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    • 3 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    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

    • 11 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    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

    • 17 Oct 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    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:

    • A pumpkin
    • Inexpensive pumpkin carving tools like this set
      • these sets are typically less than $10, can be found near the pumpkins at most grocery stores, and don't take up much room in the back of a utensil drawer
      • I use my set for pumpkins in the fall and melons in the summer
    • Carving gouges
      • if you already own a few carving gouges, great! Use those!
      • if you don't own any gouges at all, but want to get some practice here, I recommend purchasing an inexpensive set of linoleum cutters, which you can find at your local art store, for $5-$15.
      • if you don't have them and don't want to buy them, don't worry about it! You can always learn from watching this part of the class, and decide to buy tools later if you feel like it.
    • A marker, like a sharpie
    • An LED votive, or a good old fashioned votive candle or tea light
    • A large box or blanket. Since we are carving during the day, you'll need either of those handy to occasionally cover your pumpkin and check on the progress of its glow!
    Kitchen tools to have on hand if you got 'em (but no need to buy them if you don't):
    • vegetable peeler
    • barbecue skewers or other thin pointy tools
    • wooden cooking spoon
    • melon baller
    • butter knife
    • various sizes of metal spoons
    • paring knife
    • lemon juice

    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

    • 29 Oct 2020
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own

    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. 

    See more images of her work below, or by visiting her website adornvintagefurniture.com or on her instagram @adornvintagefurniture

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