Designing & Building Fine Furniture

July 16 - July 20, 2021

Designing & Building Fine Furniture


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $615
Material Fee: $150

In this class you will design and build a one-of-a-kind piece of finely crafted furniture. Starting with a discussion on wood’s characteristics as an organic building material, we will create sketches and scale drawings of our pieces to map out joinery; select complementary wood; and discuss your designs to assure functionality, aesthetics and longevity. Next, we will cover the machines and hand tools used for the dimensioning and shaping of rough lumber into finely crafted furniture, followed by an overview of various methods of joinery with a focus on floating mortise and tenon. We will wind up the class exploring different finishes and embellishments techniques like texturing, painting, and wood burning.

Level: 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



Wyatt Severs

Wyatt Severs is a studio artist located in Western Kentucky. He has taught at Arrowmont, the Appalachian Center for Crafts, Penland School of Craft and the Paducah School of Art & Design. His work has been exhibited at the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Evansville Museum of Arts, and Indiana University. Wyatt’s work has been featured on Kentucky Educational Television, and in 500 Cabinets, Woodworking Magazine, Making Good, and Maker Moxie.

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