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The Lowly Little Footstool

October 16 - 21, 2022

Joshua Almond  ·  joshalmond.com

Workshop at a glance

Build a simple, stake-legged footstool with a carved seat.


  • Basic spindle turning
  • Carving and shaping techniques
  • Wedged mortise and tenon joinery


  • Domestic hard wood
  • Standard wood glue adhesive
  • Finishing options


  • A finished, functional footstool
  • Knowledge of basic furniture construction
  • Knowledge of carving, turning, finishing, and joinery techniques

Artist Bio

Joshua Almond is an artist and craftsman living and working in Orange County, California who received his BA from Rhodes College and an MFA from Arizona State University. He most recently served as a tenured associate professor of art in sculpture at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. Almond has exhibited nationally at venues including the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida, and at the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona. Informed by an interest in cell biology and the microscopic landscape, he works in wood to create biomorphic sculptural forms and studio furniture.
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Workshop Description

In this workshop students will learn how to build a staked, spindle-legged footstool with a hand-carved seat. You will learn about the basics of furniture design and construction. Participants will turn the spindle legs on the lathe, join the legs and seats with wedge tenons, shape the stool with hand tools, and hand-carve the seat based on their own design. A variety of finishing options will be presented, including oil rubs, polyurethanes, and milk paint finishes. Open to all skill levels.

COURSE FEE: $775  ·  materials list

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