Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Sculptural Boxes


Sculptural Boxes



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
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

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

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.