Curved Coopered Cabinet with Garrett Hack August 3-7, 2020


$825 tuition + $30 materials
Hardware & supplies; a cut list will be sent so you can BYOW

Key Points:
*Improved hand tool skills for better quality work
*Building a curved door and smoothing its surfaces
*Coopering to produce interesting curved forms
*Beveling staves to fit tightly to one another
*Shaping and attaching a curved molding

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


The technique that gives barrels, boats, and bongos their interesting curved shapes is essentially coopering, joining together individual staves or planks. It’s an efficient way to create simple to complex curved forms, and one that students will explore while building a small hanging cabinet. What makes this a fun project is the variety of curves that can be created by how students shape their staves, taper them, or detail them with beads or shallow coves. Beyond the interesting curved facade of each cabinet, students will have the practical concerns of supporting a shelf or two, building a curved door, and cutting some curved moldings. As with every HACK class, students will do a lot with hand tools to shape and join the staves, smooth the flat backboards and shelves, adjust joints, and shape the curved door and moldings. Design is going to be a part of the discussions as Garrett will help students see where these useful techniques of coopering can lead.