Coopering 101

June 24 - June 28, 2022

Coopering 101


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $100

Coopering is traditionally the art of wooden barrels or casks. This workshop will take you into a modern version of this technique learning to use the table saw or jointer to create a round or cone shaped vessel. Note: this course will not involve bending wood and is not a traditional barrel making class. These vessels could be used as non functional sculptures or implemented into future pieces. One project will include creating a vessel with a bottom so that you leave with a functional object (trash pale, umbrella holder, bucket etc…) Learn to calculate the angles needed, create jigs if needed, and make round objects with straight wood. Participants should¬† be comfortable with or have at least used a jointer, planer, and table saw.

*Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day


Level: Advanced Beginner and Beyond
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult


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Chelsea Witt

Chelsea Witt is a woodworker, furniture maker, sculptor, and illustrator. Their work explores shapes and the way that simplicity and complication coexist. Chelsea has studied with artist/makers such as Alexis Dold, Tyler Hays, Christina Boy, Aaron Fedarko, Tim Rousseau, and David Upfill-Brown. They have also taught at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Penland School of Craft, and Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Chelsea volunteers for the Furniture Society and A Workshop of Our Own.

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