Packing Attitude: renegade structures & CNC wood construction – W0202

Date: Jun 13 - 17, 2016

Skill Level(s): Open to All i

Instructor(s): Reuben Foat

Tuition: $825
Studio Fee: $120
Registration Fee: $45


Extend the concept of provisional woodwork when you design and build a renegade sculpture or piece of furniture that can collapse and reassemble anywhere. Create a contemporary piece you can take home and develop a lasting skill set. Focusing on using flat-sheet materials (plywood or MDF), we cover the rudiments of designing multiple-piece structures that can slot together by learning the basics of 3-D Rhino modeling software and the CNC router. We learn creative construction processes while instilling a critical perspective of production, intervention and design. Students venture into town to test their assemblages in public spaces.

Media & Techniques:

We examine woodworking applications utilizing computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) as well as proper use of the CNC router. Though standard techniques apply to solid wood productions, we focus on plywood and MDF construction as an introduction to this process.


The week begins with ideation through excursions into town, sketching, model making and group dialogue. Lectures, demonstrations and discussions on pertinent techniques and processes, including 3-D modeling and CNC router operation, are interspersed throughout the week. We conclude with documentation of the final piece in situ.


Reuben Foat’s woodworking experience spans cabinet making in London and the coast of Maine, restoring furniture in Milwaukee, and building commission work for clients in Maine, Wisconsin and California. Reuben has an M.F.A. in Furniture Design from San Diego State University, and teaches a makers’ course at High Tech Middle Media Arts.

Reuben Foat, Ratchet Strap Chair #1 (By Jonathan Odom)

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