Composing

ten Week Program — $8750
Monday-Saturday
8:30am-4:30pm
all materials provided

"We Know that different people see in different ways. But in the realm of wood and one's work, how does one learn to see? More precisely, in making furniture, how can one predict the outcome, how can one be sure his intentions will be realized in the finished piece." 
- James Krenov


Up until this point, the program has focused on working with solid wood. In the final segment of the program, we begin to discuss and practice the possibilities of using of making our own core material, shop sawn veneer and working with wood on a curve.

The work of the fine cabinetmaker, conveys more than a trained eye and skilled hands. The work of a fine cabinetmaker is the soulful work that comes from ones heart.

In the Composing program, we begin the pilgrimage of finding our own voice in the craft. We will compose a fine cabinet using skills covered in previous programs and consider the further possibilities which exist in our craft, including veneer, glass, joinery off ninety degrees and on a curve. We will begin with simple sketches and look to the wood for inspiration. When the wood speaks, we, as thoughtful craftsman, do our best to listen. 

Having completed at least one established piece at the school, we will travel the evolutionary approach of composing. We will work thoughtfully and carefully, and embrace the concept of flexible accuracy. We will explore not only the how, but the why we do things the way we do. 

Having completed at two established pieces at the school, we will travel the evolutionary approach of composing. We will work thoughtfully and carefully, embrace the concept of flexible accuracy. We will explore not only the how, but the why we do things the way we do. With the work underway, an exploration of tapered laminations and compound curved veneer work, including form making and clamping strategies are presented.

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Application for this program requires completion of Vidar's Chair, a consult with the Program Director & Teacher, and completion of the application package.

Doug Ives Scholarship


WORK OF THE IMPRACTICAL CABINETMAKER

TESTIMONIALS

The following is a short film by Ivy Miller documenting the making of
composing piece 'Enlightenment' by Fergal Spain of County Sligo Ireland.