Woodworking for Art and Design

Woodworking for Art and Design

Oliver Steele NYU Shanghai Spring 2021

Course Description

Course Description

Learn woodworking as a form of expression. Wood can be used to create both practical and artistic projects, from sculpture to furniture to musical instruments. Students will use the IMA woodshop to learn hand tools and machine tools and woodworking techniques. They will learn to safely operate woodshop tools. They will learn about wood: its structure, its properties, its use as a material and as a medium. We will learn about tone woods, sound, and music. Projects will include the design and fabrication of practical and artistic woodworking artifacts, and will include a major project in an area that is selected by the student.

Course Details


Final Projects


Assignment: Buy a piece of wood
Documentation Guidelines

Course Notes

Lecture Notes



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