In the classes we design, select and layout materials, joint, shape, sand, assemble, finish, and present furniture to our colleagues. Our goals: Concepts to practice, theory leading to function and ideas made possible by techniques.
Design is creative planning to fulfill a need functionally and practically..Any design should be based on a particular need, and analysis of the purpose of the object, a knowledge of materials, and the process of forming, and a sensitivity to beauty.” William D. Wolansky, Woodworking Made Easy, Scribers, 1972.
Design: the word is both a noun and a verb, When we attempt to arrange parts in a way that is most efficient, attractive or meaningful, we are engaged in the process of design. The result... is also called a design. 1) to conceive, invent, contrive: 2) to form a plan for: 3) to draw a sketch: 4) to have a goal or purpose, to intend: 5) a visual composition, pattern: and 6) a reasoned purpose, intention.” Tim McCreight, Design Language, Brynmorgen Press, 1996.
The San Francisco WoodShop (formally known as Grew-Sheridan Studio), a small private furniture making school and studio, offers possibilities to discover woodworking skills and methods to design with wood as the primary material through three, ongoing woodworking classes. Beginners join the sessions in progress when space permits (there are no separate classes for beginners). The year is divided into 17 week Spring and Fall sessions and a 9 week Summer session. The tuition has a sliding scale. The classes are on Saturday and Sunday, with a special independent class on Thursday.
You are welcome to visit the shop, which is at Arthur Street, just South of Army/Cesar Chavez Street and adjacent to the new Islais Creek Park, to see if I offer what you are seeking in woodworking and furniture making. Call or email for an appointment.
After the introductory items you will be assisted in developing projects to meet your own interests and skills. Design, planning, construction and use of all tools and equipment are individually covered as each project progresses. Techniques covered include hand-cut and machine-cut joinery, bent laminations, sculpting, turning, and veneering. The shop office has an extensive library on woodworking. During class you will have use of a professional wood shop and research library. The shop is equipped with the SawStop table saw, panel saw, jointer, planer, lathe, Festool, mortiser, Lamello biscuit cutter, grinder, disc, spindle, and wide belt sanders, radial arm saw, band saw, drill press, horizontal boring machine, milling machine, shaper, scroll saw, abundant clamps, 7 benches, portable electric tools and hand tools. Each student purchases a personal tool kit. Project materials (lumber, plywood, finishes and the like) are an additional cost. Minor supplies, including sandpaper, are provided. Usually no recycled construction materials or wet wood are allowed because of possible damage to the machinery.