Brad Reed Nelson

Brad Reed Nelson received his MFA in sculpture from Arizona State University. He founded Board By Design, a functional design company in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Brad was included in the Architectural Digest Home Design Show, and his work has been featured in many publications, such as Woodworker’s Journal, American Craft, Dwell, Los Angeles Times, and Elle Decor.

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Brad's 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.

Jul 3 - 7, 2023

Personality Pieces

Brad Reed Nelson

Tuition $1,075
Code W0506-23

A chair with a sidecar rolls you into cocktail hour. A lamp with a belly gets scratched in order to turn on. Who said furniture has to be streamlined and straight-laced in order to be functional? In this class, students express themselves and their hidden personalities as they make a small piece of furniture with attitude, spending the week in the woodshop designing and building objects that break the boundaries of furniture as we know it. Demonstrations cover basic woodworking techniques that are tailored to the needs of individual projects. Form, surface, and color are considered key to unlocking and communicating narratives about these personality pieces.

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