Tableware Design & Production

Josh Vogel
August 12-16


This course is for entrepreneurial makers who want to explore small product design, production, and sales. With extensive one-on-one attention, Josh works with participants to a) develop design skills, b) create attractive small products that capture their aesthetics and suit their preferred methods of production, c) consider marketing strategies, and d) have fun.

The class project is to create tableware, such as trays, serving sets, bowls, candlesticks, spoons, cutting boards, and trivets. Josh shares a design process that moves fluidly between pencil on paper and nimble “off the saw” prototyping. He encourages students to strive for flexible fabrication systems that allow maximum creativity and variation within a product line. Production methods available during the course include carving, turning, standard woodworking machines, and uncomplicated joinery. Students may also explore the combination of multiple materials.

Josh Vogel is a multifaceted woodworker/sculptor/turner in Kingston, NY, and author of The Artful Wooden Spoon (Chronicle Books, 2015). In the mid-1990s he co-founded the furniture company BDDW in New York City, and, in 2006, built his current design and woodworking business, Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co., on a foundation of “cottage industry.” Josh’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Food & Wine, Elle Decor, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. His websites are and

Open to those with intermediate or advanced woodworking skills.


Tuition: $810

Vogel 1Blackcreek Mercantile & Trading Co. maple cutting boards by Josh Vogel, 2012

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