Instrutor: Donald Fortescue
Tuition: $965 ARAC Actual Cost: $1365 Studio Fee: $100
Enrollment Limit 12
Concept: This is a class for woodworkers ands sculptors who feel boxed in by the rectangular building blocks of dimensioned lumber. We’ll investigate both aesthetic considerations and mechanical strategies for working with curves and bends in wood, exploring fluid lines, organic shapes and geometric volumes. Donald will teach techniques ranging from the rough-and ready through the refined that are useful for both furniture makers and sculptors. You will learn to design and fabricate specialized jigs for cutting curves to length and accurately reproducing repetitive elements as well as reliable methods for accurate joinery on curved forms.
Media & Techniques: Solid wood and machine-made board. Bent lamination, vacuum forming, stack lamination, kerf bending and coopering; selecting the correct wood for each of these techniques, determining which adhesives are best for different applications, and choosing the right forming techniques for specific results.
Activities: Slide lectures, demonstrations and hands-on instruction. Students will have the opportunity to try techniques on their own, and will be encouraged to creatively incorporate the techniques into their own designs. Finished pieces will depend on individual ambition, but may be elements of a larger piece or a completed work themselves.
Skill level: Levels III - IV (Minimum Skill Level III)
Faculty: Donald Fortescue is the chair of the furniture program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. Donald has exhibited widely internationally, received many grants and awards, taught at several design and art schools, maintained a commercial furniture studio in Australia for 10 years, and worked with leading furniture makers and craftspeople in Aus-tralia, the UK, Japan and the US. www.donaldfortescue.com
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