In the middle of winter when the temperature drops in Vermont, the woodshop at Yestermorrow Design/Build School will be warming up. The school's 11-week Woodworking Intensive program begins Jan. 30.
The program is designed to give aspiring professionals, career changers and hobbyists a solid grounding in woodworking and furniture making techniques.
It begins with an analysis of trees and the wood they produce, an overview of felling and milling practices, and an introduction to the tactile essence of working with green wood. The program then moves into the realm of cabinetry, in which students become oriented to the tools of the woodshop and basic principles of wood movement and layout.
Additional program segments include Beginning Furniture Making, Green Ladderback Chairs, Joinery, Box making, Care and Repair of Shop Machines, Small Scale Design/Build, Intermediate Furniture Techniques, and Wood Finishes. The program culminates in a two-week studio where each student will design and build a piece of furniture.
The program is led by director Ben Cheney and instructors Eyrich Stauffer, Skip Dewhirst, Steve Skonieczny, Steven Butler, Mark Krawczyk and other guests.
Tuition is $6,500, plus material, food and lodging expenses. For information, visit www.yestermorrow.org.