skills to take your window or door production to the next level at a Wood Window & Door Installation or Window & Door Performance workshop. These sessions take place over a 2-day weekend, allowing you to make time for skills training even for tight schedules.

For woodworkers who are looking to enjoy the Alpine experience and get equipped with advanced joinery skills but might have trouble fitting the original workshops into a busy schedule, Alpine North provides the best of both worlds. Attendees will receive the same in-depth, individual-focused instruction that Alpine is known for, with the convenience of flying in and out of a major urban center. Of course, it just wouldn't be Alpine without some spectacular mountain views, and Vancouver has you covered. We're looking forward to seeing some of you north of the border!.

For more information on this workshop, we encourage you to contact us with your questions. We'd love to hear about your next project and help you find out if this session is right for you!

Our 2019 Alpine North sessions will be held from:

March 23 ‐ 24, 2019 (Sat ‐ Sun):
Hand Joinery Foundations (See agenda below)

November 2019 (Weekend TBD, Sat ‐ Sun):
Wood Window & Door Performance

Hand Joinery Foundations
March 23 - 24, 2019 (Sat - Sun), 8a to 4:30p
East of Downtown Vancouver, BC, Canada
Workshop Fee ($1,100 CAD / $850 USD)
Hey, are you a student in the wood field? Apply to be a volunteer for a few hours with us and get to attend this workshop for free! Click here for details and apply!

Workshop Agenda
Bring your dull chisels! You can practice sharpening them in the workshop.

March 22, 2019 (Fri), 4:30p to 7:30p
Alpine North Kick-Off Social - Click to register.

March 23, 2019 (Sat), 8:00a to 4:30p
8:00   Shop Orientation and Introduction
8:30   Education System and Introduction to Austrian Apprenticeship Program
9:30   Hand Tool Sharpening and Adjusting
10:30  Hand Plane Adjusting and Hand Planning
12:00  Lunch
13:00  Dovetail Connections (Theory)
14:00  Dovetail construction (Practical)

March 24, 2019 (Sun), 8:00a to 4:30p
8:00   Shop Drawings
10:00  Dovetail Construction (Practical)
12:00  Lunch
13:00  Mortise and Tenon (Practical)

There will be ample opportunities to practice grinding and shop drawings. Other topics associated with mastering hand joinery during workshop can also be discussed at meals or other gathering times.

Our instructor and hosts are very experienced and well‐respected in the North American solid‐wood industry. You are welcome to ask any questions regarding any solid wood joinery, or machining topic to gear up for future training and connections.

About Instructor Paul Kaufmann
Master European Craftsman, Paul Kaufmann, began his training with an exclusive apprenticeship in Lauterach, Austria in 1983. His extensive schooling included studying with outstanding masters and journeyman from across the European continent. Cultivating his theoretical and practical knowledge in blue prints, machines, wood techniques such as veneering, marquetry, inlays, staining, wood construction, gluing, finishing, hand tools and restoration, he finished his schooling, excelling in accounting and estimating as well.

In 1986, Paul graduated to journeyman and independently began to hone his craft in shop building, kitchens, entertainment centers, offices, antique furniture restoration, working closely with architects and interior designers. In 1991, Paul began his work at the Master School for Cabinetry in Innsbruck, Austria, where he excelled in the study of art history, hand drawing, blue prints, wood technology, chemistry, construction and design, old craftsman techniques, finishing and machine technology. In July 1992, he completed his Masters Exam in Innsbruck and earned his Mastership title.

Paul currently owns and operates his hugely successful Paul Kaufmann European Master Craftsman shop in Palm Springs, California. His clients span from Palms Springs, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and San Francisco to New York.

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