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The Furniture Society is proud to present the FS15 Symposium at the American Tobacco Historic District (ATC) in Durham, NC June 25th - 27th.

The Symposium kicks off on Thursday evening with dinner and a Durham Bulls Game. At the same time, across the street in the American Tobacco Amphitheater, The Gravy Boys will be performing as part of the Back Porch Music on the Lawn, a free concert series at American Tobacco.

Friday, June 26th, is the official start of FS15. It boasts an array of talented presenters including Craig Nutt, Brian Boggs, Ashley Eriksmoen, and Paul Sasso just to name a few. That evening, ShopBot will host attendees for a BBQ and an open house at their facilities.

Join us on Saturday, June 27th, for another full day lectures and presentations. Later that evening, mingle at a reception celebrating our HOME exhibition displaying a curated selection of members’ work in the Crowe Gallery at ATC. Plans are in the works for another raffle and silent auction as part of the Saturday evening magic.

The Furniture Society has plenty in store for an unforgettable weekend with us in Durham, our new HOME. Don't miss it!

See the full schedule below as well as links to register.

About HOME

Friday--the official start of FS15--boasts an array of talented presenters including Craig Nutt (CERF+), Brian Boggs, Ashley Eriksmoen, and Paul Sasso just to name a few. That evening, ShopBot will show attendees a good time... let's just say it includes CNC, BBQ and an obstacle course!

Join us on Saturday for more programming during the day, and later that evening, mingle with the Furniture Society at a reception celebrating our HOME exhibition on display in the Crowe Gallery.

Plans are in the works for another raffle and silent auction as part of the Saturday evening magic, so stay tuned for more details.

Are you getting a sense for all of the fun that's in store for you? We hope so because outside of our rock 'em sock 'em programming, the ATC is bustling with lots to do and lots to see! The FS15 planning committee will have plenty in store for you to spend an unforgettable weekend with us in Durham, our new HOME. Don't miss it!

Time Friday Saturday
10:00-10:15 Symposium Welcome Morning Address / House Keeping
10:15-10:45 Could the “Next Industrial Revolution” be about Studio Furniture?

Shopbot/Ted Hall
10:45-11:15 Public Art: An Opportunity for Furniture Makers

Panel Discussion with Constance Y. White, Toni Sikes, & Craig Nutt as moderator
 
  break
11:30-12:15 The Myth of the Handmade Object

Brian Boggs
Walking the Tightrope

Craig Nutt
Sassoville, Where Art and Life Merge

Paul Sasso Artist Presentation
lunch
1:30-2:45 On History, Memory, and Curriculum

Paul Henry
Randy Shull Artist Presentation

Randy Shull
The Development of A. Jacob Marks and the Skram Furniture Company

A. Jacob Marks
ZEN CHAIR: A Travelogue On Chair Making in Kawaguchiko, Japan

Bryan Geary
break
3:00-3:50 Changing Notions of Home

Ashley Jameson Eriksmoen
In Bounds: Making and Collaborating From Love and Light

Brent Skidmore
The Final Touch: Perspectives on Surface Embellishment

Panel discussion w/ Kimberly Winkle, Katie Hudnall, Joshua Almond & Nick DeFord as moderator
Finding Home: Restoring an Iconic Landmark

Rolf Hoeg
4:00-5:00 Head to ShopBot for BBQ. Bringing it HOME: from Objects to Exhibition

Susie J. Silbert & Anna Walker
Capturing and Maintaining Creativity and Innovation in the Community

Nancy Gottovi

 

Evening Events
Thursday Evening Kickoff Party - 6pm, game starts at 7pm Enjoy a Durham Bulls baseball game vs. the Toldedo Mud Hens. The party will take place on a private party deck along with a delectable buffet and libations. Join us from 6pm - 10pm. Game starts 7:05pm. Friday Evening ShopBot BBQ - 5pm Be ShopBot’s guest as they open their doors to FS members only with walking tours of their facility, a BBQ, and fun activities planned that include CNC sample projects and an obstacle course! Free shuttle service to/from ATC is included. Saturday Evening HOME Exhibition Reception & Silent Auction - 5pm Hosted by the Furniture Society with help from Rockler at American Tobacco’s Crowe Gallery. Open to the Public
We will be adding programming information as it is confirmed. Please check back!

