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Sterling Collins, BFA 2014
Josh Pew, BFA 2015

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 its 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.                                               

Karl Burkheimer, Interim Wood Department Head

Visiting Artists
Joe Gibson
Todd Isaacs
Matt McCalmont
Jason Rens
Matt Williams
See the full list of visiting artists here!

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
WD203/303 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:

  • 10’ Altendorf sliding table-saw
  • three table saws including one Saw Stop
  • three band-saws
  • two miter-saws
  • 20" and 15" planers
  • 16" jointer
  • four full size lathes, one midi lathe
  • two router tables
  • two drill presses
  • scroll saw
  • two Multi-Router joinery machines
  • full complement of power tools, including Festool

Sanding and finishing equipment includes:

  • oscillating spindle sander
  • 20” disc sander
  • edge sander
  • 2-stage compressor
  • Venturi vacuum system/vacuum bag
  • walk-in spray booth with HVLP spray guns

The bench room contains a wide array of hand tools including:

  • chisels
  • carving gouges
  • hand saws
  • hand planes
  • measuring and layout tools
  • slow speed dry and wet grinders




Learn more about our programs of study:
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Craft
Master of Fine Arts in Industrial Design
Master of Fine Arts in Craft & Material Studies
Master of Fine Arts in Applied Craft + Design
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Craft (requires a bachelor's degree)
The Certificate in Craft