Yuri Kobayashi & Seth Rolland
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, Yuri and Seth 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.
Yuri Kobayashi is a furniture maker and sculptor in Camden, ME. Born in Japan, she earned a BA 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 MFA 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 website is yurikobayashi.com.
Seth Rolland is a custom furniture maker in Port Townsend, WA, with 30 years’ experience. His work is represented in galleries across the U.S. and Canada, and was featured in a 2016 solo show at the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington. Seth’s furniture has been published in American Craft, The New York Times, the back cover of Fine Woodworking (2010), and books such as 500 Cabinets (Lark Books, 2010), 400 Wood Boxes (Lark Books, 2004), and 500 Chairs (Lark Books, 2008). Seth’s website is sethrolland.com.
Open to intermediate and more advanced woodworkers.