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Fall Short Session Wood

WOOD SHORT SESSION
September 25 – 30, 2022
Sarah Marriage
Tambour Time

In this workshop we’ll explore the basic principles at play behind one of woodworking’s most magical techniques: the tambour door. We’ll begin with a discussion of the history of tambours and a variety of techniques for creating them. Students will use a classic, canvas-backing technique to create their own tambour panel. We’ll also build small, simple cabinets with all the necessary tracks, escape routes, and other details to bring our tambours to life. All levels. 

Studio artist,, educator, associate editor at Woodcraft Magazine, founder and president of A Workshop of Our Own (Baltimore); teaching: A Workshop of Our Own, The Krenov School (CA), Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO); exhibitions: Center for Art in Wood (PA), Area 405 (MD), Milford Arts Council (CT), Pritam & Eames (NY). 

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Sarah Marriage, Leviathan Rolltop Desk, English sycamore, Port Orford cedar, leather, 22 x 38 x 39 inches
Sarah Marriage, Leviathan Rolltop Desk, English sycamore, Port Orford cedar, leather, 22 x 38 x 39 inches
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Wood Summer Session 7

Wood Summer Session 7
August 14–19
Geoffrey Gorman
Finding the Soul of Lost Materials

This workshop will encourage students to experiment with innovative and intuitive ways of creating structures and forms using organic, found, and recycled materials. Employing unusual techniques developed by the instructor, each student will complete several forms. Students are invited to think about shapes and forms that hold particular interest for them and bring those ideas to the workshop along with some of their favorite cast-off materials. This workshop will be of value to beginners seeking an introduction to creating curious objects as well as experienced makers who want to reach the next level and break out of their comfort zone. All levels. 

Studio artist; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Peter’s Valley (NJ), Penland; collections: New Mexico Arts Commission, Kamm Teapot Collection (NC), Racine Art Museum (WI), Center for Contemporary Art (Santa Fe); publications: American Craft, American Style, New York Post, Southwest Art, Cloth, Paper, Scissors; representation: Giacobbe Fritz Gallery (Santa Fe). 

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Geoffrey Gorman, Silent Flight, mixed media, found objects, 36 x 32 x 10 inches
Geoffrey Gorman, Silent Flight, mixed media, found objects, 36 x 32 x 10 inches
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Wood Summer Session 6

Wood Summer Session 6
July 31–August 12
Adrien Segal
Carve, Bend, Shape

Both rigid and flexible, wood is an ideal material for creating curvaceous shapes, yet it is often made to be flat, straight, and square. In this workshop students will learn numerous ways to transform wood into furniture and sculptural forms through additive and subtractive carving, bent and stack laminations, and dynamic joinery. Demonstrations will emphasize the safe use of power tools for rough shaping and hand-held tools to achieve detailed shapes, patterns, textures, and refined forms. We’ll work through a process of quick iteration to design and experiment with various methods of making organic shapes in wood. Students at any level of woodworking will gain new skills. All levels. 

Studio artist; teaching: California College of the Arts, University of San Francisco; 2022 Fulbright Scholar; residencies: Benchspace Cork (Ireland), Center for Art in Wood (Philadelphia), Bunnell Art Center (Alaska), Pier 9 (San Francisco); publications: American Craft, 500 Tables, Data Flow 2.

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Adrien Segal, Molalla River Meander, carved plywood, 15 x 46 x 11 inches
Adrien Segal, Molalla River Meander, carved plywood, 15 x 46 x 11 inches
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Wood Summer Session 5

Wood Summer Session 5
July 17–29
Miriam Carpenter and Melissa Engler
The Nature of Carving

Students in this workshop will take a journey through designing, carving, and embellishing functional pieces and/or objects d’art that are grounded in the environment and personal meaning. We’ll explore the natural world and observe pattern, structure, texture, and color as a foundation for design. Students will gain a deeper understanding of wood—the idiosyncrasies and potential of various species—through hand-carving, shaping, rotary carving, textural pyrography, acrylic and milk paints, and glazing techniques. All levels.

Miriam: studio artist; teaching: adjunct professor at Messiah University (PA), resident teacher at State University of New York-Purchase; residencies: Center for Art in Wood (PA), Windgrove (Australia); exhibitions: Michener Museum (PA), Wharton Esherick Museum (PA), Fuller Craft Museum (MA); representation: Moderne Gallery (PA).

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Melissa: studio artist; teaching: Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME), Appalachian Center for Craft (TN), Marc Adams School of Woodworking (IN); exhibitions: Center for Art in Wood (PA), Messler Gallery (ME), Moss Arts Center (VA); publications: American Craft, Carolina Home + Garden, Woodwork.

