Turning the Tables

Richard Williams & Mason McBrien
July 14-25

Each participant designs and builds a small table with turned legs. Drawers are optional. Work may be done entirely in solid wood or may incorporate shop-sawn or commercial veneer. Richard and Mason provide solid instruction in design, spindle turning, joinery, veneering, drawer making, and much more. This is a great opportunity for intermediate-level woodworkers to learn to integrate turned components into their furniture while advancing their overall abilities. Richard’s Laburnum Table, shown here, is offered as a good starting point for students’ designs.

Richard Williams is a noted British furniture maker and designer. He opened his first workshop in 1990, after studying Furniture Craft, Design, and Management at Buckinghamshire College. Over the years his company has grown to seven employees and his furniture has been awarded numerous honors, including eight prestigious Guildmarks from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers. Richard’s work has been featured in Furniture for the 21st Century (Stobart Davis, 1999), Bespoke (Stobart Davis, 2007), Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazine, and other publications. His website is richardwilliamsfurniture.com.

Mason McBrien has been the Center's Facilities Manager since August 2011, although he still finds time to accept commissions for furniture and woodturning. After years of self-employment building custom furniture, museum installations, and historic garden architecture in New Hampshire, Mason enrolled in the Center's 2007-2008 Nine-month Comprehensive and subsequently was awarded a Studio Fellowship. His work has been published in Fine Woodworking and in Lark Book's 500 Tables (2009) and 500 Cabinets (2010).

Open to intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,310

Williams-pair-of-tablesLaburnum Tables by Richard Williams, laburnum, maple, cedar of Lebannon, plywood, 15"x13"x27", 2007