Woodworking Basics: creative table design – W1015-18

Date: Aug 06 - 10, 2018

Skill Level(s): open to all i

Instructor(s): Karen Ernst

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


Grasp the basics of woodworking by designing and constructing a table in a workshop that explores how wood can be used as a medium for creative expression. Methods for preparing, connecting and shaping solid wood furniture elements are covered while we view the work of contemporary furniture artists as inspiration. Broaden your skills and knowledge by learning the fundamentals of furniture making through the exploration of methods for creating functional and unique pieces.

Media & Techniques:

Working with solid lumber, students become familiar with a wide variety of hand and power tools as well as heavy woodworking machinery. With a focus on connecting parts using mortise and tenon joinery, we discuss ways to personalize a design by adding shape, color and texture.


Daily demonstrations cover sketching, model making, and creating a sample mortise and tenon joint. We learn from slide presentations and individual work time used to build a table of your design.


Karen Ernst is a professor in the art department at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches woodworking and furniture design. She received her M.F.A. in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design. The furniture and sculpture Karen creates has been exhibited and collected widely across the U.S. www.karenernstdesign.com


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