Appalachian Center for Craft

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Weekend - May 18-20, 2018
Twisted Shapes on a Lathe: Off Axis Turning - $300
Brian Horais
Looking for a new direction for your projects on the lathe? Try off-axis turning. Learn the 3-point off axis turning method that produces eye-catching (i.e., how did they do that?) twisted shapes on a lathe. Practice ‘turning air’ and producing balanced twisted shapes. The basic technique will be described and practiced and then shape variations will be explored, including goblets and tapered vases.
Beginner-Advanced
Brian Horais is the past President of the East Tennessee Woodworkers Guild (juried member), a member of the Smoky Mountain Woodturners, the American Association of Woodturners and a juried artist at the Appalachian Arts and Craft Center near Norris, Tennessee. His work has appeared in the East Tennessee Master Woodworkers Show and the “Arts in the Airport Exhibition” at the Knoxville McGhee Tyson airport. Brian lives in Knoxville, Tennessee.


Weekend - May 25-27, 2018
Making a Dovetailed Box- $300
Stephan Micheletto-Blouin
Beginner-Intermediate
Use modern and traditional woodworking techniques to create a small jewelry scale box with dovetailed tongue joinery and a sliding top. Learn methods in millwork, joinery, assembly, fit and finishing. Gain skills that are reproducible in the home shop and can be built upon in the future.
Stephan Blouin is a Nashville, Tennessee, based woodworker who splits his time teaching, making furniture and parenting a small pack of wild children. He has a BFA in wood from Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft, a certificate from the College of the Redwoods fine wood working program, and an MFA from East Carolina University.


Weeklong - June 3-8, 2018
Need Some Relief: Add Interest and Life To Your Work - $550
Dixie Biggs
Add personality to your woodturnings through surface enhancements and relief carving. Starting with a basic turned form, learn to use rotary power carvers, wood burners, engravers, color, and imagination to expand the visual impact of your pieces. No previous power carving or painting experience is needed. The focus of this class is technique completed off the lathe.
Beginner-Advanced (A small amount of woodturning will be done, so being able to do so unassisted is helpful)
Dixie Biggs is a studio woodturner/artist whose work incorporates a botanical theme. Biggs is best known for her meticulously-carved “leaf-wrapped” vessels. Dixie has presented at regional and national symposiums, woodturning clubs and craft schools in the U.S and internationally.


Weeklong - June 24-29, 2018
The Art of Containment (Invitational Workshop - code from John or Clay required to register) - $550
John Jordan & Clay Foster
Designed for experienced woodturners, this workshop focuses on problem solving, advanced methods, embellishment, and a wealth of tips and techniques from these two recipients of AAW's Lifetime Achievement Award. Permission required from instructors to register.
Advanced (MUST be a proficient woodturner)


Weekend - July 6-8, 2018
Pyrography: The Art of Wood Burning Combined with Power Carving - $300
Myra Orton
Learn techniques to become proficient in the art of pyrography and power carving. Gain experience in creating unique surface embellishments with the use of composition, creativity, and color. This class is filled with in-depth instruction and guided hands on time.
Novice-Intermediate
Myra Orton is a professional teacher who spends her evenings and weekends studying and executing the art of wood turning, pyrography, and power carving. Myra is known for her motifs that are inspired by nature.


Weeklong - July 15-20, 2018
Traditional Timber Framing - $550
Micah Seals & Tim Dennis
Learn basic timber frame joinery techniques while creating an Artful Entrance Pavilion from cypress. From layout to handraising, participate in all aspects of heavy timber framing to include reading shop drawings, tooling, joint layout, and cutting. Raise the completed pavilion on the grounds of the Appalachian Center for Craft. Due to time constraints, some of the joinery will be completed prior to the workshop. Conclude the class with an optional tour of Homestead Timber Frames, Inc., in Crossville, Tennessee.
Beginner to Advanced
Homestead Timber Frames, LLC, located in Crossville, TN, has a thirty-year history of building timber frame structures. They have been guiding forces in the Timber Framers Guild of North America. Tim Dennis and Micah Seals, both members of the Homestead Timber Frame team, have BFA degrees in wood from Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft and extensive experience in furniture making, cabinetry, and joinery.


Weeklong - July 22-27, 2018
Side Table Manners - $550
Sophie Glenn
Become familiar with a variety of hand tools and power tools to build a wood side table. Gain experience with milling and shaping lumber, as well as exploring some basic joinery techniques including mortise and tenon. Learn a few finishing techniques and create a finished piece.
Novice-Beginner
Born and raised in New York City, Sophie Glenn received my BFA in Sculpture from SUNY Purchase College and an MFA in Furniture Design and Woodworking from San Diego State University. Glenn's work has been shown nationally, including ICFF in New York, SOFA Chicago, and the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is currently the artist-in-residence in wood at the Appalachian Center for Craft.


Weekend - August 3-5, 2018
Foundations of Furniture through Table Making - $300
Wyatt Severs
Design and build a table to meet your needs. Learn to use basic equipment to dimension rough lumber into finely shaped furniture parts. Gain experience with the structural aspects of joinery, mapping out and making floating mortise-and-tenons. Learn about the characteristics of wood and finishes to ensure the longevity of finished pieces.
Novice-Intermediate
Wyatt Severs has studied, and taught woodworking, at Murray State University, Peters Valley Craft Center, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, Appalachian Center for Craft, and the John C Campbell Folk School. Severs currently has a studio in Murray, Kentucky, making, mentoring and teaching.

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