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Tuesdays, Sep 11 - Dec 4 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-WOOD-0817
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $50


Description

Have you ever wanted to custom design a piece of furniture? Bring your ideas to this fast-paced introductory course in furniture design and construction. We begin with a brief history of furniture design, identifying the unique features of various periods. Students then learn about wood and how to mill it. Using both hand tools and machinery, we investigate traditional techniques for joinery, including mortise and tenon, dovetails, and frame and panel construction. Design theories are discussed, including the 'Golden Rectangle,' to provide students with an understanding of the effect of proportions in their designs. As individual projects are designed and built, students strive to blend the four main objectives in furniture design: function, durability, comfort and aesthetics. Hands-on demonstrations and individual consultations help participants bring their ideas to life. Finishing techniques and a final critique round out the course. Note: Previous woodworking experience is helpful. In addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Tuesdays, September 11-December 4, 6:30-9:30pm.


Instructor
  • Name: Shane Richards (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 15 - Nov 3 | 9am-12pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-WOOD-0811
8 sessions | 24 contact hours | tuition $350 | lab fee $50


Description

This course is for students who have dreamed of combining personal expression with the utilitarian nature of woodworking. Students are introduced to the fundamentals of woodworking such as measuring, marking, joining, carving and gluing. In the beginning, use of hand tools is demonstrated and then we advance to learning the safe operation of power tools including table saws, band saws, joiners, planers, drill presses and sanders. Demonstrations are given on carving, color and finishing, as well as steps for simple projects. The course is intended for students ranging from beginning woodworkers to those with some limited experience. Students should come prepared to work hard and have fun. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Schedule Update: This course's schedule and number of sessions have changed since originally published. Class will now meet for 8 sessions on Saturdays, Sep 15-Nov 3, 9am-12pm.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Nicholas Ventola (Bio)
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