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Furniture & Woodworking

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Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 6-9pm | No Class: 11/27
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2019/CF-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 takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

  • Name: Wilson Lawrence (Bio)
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Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-4189
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


The chair is the perfect form to consider for a young artist wishing to understand design fundamentals and how they apply to furniture design. Students begin by getting an overview of iconic chairs from Chippendale to Le Corbusier, and the manufacturing realities and aesthetic concerns that informed design decisions. Inspired by these examples, students practice a design workflow that takes them from ideation to sketches to a drawn plan. They finish with a scale model prototype constructed of accessible materials that reinforce the objectives of craftsmanship, form and fabrication.

Applies to: AT, Y2, Y3

  • Name: Rachel Duchesne (Bio)
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