Bruce Beeken & Peter Korn
September 12 – 23

Chairs can be the most challenging and rewarding of all furniture forms. In this two-week course, students create their own chair designs, starting with concept development and ending with fully functional prototypes. All types of chairs are fair game. Bruce and Peter share their knowledge of design processes, comfort, structure, and construction methods. The fabrication techniques they cover include, among others, lamination bending, tapered laminations, steam bending, jig-making, machining, joinery for curved and angled components, hand and pattern shaping, and options for simple upholstery such as slip seats. As students develop their own designs, they explore visual elements, comfort, and structure through drawing and mockups.

Bruce Beeken is co-owner of Beeken Parsons in Shelburne, VT. Beeken Parsons makes one-off, custom furniture for residential settings and limited production runs of seating and tables for institutional settings such as college libraries, chapels, and refectories. Beeken Parsons has conducted funded research into the sustainable use of local woods, including lesser-known species and lower grades. Bruce trained at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late 1970s and was one of the influential makers included in the seminal retrospective, “The Maker’s Hand – American Studio Furniture 1940-1990” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. His website is beekenparsons.com.

Peter Korn, the Center’s founder and former Executive Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003), The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998), and Why We Make Things and Why It Matters (David R. Godine, 2013). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1993, Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His award-winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums. Peter’s approach to woodworking calls for a balance between traditional hand skills and effective machine use. “Craftsmanship,” says Peter, “is more than a set of skills; through the process of creating an object, we transform ourselves.”

Open to solid-intermediate and advanced woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,560

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Dining/desk chair by Beeken Parsons, cherry, leather, laminated birch veneer, and upholstery (18”x22”x39”), 2018
Dining/desk chair by Beeken Parsons, cherry, leather, laminated birch veneer, and upholstery (18”x22”x39”), 2018
Continuous-arm Chair by Peter Korn, ash and leather (24”x23”x33”), 2014
Continuous-arm Chair by Peter Korn, ash and leather (24”x23”x33”), 2014