Reed Hansuld 3-day Masterclass

Chair Design Masterclass

Thursday 8th – Saturday 10th August

About the Masterclass

Reed Hansuld is a Canadian furniture and product designer maker based out of Brooklyn, New York. Over the three days of this Masterclass, Reed will take participants through exercises in developing a chair design. The focus will be developing strategies for working through the ergonomic, structural and aesthetic considerations of designing a seating object. Understanding that truly working through a chair design can take weeks or months to complete, the intention of this Masterclass is to equip students with techniques in developing their designs. Students should be willing to quickly work through material, be confident with a drill and hot glue gun and embrace making mistakes.

Masterclass Schedule:

Day 1 – Lecture and slide show giving overview of drawing, model making, prototyping and the creative process of chair design. Following a discussion on the creative process, students will begin working on their chair designs by sketching and model making either model scale or full scale. Handouts will be provided on chair ergonomics.

Day 2 – Group walk around and “critique” of participants various working designs, then continue working through designs moving on to full scale prototypes before days end. Afternoon discussion on chair ergonomics.

Day 3 – Discussion on moving through the prototype stages and working to a finalised design followed by further discussion supported by handouts and slide show on effective chair joinery. An example of creating a full-scale working drawing, making templates and strategizing the order of operations in building a chair will be explored.

By days end, participants will have all started creating a full-scale seating model with no working joinery. This model will be used to explore the aesthetic and ergonomics of the chair while providing a foundation to understanding the construction techniques required in developing a final prototype with working joinery. These models will be critiqued via a group walk around to set you on your chair design journey.

This course is perfect for anyone wishing to develop their practical design skills and explore alternative directions in chair design. This class is intended for moderate to advanced woodworkers – only 14 places available so purchase your ticket today.

Your ticket includes:

  • All basic equipment and materials required to complete the course
  • A recommend tools list and Masterclass manual
  • Lunch, morning and afternoon tea on each day
  • Entry to the Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference on Sunday the 11th
  • Entry to both days of the Wood Dust Timber & Tool Marketplace

The Reed Hansuld 3-Day Masterclass will be held at FAB9, 90 Maribyrnong Street Footscray, on Thursday the 8th to Saturday the 10th of August 2019.

Included in your ticket price is entry to Entry to the Weekend at Wood Dust Makers Conference on Sunday the 11th and both days to the Wood Dust Timber and Tool Marketplace. Both of these events are held in areas adjacent to the FAB9 workshops.

All meals, materials and basic equipment are supplied, and participants are provided with a recommended tools list covering the more specific tools required. Each day starts at 9.00am sharp and concludes at 5.00pm. Morning and afternoon tea served at 11.00am and 3.00pm respectively. Lunch served at 1.00pm for 45 minutes. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

Participants to wear sturdy clothing, covered shoes and bring their own personal eye and hearing protection equipment. Please arrive 30 minutes early on Thursday the 8th for registration and induction.

Once you purchase your 3-day Masterclass ticket you will receive within 24 hours an email from our sales department confirming your purchase. Before the class commences, you will also receive a 3 Day Masterclass manual which sets out all the background information on the Masterclass covering transport options and parking, equipment and PPE, safety and contacts.

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