Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Curvy Furniture: Using Boatbuilding Techniques with David Orth

Dates: 8/3/2015 - 8/7/2015
Tool List: Click here for tool list

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

Masters Fellowship

This popular 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 quite differently. Flat, thin, and flimsy skins can be joined together into richly curved, voluminous, strong, and lightweight forms students can use in their furniture.

This class is a lesson in thinking and working outside the box. Individuals will learn simple intuitive methods for designing and building these alternative shapes. Using very thin MDF as a basic building block, Individuals 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 to make a side table, floor lamp or perhaps something of their own design for their main project. For those still living like Flatlanders in the wood world, this class will be a 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
  • Build a pedestal to get the hang of the technique
  • How to unfold the tricky geometry of boat-like or pod-like shapes
  • Several manual approaches to designing shapes to be made with flexible skins
  • How rigid shapes can be developed out of highly flexible, thin materials with minimal internal structure
  • How to combine your new skills with traditional woodworking for nonstop creativity

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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