The Woodschool Blog

Introduction to Turning

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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The introductory portion of the eight-week Turning Intensive and the one-week turning segment of the Nine-month Comprehensive course teach spindle turning, tool making, chisel sharpening, hollow vessel turning, offset turning, and carving on the lathe, among other skills. In a relatively short time, students learn the basics and begin to explore their own designs.

Casepiece Projects

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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Design is central to all of our curricula at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. A core assignment for students in the Furniture Intensive and the Nine-month Comprehensive is to design and build a solid-wood casepiece with a door and a drawer. Since every design is different, students in each class learn to employ a tremendous variety of machine and hand tool techniques, benefitting not only from what they do themselves, but also from what they watch their classmates take on. Pictured below are case pieces under construction by participants in our current Intensive and Comprehensive courses.

Scholars and Fellows in the Messler Gallery 09/21 - 01/02

Written by Heide Martin on .

Currently on view in the Messler Gallery, Scholars and Fellows showcases the work of former scholarship and fellowship awardees of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The 21 pieces on display highlight the value of scholarships and fellowships in nurturing creative growth and technical accomplishment. Scholars and Fellows will be on view until January 2, 2019 – be sure to pay a visit!

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Basic Woodworking: A two-week Introduction to Furniture Making

Written by Heide Martin on .

This month our 26th Workshop Season came to a close, and with it the season of potluck picnics, croquet matches, and Monday night faculty presentations. As we think ahead to next year’s schedule, we look forward to welcoming the instructors and students who will join us from all corners of the globe. The workshop roster is always fresh and changing, bringing both new and returning students to campus year after year. Yet, over the history of the school, there is one curriculum that has been offered annually without fail – Peter Korn’s two-week Basic Woodworking course.

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Visiting Artist, Tom Kealy

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .

We were pleased when Tom Kealy, a highly skilled and accomplished furniture maker, agreed to join us for the Visiting Artist position. This program encourages professional makers to explore new directions in their work. Tom heeded the challenge and decided to depart from his work in functional furniture to explore a sculptural form during his one month with us. Employing his rich knowledge of technical skills and drawing from various inspiration from the natural world and artists’ work in other mediums, Tom set out on his ambitious path.

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Curvature and More in the Furniture Intensive

Written by Heide Martin on .

Our summer Furniture Intensive class is drawing to a close next week, and students are spending long hours in the shop in order to complete their final projects. The last weeks have been full of practical learning and design investigation, as students have advanced from the basics of hand and machine cut joinery to the development of expressive, curvilinear designs. Lead instructor Reed Hansuld, himself a graduate of our Nine-month Comprehensive, has encouraged students to innovate and explore.

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