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2016 Summer Program

The artist Sylvie Rosenthal creates, among other things, elegant furniture and improbable animals in wood. Her work resides in galleries and private collections around the world. Not so long ago, she was an 8 year old prodigy in our Workshop. Occasionally, her current work (a bird with a crank, for example) seems the perfection of a project she began here.

For this Workshop, Sylvie has devised a series of if I knew then projects with her techniques adjusted for young hands. Learn new woods – poplar, cherry and walnut. Learn new tools for cutting, shaping and smoothing wood. Learn new finishes to stain, dye, and polish your work. Express your ideas guided by new influences: sculpted mirrors, bird with cranks, and band saw boxes after Sylvie's studio; painted assemblages after Louise Nevelson's work, abstract animals on wheels after European Modern traditions.

Fine hardwood from Tim Spratlin, Woodworker.

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