Furniture Design & Woodworking

The Furniture Design & Woodworking program at Anderson Ranch draws upon the world of studio furniture, but pushes the boundaries of woodworking by mixing contemporary and traditional techniques and incorporating alternative materials. Summer 2021 offers an inspiring range of workshops for all levels in topics such as cabinetry, wood bending, kinetics and carving.

The Maloof Wood Barn, divided into a machine room, assembly room, and bench room, provides participants the ideal workshop for realizing technical and creative goals. The machine room houses stationary equipment including SawStop table saws, jointers, planers, bandsaws, drill presses, edge sander, disk sander, drum sander, spindle sander, mortiser, radial arm saw, chop saw, router table and multi-router. In the assembly and bench rooms, a library of clamps, hand tools, and hand-held power tools line the walls for student use to complete their woodworking projects.

 

Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for Furniture Society members. Please register online and then email reg@andersonranch.org with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register.

Karen Cascone

Furniture Design & Woodworking Studio Technician

Karen Cascone is the Furniture Design & Woodworking Studio Technician. She is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School in cabinet and furniture making and the Miami Ad School Atlanta, formerly Portfolio Center, where she completed her initial education in Photography.

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Anderson Ranch Campus

Upcoming Workshops

  • II

    Level II

    Students have experience working with stationary machines and power tools and are familiar with basic principles of joinery and 3­-D design.

  • III

    Level III

    Students have some formal training in 3­-D design, experience with a variety of materials and fabrication processes, and know how to use machine and hand tools competently and safely. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.

Jun 5 - 9, 2023
9AM-5PM

Wood Bending and the CNC

Laura Kishimoto

Tuition $1,150
Code W0101-23

Bending represents a dramatic departure from most traditional fine woodworking. Rather than working with rectilinear geometry, artists lean into the materiality of the wood and explore its natural strengths through curvature. Reference faces are often non-existent, so joinery requires some creative thinking and novel use of machinery and hand tools. In this innovative workshop that bridges woodworking and digital fabrication, we utilize the CNC Router to fabricate jigs and molds for bending and cutting joinery. Basic drawing techniques in Rhinoceros 3-D are introduced as students design and prototype a project unique to their personal style.

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

  • Ages 13 - 17

Jun 12 - 16, 2023
9AM-3PM

Flat-Pack Furniture Design for Teens

Emil Gorman

Tuition $625
Code W0202-23

This fun and technically challenging course for teens expands digital fabrication skills using the computer-numerically-controlled router (CNC). Students learn basic 3-D modeling techniques to design functional furniture objects. Projects are cut out of plywood on the CNC and laser cutters. Workflows cover toolpathing and g-code generation, material setup, machine operation, and wood finishing. Everyone walks away with a finished piece of furniture and some new fabrication skills.

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  • O

    Open to All

    Students of any skill and knowledge level.

Jun 12 - 16, 2023
9AM-5PM

Experimental Basketry: Sculptural Forms

Dee Clements

Tuition $1,075
Code W0203-23

In this week-long class, students learn basic basket weaving techniques and apply them to making experimental sculptural forms, structures and vessels. The class begins with sampler pieces and moves onto small scale weaving projects. Surface treatments such as dyeing, painting, spraying painting, and adding other mediums to our baskets are discussed, demonstrated, and highly encouraged. The emphasis is on learning a variety of basic basketry techniques and using them experimentally to build sculptural forms. Bring your wild ideas and creative brain.

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