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Sculpting with Steambending and Basketry

June 2 - 7, 2024

Brian Skalaski  ·  brianskalaski.com

Janine Wang  ·  janinewang.com

Workshop at a glance


Bored of straight lines? Start here.


  • Basketweaving with stake-and-strand, frame, and ribbed techniques
  • Designing with curves
  • Hand cut joinery


  • Ash
  • Walnut
  • Rattan reed
  • Natural weaving materials


  • At least two steam-bent frames
  • Bending and weaving experiments
  • A respect for and familiarity with materials

Artist Bio

Brian Skalaski is a professional woodworker and steambending wizard who lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He makes straight lines for a living as lead cabinet maker of a high end cabinetry and millwork shop, and bends wood in his own artistic pursuits. He graduated from Rhode Island School of Design in 2018, where he first began steam bending, and has continued this practice for the past five years out of his shop in that he shares with Janine Wang. Brian’s work has been exhibited at prestigious museums and pop ups such as the Wharton Esherick Museum, the State Museum of Pennsylvania, and the AAW symposium among others.

  • Brian Skalaski
  • Brian Skalaski
  • Brian Skalaski

Janine Wang is a woodworker and educator based in Philadelphia, PA. She teaches woodturning in the Fine Woodworking department at Bucks County Community College, woodworking at the West Philly-based non-profit Tiny WPA, and leads various workshops across the states every year. She exhibits furniture work exalting freedom, familiarity, and unrestricted comfort in the environment. She has a formal educational background in architecture and furniture arts from the Cooper Union and RISD, has garnered a working education from the wonderful woodworking and production industry in Philadelphia, and has done residencies at various craft institutions including the Museum for Art in Wood, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and Goggleworks Center for the Arts. She believes a hands-on approach is crucial in good design and is excited to share this as much and often as she can.

  • Janine Wang
  • Janine Wang
  • Janine Wang
  • Janine Wang
  • Janine Wang
  • Janine Wang

Workshop Description

In this workshop, students will begin by learning the basics of steambending, jig making, and designing with curves to create curvilinear parts that will become the bones of their steamboat and woven sculptures. These parts will then be combined with a variety of joinery techniques to create voluminous forms that will serve as the structural foundations for basketry. Students will then be equipped with a variety of traditional and non-traditional basketry techniques which will be employed on their steam-bent frames to create multi-dimensional organic forms. A variety of natural and processed materials will be made available in service of these final forms and discussions will be had about material and technique choice.


The health and safety of students, faculty, and staff is a priority at Arrowmont. To that end, a Personal Conduct & Social Distancing Policy has been adopted to foster a safe learning environment during the coronavirus pandemic. Click here for the detailed Policy.


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

Call 865-436-5860 with questions about registering for this workshop.

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