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Wood Workshops at Penland
Classes are open to serious students of all levels unless specified in course description; beginners welcome.
summer session 7
august 24 - 30 , 2014
Randy L. Johnson, Mirror Mirror Mistake,
CNC-cut Baltic birch plywood, 24 inches diameter
Randy L. Johnson
Introduction to CNC
This workshop will offer woodworkers an in-depth introduction to programming and operating a three-axis, CNC (computer-controlled) router. Topics will include using CNC design software; set-up and calibration; programming tool paths; designing and machining two-dimensional shapes, V-carvings, two-dimensional textures, and two-sided carvings; converting hand drawing to CNC cutting designs; and basic three-dimensional design for the CNC. Students should bring a laptop with Windows XP or higher; Mac users can work through Parallels Desktop or Boot Camp. CNC design software will be provided for use during the class. All levels. Code 07W
Director of education outreach, ShopBot Tools, former editor-in-chief, American Woodworker; teaching: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME).
fall Session 2
october 19 - 25, 2014
Russell F. Gale Jr., The Garboard Strake, black limba,
Japanese ash, sassafras, plywood, brass, 34 x 52 x 15 inches
Russell F. Gale, Jr.
Foundations of Furniture
There are so many things to think about when building a piece of furniture: design, material selection, joinery, edge and surface treatments, shop safety, etc. In this workshop we’ll work through these issues and more as we each build a small table. We’ll use machines and hand tools in a cooperative balance. The goal is for students to build a foundation of techniques that will give them more confidence and success as they approach future projects. All levels. Code F02W
Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN); exhibitions: Green Hill Center (NC), best in show award at “Regeneration: Woodworkers under 30” at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME); work published in Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Woodworker West, and 500 Cabinets (Lark Books).
fall session 3
november 2 - 8 , 2014
Sarah Martin, Untitled Brooch,
mahogany, milkpaint, graphite,
blued tacks, lacquer, 5-1/2 x 5/8 inches
Carving Wooden Jewelry
Looking to expand your jewelry repertoire? This class will show you how to carve wood on a small scale appropriate for jewelers. We’ll cover how to safely carve with both knives and dremels and how to transform these carvings with surface embellishment, findings, and finishing techniques. The workshop will introduce you to a wide variety of artists already using this inexpensive material and will offer a new perspective on its expressive potential. All levels. Code F03W
Visiting assistant professor at University of the Arts (Philadelphia); exhibitions: Fuller Craft Museum (MA), Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia), Tyler School of Art (Philadelphia); former Penland resident artist.
(Please note: students in this workshop will be working with wood and meeting in the metals studio.)
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
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.
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