Current Student Work

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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Current Student Work, which presents the work of graduating participants in our Nine-month Comprehensive course, is on display from April 19 – May 29, 2019. We asked students for their thoughts on their pieces…  

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Image Ken Diamond, Bench

CV- "What were some challenges you faced while making this bench?"

Ken- “Since every section is curved I didn’t have any reference points to measure off of for the joinery.” 

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Image Alex Lohn, Table

CV- “Were there any unexpected challenges that you had not planned for when building this table?”

Alex- “Time and finish. The first coat of finish was not acceptable. I had to sand it completely off and start over.” 

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Image Joseph Flynn, Casepiece

CV- "Is there anything about this piece that you particularly love?"

Joseph- “This piece is made from three matching boards from the same tree. When I laid out the pieces, I made sure to cut out the knot that showed on all three boards.” 

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Image Denise Gaul, First Edition Bookcase

CV- "Is there anything you would do differently on this piece if you made it again?"

Denise- “I’m very happy with it, but I would make the drawers a little shorter for proportion.” 

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Image Caitriona Fiero, Twypist Desk

CV- "What was your inspiration for this piece?"

Caitriona- “I prioritized form over function; I’m happy with how it turned out even though not everyone will understand how it will be used.”

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Image Tyler Willmon, Mt. Rockvale Stool and Mt. Rockvale Vanity

CV- "Were there any unexpected challenges that you had not planned for when building this table?"

Tyler- “Shaping and finishing the brass took more time than was anticipated. I ended up reaching out to a metalworking instructor, Erica Moody, for advice.”

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Image Christ Merchant, Repulsion and Connection Desk

CV- "What were some challenges you faced while making this table?"

Chris- “When I starting building this piece I was not sure how well the dome portion would stabilize the table; it was a design experiement. I am very happy with how the dome turned out and that it adds to the piece visually and structurally.”

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2019student show tableImage William Bihlmeyer, Promontory Coffee Table

CV- "Was there any step in constructing this table that was particullarly difficult for you?"

William- “The legs of this coffee table provided certain challenges, the middle one was easy but getting the two sides to be even and the top to be level was difficult.”

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Image Osamu Sassa, Daybed

CV- "How did you come up with this design?"

Sam- “When I started constructing the top of this daybed, I had not even designed the legs yet. It wasn’t until after I shaped the top that I came up with the arch shape for the book-end legs and the steam bent stretcher for stability.” 

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Image Karen Shaffer, Nice and Spicy

CV- "Is there anything you would do differently to this piece?"

Karen- “I would finish turning the wooden bottle toppers and herb dish. It’s not finished unless it has all the spice accessories.” 

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Image Paul Keating, Casepiece

CV- "Is there anything you would do differently if you made this piece again?"

Paul- “This is designed in a four-to-one ratio. The proportions and negative space were fully thought out. If I could change this I would make four drawers instead of three.”

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Image Peter Nielsen, Flower Vases

CV- "What inspired you when designing these vases?"

Peter- “A bouquet of flowers can brighten up a room, but they often end up in a cold material such as glass or steel. I felt a wooden vase would more naturally compliment the warmth and beauty of the flowers.”

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