Design & Development One Week Option

How do you design furniture that is both technically sound and creatively original? Join special guest Adam Rogers with Evan Dunstone for a one-week furniture design intensive. This one-of-a-kind Masterclass runs from Monday 12th to Friday 16th October, 2020. Total cost $2,500 incl. GST (deposit on booking $850 incl. GST. See terms and conditions below).
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The inaugural Design & Development Masterclass was held at the Dunstone Design workshop in September 2019. One of the students summed up the course like this;

“Evan, many thanks for sharing your wealth of experience during the Design & Development class last week. Your ability to bring together such a fine group of makers was amazing.  The fact that the group not only collectively represented many many decades of professional and hobby furniture-making experience but also included makers who have been well-recognised as exemplars in the craft led to amazing conversations – especially among those starting up new businesses.  I have no doubt that my learnings will pay dividends as I make choices about what furniture to design and how to make, price and fund it. “ Adam T,  Victoria.

Your Instructors
Adam Rogers is a multi-award-winning designer, craftsman and teacher. He has served as Director of Design + Product Development at Thos. Moser Furniture and was a visiting Professor of Woodworking and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). Adam holds a Master of Fine Arts in Furniture Design + Woodworking and now runs his own studio in Cumberland, Maine, USA. 

Evan Dunstone is a Churchill Fellow in chair design and has been running Dunstone Design since 1998. Evan has taught at the Australian School of Fine Furniture, the Sturt School for Wood and The Canberra School of Art. Evan, along with John Madden, was one of the organisers of Wood Dust, the Australian International Timber and Woodworking Festival in 2018 (Evan is no longer associated with Wood Dust or the parent company Craft Media Australia).

The Process
This intensive one-week course covers all aspects of the creative design process. We traverse design theory, prototyping, model making, experimentation and design play. Adam and I will show you when to follow the rules and when to break them. Between us, we will help you find new ways to unlock your design potential and to develop your personal style. The object of this one-week option is to learn how to design. If you also wish to work on a piece, see the 2-week option.

During this course we demonstrate a range of advanced woodworking techniques such as laminating, resaw veneering and jig making and discuss how such techniques empower you as a designer.

The Opportunity
This is a valuable investment for any aspiring professional or semi-professional wood worker, any teacher wishing to expand their skills-base or any aspiring furniture designer. It will be of great benefit to any enthusiast or serious hobby woodworker. This is a very rare opportunity to work with two practicing furniture designers in one of the best equipped workshops in Australia.

The Details
Classes run 8:30am to 5pm, Monday 12th to Friday 16th of October, 2020. Morning tea will run 10:30am to 11am and Lunch 1pm to 1:30pm. Food and good coffee/tea is provided.

Dunstone Design will supply basic drawing materials, MDF for templates and jigs and some solid timber (Damar Minyak) for experimentation. All abrasives and consumables such as glue and finish are covered by the course fee. A limited range of fine cabinet timbers will be available for purchase from Dunstone Design if desired. Monaro Timbers (a local timber merchant) is only 15 mins away.

What to bring
Bring your own sketch book, the bigger the better. We encourage you to bring your favourite hand tools. If convenient, bring a cordless drill. Please don’t bring other power tools such as routers, Domino machines etc.

Please bring your own PPE- a good dust mask, good hearing protection and good eye protection. You will be getting dirty, so wear old clothes. 

Please bring 3 images of timber-based furniture that inspires you. Please bring a brief for a piece that you would like to work on.

This course is designed for intermediate to advanced wood workers. If you are unsure about your skill level, email or call 0401 404 275 to discuss. 

Class size
The class is limited to 12 students. Adam and Evan will be teaching, with Dunstone Design Craftsman William Bayliss in active support.

Location, Parking and Accommodation

The Dunstone Design workshop is located at 3/5 Aurora Pl, Queanbeyan, NSW (we are the last workshop in the strata). There is parking for students in the workshop carpark down the driveway. The workshop is only 15 mins from Canberra airport and we can arrange transfers if required. There are many good Air BnB options, as well as motels in the Queanbeyan area.

Terms and Conditions
The total cost of the Design & Development One-Week Masterclass is $2,500 incl. GST. If you wish to discuss this opportunity further prior to booking, contact Evan on email or call 0401 404 275. The balance of $1,650 incl. GST must be paid by Wednesday 30 September, 2020 (you will be invoiced separately). Your booking is not transferable. A cancellation prior to Friday 11th September 2020 will attract a $250 cancelation fee. A cancellation after Friday 11th September 2020 will forfeit your deposit.

“Evan — thank you for having the foresight to bring Adam over. I think you should run these classes again — they are sorely needed and I feel much better equipped as a designer/maker. And your hospitality and facilities are top drawer. - Jeremy P, NSW.

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