Sculptural Boxes

Sculptured Boxes 2


Kevin Reiswig is a sculptor and furniture maker from the United States’ Midwest. His creations stem from his hearty fascination with plants, animals, and the land. A natural born forager, his work frequently incorporates scavenged materials from his environment. Kevin strives in his work for a viable practice of imagination, with an emphasis on quality, utility, and ethical responsibility. He now lives and works in Port Townsend, Washington.

Class Description

In this week-long class (formerly called “Fun with Bandsaw Boxes”), students will explore their creativity using boxes as design objects. While learning a variety of techniques, we will design and make boxes that emphasize form, artistic expression, personal narrative, and experimentation.

Students will learn:

**How to make a bandsaw box. (or– how to make a box using only a bandsaw)
**How to make a bandsaw box with a lid or drawers
**Bandsaw techniques and safety
**How to plan and order cuts
**Shaping wood with hand tools (chisels, planes, and rasps), abrasives, and abrasive machines
**Stack lamination
**Gluing and clamping
**Creating textures
**Creating handles and knobs
**Introductory wood carving (primarily textural carving)
**Introductory finishing and painting (oil-finishes and milk-paint)

**Note: Mechanical joints for sturdy box construction will be discussed but not explored in depth in this class. We will primarily be using bandsaw box-making methods.

What to bring:

**Documentation of inspiration (it will be very helpful to have reference images handy of things that personally inspire you–natural or built objects, textures, colors, forms, personal history, sketches/sketchbook, poetry, stories, artwork, landscapes, architecture).
**Drawing pad or sketchbook if desired (loose sheets of paper can be provided)
**Personal set of hand tools if desired (carving chisels will be especially handy)
**An open mind and a good sense of humor


Willingness to share ideas with classmates and participate in group critiques required. Previous experience with woodworking machines and hand tools is excellent but not necessarily required.

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on June 24-28, 2019. Map

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $60
Register by: June 5, 2019

If you cancel your registration for a course less than or equal to 10 days prior to the beginning of class, we will keep 50% of the course fee.
If you cancel on or after the first day of class, you forfeit 100% of the course fee.

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Our mission is to inspire a lifelong passion for craftsmanship through education in woodworking and traditional building trades. We range in age from 10 to 85. At first glance you might wonder what brings us together. The answer: a shared love for woodworking. We’re serious about technique, we maintain a tireless work ethic, we thrive on helping each other problem solve, and we believe the only failure isn’t trying.

Our passions include: hand tools, joinery, fine furniture, Northwest Coast Arts, woodturning, tiny homes, Vardo Wagons and creating an inclusive, supportive community.

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