Wood/Furniture Faculty

          Karen Ernst
          Wood/Furniture Design
          Office: Hamilton Hall, B-14
          Phone: (814) 732-2588               
          Email: kernst@edinboro.edu

          Wood/Furniture Design


          Wood/Furniture students working in class

          The Studio Arts - Wood/Furniture program strives to provide students with a strong foundation of woodworking and design skills, emphasizing originality and innovation in design and concept. A thorough approach to design is taken through the creation of sketches, models, full-scale drawings and mock-ups. In all courses, the work of historically significant and contemporary wood artists is viewed and discussed.

          In the first semester, students begin with a small scale carving project, becoming familiar with the properties of wood and further honing their three-dimensional design skills. In subsequent courses, students investigate box and cabinet construction, chair design, working with plywood, vacuum-bag bent lamination, and working in series and designing for production.

          Students are encouraged to take an environmentally responsible approach to the choices they make as a designer, giving consideration to efficient use of materials, choosing lumber that is sustainable, and using less toxic finishing products. The wood/furniture program has a very active Wood Club that organizes fundraising sales of student work, holds exhibitions in the student-run Bates Gallery, and brings in at least one nationally recognized artist working in wood each semester.

          Majors & Programs

          Bachelor's
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          Minors
          Program
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          Wood/Furniture Design Minor
          Minor
          Program Number: 1067
          Department: Art
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