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    • 29 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own
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    Ever wondered what CAD stood for? (It's Computer Aided Design!)

    CAD programs, like RHINO3D, can be used to test design ideas or models to see how they'll look in 3D.  CAD programs also allow you to create objects that you can either print yourself or send to manufacturers to produce!

    This class will start by describing the process of using CAD software, from concept to printing, as well as how it has been used in many of Vivian Beer's own past projects.

    Together with Vivian, students will be led through step-by-step instructions as we create a printable flat file version of WOO's eye-bolt logo!  This process will familiarize our students with some basic commands in RHINO, work through a little troubleshooting, and review how to prepare and check your file before you send it out to be cut!

    Materials needed: If you want to work along with Vivian, you will need a fully functioning FREE demo version of RHINO 3D software, which can be downloaded for PC or Mac here: https://www.rhino3d.com/download

    Please note:

    • The demo version is for 90 days.
    • We will send you a reminder 7 days before the class (Friday July 23rd) in case you haven’t downloaded it yet!
    • Make sure your computer has enough memory to run the program.

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer, a good internet connection, and the free demo version of RHINO for your operating system!

    WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying folks over the age of 18.

    All class times are in U.S. Eastern Time.


    Vivian Beer is a furniture designer/maker based in New England. Her sleek, abstracted metal and concrete furniture combines the aesthetic sensibilities of contemporary design, craft, and sculpture to create objects that alter viewers’ expectations of and interface with the domestic landscape.

    Her work is in the many collections, including; the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the Museum of Arts and Design, The Fuller Craft Museum, The Currier Museum of Art, The Greg Museum of Art, The Driehaus Museum, The Columbus Museum, The Metal Museum and the cities of Portland Maine, Cambridge Massachusetts, Arlington Virginia, University of Maine and Davidson Colleges. She holds an undergraduate degree from Maine College of Art and a Master’s of Fine Arts from Cranbrook Academy where she was the 2017 Sabbatical replacement for Resident Artist/Professor in the 3D Design Department. Beer has held numerous residencies including at the Penland School of Crafts, Museum of Glass, Pilchuck and the Wingate Artist Residencies at Purchase College, San Diego State University and UW-Madison. She was a 2014 recipient of a Research Fellowship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum and John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship, the 2016 winner of the Ellen Degeneres’ Design Challenge and was named a 2017 USA fellow.

    She exhibits, lectures and teaches workshops throughout the US.

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


    • 5 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own
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    Starting a tool collection can be daunting and expensive, but it doesn’t have to be!  In this class students will learn how to search for, buy, and restore old tools.

    The instructor will share tips and tricks for finding and purchasing old but redeemable tools. She will show you how to negotiate your way through the swaths of over priced items on ebay and how to tell a pile of rust from a diamond in the rough. She will also go over how to clean, de-rust, and remake missing parts for an antique block plane and combo square and demonstrate her processes for making them look and work like new.

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying folks over the age of 18.

    All class times are in U.S. Eastern Time.


    Eleanor Ingrid Rose is a craft based sculpture artist and a toolmaker. She has an MFA in Wood from UW-Madison and works alongside Stacy Motte in their collaborative project Ladies Who Wood. She has been collecting and making tools for over a decade because when she graduated from undergrad she had no way to continue her art practice. Both refurbishing and ground up toolmaking quickly became two of her favorite things to do.

    See more images of their/her work below, or by visiting her instagram @off_artisan or @ladieswhowood


    • 19 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Workshop of Our Own
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    Learn the craft of making Taiwanese pith flowers with materials made from the plant Tetrapanax papyrifer ( tōngcǎo 蓪草) .

    In this class we will learn how to make realistic and colorful Cherry Blossoms. We will study the anatomy of the flower and recreate them using pith paper. A brief history about the importance of pith flowers in Chinese and Taiwanese history will be covered at the beginning of class.

    The nearly 2000-year-old craft of making artificial pith flowers plays an important role in the cultural history of Taiwan and is vulnerable to being lost. Currently, there is only one practicing pith “paper” craftsperson in Taiwan and only a few pith flower making experts left. Right now, a revival is being championed by the Taiwan Tong Cao Association, an organization dedicated to researching tōngcǎo and all uses related to the plant (which is not limited to just traditional flower making). Irene assists this effort by sharing the art of making flowers with others in America as well as documenting the work of people who are essential to the survival of the plant and craft in

    Taiwan. She works regularly with Taiwanese craftspeople, artists, wood scientists, conservationists, herbalists and art historians who all volunteer their spare time to this revival.

    All skill levels welcome. No prerequisites. All you need is a computer and a good internet connection!

    WOO is a non-profit safe space for training underrepresented genders in our field. As such, enrollment is limited to non-binary, trans, and woman-identifying people over the age of 18.

    If you’d like to work along with us at home you can buy a kit for this class, by picking either a member or non-member registration titled CLASS WITH KIT MATERIALS.

    Kits are available for purchase from now until Friday August 20th.

    **KITS PURCHASED BY WEDNESDAY AUGUST 4TH will be sent out and should arrive by class time.  Kits purchased after August 4th will be mailed the day after class.   PLEASE ALLOW 1-2 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. **


    Materials included in the KIT (to be updated:)

    • 18 sheets of pith paper
    • Additional materials

    No prerequisites, all skills level welcome.  All you need to follow along at home is a KIT, the additional materials above, a computer, and a good internet connection!


    Irene Wei is a pith flower maker and furniture designer whose work is deeply rooted in community and culture.
    Irene received her BFA in Furniture Design and a Concentration in Nature Culture Sustainability Studies from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has previously worked as a woodworking instructor at a maker space where she also made furniture on commission. In 2019, she was an Emerging Artist winner at the Philadelphia Furniture Show.
    Outside of Irene’s furniture practice she runs Pith Flower Shop– a passion project meant to educate people about the importance plant Tetrapanax papyrifer ( tōngcǎo 蓪草) for its uses in Taiwanese traditional flower making. All flowers sold through the site go directly toward funding her research on this subject which has been supported by the RISD Maharam STEAM Fellowship and the Fulbright Research Fellowship.

    See more images of her furniture and design work on her instagram @irene.lin.wei and website irenewei.com And find more images of Pith Flowers on instagram @pith.flower.shop and the website pithflowershop.com

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