Our twelve-week Furniture Intensive is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers, committed amateurs on sabbatical from other professions, or woodworkers wanting to delve more fully into their craft. We take pride in the level of instruction and personal attention students receive with two instructors and an assistant available for only twelve students. Each student is able to individualize their course of study to get the most out of the experience!
The skills developed through our curriculum include:
Design – Learn how to develop your own furniture designs by generating and refining ideas through sketching, model making, prototypes, and full-scale drawings, plus participating in critiques and discussions of aesthetics.
Lumber selection – Wood characteristics, buying lumber, selecting wood appropriate to your design.
Joinery – Choosing and making the right joint for every situation using both traditional and contemporary methods.
Traditional hand skills – The foundation of fine furniture making: sharpening; use and tuning of chisels, hand planes, saws, and scrapers; hand-cut joinery.
Machine techniques – Use of stationary and hand-held power tools for stock preparation, joinery, and shaping of components, including jig making for precise, repeatable results.
Advanced techniques – Laminate bending, steam bending, coopering, working with shop-sawn and commercial veneer, cutting joinery on curved components, and more.
Surface preparation and finishing – Preparing wood with planes, scrapers, and abrasives; choosing the right finish for the effect you want; application of finishes.
Shop maintenance – Selection, tuning, and maintenance of woodworking machinery.
Professional practices – Visits to professional workshops to discuss how to run a business, pricing, and marketing.
The course divides into three segments. The first two weeks cover our Basic Woodworking curriculum, which explores the essentials of furniture making with an emphasis on hand skills. Each student designs and constructs a project with hand-cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joinery. For the second segment (6 weeks), students learn to design and build solid-wood casepieces with doors and drawers. The final segment (4 weeks) focuses on curved components and veneer, including techniques for steam bending, laminate bending, coopering, and re-sawing of veneer. Each student designs and constructs a challenging piece that requires one or more of these techniques.
Three intensives currently scheduled:
October 31, 2022 – January 27, 2023
February 20 – May 12, 2023
June 12 – September 1, 2023