Foundations of Furniture Making

August 19 - August 23, 2022

Foundations of Furniture Making


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $650
Material Fee: $150

Come explore the fundamentals of woodworking while building your own Shaker-style hall table using traditional mortise and tenon joinery. We will take our boards through the entire milling process, from rough lumber to finished parts, while learning how to use common woodshop tools safely. We will cover lots of different machines and hand tools, but will focus mainly on getting comfortable with the jointer, planer, and tablesaw. This class is suitable for all and is aimed to be inclusive to anyone who wants to learn how furniture making is done. Whether you’ve never used a drill before or if you have some experience and want to learn new tricks, this course will have something for you. Everyone will leave the class with lots of new skills and a brand-new table!

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

Registration will open December 13th.

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


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Jamie Herman

Jamie Herman is a woodworker, furniture maker, and sculptor. Brought up in Kentucky and Ohio, he completed a degree in anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. He first came to be inspired by craft and material culture while participating in an archaeological dig at a Maya site in Belize, where he realized the stories that handmade objects can tell. He developed an interest in carpentry while working on organic farms in the Pacific Northwest, and eventually decided to switch coasts to pursue fine woodworking programs in Vermont and Maine. Jamie’s work often features complicated geometries and precariously balanced elements, and he is always looking to marry complex design with precise and elegant execution. Jamie is the 2021 recipient of the John D. Mineck Fellowship and was the 2021 Woodworking Artist Fellow at Peters Valley.


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