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


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 furniture maker, sculptor, and teacher working out of Layton, NJ. His work features complicated geometries and precarious balancing acts, and he likes to present recognizable furniture forms in unexpected ways. Jamie is interested in exploring how material culture can influence our identities, and how participating in craft can change how we think. He trained in fine woodworking and furniture design at the Vermont Woodworking School and has participated in fellowships at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship and Peters Valley School of Craft. Jamie was awarded the 2021 John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship. He is the current Woodworking Artist Fellow at Peters Valley, where he is an avid river dipper and wildlife watcher.


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