Working Rustic July and August 2012
The Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Daniel Mack has been working with sticks, saplings, logs, bark and driftwood for 25 years to make furniture, architectural work, garden structures and small, simple objects. He has written five books on the techniques and attitudes of working rustic. He has learned about the 'language' of natural materials which he shares in this workshop, "Rustic is really a way of saying something about beauty, nature, longing and your place in the world. It's much more than just furniture".
Dan introduces the basic construction techniques and tools of rustic work as you work on your own projects. This workshop is excellent for people who have never used a drill or a hammer. But experienced builders and craftspeople will be surprised and challenged by the subtleties of the rustic ways of making things. You can expect to make two or three things during the course.
In the July course, we made lots of chairs, tables and benches and a few altars
(Thanks to Nancy Marks for these pictures)
In August, during Family Week, we made similar benches, tables and chairs, but also a Flotilla of Rustic Boats which we sailed in the Lake: