You will be provided unique access to Tom's 900' shop, that is located on our property in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin where he handcrafts furniture made from solid wood. Why are some pieces of furniture so appealing, elegant, and well made? Design is a factor, but so are the many choices the maker chooses, which techniques, joints, woods, and details. We will explore this building process, looking at my design, tools, strong joinery, wonderful details, and how to work efficiently and accurately — practical stuff and very useful. We start by looking at a few created pieces of furniture he has made and talk about how he came about the design. From there we explore some important tool techniques which are efficient, accurate, and enjoyable. Tom will use them to demonstrate to cut two essential joints — a mortise and tenon and a dovetail joint. We finish with a focus on the details that can really add delight and pizzaz to a piece. Any related topic is open for discussion in the furniture making process......and we will have lots of fun.
My husband, Tom, is a self-taught woodworker with a deep respect for the furniture craftsmen of the 17th and 18th centuries. Their knowledge of form, balance, joinery and wood movement is evident in the pieces of fine furniture that still exist today. The clean line of the Shaker form inspires his designs, creating pieces with a modern flair and sized proportionally for today's needs. He uses only solid hardwoods throughout each piece, always reading each board's grain pattern and figure to determine its best use in creating an attractive and functional piece of quality furniture. Pegged, mortise, and tenon, as well as dovetail joinery, is applied to every piece for a sturdiness that will allow it to last for generations to come. Every piece is individually made by Tom and is signed and dated.
We will conduct our workshop in our 900' shop which is 50' from our home, on 2.2 acres in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. It's a special place to see and experience.