Texas Woodworking Festival

Demonstrations, Classes, Lectures and More!
Saturday & Sunday, August 26th - 27th, 2023

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Schedule

These educational sessions are available to EDU and VIP ticket levels only.

26th Aug : Day - 01
10:00 - 11:30

Let's Dive into Dovetails

  • Frank Strazza  
  • Theater

See and learn how to create beautifully hand cut dovetails with renowned Furniture Maker Frank Strazza. Frank will share tips, tricks and techniques to help you begin practicing and incorporating dovetails into your furniture projects.

10:00 - 11:00

Utilizing Social Media To Build Your Brand

  • Mike Coffey  
  • Classroom

In this class we will discuss the importance of branding, company name, missions statement, goals, how to use the social media landscape to drive your businesses growth.

11:30 - 12:15

Classical Chinese Furniture

  • Andrew Hunter  
  • Classroom

The Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) was a bright point in China's long history, where arts and culture reached a pinnacle of taste and style. Graceful designs, superlative material and fine craftsmanship are defining elements of this period's design. The furniture that came out of this era is some of the finest the world has ever known. Yet, to many in the West, traditional Chinese furniture is relatively unknown. Professional Furniture maker and educator, Andrew Hunter will discuss the history of furniture making in China with an emphasis on what made Ming style or Classical Chinese furniture so special. He will also investigate the influence classical Chinese furniture has had on modern furniture designs from Queen Anne to Mid-century modern. And of course, he will examine the intricate joinery that held it together for all these years!

12:00 - 12:45

Get the Most from Your Handplane

  • Curtis Turner  
  • Theater

Curtis Turner of Lie-Nielsen will show us how to maximize and get the most out of a handplane. From setup to usage he will give his tips and tricks that are sure to be invaluable.

12:45 - 02:15

Beyond the Shop: Finding and Sharing your Creative Voice in a Saturated Market

  • Kelly DeWitt  
  • Classroom

Join Kelly DeWitt, Founder and Creative Director of KKDW Studios, to deep-dive into the creative aspects of sharing your work, growing a loyal audience, and attracting (and keeping) high-quality clients. Originally a furniture maker, Kelly creates original designs for every KKDW project–but she is also responsible for photographing the company’s work, running its social media channels, and generally communicating to clients and potential clients. Whether you’re a one-person shop or have dozens of employees, you will leave with practical and hard-won tips from an industry veteran.

01:00 - 02:00

Outside the Box: Fundamentals of Bent Lamination

  • Nick Sawyer  
  • Theater

The other way to bend wood - Bent lamination is a great alternative to steam bending. We'll be discussing a few of the techniques and applications for those looking to get into bent lamination. 1.) The different forms of forms. 1 vs. 2 part forms. 2 part vs. vacuum. 2 part vs. clamp and cauls. 2.) Edges and cores. Solid lamination applications and when to laminate a core. Italian bending poplar vs. kerf vs. honeycomb. 3.) cutting curves on curves. Jigs, fixtures, and maintaining references.

02:30 - 03:15

Introduction to Kumiko

  • JT Woodworks  
  • Theater

Join us for an engaging session where we explore the art of kumiko, a traditional Japanese woodworking technique. Delve into the design elements, tools, and materials involved in kumiko woodworking, and discover the mesmerizing patterns and motifs created through this craft. Whether you're a woodworking enthusiast or simply curious about Japanese craftsmanship, this relaxed session offers an introduction to the captivating world of kumiko. So come and join us for an inspiring exploration of this beautiful woodworking technique!

02:45 - 03:45

Finding and Working with Clients From Start to Finish

  • Kelly DeWitt  
  • Classroom

Join Kelly DeWitt, Found and Creative Director of KKDW Studios, to learn about attracting a client base and working with them throughout the lifecycle of your project–whether it’s one furniture piece or an entire buildout. We’ll cover best practices in all phases of your project, from getting in front of potential clients, communication, contracts, software, invoicing, and more. There will be ample time for questions and discussions during this session.

