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 fall 2017 and spring 2018 workshops is currently open.





Fall 8-Week Concentration

September 24 - November 17, 2017

Christina Boy, Chair 220, red elm, milk paint, Baltic birch,

31-1/4 x 17-3/4 x 16 inches

Christina Boy
Design. Build. Repeat.

While learning the fundamentals of woodworking technique, tools, and safety, we’ll dive into the process of making multiples. Each student will design a limited line of products from concept to completion: sketching, designing, drafting, making the necessary templates and jigs, and building prototypes for the purpose of understanding the steps of small batch production. Demonstrations will cover basic woodworking skills and will continue in depth based on the needs of each student’s designs and projects. All levels. Studio fee: $155. Code F00W

Studio artist; former Penland core fellow; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (VA), Orange County Libraries (VA), representation: Troika Contemporary Craft Gallery (VA), Penland Gallery; exhibitions: La Difference (VA), Penland Gallery, Southern Highlands Craft Guild (NC), Crossroads Gallery (VA).



Scholarships are still available for this workshop!

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Spring 8-Week Concentration

March 11 - May 4, 2018

Tom Shields, Held Up, found furniture, ebonized oak,

43 x 72 x 22 inches


Tom Shields

This workshop will explore standard historic woodworking techniques and then push them into new territories. We’ll rethink structure and design through hybrid works that combine existing (found) furniture and newly fabricated parts. We’ll focus on building furniture and sculpture with minimal tooling. We’ll cover traditional joinery, milling, hand cutting, and the use of power tools. Students will learn the tricks needed to build not-so-traditional furniture without spending thousands of dollars on equipment. All levels. Studio fee: $155. Code S00W

Studio artist; teaching: University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, Penland; residencies: Kohler Arts/Industry (WI), Century Furniture (NC), San Diego State University, former Penland resident artist; collections: Gregg Museum of Art and Design (NC), D’Amour Museum of Fine Arts (MA), University of Arkansas, Cameron Art Museum (NC), Wingate University (NC), North Carolina Museum of Art; representation: Blue Spiral (NC).