When we think of wood finishes, we often think of oils, shellac, varnish, among others. But did you know you could also finish a wood project with soap? Or by burning it?
In this class students will learn about various wood finishes, including milk paint, soap finish, shou sugi ban (wood burning), and wood pickling. Students can use this class as a resource for further experimentation at home.
The instructor will demonstrate how to make and use these finishes, and speak to the histories and contexts in which these finishes are used.
Born and raised in New York City, Sophie Glenn received her BFA in Sculpture at the State University of New York at Purchase, and her MFA from San Diego State University where she studied Furniture Design and Woodworking. She has also worked extensively as a metal fabricator and welder for independent makers and businesses across the country. Sophie recently completed a three-year residency at the Appalachian Center for Craft, and is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Mississippi State University.
You can see examples of Sophie's work below, and more on her website https://sophieglenn.com/ & instagram @arcburn_furniture
What’s the secret to elegant curves, compound angles, replication, & seamless joints? It's not magic, it's jigs! Jigs can help you cut a circle, center a mortise, or cut a taper. A jig is any tool that helps you make something else, enabling you to repeat the same action exactly. And you make them yourself! Jigs can be a simple set up or a multi-day build. They are a woodworker’s best helper in the shop.
In this workshop, students will get an overview of just some of the many jigs found in a workshop: from crosscut and taper sleds to circle cutters and router jigs. While you won’t get a step-by-step to build any one in particular, you will get an understanding of the considerations that go into how and why you build different types of jigs.
The instructor will give live demonstrations of different jigs in use as well as a photo presentation of various ways that these jigs have been used in multiple projects. She will discuss materials, hardware, and resources to set you up for your own jig-making party.
Alicia is a furniture maker, design, and educator. She designs and builds custom furniture in wood and concrete in her studio in Richmond, VA. In her previous life, she was a Blackhawk maintenance test pilot in the Army where she served for 10 years. She sees woodworking as a collaboration – both with the material and with the user. After the military, she attended Vermont Woodworking School for two years, interned with Wendy Maruyama, and earned an MFA in Craft and Material Studies at VCU.
See more images of her work below, and also by visiting her website aliciadietzstudios.com or on instagram @aliciadietzstudios
Want to learn to carve but not sure where to start? Pumpkins are a fun, low-stakes entry into the wide world of carving and thinking in 3D.
In this follow-along demo, students will learn step-by-step methods for carving pumpkins, from classic jack-o-lantern pierce carving, to more ornate intaglio, or sunken relief carving. Students will have the option to work on their own design, or carve-along with a design provided by the instructor.
The instructor will demonstrate a variety of tools, from common kitchen tools, to specialty pumpkin tools, to wood carving tools. We'll discuss how to think about transferring a 2D design onto a 3D pumpkin, how use light and depth to your advantage, and best practices for prolonging the life of the pumpkin after it's carved. Most importantly, we'll have a lot of fun.
What you'll need to follow-along with the instructor:
Sarah Marriage, WOO's founder, is a maker of fine furniture and other wooden objects. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, Sarah studied architecture at Princeton University and fine woodworking at The College of the Redwoods (now The Krenov School). She has taught at The Krenov School, Penland School of Craft, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Sarah's work has shown at galleries and trade shows across the US, including Dwell on Design in Los Angeles, ICFF in New York, and Pritam & Eames Gallery in East Hampton, NY.
You can see more images of her work at her website sarahmarriage.com or on instagram @sarah_marriage
Reupholstering a chair is a great way to take a piece that you already own and love and give it a fresh new feeling. This project is fun, creative and can be done in a weekend.
In this class students will learn basic techniques to reupholster a dining room chair. We will also cover the mixing and matching of fabric and chair designs to maintain unity in the space.
The instructor will demonstrate how to disassemble the chair, remove old fabric, add new batting, and how to cut and secure the new fabric. We will cover the tools needed to complete this project, estimating the amount of fabric needed and we will touch on some basic design principles used to choose the fabric.
Raina Smallwood is the founder and retailer of Adorn Vintage Furniture & Designs, a vintage furniture shop. A Baltimore native, Raina has a background in interior design, furniture restoration and a passion for architecture and good design.
Raina has a flair for mixing vintage earthy pieces with modern furniture to create a comfortable and functional sanctuary. Raina’s belief is that our homes should bring us peace, they should represent who we are by housing a collection of our favorite memories, adventures and all of the things that we hold dear. Sharing the importance of a happy home is her passion and her greater contribution to the community.
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