Tables with Veneer and Verve

Owain Harris & Mike Korsak
September 23 – October 4

If you have already gained reasonable confidence with machines and hand tools, this course is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of design and expand your woodworking skills. Owain and Mike guide each participant to create a modestly scaled, elegant table that combines solid wood with veneer for enduring strength and visual delight. Topics they survey through discussion and demonstration include design with attention to form and proportion; selection of wood and substrate materials; joinery that takes advantage of machine efficiency and hand tool versatility; patterning and application of both shop-sawn and commercial veneer for flat and curved surfaces; decorative elements such as string inlay, beads, and edgings; drawer making and fitting; pattern making and shaping for curved legs and other components; assembly; and finishing techniques for solid-wood and veneered surfaces.

Owain Harris is a self-employed woodworker in Gonic, NH, where he builds custom furniture and cabinetry. He entered the trade as a carpenter in 1997 and hung out his shingle as a furniture maker in 2008. He is a juried member of both the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His work has received multiple awards, most recently the Maker/Designer Pinnacle Award from the International Society of Furniture Designers for a casepiece that was also featured on the back cover of last April’s Fine Woodworking. Owain’s work may be seen at

Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker in Pittsburgh, PA. His work is exhibited in galleries and museums, including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. In recent years he has written several articles for Fine Woodworking and his work has been featured in the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, among other publications. For more information, visit

Open to firmly intermediate and advanced woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,440


Harris Power of 9 TablePowers of Nine table by Owain Harris, Macassar ebony, camphor burl, maple, holly, dyed veneer, paint, and varnish (18”dia.x28”), 2018













Korsak 2Serotina by Mike Korsak, cherry, rosewood, curly maple, and white cedar (26.5"x15.25"x29"), 2018