Erik Curtis & Larissa Huff
June 3-7

Boxes are everywhere! Look around! Kitchen cabinets? Simple boxes. Built-in library? Boxes with an open side. Chest of drawers? Small boxes in a big box. Boxes everywhere. And still the box has not yet been fully explored.

A combined journey of joinery and design, this class covers the basics of box design, from proportioning a simple lidded box to the tactile experience of the completed box, as well as a variety of techniques that can be applied to future furniture projects. Techniques may include dovetails, pinned rabbets, carving, steam bending, laminating, hardware installation, and more. Erik and Larissa introduce a variety of forms for inspiration and guide students through the design process. Each student designs and builds a small box of their own using a combination of machine and hand tool techniques. Open to beginner and more seasoned woodworkers, this class helps students–to think outside the box.

Erik Curtis is an American woodworker, sculptor, and television personality. He attended the Nine-month Comprehensive at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2012 and has taught at schools around the country. His creative practice combines the sculptural with the functional in an attempt to blur the line between furniture and art. He also stars as the carpenter on Netflix’s Instant Dream Home. Erik’s website is encurtis.com.

Larissa Huff is a self-employed furniture maker in Philadelphia, PA. From 2012-2021 she was part-owner of Lohr Woodworking, in Limerick, PA, where she designed and built furniture and taught classes. In recent years, Larissa has exhibited at the American Craft Show in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Furniture Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, and Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood. She was profiled in the May 2021 issue of Furniture & Cabinetmaking, and has written articles for Fine Woodworking and Woodcraft Magazine. In 2022, she was awarded a residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, TN, and a fellowship here at CFC. Larissa’s website is larissahuff.com.

Open to all.

Tuition: $995

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Jewelry Box by Erik Curtis, Swiss pear, English sycamore, and ebony (18"x8"x6"), 2020
Jewelry Box by Erik Curtis, Swiss pear, English sycamore, and ebony (18"x8"x6"), 2020
Spiral Sprout Box by Larissa Huff, maple and cherry (5"x5"x7"), 2021
Spiral Sprout Box by Larissa Huff, maple and cherry (5"x5"x7"), 2021