American College of the Building Arts

in Charleston, SC
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Join us at our Hand Tool Event® in Charleston!

March 28 - 29, 2014
Friday (10am - 6pm) and Saturday (10am - 5pm)

American College of the Building Arts
21 Magazine St.
Charleston, SC 29401


Admission is free and open to the public.


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On-site parking available.

About the Venue

The American College of the Building Arts educates and trains artisans in the traditional building arts to foster exceptional craftsmanship and encourage the preservation, enrichment, and understanding of the world's architectural heritage through a liberal arts education.

The college offers a four-year liberal arts curriculum in six craft specializations within three areas: forged architectural iron, the trowel trades (masonry, plaster, and architectural stone) and the wood trades (carpentry and timber framing). Students pursue a hybrid curriculum that embraces tradition without ignoring the present – a foot in the past to be able to go forward into the future. Trade classes are integrated with general education classes to the point where a debate about ironwork can happen in English class and research papers show up in the blacksmith’s shop.







Thursday, March 27th: Tour the city of Charleston with Christopher Schwarz

Join Christopher Schwarz as he tours the city of Charleston and learn about the food, architecture, history, furniture and people. For more information, visit his blog at Lost Art Press




Guest Demonstrators

We invite Guest Demonstrators to showcase their work at our Hand Tool Events. These include independent toolmakers and woodworkers who share our values for quality craftsmanship. The Guest Demonstrators for this Event are:

Christopher Schwarz is a founder of Lost Art Press and the former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Lost Art Press seeks to help the modern woodworker learn traditional hand-tool skills by showing how they can be integrated with modern machinery to help produce furniture that is crisp, well-proportioned, stout and quickly made.

Christopher is offering a tour of Charleston on Thursday, March 27th. For information, visit his blog at Lost Art Press

Mary May of Cornerstone Creations. She is a professional woodcarver in Charleston, SC. She specializes in carving the details for period furniture reproductions, architectural decorations, and sculptures. Mary also has an online video school and teaches at a variety of woodworking schools around the USA.

Caleb James began his woodworking career designing and creating mid-century furniture, with a focus on Danish modern chairs. His entry into traditional chair making began with training from Peter Galbert and further expanded as he collaborated with Curtis Buchanan. This traditional type of woodworking guided his research into traditional tooling and led to his making 18th century wooden hand planes. He regularly blogs about planemaking and encourages the craft.