Curvy Furniture: The Stitch-N-Glue Method with David Orth June 3-7, 2019


$825 tuition, $80 material fee
Key Points:
*Build a quick pedestal to get a feel for how this works
*Learn the dynamic “stitch-n-glue” boatbuilding technique that pulls it all together and “welds” it into place
*Learn several intuitive approaches to voluminous shapes
*Learn how to “unfold” the tricky geometry of asymmetrical, curvy forms
*Understand how rigid shapes can be developed out of highly flexible, thin materials
*Discuss the many ways to finish with paint, veneer or mosaics
*How to combine your new skills with traditional woodworking for nonstop creativity

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


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.

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There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.