Michael Puryear has been a designer and furniture maker for over 40 years. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Art & Design and the Mint Museum, among others, and is in the collections of the Newark Museum and the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. He lives and works in the Catskills of New York.
Michael's Upcoming Workshops
Students have experience working with stationary machines and power tools and are familiar with basic principles of joinery and 3-D design.
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.
Students have advanced skill and knowledge of furniture design. Students are highly motivated and have multiple portfolios of their artwork.
Sep 12 - 23, 2022
Working in a Vacuum
This workshop is about the various uses of a vacuum in woodworking. Students explore the potential of working with the vacuum press through exercises in basic veneering, curved panel forming, bent lamination and template routing. An emphasis is placed on playful investigation of these techniques to design and build prototypes or scale models for small furniture pieces. Patience and iteration are key to mastering this beautiful technique.