Learn the fundamentals of woodworking! From roughcut hardwood you will plane, shape, mortise, tenon, and sand your way to the construction of a stable and long lasting chair. By the end of this class you will be able to comfortably and confidently operate the majority of the Artisan's Asylum woodworking tools and will have learned the fundamentals of wood furniture design and construction.
This is an involved process - students should expect to spend time working in their chair outside of class in order to finish in the time allotted.
This class will be provide students with familiarity and skill in the use of professional woodworking tools and techniques. Students will also learn design concepts for woodworking and at the end of the class will have made a beautiful and functional hardwood chair.
Students who do not have bandsaw, sander, table saw, jointer, and planer experience are welcome to take the class, but must purchase the Pre-session: Tool Training & Testing ticket and attend the Tool Training and Testing sessions in addition to all four class sessions (see dates and times below).
Students who have already been signed off to use the bandsaws, sanders, table saw, jointer, and planer at the Asylum do not need to purchase this additional ticket.
All the practice and final project materials are covered by the $100 materials fee included in the ticket price.
A recent graduate of Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering, Chris Fitzhugh has been constructing cabinetry, tea chests, lofts, and numerous other woodworking projects for the past decade in his family's VT woodshop. He brings his background in mechanical design and precision machining to the art of fine woodworking and is focused on providing students with the design understanding and practical skills needed to construct beautiful and functional items out of wood. Chris has previously taught "Building the Asylum" and is excited to be returning to teaching classes after a long hiatus. In his spare time Chris has co-founded a startup that is helping researchers push the boundaries of robotics research.
*Students should expect to spend at least as much time working on their chairs outside of class as in it. Access to the Asylum to work on projects outside of class time is covered by the class fee.
Pre-Session: Tool Training -- Thursday, Jan 6, 7:00-9:30PM
Pre-Session: Tool Testing -- Thursday, Jan 16, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 1: Thursday, Jan 23, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 2: Thursday, Jan 30, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 3: Thursday, Feb 6, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 4: Thursday, Feb 13, 7:00-9:30PM
REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.
CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:
* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.
* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.
* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility.
* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.
* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship.