Shaping It Up: designing furniture – W0508-18

Date: Jul 02 - 06, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Andy Buck

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


Investigate construction and form for refining shapes and explore new ideas in designing for furniture making in this engaging week long workshop. We discuss different approaches to design and sources of inspiration while exploring a range of possibilities. This course is an exercise in streamlining the design process to be as efficient and experimental as possible, while never losing sight of functionality. By designing and building a small stool or table, students come away with a better understanding of furniture design, and an excellent foundation for continuing their artistic endeavor.

Media & Techniques:

While designing and building a stool or small table, students learn the fundamentals of carving and shaping wood. Using power tools and many hand tool techniques, we develop an individual design and learn the necessary steps in shaping, taking rough lumber to a highly refined wooden form.


Daily activities include presentations, design and progress reviews, technical demonstrations, experimentation, and group and individual discussions. Exploration of painting and finishing applications are also covered.


Andy Buck is a furniture maker, sculptor and educator. A professor and program chair for the woodworking and furniture program at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he has also taught at the Oregon College of Art & Craft and given workshops at Anderson Ranch, Haystack, Peter’s Valley and Penland. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Museum of Art and Design in New York, the Museum of Applied Art in Frankfurt and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.


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