Wood Workshops at Penland
Penland offers 1-, 2-, and 8-week workshops taught by visiting instructors in our well-equipped studios. Class topics include 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.
Wood Spring Concentration
March 6 – April 29, 2022
Spruce It Up!
After spending way more time inside your home recently, are there areas you’d like to make more efficient, more meaningful, or simply more cozy? While learning the fundamentals of woodworking technique, tools, and safety, we’ll build small pieces of furniture—stools, benches, side tables, mini-cabinets—to spruce up our everyday spaces. We’ll start by covering basic techniques such as simple joinery and milling rough-sawn lumber. As our work progresses, we’ll go into greater depth according ot the needs of each student’s projects and designs. At the end of eight weeks, both you and your home will be enriched. All levels.
Studio artist; former Penland core fellow; teaching: Arrowmont (TN), Penland (NC), A Workshop of Our Own (MD), Sawtooth School (NC), Chestnut Creek School of the Arts (VA), Orange County Libraries (VA), representation: Troika Contemporary Craft Gallery (VA), Penland Gallery; exhibitions: La Difference (VA), Penland Gallery, Southern Highlands Craft Guild (NC), Crossroads Gallery (VA).
Wood – May Special Session
May 1-6, 2022
The Art of the Bandsaw Box
Bandsaw boxes are a simple way to make wooden box structures without complicated joinery. Students will learn the basics of how to cut, glue, and manipulate the material. We’ll also explore simple surface design treatments such as image transfers, color and painting techniques, texturing, and surface carving. The workshop will include demonstrations of the safe use of machinery as well as how to sharpen chisels and carving tools. Personal explorations of form, surface, and imagery will be encouraged. All levels.
Studio artist, teacher at Rhode Island School of Design; other teaching: Penland, Arrowmont (TN), Haystack (ME), Anderson Ranch (CO); work shown at galleries nationally; collections: Renwick Gallery (DC), Mint Museums (NC).