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.
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
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).
March 12 - May 5, 2017
Jack Mauch, Coffee Table, basswood, holly and maple veneer,
paint, 28 x 34 x 18 inches
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).
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