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Woodworking I

6:30PM - 9:30PM
Sep 18 - Dec 18
3.50 CEUs,
12 Sessions

James Murphy Furniture designer, sculptor

This course will introduce students to woodworking with traditional hand tools, and is designed to help foster the mind- set and skills necessary to make simple craft items and small furniture pieces without access to a shop full of machines. This experience will benefit anyone who is interested in learning traditional joinery (dovetails) and workmanship for furniture making and sculpture. We will discuss tool selection, sharpening, basic joinery and the elements of furniture design/construction, as well as touch upon basic finishing materials and techniques. Students will work toward the completion of a traditional dovetailed wooden box, the design and construction of their own wooden hand plane, and turn a wooden mallet on a lathe. Anecdotal discussions on the history of the craft and tools will also be included.
NOTE: Students must purchase a small kit of their own tools and wood for in-class projects. A supply list will be provided during the first session.


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