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Miriam Carpenter, Feathers 11,889, 11,888, 11,887, hand-carved white oak, graphite powder, largest: 1-1/4 x 2-3/8 x 4-1/4 inches
Miriam Carpenter, Feathers 11,889, 11,888, 11,887, hand-carved white oak, graphite powder, largest: 1-1/4 x 2-3/8 x 4-1/4 inches
Melissa Engler, Pangolin, walnut, milk paint, 6 x 6 x 6 inches
Melissa Engler, Pangolin, walnut, milk paint, 6 x 6 x 6 inches
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Wood Summer Session 4

Wood Summer Session 4
July 3–15
Michael Puryear
Working in a Vacuum

This workshop will dig into the various uses for the vacuum bag in woodworking. We’ll cover basic veneering, curved panel forming, bent lamination, template routing, and using the vacuum as a holding device. This is a technique-oriented workshop; students may apply the information covered to sculpture or functional pieces. Intermediate level: basic hand- and power-tool skills required. 

Designer, furniture maker; teaching: Parsons The New School of Design (NYC), State University of New York-Purchase, Anderson Ranch (CO), Center for Furniture Craftsmanship (ME), Penland; exhibitions: Museum of Arts and Design (NYC), Peabody-Essex Museum (MA); collections: Newark Museum (NJ), National Museum of African American History and Culture (DC); publications: Makers: An Anthology of American Studio Craft, Furniture with Soul. 

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Michael Puryear, Rocker, ash, 42 x 37 inches
Michael Puryear, Rocker, ash, 42 x 37 inches
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Wood Summer Session 3

Wood Summer Session 3
June 19–July 1
Gerald Weckesser
Building a Skin-on-Frame Canoe

Using basic woodworking techniques, each student will build their own single-person canoe. This workshop will focus on the skin-on-frame methods of boat building, borrowing from diverse water-craft traditions such as Aleut ikyak or baidarkas, British Isle coracles and curracks, and Inuit qujaq. We’ll mix modern materials and age-old traditions to build beautiful, durable, and lightweight boats. If time permits, we’ll also make double-blade paddles and water test our craft. All levels.

NOTE: The estimated materials cost for this workshop is $340 per student.

Studio artist, honors faculty fellow at East Carolina University School of Art and Design (NC).

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Gerald Weckesser and students, Penland Canoes, white oak, cedar, sapele, dacron, 12 feet x 30 inches
Gerald Weckesser and students, Penland Canoes, white oak, cedar, sapele, dacron, 12 feet x 30 inches
Gerald Weckesser, Canoe, white oak, cedar, sapele, dacron, 12 feet x 30 inches
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Wood Summer Session 2

Wood Summer Session 2
June 5–June 17
Taeho Kwon
A Quest for 1,000 Years

This workshop will cover many aspects of woodworking as each student builds a sitting bench/coffee table based on the instructor’s design. By using the characteristics of the wood and understanding its behavior, students will learn how to make furniture that will last not just a lifetime but hundreds of years. A deeper knowledge of joinery will take your woodwork to the next level. The end result will be a distinctive, two-in-one bench/table accompanied by an understanding of how to properly use wood to make pieces that will last. All levels. 

Studio artist, owner of TK Wood Art Studio (CA); teaching: TK Wood Art Studio, William Ng School of Fine Woodworking (CA), Marc Adams School of Woodworking (IN), Guild of Oregon Woodworkers; maintenance and restoration certificate from the School of Traditional Korean Architecture and years of experience with traditional Korean house and temple construction.

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Taeho Kwon, Cantilever Sitting Bench/Coffee Table, walnut, maple, 18 x 60 x 16 inches
Taeho Kwon, Cantilever Sitting Bench/Coffee Table, walnut, maple, 18 x 60 x 16 inches
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Wood Summer Session 1

Wood Summer Session 1
May 29–June 3
Char Miller-King
Fundamentals of Woodworking

This intensive workshop will start with a journey through the life cycle of lumber as we discuss the origin of various wood species and selecting proper pieces for a project. We’ll cover the safe use of hand and power tools, how to properly measure, milling techniques, joinery methods, understanding wood grain, and finishing. Expect to complete two or three of the following projects: cutting board, splined mitered box, small table. This workshop will be hands-on fun that will give you the confidence you need to pick up a tool and make something amazing! Beginning level. 

Studio artist, woodshop teacher; has taught classes at maker spaces, camps, schools, and live online; writer of the Women in Woodworking column for Highland Woodworking (Atlanta); featured in Popular Woodworking and The Family Handyman; has appeared on PBS, CNN, Magnolia Network, and Discovery Plus; social media content created for Home Depot, Rockler, and Popular Mechanics.  

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Char Miller-King, Cutting/Charcuterie Board, maple, walnut, cherry, 9 x 14 x 1 inches
Char Miller-King, Cutting/Charcuterie Board, maple, walnut, cherry, 9 x 14 x 1 inches