David Haig & Yuri Kobayashi
This course is for woodworkers who want to design and work confidently with curves in solid wood. David and Yuri will share their extensive knowledge and experience of key curvature processes so that students can build the knowledge and experience to successfully add this fascinating process to their woodworking repertoire. The focus of this course is on building new skills and practicing them so more complex projects may be completed at home.
Technical demonstrations and discussions will focus around an elegant hoop stool designed by David. It will be the pillar around which steam-bending, laminating, tapered panel kerf-bending, the vacuum bag, gluing strategies, router-joint cutting, ergonomic design, and aesthetic considerations will all be discussed and demonstrated. Students can work on producing their own version of the hoop stool or undertake an entirely different item of their own design such as a small table or music stand.
David Haig is one of New Zealand’s leading furniture makers, with over 30 years’ professional experience and an international clientele. His award-winning work is characterized by graceful use of steam-bent, curvilinear forms. David writes for Australian Wood Review, has taught frequently at the Perth Woodschool in Australia, and has helped to develop and run the full-time program at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand. His website is davidhaig.co.nz.
Yuri Kobayashi is a furniture maker and sculptor based in Rockport, Maine. Born in Japan, she earned a B.A. in architectural design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and then a certificate in woodworking from Shinrin Takumi Juku in Takayama City. Yuri holds an M.F.A. in furniture design from San Diego State University, where she studied under Wendy Murayama and taught at the Rhode Island School of Design for over a decade. In addition to teaching, Yuri exhibits nationally and has been awarded competitive residencies, grants, and fellowships, including Windgate Artist-in-Residencies at SUNY Purchase, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Arizona State University Art Museum. For the last ten years, Yuri has been an instructor and studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, where she continues to produce her work, from abstract sculpture to functional pieces of furniture. Yuri’s website is yurikobayashi.com.
Open to intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.