The Opinionated Beginner: furniture design – W1117-18

Date: Aug 13 - 17, 2018

Skill Level(s): I to II i

Instructor(s): Brad Reed Nelson

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


Build, craft, create and learn in this excellent introduction to making furniture with an emphasis on design. This workshop is geared toward students with an interest in design and the confidence in their opinion and aesthetic, or those who wish to add these attributes to their artistic toolbox. This course provides a great way to grasp the basics while still producing something functional. We cover essential woodworking techniques, offering a nurturing and unintimidating environment.

Media & Techniques:

We ask each student to bring five images – at least three of those being furniture – and use the images as a launching point to design a small piece of furniture. We use kiln-dried lumber and essential guidelines for the safe and efficient operation of common hand and power tools. Techniques cover wood selection and preparation, drawing techniques, traditional joinery, carving, shaping, painting and finishing.


Throughout the week, daily demonstrations emphasize the safe use of machinery and hand tools. Plenty of hands-on activity and one-on-one help from the instructor and studio assistants ensure that all participants create a personalized piece of furniture.


Brad Reed Nelson received his M.F.A. 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 Architectural Digest Home Design Show, and his work has been featured in many publications, including American Craft and The Penland Book of Woodworking.

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