The Department of Art, Art History, and Design houses a fullyl-equipped and monitored woodshop on the ground floor of the Kresge Art Center. Students currently enrolled in AAHD classes, as well as AAHD Faculty, Graduate Students, and Staff. A central dust collection system, and the participation of those using the shop, keeps things reasonably clean. Graduate student have 24-hour access to woodshop facilities after they have completed an extensive safety check.
Graduate students are able to contact our Woodshop Technicial Walter Pebbles to schedule safety training. The training covers a basic introduction to proper use of personal protective gear, chop saws, band saws, drill presses, and belt, disc, spindle and detail sanders. The safety train also covers a radial arm saw set-up for cutting dados, as well as various hand-held electric tools and hand tools. Once training is complete, students are free to drop in and use the shop during supervised open hours or Graduate students are able to come in during off hours once the safety training is complete.. A Sawstop table saw, 15" planer. 25" thickness sander, joiner, wood lathe, steam box, hot line plastics bender, router and router table are also available on a restricted basis with the assistance of the shop technician.
Students studying painting and printmaking often utilize the shop to build supports for canvases or screens for printing. When working in two-dimensional media, students can use the facilities to build frames for their work. Those studying graphic design may use the space to assist in book binding. Sculpture and ceramics student often use the shop to when constructing sculptures, making forms, or altering materials for their needs.
The Kresge Art Center woodshop is open for AAHD students Monday – Thursday from 9AM to 11:30 and 12:30 to 5PM and Friday mornings from 9AM-12PM during the academic year.