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Twig Furniture: Crafting the Twig Chair

Course Overview

The twig chair is the hallmark project for someone who appreciates the traditional craft of twig furniture making. In this course you will work with native alder and willow following a basic twig chair design that can be individualized with curved, bent, or straight twig furniture techniques. A harvesting field trip will provide an opportunity to gather some of the materials that will personalize each chair, in addition to providing a chance to field identify twig furniture materials. During the first day of class, students will construct a basic chair frame using materials provided by the instructor. On the following morning, students will take a field trip to identify brushwood species and to gather materials for the chair seat and back. By afternoon, students will start constructing the seat and back using gathered materials. By day three students will finish their chair and talk about other applications such as footstools, tables, etc.

Dates

Fri, May 25th, 2018  –  Sun, May 27th, 2018

Course Details

Length: 3 Days
Skill Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Hours: 9am-5pm
Intergenerational age:
Registration Cost: $230.00 *
* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Apr 13th, 2018
Includes materials fee of $35.00

Tools

You will need the following tools for this class:

sharp cross-cut saw or pruning saw
tape measure
utility knife
14-16 oz claw hammer
gloves
pencil
large brush cutters (long handled lopping shears for cutting 1 1/2"-2" diameter branches)*
*this can be purchased locally in Grand Marais, if you would like to first consult the instructor about the specific tool you may need

Once registered, students will receive a confirmation packet in the mail that may offer additional optional tool recommendations and suggested reading.

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* Early-Bird rate in effect until Fri, Apr 13th, 2018
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