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 woodworking design.
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 -- Wednesday, April 24, 7:00-9:30PM
Pre-Session: Tool Testing -- Wednesday, May 1, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 1: Wednesday, May 8, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 2: Wednesday, May 15, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 3: Wednesday, May 22, 7:00-9:30PM
Session 4: Wednesday, May 29, 7:00-9:30PM
When & Where
Artisan's Asylum, Inc.
Artisan's Asylum is a community fabrication and makerspace near Union Square, Somerville MA, that is dedicated to making creativity a way of life. It does this by maintaining a community workshop, training its members in the use of all of its professional-grade equipment, and hosting events promoting the learning and practicing of craft and creative expression.