Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Curvy Furniture: Using Boatbuilding Techniques With David Orth

Dates: 5/12 - 5/16
Tool List: Click here for tool list

Cost: $750
Materials: $80
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

This class will turn your ideas about shape, structure, and wood inside out! Traditionally, furniture is constructed piece by solid piece with linear or planar wood elements. Boats, seedpods, insects, and eggshells are put together completely differently. Flat, thin, and exceedingly flimsy skins can be joined together into richly curved, voluminous, strong, and lightweight forms you can use in your furniture.

This class is a lesson in thinking and working outside the box. You will learn simple intuitive methods for designing and building these alternative shapes. Using very thin MDF as a basic building block, you will cut shapes that bend, interact together, and join into surprisingly freeform, hollow-core shapes of remarkable structural strength. These "stitch-n-glue" forms can be covered with a variety of materials including veneer, paint, lacquer, or mosaics to achieve just about any surface. For those of you who have explored steam bending or bent lamination, this week will add a completely new twist to your bag of tricks. Students can choose a pedestal, side table, floor lamp or perhaps something of your own design for the project. For those of you still living like Flatlanders in the "wood world" this class will be your ticket out of there!

Key Points:

A fresh way of thinking about furniture form
Several manual approaches to designing shapes to be made with flexible skins
How to "unfold" the tricky geometry of boat-like or pod-like shapes
How rigid shapes can be developed out of highly flexible, thin materials
To select materials appropriate to this kind of construction
To develop shapes appropriate to your chosen material
The dynamic "stitch-n-glue" boatbuilding technique that pulls it all together and locks it in place
How this technique efficiently avoids most internal structure
How to combine your new skills with traditional woodworking for endless, new possibilities

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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