Woodworking for Weavers: Tapestry Loom Building with John Henry Souza
Location: Portland Studio
Teacher: John Henry Souza
Weavers! If you've got the patience to warp a loom, dye your own yarn, weave with intricate detail, you were MADE for woodworking! Take your practice to the next level by making your own adjustable tapestry loom & tools!
In this 2-day workshop students will construct a tapestry frame loom out of cherry wood using traditional wood joinery techniques as well as modern construction methods. Professional woodworker, designer and artisan, John Henry Souza will guide students through the basic principles of woodworking including wood joinery, layout, wood movement, shaping, and finishing. These basic skills are applicable to many different woodworking projects and the techniques learned in this class can be used to make all kinds of tools and items to be used in a textile studio. Each student will be given a kit of roughly shaped parts and components of the loom as well as a detailed packet of diagrams/ instructions for assembly. Together, the group will glue and assemble all the pieces of the loom. Each student will leave with a finished loom that is ready for your next weaving project. The frame is adjustable from 24” tall up to 48” tall with a few sizes in between to accommodate a variety of projects. This class will not require the use of large power tools or machinery. Although students will not be shaping parts using large machinery, the processes will be fully explained. In the downtime while waiting for glue or finish to dry, students will have the opportunity to make stick shuttles and pick up sticks out of the off cuts and scraps from the looms.
All materials provided. No previous experience necessary. Open to students 16 & up.
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