Wood Workshops at Penland

Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week classes taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Classes in our woodshop include topics such as furniture design and construction, wood sculpture, joinery, boat building, wooden instruments, wood carving, and more. Workshops are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.

Enrollment for summer and fall 2016 and spring 2017 workshops is currently open. Workshops are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, and enrollment remains open until all class spaces are full or the workshop begins.





SUMMER session 1

May 29 - JUNE 10, 2016

Bill Thomas, Building Fox at Penland, okoume plywood,

mahogany, 175 x 30 inches


Bill Thomas
Building the Fox Canoe

Fox is a decked, double-paddle canoe, a boat intended for protected waters and lakes. Fox boasts two water-tight compartments for storage and flotation and a comfortable seatback and caned seat. She is 14-foot 7-inches long with a beam of 30 inches and a finished weight of just over 40 pounds. Each student will build a boat using CNC-cut parts and the stitch-and-glue method. We値l have them ready to float at the end of the workshop (paint and varnish will be added at home). We値l also build simple double paddles. All levels. Code 01W Note: This workshop has a studio fee of $1,400.


Studio artist and small boat designer; teaching: WoodenBoat School (ME), Chewonki (ME), Lowell痴 Boat Shop (MA), online course instructor at Craftsy and Off Center Harbor; registered Maine Guide and leader of kayaking and sailing classes.






SUMMER session 2

JUNE 12 - 24, 2016

Matt Hutton, Mirror and Cabinet, white oak, 34 x 34 x 5-1/2 inches


Matt Hutton
Three痴 a Crowd

We値l spend our two weeks working with pairs. Through critiques, quick studies, and refined work, we値l explore the physical and conceptual connections that two objects have with each other. Students will design and construct a set of end tables or a pair of stools, while we discuss their relationship through function, color, material, form, and bringing to light the details that define them. We値l cover techniques such as drawer construction, bending, turning, shaping, and standard joinery. All levels. Code 02W


Studio artist and associate professor at Maine College of Art; other teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO); Society of Arts and Crafts award (Boston), Maine Today Media Forty Under 40, American Craft Council Searchlight Artist; exhibitions: Society of Arts and Crafts (Boston), Tennessee Tech University, Institute of Contemporary Art (ME), Herron School of Art (IN).








SUMMER session 3

JUNE 26 - July 8, 2016

Ray Duffey, Recovery, cherry wood, reclaimed wood,

14 x 44 x 60 inches

Ray Duffey

Working with reclaimed materials is an exciting point of departure for discovery and improvisation. We値l work with reclaimed wood in combination with new materials to create functional and sculptural furniture. Our resulting pieces will have built-in histories (factual or fictitious) that deliver rich narratives and content. We値l employ basic joinery techniques such as mortise and tenon and more advanced techniques such as bent lamination. Students can bring reclaimed materials, and the class will dumpster-dive and use local resources as needed. All levels. Code 03W


Teacher and woodshop technician at Herron School of Art and Design (IN); Maine College of Art residency; exhibitions: Artspace Gallery One (NC), Dean Johnson Gallery (IN), Furniture Society Conference (MA), Indiana State University, Dairy Barn Arts Center (OH), Rebus Works Gallery (NC).











SUMMER session 4

July 10 - 22, 2016

Jennifer Anderson, Pattern Study 3 (detail), beech, milk paint,

20 x 20 x 13 inches

Jennifer Anderson
Carcass as Canvas

Focusing on traditional box and small carcass construction techniques such as finger joints, dovetails, and frame and panel construction, students will explore how a carcass can serve as a literal or metaphorical canvas for the woodworker. We値l generate ideas through fun, fast-paced, two- and three-dimensional design exercises. We値l emphasize form and function as well as concept and personal narrative. Experiments with surface treatments, decoration, and the incorporation of alternative materials will help you personalize your cabinet or box. All levels. Code 04W


Studio artist and instructor at Palomar College (CA); other teaching: Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO), Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME); Windgate Residencies at University of Wisconsin Madison and San Diego State University; collections: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Chipstone Foundation (WI), Milwaukee Art Museum.







SUMMER session 5

July 24 - August 9, 2016

Mark Melonas, Angular Sink with Disappearing Drain, fiber

reinforced concrete, 5 x 36 x 24 inches

Mark Melonas
Concrete: Renegade Alchemy

Concrete is an elegant and useful material with a long history but a small representation in the craft and design world. Through individual projects, demonstrations, and a class project, we値l cover preparation of concrete molds, including wood, plastic, rubber, plaster, and fabric; color and texture; concrete mixes for various applications; and casting techniques including wet-cast and GFRC spray techniques. We値l discuss design, concrete as a surface material in the home, artists and craftspeople using it today, and practical concerns for using it in your studio. All levels: familiarity with hand and power tools for mold making will be helpful. Code 05W


Studio artist; designs and builds custom furniture in concrete, wood, and steel as director of Luke Works Studio (Baltimore); teaching: Baltimore School for the Arts, University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.






