Furniture Design & Woodworking
Open to All
Students of any skill and knowledge level.
Carving Techniques: Digital and Analog
Jun 6 - 10, 2022
Learn the process of designing, fabricating and hand-carving a sculptural wooden panel. Students use the Computer Numerical Control (CNC) router to cut initial shapes and planes into the wood, then complete the form and detail the surface with rotary tools and carving chisels. Demonstrations include digital-file preparation, the basics of milling rough lumber and laminating larger solid wood boards for carving. Students explore the juxtaposition of digital and analog methodologies and think about how a practice can balance screen time and automated tools with haptic processes.
Hardwoods, basswood, CNC, power carving, hand carving, gouge sharpening, lumber breakdown, milling and lamination, bandsaw, jointer, planer, glues, finishingSupply List
Emma Senft is an artist and furniture maker working in wood. Emma has been a studio fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, an Artist-in-Residence at Anderson Ranch Arts Center and has exhibited at galleries across the U.S. and Canada. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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Furniture Design & Woodworking
The Furniture Design & Woodworking program at Anderson Ranch draws upon the world of studio furniture, but pushes the boundaries of woodworking by mixing contemporary and traditional techniques and incorporating alternative materials. Anderson Ranch offers an inspiring range of workshops for all levels in topics such as cabinetry, wood bending, kinetics and carving.
The Maloof Wood Barn, divided into a machine room, assembly room, and bench room, provides participants the ideal workshop for realizing technical and creative goals. The machine room houses stationary equipment including SawStop table saws, jointers, planers, bandsaws, drill presses, edge sander, disk sander, drum sander, spindle sander, mortiser, radial arm saw, chop saw, router table and multi-router. In the assembly and bench rooms, a library of clamps, hand tools, and hand-held power tools line the walls for student use to complete their woodworking projects.
Anderson Ranch is happy to extend a 20% tuition discount* in summer one- or two-week adult workshops for Furniture Society members. Please register online and then email email@example.com with your membership information and we will make the adjustment once you are in the system. You are also welcome to call 970-924-5089 to register. *Please note that the Furniture Society discount cannot be combined with any other discount, scholarship or special offer.
Many of the items you'll need are available in the ArtWorks Store. Please click "View Full Supply List" to see a comprehensive list of items you'll need for this workshop.
Sketchbook and pencils
Lodging & Meals
Housing is limited and includes shared and private lodging options. Reservations will be managed on a first-come, first-served basis. The earlier you reserve housing, the better your chance of receiving your preferred option. Please note: Workshop costs do not include accommodations. There is no housing or meals available for Fall Studio Sessions Studio Practice programs.
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The Ranch Café meal plan that is included with Room and Board fees strives to provide healthy, creative meals that will nourish your artistic creativity. The meal plan includes 5 days of continental breakfasts that will include a hot offering, 5 lunches with a selection of offerings, and 5 dinners.
Health & Safety
Beginning February 2023, Anderson Ranch will no longer require proof of Covid-19 vaccination for studio and artistic program participants. For your own safety as well as the safety of our community, we highly encourage all program participants to be up to date with their vaccinations for COVID-19 as well as the flu vaccine. We also encourage you to carry health and traveler’s insurance.
Scholarships, College Credit & Discounts
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Applications for scholarship support are encouraged. Specific scholarships are funded by Ranch supporters, either through endowed funds or special gifts.
Many colleges and universities offer college credit for workshops taken at Anderson Ranch. Discounts are available for students and teachers.