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 has been an active furniture designer and woodworker for over twenty years. His pieces have recently been exhibited at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, The Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, Penland Gallery, NC, as well as SOFA Chicago. He has published articles on woodworking and design in Woodwork Magazine, American Woodworker, as well as several prominent Israeli design publications. His pieces have been featured in Lark’s 500 Tables, 500 Wooden Bowls, 500 Cabinets and 500 Judaica books, and in Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture. In 2018 he published his first book, Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers & Designers. Yoav created and led the Woodworking and Creativity Program at Harvard University’s Eliot House, where he taught seminars in woodworking and furniture design and was an adjunct faculty member at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel where he developed and taught core classes in furniture design and material studies. He was a 2010-11 Windgate Foundation Artist in Residence/Fellow at Purchase College, New York and an Artist in Residence and instructor at the Worcester Center for Craft. He has taught workshops at Peters Valley and Penland School of Crafts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Yoav also teaches woodworking and design at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan.

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