Bringing it HOME: from Objects to Exhibition - The jurors of HOME describe their working process.
Capturing and Maintaining Creativity and Innovation in the Community - Nancy Gottovi discusses incubator programs like STARworks Center for Creative Enterprise that teach, engage, and benefit small businesses, artists, and communities alike.
Changing Notions of Home: Four Themes in Furniture - Ashley Eriksmoen presents four underlying themes that are shaping furniture design now; lifestyle, mobility, resource uses, and technology.
Could the “Next Industrial Revolution” be about Studio Furniture? - Shopbot's Ted Hall delves into the future of digital fabrication.
Finding Home: Restoring an Iconic Landmark - Rolf Hoeg applies his studio furniture practice to the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright Martin House.
In Bounds: Making and Collaborating From Love and Light - Join Brent Skidmore as he discusses his role as a studio artist, community builder, and advocate for craft education in our schools.
On History, Memory, and Curriculum - Paul Henry discusses the synergy between his work and the curriculum he has developed for the history of furniture.
Public Art: An Opportunity for Furniture Makers - Moderated by Craig Nutt, Toni Sikes and Constance Y. White let us know how to identify public art opportunities and successfully complete projects while avoiding pitfalls.
Randy Shull Artist Presentation - Randy Shull guides us through his work.
Sassoville, Where Art and Life Merge - Paul Sasso lives in beautiful rural Kentucky and has transformed his property into a multi building, topiary rich villa.
The Development of A. Jacob Marks and the Skram Furniture Company - Jacob will talk about how he, a history major in college, started Skram Furniture Company as a one man shop in the woods of North Carolina, and how he has developed it into the 10 man, 26,000 square foot shop it is today.
The Final Touch: Perspectives on Surface Embellishment - An in depth presentation and panel discussion exploring the intricacies, purpose and importance of surface finishes.
The Myth of the Handmade Object - Brian Boggs muses on what it is about the idea of handmade that we revere and attempt to preserve as our process for making evolves.
Walking the Tightrope - Plenary Session by Craig Nutt for CERF+ – Furniture makers often walk a thin line between a successful career and a disastrous one.
ZEN CHAIR: A Travelogue On Chair Making in Kawaguchiko, Japan - Bryan Geary recounts his experiences as a Deshi of Master Takahiro Yoshino.

Registration is now open!

You must be a member to purchase a pass, except for the a la carte pass. Join here!

Where to Stay

Durham Marriott City Center Use this link to book using the special rate for The Furniture Society 2015 Symposium ($130 per night). Note: Event start date: 6/25/15 Event end date: 6/28/15 Last day to book and get special rate: 6/1/15

There are several other hotels within walking distance:

21c Museum Hotels Durham 118 W Parrish St Durham, NC

Durham Hotel Opening the first week of June. 919 757-9614

Or use this link to Trip Advisor to find even more options.

Help Support the FS - Donate to the Silent Auction!

One of the elements of the 2015 Symposium in Durham, NC, will be a silent auction. In the past, our auctions have been extremely successful raising significant money for the Furniture Society. This year, the auction will be open to the general public as well as members, and we expect to have good traffic. We are soliciting donations for the auction. Keep in mind that, this year, not only will you be supporting the Furniture Society, but you could be finding potential customers, so carefully consider what you might be able to contribute.

If you wish to contribute, please email Kathy Sharp and give her an idea of what you might be able to do.

If you will not be attending the symposium, but would still like to contribute, we will be accepting mail at the FS office in Durham after June 1. Once again, contact Kathy Sharp for details.

Thank you to our Sponsors!

About American Tabacco

The American Tobacco Historic District (ATC) has gained national attention as a model for reusing historical buildings and helped jump-start a larger revitalization of a city that had suffered since the decline of its tobacco industry.

ATC encompasses more than a million square feet of office space where more than 4,000 people work, many of them at the innovative startups and creative industries for which the elegantly converted factories are best known.

More than a million people visited the district last year to see a Durham Bulls game, eat at one of its restaurants, hear music in its courtyard or attend other events.

http://www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com

To find out more about Durham and its happenings, check out the links below…

Durham Performing Arts Center www.dpacnc.com

Durham Chamber of Commerce www.durhamchamber.org

Durham NC – where great things happen www.durham-nc.com

Carolina Theatre www.carolinatheatre.org

Durham Magazine www.durhammag.com

American Dance Festival www.americandancefestival.org

North Carolina Public Radio www.wunc.org

The Nasher Museum of Art www.nasher.duke.edu

Sarah P. Duke Gardens www.gardens.duke.edu