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Thematic Constructs in Wood

June 30, 2024 - July 12, 2024

Sabiha Mujtaba  ·  chrysaliswoodworks.com

Workshop Overview

Students can let imagination and creativity sparkle in this two-week session. In this workshop, students will consider two, three, four or even five shapes in wood, freestanding or as wall panels. Interconnected as forms, these shapes will also have surface and relief carvings related to the forms, giving illusions of depth and distance tricking our visual perception. This workshop will include powerpoint presentations, brainstorming and one-on-one ideations, so that students can design and build components, and then carve on surfaces. Individual daily check-ins and demos in simple joinery and carving will be presented. Students will learn safe use and techniques of all wood shop tools including stationary and hand-held power tools, carving tools and sharping of gouges to keep a keen edge. Open to all levels. Any student unfamiliar with either woodworking or with carving will get safe use and instructions on those techniques. Intermediate and advanced level students will be encouraged to discover challenges in any untapped skills in design or technique.


  • Joinery
  • Tools use safety
  • Wood carving
  • Sharpening


  • Class Materials List
  • Please note any materials you are expected to purchase prior to arrival via the link above
  • Estimated fees vary based on class size and materials used


  • Designing
  • Knowledge of tools use
  • A completed project


COURSE FEE: $1,675

Fees exclude housing and meal plans. Review housing options here.

Artist Bio

Sabiha is a designer and maker of furniture and carvings of one-of-a-kind creations. Operating her business in Atlanta, GA since 1986 as Chrysalis Woodworks, Sabiha has developed a style of design from her sculptural training in London, UK. Her South Asian heritage reflects the cross cultural influences in her work of both east and west. Her work has been featured in publications and represented in juried shows and galleries nationally. Purchased and commissioned art works are in private collections and institutions. Sabiha teaches various classes in woodworking, design and carving at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta and has taught at Penland School of Craft, NC, and Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, TN.

  • Sabiha Mujtaba
  • Sabiha Mujtaba
  • Sabiha Mujtaba


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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