Wood Workshops at Penland


Classes are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.




spring concentration

march 8 - may 1, 2015


Annie Evelyn, Pea Chair, black walnut, foam, fabric,

32 x 32 x 24 inches; stool: 24 x 24 x 16 inches


Annie Evelyn
Build It, Pad It, Upholster It

This workshop will cover the construction of upholstered furniture as each student builds an ottoman and a chair. Beginning with the ottoman, we’ll learn to build a simple frame and then web, spring (using coil springs), pad, and upholster. Each student will then design an upholstered chair, and I will help you dissect your design to build the perfect inner structure. Once that’s complete, you’ll spring, pad, and cover it. Students will learn frame construction, spring tying, material selection, webbing, foam cutting, basic sewing, stapling, tacking, etc. We’ll work with traditional and modern techniques and use the ones that best fit each design. All levels. Code S00W

Furniture maker and upholsterer; teaching: Rhode Island School of Design, Parsons the New School of Design (NYC), Anderson Ranch (CO), Penland; Windgate furniture residency at Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Penland resident artist beginning in September of 2014.






SUMMER session 1

May 24 - JUNE 5, 2015


Jackson Martin, Fly white oak, walnut, hardware, 36 x 48 x 40 inches


Jackson Martin
Warped Wood

Students will be introduced to controlled warps in wood through the use of steam-bending equipment and techniques. Using hardwoods such as walnut, cherry, oak, and ash, you値l learn to make unbelievable permanent bends using compression straps and plywood jigs. Then you値l use these techniques along with various woodshop tools to create beautiful sculpture. All levels. Code 01W

Assistant professor at University of North Carolina-Asheville; residencies: Vermont Studio Center, Godsbanen Cultural Center (Denmark), Baggat Art Organization (South Korea); finalist for 1858 Prize for Contemporary Southern Art at Gibbes Museum (SC); exhibitions: Sculpture by the Sea (Denmark), Artspace (NC), Pratt Institute Sculpture Park (NYC), William King Museum (VA), Torpedo Factory (VA)

SUMMER session 2

JUNE 7 - 19, 2015

Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen,

Clutch, mahogany, Elyse Allen textile,

acrylic and milk paints, bronze hardware, 28 x 60 x 16 inches



Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen
Fresh Approaches to Form

Approach woodworking from a fresh perspective! We値l start by making several quick, speculative wood objects that will reveal personal design preferences. We値l cover basic woodworking equipment as we investigate ideas for forms through machining and shaping and then move into more complex woodworking processes, including joinery, as each student produces a piece of furniture or a furnituresque object of their own design. The goal is to break free of archetypal constraints and develop forms that are aesthetic, engaging, and functional. All levels. Code 02W


Senior lecturer and head of furniture at Australian National University; residencies: Oregon College of Art and Craft, Anderson Ranch, Ladermoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway); exhibitions: Canberra Museum and Gallery (Australia), Center for Art in Wood (PA), Museum of Craft + Design (CA), Society of Arts and Crafts Boston.

All workshops in Session 2 will be taught by artists

from Australian National University.


SUMMER session 3

JUNE 21 - July 3 2015

Critz Campbell, Pip, cypress, maple,

20 x 20 x 28 inches

Critz Campbell
Common Curve: Chairs

This chair-making workshop will revolve around bent laminations. Students will learn bent-lamination technique as we use skateboard-decking veneer to create a batch of curved, laminated seats and backs. Then each student will design and build chairs using these common elements. We値l explore the dynamics of communal and individual problem-solving and celebrate the variety of answers found. Skills covered will include drafting, bent lamination, vacuum pressing, wood selection, milling, joinery, finishing, and whatever else is required as crazy, unexpected problems arise. All levels. Code 03W

Associate professor at Mississippi State University; residencies: Crab Tree Farm Foundation, Arco Centro de Communicao Visual (Portugal), Penland core fellowship; exhibitions: Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum (NYC), Science Gallery (Dublin), International Contemporary Furniture Fair (NYC).






