Basic Woodworking: keeping it fun & simple – W0610

December 11, 2014

Posted In: Furniture and Woodworking

Sylvie Rosenthal

DATES: July 6 – 17, 2015

SKILL LEVEL: Open to all

CONCEPT: In this fun and fast-paced class, we explore simple, classic and experimental construction in wood. Through the practice, transformation, construction and deconstruction of two classic joints, the lap joint and mortise-&-tenon, students build a small table and sculpture. We experiment with chance, how-far-will-it go-before-it-breaks, cross the line and come back using tradition as our guide while breaking new ground.

MEDIA & TECHNIQUES: We cover basic hand tool techniques, safe machine operation, and hand carving and shaping tools. We use, dissect, think through, and transform basic furniture and woodworking techniques. We learn from each other as students make self-designed projects.

ACTIVITIES: The first week we make sample joints and a mallet. We experiment and share ideas based on demonstrations and exercises and begin to design projects. During the second week, we make a self-driven project such as a small table and sculptural object, focusing on technique, attention to detail and using what we learned in experimentation.

FACULTY: Sylvie Rosenthal is a sculptor who came up through the field of woodworking and furniture design. She has an M.F.A. in Sculpture from University of Wisconsin. For the past 15 years she has shown nationally in both museums and galleries and taught at schools such as Penland School of Crafts and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.

Tuition: $975 OR Tuition + Studio Support Donation: $1375
Studio Fee: $155

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