Furniture Design

Robell Furniture Design*This class is now FULL*

In this two-week course, students will be introduced to the foundations of furniture making. They will use hand tools and machines to construct two communal tables and accompanying benches for The New School.

In this course students will learn how to:

  • Work with power equipment effectively and safely
  • Select lumber and read wood grain
  • Sand and finish furniture
  • Use select hand tools
  • Layout and cut various woodworking joints
  • Mill lumber to achieve flat and square boards

*Open to TNS Students ONLY*

Start Date

August 9th


Wednesday August 9th TBD Trip to a Lumber Yard
Thursday August 10th 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Monday August 11th 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Tuesday August 12th 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Wednesday August 13th 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Thursday August 14th 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Most sessions will take place at MASS Collective. Transportation from TNS will be provided.

Students may miss one or more sessions if they have pre-existing commitments. 

Program Length

2 Weeks (6+ sessions)

Min/Max Students





Robell AwakeRobell Awake is a woodworker based in Atlanta, Georgia. He works out of MASS Collective, a makers cooperative in Castleberry Hill. Passionate about traditional methods of wood working, he strives to craft each piece by hand, with minimal machine use.

Robell grew up in Marietta, Georgia, the son of Ethiopian immigrants. After briefly living and working in D.C. and New York City, he returned to Atlanta where he worked as a bike messenger for several years, competing in alleycat races across the country. Inspired by the DIY ethos of the bicycle messenger community, Robell began building his own bicycles and began crafting “freak” bikes with his friends from salvaged bicycle parts and frames. He and his friends rented a warehouse space in Mechanicsville where they built out their bedrooms, a makeshift kitchen, and a stage for their friends’ bands to play on.

From there, Robell moved into in-house construction work for architects, including welding and carpentry. Under the tutelage of these architects, he began developing a serious interest in design and craftsmanship. Through apprenticing with a local furniture maker, attending an intensive course at The North Bennet Street School, and countless hours in the shop, Robell continues to cultivate his craft.

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