SUMMER session 4

July 5 - 17, 2015


Thomas Huang, We Not Me, mahogany, split Madake,

copper wire, 12-1/2 x 32 x 14 inches

Thomas Huang
Float, Paddle, Drift & Make

This workshop will explore the boat form and its metaphoric content. We値l begin by constructing a temporary/disposable fleet of canoes that will carry the class on a short excursion on a nearby body of water. Then we値l drift into the rich world of metaphors, nuances, and ideas implicit and explicit in the curvilinear boat forms that will inspire and inform our work. These forms have the power to elicit ideas and narratives about journeys, departures, arrivals, adventure, and the unknown. Demonstrations will include steam-bending, bent lamination, and some discussion of fiberglassing. Intermediate: basic woodshop skills required. . Code 04W


Associate professor at University of Kansas, proprietor of BambooCanoe; Center for Furniture Craftsmanship fellowship; American Craft Council Searchlight Artist; solo exhibitions: Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; work published in American Craft.





SUMMER session 5

July 19 - August 4, 2015


Abir Ali and Andre Sandifer, Mag Coffee Table,

American walnut, 18 x 60 x 18 inches


Abir Ali & Andre Sandifer
Table Stories

This workshop will investigate the connection between design, craft, and story through furniture, specifically the small table. Each student will share a personal story with the class that will inspire and direct the creation of a table. We値l bridge concept and execution at large scale葉he overall piece預nd small scale葉he construction details. Students will design through thought, conversation, hand sketches, and full-scale prototyping. We値l work with American hardwoods and natural finishes. At the end of the workshop, each student will have some version(s) of their prototype and a finished table.All levels. Code 05W


Co-owners of Ali Sandifer, a design studio and workshop producing handcrafted furniture and art; publications: American Craft, Canadian Architect, Detroit Home, Modern Midwest; exhibitions: International Contemporary Furniture Fair (NYC), Detroit Artists Market, Detroit Design Fair, Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (MI).






SUMMER session 6

August 9 - 21, 2015


Joel Eckhaus Sputnik Tenor

Ukulele, ash, curly maple,

ebony, pearloid, 28 x 9 x 2 inches


Joel Eckhaus
Free-Form Ukulele Construction

The ukulele arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii in 1879 from the Portuguese island of Madeira and spread like an invasive species throughout the islands and, eventually, the world. Builders immediately took an 殿nything goes attitude: pineapple, coconut, cigar box, tricorner, round, and teardrop ukuleles appeared, decorated with cartoons, bright colors, and decals of all kinds. This workshop will present traditional lutherie techniques and designs as well as a more free-form approach that will encourage novel designs. Each student will design and build a ukulele while learning hand and machine woodworking and lutherie skills. Some woodworking experience will be helpful, but the workshop is open to All levels. Code 06W



Luthier, musician, ukulele instructor, proprietor of Earnest Uncommon Instruments; clients: Eddie Vedder, Will Patton, Neko Case, Elliott Sharpe; teaching: Maine College of Art; exhibitions: Museum of Making Music (CA), San Francisco Folk Art Museum.



SUMMER session 7

August 23 - 29, 2015

Miriam Carpenter, Feathers 11,901, 11,900, 11,899,

carved white oak, burnished with graphite powder,

1-1/4 x 17/8 x 4 inches



Miriam Carpenter
The Zen of Carving

Students will practice carving as meditation and will be encouraged to explore the natural environment to find inspiration through observation, pattern recognition, and structure. The workshop will include an introduction to the properties of different wood species, and we値l identify appropriate material for individual projects. Students will experiment with techniques and tools for shaping, surface design, and finishing. Final pieces will be small in scale and may be functional or objects d誕rt. A basic understanding of tools and wood will be helpful, but this workshop is open toall levels. Code 07W

Studio artist, former assistant designer to Mira Nakashima; ITE residency in Australia sponsored by the Center for Art in Wood (PA); exhibitions: Wharton Esherick Museum (PA), Center for Art in Wood, Cooroora Institute (Australia), Sakatchewan Craft Council (Canada), Wayne Art Center (PA).