Shaping Wood: Manipulating Material

June 14, 2020 – June 20, 2020

Abby Mechanic

The most obvious trait of wood as a material is its linear structure. In this workshop students will manipulate wood to create curves, volumes, and three-dimensional forms. You will begin class by designing and creating a spoon. Discussions include how to plan, mark and prepare material for shaping. Participants will explore various shaping techniques with the use of hand tools. You will then create another spoon or object of your original design. Open to all skill levels.


Abby Mechanic is the manager of the Making Center at Parsons School of Design in New York City. She received her BFA from the Maine College of Art with a concentration in Woodworking and Furniture Design. Mechanic also leads spoon carving workshops across the country including Fort Houston in Nashville, Tennessee and The Wing in New York.

Abby Mechanic

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

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  • 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 2020. 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 of deposit.


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