Making Sculptural Stringed Instruments ・ Beth Ireland and Keunho Peter Park・ Musical Instruments
Whether you are a musician who wants to learn woodworking techniques, or a woodworker who would like to learn the elements of stringed instrument construction, or just someone looking for a fun workshop, this is the class for you! Two skilled professional woodworker/artists (Beth Ireland, Keunho Peter Park) will guide you through the safe use of tools including the bandsaw, router, drill press and stationary sanders to create 2 unique stringed instruments, a dulcimer guitar, and a tenor or six string guitar. Participants will learn sculptural carving, shaping and forming to create your own personalized instruments designs based on our special bandsaw box technique. The fundamentals of stringed instrument construction including scale length, acoustics, fretting and stringing will also be covered in a safe supportive atmosphere with lots of one on one instruction. Open to all skill levels.
Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the 3-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida
Keunho Peter Park is an international artist, woodworker, and instrument maker who teaches at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. He holds a B.F.A in painting from South Korea’s Kookmin University and a 2013 M.F.A. in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Among other honors, Peter won a 2015 Wharton Esherick award at the Philadelphia Museum of Art craft show, and served as a Windgate resident artist at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.