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Learn about the art, design, and craft of making wood objects through an investigation into the materiality and processes of furniture making and sculpture — all while honing your creative problem solving skills, technical proficiency and personal expression. You will be exposed to both historical and contemporary makers of all types; from craftsmen – to designers – to conceptual artists working within the language of wood and it’s many interpretations. Graduates are equipped with a unique skill set: an in depth knowledge of furniture, an enhanced ability to think critically, and a creative practice that not only contributes to, but stands out, in our contemporary culture of makers.

Josh Pew, BFA 2015, on left
Paul Cooley, BFA 2016, on right                                                                               


Ben Ediger, Department Head
Michael DeForest

Visiting Artists
Joe Gibson
Todd Isaacs
Matt McCalmont
Jason Rens
Matt Williams

Area of Study Requirements

First year - Third year
Take two 100-level courses, two 200-level courses, and two 300-level courses from the courses listed below.
WD111 Introduction to Woodworking
WD112 Process and Practice
WD201 Shape Form and Transformation
WD202 Vessels and Cabinetry
WD303 System and Drawers
WD304 Chairs
EC106/206WD Alternative Processes in Wood
WD490/491 Wood Tutorial

Fourth year
Take all courses listed below.
ST401 Senior Seminar I
ST402 Senior Seminar II
TH495 Thesis Studio
TH498 Thesis Studio

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Student Work

The Wood Studio features a 10’ Altendorf sliding table-saw, a SawStop table-saw, four band-saws, and two miter-saws. Two large lathes, two planers, two jointers, two router tables and two Multi-Router joinery machines,  as well as sanding and finishing equipment that include an oscillating spindle sander, a 20” disc sander, an edge sander, a 2-stage compressor, and a Venturi vacuum system and a spray booth with HVLP spray guns round out the studios. The bench room contains a wide array of hand tools including chisels, carving gouges, saws, and planes and an array of Festool equipment.


Learn more about the College's programs of study:

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design 

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft