Intro to Live Edge Furniture

May 28 - May 30, 2022

Intro to Live Edge Furniture


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $455
Material Fee: $25

Live edge furniture is among the most beautiful furniture in the world. Live edge provides a way to celebrate the organic shapes of nature through a functional object that is beautiful and unique. Come learn how to mill, connect, and finish natural edge furniture while designing and building a basic piece of your own. We will learn how to work with irregular wood and overcome the challenges of cracks, pitting, and loose bark. The furniture can be made entirely out of natural edge lumber, or be constructed as a composition piece that incorporates both natural edge elements and components that will be designed and fabricated by you, such as turned legs. Given the time allotted for the class, an ideal project is a bench, a stool, or a small coffee table. We will provide local slabs of live edge timbers, but of course, you are very welcome to bring inspiring lumber that you sourced yourself.

NOTE: The Studio/Materials Fee of $25 does not include the piece of live edge wood which will vary by project $150-$300

*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



Yoav Liberman

Yoav S. Liberman is a studio furniture artist, architect, and educator. Yoav’s training in the art of woodworking and design began shortly after he received an architecture degree from the Israel Institute of Technology, when he was invited to two distinguished residency programs, first at the Worcester Center for Crafts in Massachusetts and then as a Windgate Foundation Fellow at Purchase College in New York. While in Boston, he was a mentee of Mitch Ryerson and John Everdell. Between 2003 and 2011, Yoav headed the woodworking program at Harvard University’s Eliot House. Yoav’s furniture design and woodworking articles have been published in Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, and Woodwork Magazines. His pieces have been featured in many books, including Lark Book’s 500 Series, Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture, and recently in Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled by Schiffer books. Yoav’s pieces have been displayed in museums and exhibitions in both the USA and abroad and can be found in galleries and shops, as in private and public collections in the United States, Israel, and England. Yoav is often invited to teach in craft schools across the country. He lives in Upper Saddle River, NJ, and teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan. Yoav is the author of Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers & Designers, first published by Popular Woodworking Books and currently published by Penguin Random House, 2018.

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