Fine Woodworking

Studio art supplies can be expensive. Lab fees may be required. Additional lab hours outside of class will be necessary for students to complete the requirements of a studio course.

Fine Woodworking Fundamentals

VAFW100

This studio course focuses on structural, functional, and sculptural properties of wood, together with the traditional studio techniques of professional woodworkers. Emphasis is on a variety of design approaches, the execution of working drawings, and completing wood projects.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Woodcarving - Furniture

VAFW133

This studio course focuses on the creation of well-crafted functional and sculptural carved wood objects. Students explore low and high relief, 3-dimensional forms, figurative and decorative subjects, tool use and care to develop their carving skills and creative expression.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Bending and Veneering

VAFW136

This studio course focuses on design, drawing, and execution of curved forms and laminating techniques. Students employ bending and veneering techniques in the design and construction of a piece of furniture. Emphasis is on a variety of joinery, bending, and veneering techniques.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFW100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Chair Construction

VAFW137

This comprehensive course covers the structural, design, and historical basis of good seating devices. Students learn to develop designs and construct models and finished pieces, using classical and contemporary guidelines that satisfy functional requirements and reflect personal creativity.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFW100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Table Systems

VAFW138

This studio course focuses on table design and construction. Students study classical and contemporary shapes and employ construction techniques. Students explore the relationship of structural issues and design.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFW100 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Cabinetmaking

VAFW140

This studio course focuses on the design, construction, and joinery requirements necessary in cabinet construction when using sheet goods for both free-standing and built-in applications. Students work with a variety of materials, including plywood and composite boards.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFW100
Corequisite: VAFW100

Conceptual Furniture

VAFW145

This course focuses on designing and creating conceptually-based furniture. Students create functional furniture through the process of exploring ideas, construction methods, and finishes.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFW100 (C or better) or VAFA102 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

Woodturning

VAFW180

This studio course explores the historical and contemporary basics of lathe work. This course investigates both spindle (between center) and bowl (faceplate) turning techniques. Students learn how to care for, sharpen, and use a variety of lathe tools. Students design and make a variety of lathe-turned objects.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Woodturning II

VAFW181

This course provides an in-depth exploration of lathe turning in the traditional, as well as the contemporary context. Multi-axis spindle turning, split turning, and turning in conjunction with processes off the lathe, including carving, shaping, surface ornamentation, and joinery are used to create sculptural and functional items.

3 credits
Prerequisite: VAFW180 (C or better)
Corequisite: None

History of American Furniture

VAFW190

Students analyze American furniture in the context of craft, elements of style, connoisseurship, historical influences, connections to European and Eastern traditions, socio-economics, regionalism, pattern books, and related domestic architecture.

3 credits
Prerequisite: None
Corequisite: None

Cooperative Education - Fine Woodworking

VAFW280

On-the-job experience occurs in a field directly related to the student’s academic preparation and career objectives. Periodic meetings between the College Coordinator and the student are held to evaluate the student’s performance.

3 credits
Prerequisite: Fine Woodworking major, 30 BCCC credits, a GPA of 2.5 earned in courses offered by the Department of the Arts
Corequisite: None