Tom Kealy & Jeff Miller
This course is for woodworkers who want to design curved work adventurously and build it confidently. Each student comes prepared with sketches for a project—such as a small table, music stand, or cabinet—that they develop during the course. The focus is on building new skills, so more complex projects may be completed at home.
Through lecture and demonstration, Tom and Jeff share their extensive knowledge of laminate bending, steam bending, and other techniques such as stack lamination and coopering, all of which may be achieved with relatively simple equipment that is readily available. Topics include designing for curves; choosing the right bending techniques for work in solid wood, veneer, and/or bending ply; building forms; working with vacuum bag technology and other clamping strategies; making tapered laminations; using compression wood; and evaluating joinery options for curved components.
Tom Kealy designs and makes contemporary furniture to commission from his workshop in Somerset, England. He graduated from Parnham College in 1979 and worked as senior craftsman in the John Makepeace workshops for over ten years. Tom teaches at West Dean College in Sussex and at the Building Crafts College in London, and offers weekly classes at his own workshop. His website is tomkealy.com.
Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author in Chicago, IL. His furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, has won numerous awards, and is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum. He writes frequently for Fine Woodworking and is the author of Chairmaking and Design (Linden Publishing, 2006) and its companion DVD Chairmaking Techniques (Taunton Publishing, 2008). Other books he has written include Beds (Taunton Press, 1999) and Foundations of Better Woodworking (Popular Woodworking Books, 2012). Jeff’s website is furnituremaking.com.
Open to intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.