On Friday, March 29, 2019, furniture designer, Yoav Liberman will be talking about his experiences during our membership meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. in the Coleman Chapel on the campus of St. John Fisher College.

NOTE the change of location from the usual Basil Hall to the Coleman Chapel.

Yoav S. Liberman has been a furniture designer and woodworker for over 20 years. Trained as an architect, Yoav is deeply interested in all aspects of design and its impact on the world we live in. He is passionate about reusing discarded wood and found objects, and is known for his achievements in building modern knock-down Campaign furniture and innovative metal hardware. His pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad.

Yoav lives in Chestnut Ridge, N.Y., with his family and teaches woodworking at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan.

On Friday, March 29, 2019, furniture designer, Yoav Liberman will present an overview of his work and then spend the majority of his time talking about his use of reclaimed wood. This will include finding or buying, processing, and then using it to create projects. Yoav is passionate about reusing discarded wood and found objects, and is known for his achievements in building modern knock-down Campaign furniture and innovative metal hardware. His pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad. More information is available at his website.

On Saturday, March 30th, 2019, Yoav will demonstrate three topics: the use of reclaimed wood, live edge design, and some specific joinery techniques he’s developed when building modern campaign furniture. Each of these subjects are interwoven in his work and will be explained via visuals, study work, models, and demonstrations. More specific topics for the day include reviewing and showing the full spectrum of reclaimed wood (heritage, old growth timber, common reclaim, pallet wood, scrap reclaim, and salvage wood). He will talk about how to obtain this material and then how to initiate and prepare reclaimed lumber to be ready for work in the woodshop. He will talk about extractions of hardware, about removal of paint, and the ways in which we can design with reclaimed wood. As the day progresses, he will show the trajectories of his projects from their infancies — as reclaimed wood, salvaged live edge slabs, and found-objects — through the design process, and culminating in building and finishing. While highlighting his projects he will also show original hardware systems that he has devised and incorporated in his projects. Lastly, he will talk about his approach to design, including some of the tool innovations he has created.

Samples of his work are available on his website. As you will see, they often go far beyond what one might imagine coming from reclaimed wood.

Saturday’s workshop is from 9AM to 4PM at CP Rochester and the cost is $50 (First year RWS membership free with registration for a national speaker workshop).

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SILENT AUCTION

Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out this  Silent Auction Form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).