This class will turn the students 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. Students 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 students who have explored steam bending or bent lamination, this week will add a completely new twist to their bag of tricks. Students can choose a pedestal, side table, floor lamp or perhaps something of their own design for the project. For those still living like Flatlanders in the “wood world” this class will be the ticket out of there! Consider joining David’s following weekend class on hammer veneering. Learn this exquisite method for finishing up your curvy projects without clamps or cauls.