Tools for Design



Design is always a challenge. Early in your development as a woodworker / furniture maker you’ll start to ask yourself a whole bunch of design related questions:

·         Does this look good?
·         Are the proportions right?
·         Will it be strong?
·         Can I even design this piece?
·         What joinery do I need?
·         Can I make this?
·         How much wood do I need to buy?

Class Description

Our goal in this class is to introduce you to set of pragmatic tools and techniques that you can use to design a piece of furniture or a small building. We build on techniques explored in George Walker and Jim Tolpin’s book By Hand and Eye and By Hound and Eye. We’ll take you through a series of processes that we believe develop a good design process:

  • Understanding proportion through traditional artisanal techniques
  • Developing ideas through quick-fire sketching and critique
  • Techniques for creating a detailed drawing by hand
  • Using CAD to experiment, modify ideas, and create detailed drawings and templates
  • Developing cutlists and story sticks
  • This class is jointly taught by Jim Tolpin, Tim Lawson and Andy Pitts


What to bring:

  • Sketch pad 11x15 is a good size
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Pair of dividers and a pair of compasses if you have them



Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
This class takes place in the Seminar Building #297 at Fort Worden. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 15
Cost: $200
Materials Charge: $30

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.