ONSITE: Embracing Wood’s Natural Edge

Make a piece of live edge wood furniture such as a stool, bench or coffee table, using wood native to Virginia. You’ll learn how to work with the surprises wood presents, and we’ll introduce you to several simple but professional finishing techniques.

Special Notes

  • Previous woodworking experience is recommended but not required. Students will purchase materials from instructor, cost depending on type and quantity of material purchased. Expected materials cost between $50 and $125. Each student will use tools supplied specifically to them, for the duration of the course so that there will be no sharing of hand tools. Large equipment used during the course will be wiped down after each use by the student upon completion of its use.
  • Classes are confirmed one week prior to the start date. In order to help us confirm classes, please register as early as possible.
  • This is an On-site course. On-site courses do not come with studio access outside of class time. Paid open studio access is available through our Studio Access Program: if interested please visit Students must follow social distancing protocols and wear masks at all times. For more info visit
About the Instructor

Mark Rickey

Based in Richmond, VA, Mark has worked in wood for over 40 years. His work has included traditional designs inspired by antique furniture, contemporary pieces and furniture using repurposed materials. Mark has built custom furniture for several churches throughout Virginia, including altars, ambos, presider’s chairs and other pieces. In the last several years, a portion of his work has migrated toward natural edge furniture design, exploring the integration of the wood’s innate form with the functionality of art furniture. Most recently, he has been developing his “Twisted” series which incorporates bent and twisted laminations in everyday furniture pieces. He teaches woodworking at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond and The John C. Campbell Folk School in North Carolina. Mark’s studio is in Richmond where he shares his space with talented woodworkers, furniture makers and a luthier. Beautiful furniture and music emanate from his studio as a result.
Instagram: @mark.rickey

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ONSITE: Embracing Wood’s Natural Edge

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April 19 - April 236 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Days: Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
Tuition: $170.00
Member Tuition: $153.00
Additional fees apply
Instructor: Mark Rickey
Level: All Levels