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How to enroll in the Advanced Joinery Class   [New!]

#1. Let Me Know You are Interested:    The first thing you need to do is let me know youíre interested in securing a place on one of the upcoming Advanced Joinery course dates. Send me an email with your name & contact info to: JDLohrWood@aol.com with the SUBJECT line: ĎRegister me for the Advanced Joinery Lottery.  I simply need to know that youíre interested. You donít need to specify which dates at this point. I just need to know your name, address, daytime phone number and which month/year you attended Practical Woodworking 101 (as near as you can remember). Please donít phone me or write to me - just send me an email. If I donít hear from you, I wonít know youíre interested, and I canít move you on to the next stage.

#2. How We Will Enroll Students:  Please understand that I run a busy, professional furniture studio, and I can only spend so much time running woodworking classes. That means the number of bench positions available is extremely limited in relation to the number of aspirants to those positions. As you remember from your experience of the Practical Woodworking 101 class, there was generally a long lead time to be admitted into a course. However, as we do have a limited number of bench positions for this Advanced Joinery Course, we use a randomly selected lottery system, in which you will have three chances to secure a place on the date or dates of your choice. This lottery will be completely random, and everyone will have an equal chance of securing a position. Initially, eight bench positions will be offered for each class, increasing the staff-to-student ratio over the Practical Woodworking 101 course.  

#3. How to Secure your Advanced Joinery Lottery Ticket:  After you email me as per #1 above to inform me of your interest,  I will then send you a reply email which will contain an attachment with three lottery tickets, and the URL for the relevant Advanced Joinery class pages on my website. From these pages, you will decide which Advanced Joinery class dates in the current Advanced Joinery Schedule are of most interest to you, and you will print and return your three lottery tickets to me, by hard copy mail via USPS with your name and your favored dates noted on each lottery ticket. I must receive your lottery tickets by January 15, 2012 for you to be entered into the lottery for the next drawing for bench positions. No late entries will be accepted. You may, if you wish, use all three tickets for the same class to increase your chances of being picked for that specific week, or you may spread them out over two or three different Lottery Ticket course date offerings on the ticket as per your preference. Each ticket will carry equal weighting and an equal chance of being picked.

#4 Expiration Dates of Lottery Tickets.  A further and completely separate lottery will be held for 2012-2013 bench positions and each subsequent year, so if you are unsuccessful for 2012, you will be able to re-apply for the following year in due course.  However, if you were unsuccessful in the previous year's lottery, your previous tickets will be carried forward to the next year's lottery, doubling your chance of success in year two, tripling it in year three, etc. In this way, we feel those that are most determined to gain entry will ultimately do so.  

#5  Annual Drawing Process:  On January 31, 2012, eight lottery tickets for each of the 2012 Advanced Joinery Course Offerings will be selected at random by students attending the Jan/Feb 2012 Practical Woodworking Class. No better proof of the randomness and completely unbiased nature in which all the 2012 Advanced Joinery Bench Positions will be filled.  You only need one of your three lottery tickets to be chosen to secure you a bench position and the first of your tickets so chosen will determine which week you are offered. Two reserve tickets will also be picked, should anyone have to drop out or decline their assignment. 

#6. Course Assignment Notification and Tuition Deposit:  You will be advised whether or not you have been successful in securing a bench position via email by early February 2012. . Deposits to secure your bench position will be due March 31, 2012. .  

#7. Conclusion.  I hope you will appreciate that this system is entirely fair to everyone. Unfortunately, since the Advanced Joinery course has become available, the number of positive responses I have had from everyone has far outweighed the number of bench positions that I can offer, and I have had to devise this lottery system to give everyone an equal chance of success. Some of you will be disappointed, but equally some of you will be successful. Statistically, your chances will increase each year as the pool of eligible students decreases and your number of tickets increases so please donít lose hope if youíre not successful on your first attempt.

Good luck to you!    
Jeffry Lohr 

Now send me your "I am interested" email to: JDLohrWood@aol.com

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