In the middle of winter when the temperature drops in Vermont, the woodshop at Yestermorrow Design/Build School will be warming up. On January 30, 2011, the school will be kicking off its second annual 11-week Woodworking Intensive program. The program is designed to give aspiring professionals, career changers, and hobbyists alike a solid grounding in woodworking and furnituremaking techniques.
The full immersion program 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 Furnituremaking, Green Ladderback Chairs, Joinery, Boxmaking, Care 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 furnitureof his or her own choosing. The curriculum has a strong focus on the integration of design in the woodworking process, part of Yestermorrow's core philosophy of design/build.
The program also strives to be practical in nature, providing real world skills to allow participants a quick transition into the professions of cabinetry, finish carpentry, and furnituremaking. Students in the program also gain an in-depth understanding of sustainable practices, from woodlot management guidelines, to local materials sourcing, to waste reduction.
The Intensive will be led by Program Director Ben Cheney -- woodworker, designer/builder, and veteran Yestermorrow teacher. Other instructors include Eyrich Stauffer, Skip Dewhirst, Steve Skonieczny, Steven Butler, Mark Krawczyk, and other guests.
The program dates for the 2011 Woodworking Intensive are January 30 to April 15. Classes are generally scheduled 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, with some occasional weekend shop days and evening lectures/shop time. Tuition is $6500, plus material expenses, food and lodging. A variety of lodging and meal options are available on campus and in the nearby community.
More information about the Intensive is available at www.yestermorrow.org <http://www.yestermorrow.org> , or by calling 888-496-5541.