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Secrets Unveiled at New Hampshire Furniture Design Symposiumcomments (0) May 26th, 2010 in blogs
I have to confess that I struggle with furniture design. So I was happy to attend a design symposium last weekend in Derry, N.H. Sponsored and organized by the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, the event featured an all star line-up of well-known New England woodworkers, sharing their personal approaches to design with an enthusiastic group of furniture makers, hungry for design tips.
The day began with a keynote address by Dale Broholm, a faculty member in the Department of Furniture Design at Rhode Island School of Design. Dale focused on how he teaches design at RISD. His 9-Step Plan for Design serves as a guide for students as they move from their freshman through senior years.
The rest of the itinerary was packed: nine lectures, with three happening simultaneously on a rigorous schedule. It was tough to choose. Just look at the expert cast:
- Terry Moore on laminating and veneering and on his design process
- Leah Woods on her design process
- Robert LaCivita, president of the Guild, on hand drawing
- DJ Delorie, a software developer, on SketchUp
- Charles Shackleton on his design process and details
- Howard Hatch on using models and mockups
- Jon Siegel on designing turnings.
I wanted to go to all of them! But the three I did pick--Hatch on models and mockups; Siegel on designing wood turnings; and Shackleton on design details--turned out to be a smorgasbord. By the end of the day, I was stuffed.
The New Hampshire Guild has been around for almost 20 years, and it’s one of the most active I’ve seen in the country. They put on shows like this pretty regularly, so be sure to bookmark their website and check the calendar often.
posted in: blogs, Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, Terry Moore, Howard Hatch, RISD, Furniture Design Symposium, Jon Siegel, Charles Shackleton, Leah Woods, Dale Broholm
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