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 2016 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.
Spring Eight-Week Concentrations
March 13 - May 6, 2016
Raivo Vihman, Barn Frame with Crooked Ash Struts,
white pine, ash, salvaged structural bolts, cast washers
In this workshop we値l delve into traditional carpentry as we cut, join, and raise a timber-framed structure that will become a permanent part of the Penland campus. We値l explore various approaches to timber preparation, layout, joinery design and execution, and compound-angle joinery. We値l also cover scribing techniques as we incorporate round logs into the structure of the frame. Students will begin by designing and building their own timber sawhorses and will leave the class with the skills needed to design and build their own timber frames. All levels. Code S00W
Carpenter, founder and proprietor of Haystack Joinery (ME); teaching: Waterfall Arts (ME), Miljandi Cultural Academy (Estonia).
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SUMMER session 1
May 29 - JUNE 10, 2016
Bill Thomas, Building Fox at Penland, okoume plywood,
mahogany, 175 x 30 inches
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
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
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
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
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).
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