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 spring and summer 2017 workshops is currently open.





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’s 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’ll cover milling, cutting, and joining techniques applicable to furniture and sculpture. We’ll emphasize shaping as we grind and gouge our way past the monotony of straight lines. We’ll adorn our creations through carving, painting, marquetry, and metal inlay. And we’ll consider the subtle and nascent aspects of our creative ambitions—an 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).








SUMMER session 1

May 28 - JUNE 9, 2017

Reuben Foat, Retreat, wood, paint, brass, lamp parts,

18 x 18 x 6 inches


Reuben Foat
Tantalizing Tambour Doors

Like a river flowing across the landscape or a train moving along a railroad track, tambour doors move unlike any other doors in furniture forms. This workshop will explore the design and building of a small wall-hung cabinet that incorporates a tambour door. We’ll cover solid wood joinery, efficient manufacture of door slats, and other tambour door considerations. Intermediate/advanced; students will need previous experience building solid wood furniture, especially using milling machines and other woodshop power tools. Code 01W


Instructor at Cerritos College (CA); other teaching: San Diego State University (CA), Anderson Ranch (CO), University of Massachusetts–Dartmouth, Haystack (ME); exhibitions: The Maloof (CA), Art Furniture LAX (CA).



SUMMER session 2

JUNE 11 - 23, 2017

Michael Puryear, Curved Screen, dyed and filled ash,

69 x 59 x 5/8 inches


Michael Puryear
Working in a Vacuum

In this workshop, we’ll explore the possibilities for using a vacuum press in the construction of furniture and other forms. Techniques will include flat-panel veneering, curved-panel forming, and bent lamination. Students will design and build a piece using one of these processes and benefit from the efforts of other students using other processes. Intermediate/advanced: familiarity with hand and machine woodworking tools required. Code 02W

Studio artist; teaching: Parsons (NYC), State University of New York–Purchase; collections: Newark Museum (NJ), Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture (DC); work published in Makers: An Anthology of American Studio Craft by Janet Koplos and Bruce Metcalf and Furniture with Soul by David Savage.











SUMMER session 3

JUNE 25 - July 7, 2017

Terry Hunt, S Curve Dining Chair, maple, leather, rubber, foam,

46 x 19 x 23 inches



Doug Sigler, Library Table, cherry, 36 x 42 x 15 inches


Terry Hunt & Doug Sigler
Chair or Bench: Just Sit On It!

This workshop will focus on chairs and benches. We’ll include many demonstrations and discussions—from wood selection to design and construction—often from two points of view, with each of us quite sure that our way is the best way. We’ll cover hand tools, machine techniques, upholstery, and finishes to assist you in bringing your seating project to completion. Bring enthusiasm, a love of woodworking, your sense of humor, and come along for the ride. All levels. Code 03W

Terry: studio artist designing and building fine furniture; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Peters Valley (NJ), Penland; clients: Steinway and Sons, Hancock & Moore, Chase Manhattan, Coyote Café. Doug: professor emeritus from Rochester Institute of Technology (NY); workshop teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Anderson Ranch (CO), Haystack (ME), Penland; work in many private collections and the collection of the Burchfield Center Museum (NY).







SUMMER session 4

July 9 - 21, 2017

Wayne Henderson, D-28 Deluxe, spruce, Brazilian rosewood,

ebony, mahogany


Wayne Henderson & Michael Peyton
Guitar Building

Each student in this class will build a flat-top, mahogany guitar, similar to a Martin d-18. We will cover all aspects of the process. Intermediate: this is mostly handwork, but students should be comfortable working with a table saw, belt sander, and router. Note: enrollment in this workshop is limited to six students who have not previously taken a workshop with Wayne Henderson. Code 04W


Wayne: luthier and musician; National Heritage Fellowship; has built guitars for Eric Clapton, Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Gillian Welch, and others. Michael: luthier, chief preparator at the Harn Museum of Art at University of Florida; songwriter; member of the Peyton Brothers bluegrass band.
























SUMMER session 5

July 23 - August 8, 2017

Ted Lott, Habitation #10, found object, pine, electrical, twine,

34 x 24 x 24 inches


Ted Lott
The En-Lightened Object: Functional Sculpture from Found Materials

In this workshop we’ll find the creative and illuminative potential latent in ordinary objects. Beginning with the basics of wiring a single bulb, students will design and build their own lamps, lights, and lighted objects using items diverted from the waste stream. We’ll focus on quick, fun, and intuitive ways of building as we cover safe wiring, switches, carving and shaping, painting, finishing, and various means of gluing, screwing, and otherwise joining objects together. We’ll use basic woodshop tools such as the bandsaw, drill press, hand tools, etc. All levels. Code 05W


Studio artist; teaching: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Center for Turning and Furniture Design (PA); exhibitions: Alton Arts Center (AR), Swarthmore College (PA), Blue Spiral Gallery (NC), Form & Concept Gallery (NM); residencies: Kohler Arts/Industry (WI), Anderson Ranch (CO), Vermont Studio Center.












SUMMER session 6

August 13 - 25, 2017

Sabiha Mujtaba, Dan’s Chair, cherry, paint, gold leaf,

needlepoint by Nancy Keating, 39 x 25-1/2 x 23-1/2 inches


Sabiha Mujtaba
The Serendipity of Design

Scripts, alphabets, and languages that are not familiar can present shapes and forms that are a stimulating springboard for design. Looking at a single character or a phrase, students will discover the serendipitous nature of designing from this unusual resource. Students may make a container, a small furniture piece, or a nonfunctional piece that will receive/reflect/represent the elements inspired by this design challenge. Design development will be through drawings, scale models, paper, clay, or wood. We’ll cover simple joinery, freeform shaping, relief carving, appliqué, image transfer, and the safe and efficient use of hand and power tools. All levels. Code 06W

Studio artist; teaching: Highland Woodworking (Atlanta); exhibitions: Master Woodworkers Show (TN); Habatat Galleries (VA); work published in Fine Woodworking Design Book 7, 500 Tables (Lark), 500 Chairs (Lark).









SUMMER session 7

August 27 - September 2, 2017

Sarah Marriage, October Box (detail), madrone, silk, brass


Sarah Marriage
Plane & Shave

Our workshop will explore the science and art of planing wood by hand. We’ll use a variety of metal and wooden planes and spokeshaves, experimenting with their specialized strengths: from flat work to curved, shaving end grain to smoothing spindles. Students will also make their own wooden hand plane and learn how to tune and use it. We’ll discuss ways of designing custom tools to solve particular problems and ways of incorporating toolmaking into our practice. All levels. Code 07W

Studio artist, founder of A Workshop of Our Own (MD); teaching: College of the Redwoods (CA), Anderson Ranch (CO), Herron School of Art and Design (IN); John D. Mineck fellowship (Boston), Center for Furniture Craftsmanship fellowship (ME); exhibitions: XXChange (MD), Messler Gallery (ME).