27th Aug : Day - 02
09:30 - 10:30

Steam Bending 101

  • Philip Morley Furniture  
  • Theater

Learn how to steam bend work with award winning furniture maker Philip Morley. See and hear how Phil explored and experimented with steam and wood. He will speak about his research, experiments, successes and failures that led him to the technique he uses today to steam bend work.

10:15 - 11:00

The Why and How of Stool Making

  • Kim McIntyre  
  • Classroom

Stools have so many uses and are fun to make. They can be: extra seating, plant stands, end tables, small step stools, pedestals for art work, etc. I use them as my playground to embrace organic forms, texture, and design concepts as small scale furniture. I approach stool making as a fun, creative process with the goal of making freeform pieces that are quick wins in the shop in-between my technically challenging and labor intensive pieces of furniture.

11:00 - 12:00

Veneered Cardboard in Fine Furniture

  • James Wesley Furniture  
  • Theater

Using resin impregnated honeycomb cardboard panels may seem odd in fine furniture but I'll show you how this alternative material can produce outstanding results. Large unsupported panels that remain flat, reduced weight, curved work that doesn't move, these are a few examples of why I've used this modern material in my custom furniture shop. I'll be demonstrating the basic materials and process to vacuum press flat panels for lightweight and extremely strong components. These can be curved or flat and can be used in applications that don't allow for much wood movement. I'll also show how I use shop sawn veneer in the process to create custom lay-ups and thicknesses that I want in my furniture projects. Discussing the pros and cons of alternative materials in furniture construction, followed by a Q/A Session.

11:45 - 12:45

Pricing Your Work

  • Mark Maček  
  • Classroom

So, you are an accomplished woodworker. You've built projects on a personal or friendship basis. However, you're thinking of going professional. A new, paying client asks you for a bid to make a piece of furniture. Not only do you need to design and to figure out this new piece, you have to estimate its value. How do you approach cost estimation as a craftsperson? This session discusses several tactics, and the pros and cons of each one.

12:30 - 01:30

Designing Furniture for Producation

  • Mike Coffey  
  • Theater

They say that when you make a movie you're actually making 3. The one you write, the one you record and the one you edit. They're all the same movie but can look completely different. This is very similar when making furniture for production or small batch production. Your design will go through many iterations and you'll learn new design techniques that will carry over with you to future pieces.

01:15 - 02:00

Organic Design: The Learning Curve

  • Nick Sawyer  
  • Classroom

Wouldn’t be amazing, if instead of boxes, the inside of our homes reflected the beauty of nature outside? Studies actually show that humans prefer curves, but commercial furniture seems to say otherwise. Why is that? Because curves can be kind of intimidating to make. But in a lot of ways, curves are easier to work than angles. It just takes a different mindset to design and work in 3D space and the reward? Inspired designs that are built to tell your story well past your time. Nick is a biologist with a background in bartending. And because of the first part, he has a unique take on organic curvilinear furniture design. Join the obsession and learn how to tell your story through the medium of wood.

02:00 - 03:00

Japanese Handplanes

  • Andrew Hunter  
  • Theater

Japanese planes (Kanna) The Japanese plane or kanna is a deceptively simple looking tool, as it looks not much more than a block of wood with a blade wedged in it. Yet, the kanna is a nuanced tool with many qualities that make them unique. Professional furniture maker and educator, Andrew Hunter will share his passion for the kanna in an hour-long presentation that covers what Andrew loves most about these remarkable tools.

02:45 - 03:30

The Dream Shop: How I Designed & Built Mine

  • Kim McIntyre  
  • Classroom

Step by step guide on how I built my light filled dream wood shop. My house has some cool mid-century modern architecture and I wanted this +900 sq addition to seamlessly fit into the property. Lessons I learned that I can pass onto you.

03:30 - 05:00

Marquetry - Painting with Wood

  • Frank Strazza  
  • Theater

Learn all about traditional and modern marquetry techniques with renowned Furniture Maker and Marquetarian Frank Strazza. Frank will demonstrate his current approach to Marquetry as well as demonstrating on a traditional marquetry chevalet.

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