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Developing Your Visual Language Through Experimentation and Model Making

This class is part of the NW Designer Craftsman Symposium and no discount codes may be used for registration. Thank you.

In this class we will focus on discovering and exploring each individuals unique voice. Through image presentations, discussion, demonstrations, and time to make, we will aim to find what is important, personal, and resonate to you in what you create.

With a basic set of tools we will shape, texture, bend, assemble, and finish wood in creative and unique ways to express our personalities.

We will be focusing on ways to create out of wood without a fully equipted woodshop. Specific topics covered will be carving and shaping with chisels, blades, files, rasps, hand saws and bandsaw. We will also experiment with bending wood through steaming, hot pipe, and laminating techniques. Basic assembly and form building techniques will also be covered such as mortise and tenon, lap joints, doweling, metal reinforced joints, brick laying, coopering. Also we will experiment surface texturing and finishing techniques such as milk paint, applied metal and patinas, burning, bleaching, the ming ding, and other creative and fun ways to add something new and expressive to your work.

4 sessions

All Levels

Each student will be provided with 2 feet each Bass, walnut and maple wood.

Student Tools & Supply List:

Students should bring any hand tools that they own.

Suggested items would be: eye, sound, and dust protection, hand saws, chisels, files, rasps, hammer, pliers, screwdrivers, drill and bits, clamps.

Suggested items to purchase:
Japanese handsaw
V and Scoop chisel and mallet
Pattern makers file / rasp
Wax detailing file


Dean Pulver is a full-time furniture maker and sculptor living in Taos, New Mexico. He makes a living through sales of one of a kind works, private commissions, and limited production pieces. Also teaching at schools such as The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Penland School of Crafts, and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. His works are shown in galleries and museum exhibitions and collections nationally including the Fuller Craft Museum, Bellevue Art Museum and The Center for Art in Wood. He received a Bachelor's degree in Sculpture from the Philadelphia College of Art in 1987.

Dates & Times

Fee: $650.00

Members: $650.00

Mar 6-Mar 9, Friday-Monday 9:30 am-4:30 pm
Ages: Adult - 18+
Instructor: Dean Pulver
Location: Schack Art Center, Studio 2