Really Basic Woodworking

Libby Schrum
August 19-23

This course is for beginners who want to build simple, attractive furniture for the garden, patio, or house using tools and materials readily available from their local lumberyard. Each student builds a tool box and an Adirondack chair using dimensioned lumber, common hand and power tools, and screws for fastening.

Libby’s instruction focuses on material selection, cutting techniques, simple fastening methods, and safe use of tools. Participants use hand tools for measuring, layout and cutting, including chisels and block planes. They also have the opportunity to use power tools, such as the chop saw, jigsaw, electric drill, and router. Libby teaches this course so that anybody can enjoy making simple furniture while gaining basic skills that are useful for all woodworking.

Libby Schrum is a professional furniture maker in Camden, Maine. A 2001 graduate of our Furniture Intensive, she subsequently earned an M.F.A. in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design, in 2005. Libby has exhibited at top venues such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Fine Woodworking, and 500 Chairs (Lark Books, 2008). In 2010, Libby was awarded the prestigious John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship by Boston’s Society of Arts & Crafts. Her website is

Open to all.



Tuition: $810

Schrum safariStudent at work in previous Really Basic Woodworking course


Schrum safariSafari by Libby Schrum, maple with zebrawood veneer (42”x16”x30”), 2014 Photo credit: Chris Pinchbeck