Bench Time

August 30, 2018 – September 2, 2018

Ellie Richards

Students in this workshop will design and make a small bench. A four-legged seat opens up the possibility for adventurous surface explorations on animated forms made in wood. The class covers wood milling processes, wedged mortise and tenon joinery, and carving techniques. Surface treatment demonstrations will allow participants to add flair and finish to the bench of their design. Discussion of the physical properties of wood will lead students to create work that matches its exciting and varied characteristics. Open to all skill levels.


Ellie Richards is a Penland-based artist and her furniture and sculptures are exhibited widely, including recent exhibitions at the Mint Museum, the Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design, and SOFA Chicago. She received an MFA from Arizona State University and has been a resident artist at various institutions across the U.S. Richards has taught at the Appalachian Center for Craft, Peters Valley School of Craft, and at Snow Farm: New England Craft Program.

Ellie Richards

In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.

  • I would like to be contacted about housing in the new dormitory that will have all private rooms with private baths if it is ready for occupancy for workshop dates.
  • $105
  • hard copy paper catalog online catalog or course description

Registration Fees

There will be a one-time $50 non-refundable registration fee which enables you to register for as many workshops as you like during 2018. All cancellations must be made in writing by mail, fax or email (no phone calls please).

A cancellation fee of $100 will be charged on cancellations received more than 45 days prior to the start of your workshop. Cancellations received 45 days or less prior to the beginning of the workshop receive no refund.


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