Tom Kealy and Yuri Kobayashi
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 learning new skills, so complex projects may well need to be completed at home.
Through lecture and demonstration, Tom and Yuri share their extensive knowledge of laminating, steam bending, and other techniques such as stack lamination and coopering, all of which may be achieved with straightforward equipment that is readily available. Topics include designing for curves; choosing the right bending techniques for work in solid wood and veneer; building forms; working with vacuum bag technology and other clamping strategies; making tapered laminations; and evaluating joinery options for curved components.
Tom Kealy designs and makes both greenwood and contemporary furniture on 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. He also teaches frequently at CFC and was one our 2019 Visiting Artists. Tom’s website is tomkealy.com.
Yuri Kobayashi is a furniture maker and sculptor based in Camden, ME. 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. She also holds an M.F.A. in furniture design from San Diego State University and for many years taught at the Rhode Island School of Design. 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 the Arizona State University Art Museum. Her work may be seen at yurikobayashi.com.
Open to intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.