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…
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
Image 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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”