Framing the Issue: architectural methods in the woodshop – W0304-18

Date: Jun 18 - 22, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Ted Lott

Tuition: $975
Studio Fee: $100
Registration Fee: $45


Delve into the history and methods of frame construction as a way to make fast, light and strong structures with both sculptural and functional applications. While traditional post and beam architecture has long set the standard in the realm of fine woodworking and homebuilding, many of the architectural structures we inhabit rely on a more recent technique for creating structure – stick frame construction. In this course, design and fabricate your own system of parts, and then use those to build small architecturally-based side tables or sculptures of your own conception.

Media & Techniques:

We design an architectural model through ideas and inspiration. Working with solid lumber, we mill wood on the bandsaw, table saw, jointer and planer. We provide an introduction to mechanical fasteners including screws, nails and various pneumatic tools to understand connections in wood, and we explore painting and finishing techniques.


Throughout the week demonstrations consist of designing, milling and constructing structures based on the stick framing method. Collaborative activities, constructive feedback and individual work time take place throughout the session.


Ted Lott is a studio artist and designer currently living in Cooperstown, N.Y. He received his M.F.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He has exhibited his work and has been an artist in residence at locations nationally and internationally. Ted received an Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council in 2017.


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