2014 Wood Workshops
2014 Workshop Brochure
Transcending the Bull -- May 16 - 18
Re-learn the exuberance of why you wanted to make stuff out of wood in the first place. We will go beyond ego and explore the pure joy and fun of the creative experience.
Paul Sasso is a Professor Emeritus, Murray State University. He has been teaching the creative process in wood for over 32 years. His work is in the collection of museums and private collectors in the United States and Canada.
Building an Heirloom Handmirror -- June 20 - 22
In this workshops, students will learn to turn the head and the handle for a hand-mirror. It will cover both faceplate and spindle turning. Students will leave with techniques that will allow them to turn other projects in the future.
John Lucas is a woodturner living and working in Tennessee. He is a member of the Tennessee Woodturners Association. Lucas has done demonstrations on his mirror building techniques for the American Association of Woodturners’ Woodturning FUNdamentals video series.
Three is a Crowd -- June 23 - 28
We will spend our week working with “pairs”. We will explore the physical and conceptual relationships that two objects have with each other through critiques, quick studies and refined work.
Over the past decade, Matt has been an instrumental leader in establishing a woodworking and furniture design program at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME, where he is currently an Associate Professor.
Finding the Face in the Wood -- July 11 - 13
This workshop is for those who want to learn how to animate facial expressions in wood. Students will construct a high relief human face on a Basswood board. Traditional and experimental carving and finishing techniques will be explored, and there will be technical demonstrations as well as group critiques. Students will draw on their own experience and the expressions of those around them for inspiration. Some drawing will be encouraged. Students should expect to complete one face.
Stefanie Rocknak has taught workshops on wood sculpture at Haystack (Deer Isle, ME) and Goggleworks (Reading, PA). She has a Ph.D. in philosophy and has shown her work nationally and internationally. Venues include the Smithsonian; the windows of Saks 5th Ave., New York, NY; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the South Street Seaport Museum, New York, NY.
Woodturning and Surface Embellishments Made Easy! -- July 14 - 19
This workshop is geared for all levels. Those just starting out will get an excellent start on the basic skills, tools, and safety practices needed for a good foundation in woodturning. Those who are familiar with woodturning but would like to expand their skills and explore surface embellishments will have a new set of exciting ways to enhance their work and put their own thumbprint on the things they make. Participants will make bowls, lidded boxes, and small vessels that will be perfect for embellishing with woodburning, texture, acrylic mediums, wire, stones, copper, and anything else creative minds can think up! The key to this workshop is that is all simplified for fun!
Jennifer Shirley has been working with wood for 17 years and woodturning for 15. Her work has been shown in many national exhibits and publications and is in many private collections. She is a frequent demonstrator at woodturning symposiums and guilds around the country and instructs at craft schools across the US. Her love of making turned objects feeds her passion for teaching other the art of craft of woodturning.
Woodturning for Beginners -- July 23 - 27
Learn to turn bowls, platters, and open sculptural forms from fresh green wood. Instruction will include: lathe operation and safety, tool use and sharpening, wood characteristics, object form, and design.
Simon Levy has been a full-time wood artist for the past 18 years, with a background in professional graphic arts. His work consists primarily of turned wood hollow forms (some with lids and/or support elements), with an emphasis on surface design.
Upholstered Ottomans and Footstools -- July 30 - Aug 3
This course will cover the design and construction of a small, upholstered ottoman or footstool. Students will learn how to build an ottoman frame and upholster it. Emphasis will be placed on the design and build aspects. Students will become familiar with upholstery tools, materials, and processes.
Nicholas Stawinski – a native of Detroit – is an artist, furniture designer, and fourth-generation upholsterer. He makes sofas, chairs, and ottomans that take their shape from the post-industrial landscape of Detroit. His work draws on the material and processes of upholstery, which he has learned from working at his family’s 80-year old business. He earned his BFA from The College for Creative Studies in Detroit, MI in 2010 and is currently an MFA candidate in the woodworking and furniture design program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A Contained Story -- Aug 4 - 9
Students will explore personal narrative through the creation of wooden containers. Demonstrations covering dovetails, frame and panel construction, coopering, miters, and finger joints will form the basis from which each student will create a small to mid-sized wooden cabinet or box that has a personal resonance.
Bob Marsh is an artist whose work explores narrative through the incorporation of furniture forms and aviary imagery. He received his MFA in furniture design from SDSU and is currently an Associate Professor at KCAD in Grand Rapids, MI.