SUMMER session 6

August 14 - 26, 2016

Stoney Lamar, Torso of a Young Girl dogwood, 27 x 11 x 5 inches


Brent Skidmore, JT Table: Reclining, ash, basswood, stainless

steel, glass, acrylic paint, 48 x 34 x 16 inches


Stoney Lamar & Brent Skidmore
Form, Texture & Surface Bonanza

We値l explore techniques for creating wood sculpture, a vast array of texturing techniques, and the answers to your wood painting questions: Spray or brush? Milk paint or acrylic? Can I just dip it in goo? We値l present tried-and-true techniques for painting and texturing and develop forms (i.e. make sculptures) using power carving techniques, including bandsaw, chainsaw, die grinder, and other processes. Discover the joy of creating innovative forms and surprising surfaces with two guys who can稚 wait to work together again. All levels. Code 06W


Stoney: studio artist; collections: Victoria and Albert Museum (London), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC). Brent: assistant professor at UNC Asheville; author of a chapter in The Penland Book of Woodworking.



















SUMMER session 7

August 28 - September 3, 2016

Melissa Engler, Bound, poplar, milk paint, waxed linen thread,

30 x 26 x 3 inches


Graeme Priddle, Tahi, Rua (One, Two), matai, acrylic paint,

14-3/4 x 7-1/2 x 4 inches


Melissa Engler & Graeme Priddle
Living Texture: Surfaces with Soul

Students will create simple sculptural forms and enhance them with patterns, textures, and colors that have meaning and personal relevance. We値l develop quick, effective shapes using bandsaw and sanding equipment. These forms will serve as canvases for surface embellishments including relief carving, textural carving, wood burning/branding, and acrylic and milk paints. Daily design exercises will help students use their lives and personal experiences as inspiration for creating rich, textured surfaces. Pre-made sculptural forms and test boards are welcome. All levels. Code 07W


Melissa: studio artist; exhibitions: Green Hill Center (NC), Del Mano Gallery (Los Angeles). Graeme: studio artist; collections: Whangarei Art Museum (New Zealand), Museum of Arts and Design (NYC). Co-teaching: Cooroora Institute (Australia), Quarry Arts Center (New Zealand).
























Fall Concentration
September 25 - November 18, 2016

Daniel Essig, Icon, holly, mahongony, milk paint, handmade paper,

mica, printers type, Ethiopian and Coptic bindings, 9-1/4 x 7 x

2-1/2 inches

Daniel Essig
Books, Relics, Curiosities

This workshop will use wood to explore and honor elements of the book. After learning the basics of woodshop safety and tool use, we値l investigate the infinite possibilties of book-based sculpture. Techniques will include carving, turning, burning, sanding, altering, distressing, painting, and bookbinding. Students will be encouraged to collaborate and to explore alternative materials. They can expect to complete a series of book sculptures. We値l have daily demonstrations as well as discussions of historic and contemporary book forms. Everyone is welcome: book artists, woodworkers, curious beginners, etc. All levels. Code F00W

Studio artist; teaching: Anderson Ranch (CO), Arrowmont (TN), University of Georgia Cortona Italy Program, Penland; collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Mint Museum (NC); representation: Vamp and Tramp Booksellers (GA); publications: The Penland Book of Handmade Books, Masters: Book Arts (both Lark Books).








Spring Concentration
March 12 - May 5, 2017

Jack Mauch, Coffee Table, basswood, holly and maple veneer,

paint, 28 x 34 x 18 inches


Jack Mauch
Woodworking: It痴 a Process

Through assignments, demos, and self-direction, students in this workshop will learn to craft furniture and decorative objects that are sculptural and expressive. Beginners will lay a foundation for competent woodworking; advanced students will pursue a theme in depth. We値l cover milling, cutting, and joining techniques applicable to furniture and sculpture. We値l emphasize shaping as we grind and gouge our way past the monotony of straight lines. We値l adorn our creations through carving, painting, marquetry, and metal inlay. And we値l consider the subtle and nascent aspects of our creative ambitions預n inquiry that will be supported through discussions, readings, field trips, coffee breaks, and a contemplative pace. All levels. Code S00W

Studio artist; teaching: North Bennett Street School (Boston), Eliot House at Harvard (MA), Penland; residencies: Penland Core Fellowship, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship Studio Fellowship (ME), Center for Art in Wood Windgate ITE International Residency (Philadelphia).