July 9 Saturday, 1 session
10:30 am - 2:30 pm
Instructor: Jo Kilmer
Class Fee: $45 non-member+ $25 supply fee
$40.50 *BRMAA Member* + $25 supply fee
Found yourself drawn to furniture with character? Well then this rustic building class is for you! Join rustic artist, Jo Kilmer, as she teaches her students how to make a rustic chair from the supplies in your backyard! Using trees in their natural form, students will learn how to choose the right wood for the design and additionally how to manipulate the wood (weave, bend) to create a visually pleasing and strong rustic chair. Students must bring a hammer, a drill with varying drill bits, a tape measure, small or large pruners, and a bag lunch to the class. Closed-toe shoes are recommended.
Call (706) 632-2144 for questions regarding this course and registration. Payment is required to register for BRMAA courses. You may pay via PayPal above, over the phone, or visit The Art Center located at 420 West Main Street, Blue Ridge, GA 30513 to pay in person. The Programming Coordinator is in the office from 10 am - 6pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday.
ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Jo Kilmer got her start as a rustic artist in Missouri in 1995, where she first learned the art of bentwood furniture construction, using locally gathered willow. She progressed to working with willow bark in baskets, cabinets and jewelry.
Jo and her business, Spirit Tall, relocated to Murphy, NC in 2006. Adapting her craft to include materials found in the Appalachian mountains of WNC, she added a line of whimsical twig dragonfly pieces using native mountain laurel, and incorporates other local wood in her current work.
Jo has received many awards and recognition for her art, including acceptance in the well regarded Rustic Furniture Fair of the Adirondack mountains. She travels extensively, sharing her skills, and has taught at Daniel Mack’s annual Woodlanders Gathering in Mineral Point, WI. Jo is a featured artist in Making Willow Furniture: Three Women Share Their Art, by Bim Willow.