Berea College invites woodworkers to register for four classes with prominent instructors at the Woodworking School at Pine Croft.
The Woodworking School at Pine Croft is offering the following classes
- April 10 & 11 – Wooden Carrier ($375) with instructor Andy Glenn
- April 16, 17, 18 – Introduction to Carving – Traditional Techniques & Contemporary Applications ($625) with instructor Aspen Golann
- April 30, May 1, 2 – Greenwood Stool ($550) with instructor Andy Glenn
- May 14, 15, 16 – Dutch Tool Chest ($875) with instructor Megan Fitzpatrick
Registration is by phone this year to answer any questions registrants may have about the COVID-19-related safety measures that will be in place. A $100 deposit reserves a spot (deposits and tuition costs are fully refundable this season). If the pandemic forces a change in the schedule, participants will be able to cancel or receive a credit to apply toward a future class. To ensure the safety of all participants, mask-wearing, pre-class testing, and proper distancing is mandatory.
Contact Aaron Beale at (859)-985-3224 to register or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Notable instructors for the spring classes include Aspen Golann, Megan Fitzpatrick and Andy Glenn.
Golann is an artist and studio furniture maker, currently living in Penland, N.C., where she runs the Wood Studio at The Penland School of Craft. She specializes in 17th– and 18th-century style furniture which she blends with a background in fine art, sculpture and textiles. Golann’s degree is from the acclaimed North Bennet Street School (NBSS) in Boston, MA, where she studied American Period Furniture.
Fitzpatrick is the publisher at Rude Mechanicals Press and a peripatetic woodworking instructor and freelance writer/editor. She is a former editor of Popular Woodworking magazine, and currently writes a monthly blog for “Fine Woodworking.” She lives in Cincinnati—where she’s renovating a 1905 house—but can usually be found in the Lost Art Press shop in Covington, Ky.
Glenn joined the team at Berea College Student Craft in 2017. Since his arrival, the Woodcraft program has begun a return to traditional joinery, hand tool instruction and use, and a recommitment to the pursuit of excellence that made Berea synonymous with quality handcraft. Glenn previously spent 14 years in the northeast (first in Boston, then Maine), where he trained at the North Bennet Street School before working in repair, cabinet and furniture shops. For 10 years, he has taught continuing education classes at NBSS and as a guest instructor in the Cabinet and Furniture Making program.
The woodworking school for adults, Pine Croft is a recently-added component in the repertoire of Berea College’s Crafts Program. It extends Berea’s support to the local, regional and national crafts communities. Located just minutes from campus and adjacent to the Berea College Forest at 1865 Big Hill Road in Berea, Ky., the woodworking school is on the site of the former Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking. Learn more about the Woodworking School at Pine Croft.
The school was named “Pine Croft” after the title originally given to the property by Mrs. Anna Ernberg, the weaving director of Berea College’s Fireside Industries. She made her home on the site in the early 1900s. The woodworking school continues the tradition of fine woodworking for which both the College and Kelly Melher are well known.