Furniture Design For Woodworkers
with Mike Pekovich
COURSE WILL RETURN
Learn how to develop a reliable and rewarding design process while creating a collection of personal, one-of-a kind furniture designs that are ready to build.
- 6+ hours of in-depth video lessons
- Exclusive community forum
- Live Q&A sessions with Mike
Guided development work to improve at every milestone
Learn to Design with Confidence
I’m Mike Pekovich, and I've been building furniture for more than 30 years. During that time, I've come to realize just how important the design process is in determining my satisfaction with the results of my efforts. For many of us, design can be an intimidating topic. Few of us have the art training to feel qualified, or have the confidence, to design our own furniture. However, it is such an important part of the building process that each of us must take on that task at some time. The good news is that we all have what it takes to design our own work.
The key is in developing a step-by-step process that enables us to capture an idea and translate it into the real world. In the same way that we can learn to cut a dovetail, we can learn to design as well. I fact, I have to say that I enjoy designing furniture more than I enjoy cutting dovetails!
Furniture Design For Woodworkers is a 5-week course that illustrates the process that I've developed and refined over the years while building my own work. We'll start by taking some time to get inspired and give some thought to the type of work we'd like to make. From there we'll practice sketching until it becomes second nature, and your sketchbook becomes a constant companion and a library of inspiration. Next, I'll show you how to take those ideas and translate them into workable furniture designs. Finally, I'll show you the importance of being able to see what you're building before you begin by creating scale and full-size mockups.
The aim of this class is to provide you the tools and confidence to design your own work and instill greater meaning and satisfaction into the furniture you make. I hope to see you there.
What you'll learn
Why design is important
Where/how to find inspiration
Sketching ideas on paper
Creating scale drawings from sketches
Using scale and full-size mockups to see your design in the real world
MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Mike Pekovich’s furniture-making career began when he stumbled into a basic woodworking class while studying art in college. In addition to woodworking, he studied graphic design, and the combination of those two pursuits eventually led him to Fine Woodworking magazine where he currently serves as the editor and creative director. Over his career, Mike discovered a passion not just for building, but for teaching the craft. Along with his magazine work, Mike teaches across the country, has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking, and has authored two books. His first effort, The Why and How of Woodworking, speaks to the heart of what it means to be a woodworker, and offers guidance and inspiration for creating meaningful work. The recently published Foundations of Woodworking focuses on the basic techniques and strategies that are essential for success in the craft.