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Furniture & Woodworking

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Thursdays, Apr 11 - May 23 | 5-8pm | No Class: 4/18
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CS-WOOD-2877
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $30


This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood using power and hand tools. Step by step, students learn the safe and effective use of machinery, and how to develop and execute a realistic plan/design for a simple piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood, both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it, work with table saws and sanders, and learn which machines are most effective in achieving their chosen project. Demonstrations and presentations further the learning. This hands-on introductory class helps students gain confidence with machines and working with wood and is ideal for beginners.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.

  • Name: TBA (Bio)
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Tuesdays, Apr 9 - May 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 4/16
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CS-ARC-2888
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275


Thomas Chippendale, the Shakers, Charles and Ray Eames and Isamu Noguchi were tastemakers and design innovators who changed the world of chairs, tables and household furnishings. This course examines the revolutionary forms and techniques of these artists in wood. Their design processes, materials and approach to marketing changed the world of household goods, each reflecting the cultural and aesthetic forces of their age. A visit to the RISD Museum to see the remarkable furnishings in the galleries is included in the course.

Applies to: PM-E

  • Name: John Tschirch (Bio)
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