LAKEWOOD, CO – The Red Rocks Community College fine woodworking and lutherie department will host an open house on Saturday, December 15 from 1-4 p.m. The exhibition will feature a large variety of pieces that were produced by students and faculty over the 2012 fall semester. Guests will enjoy the opportunity to view expertly crafted furniture, stringed instruments, and handmade drums from the new drum-building course at RRCC.
At the event, spectators will have the unique opportunity to interact with the artisan behind each piece, meet the instructor behind the artist, and learn about the exciting new direction of fine woodworking at RRCC. Jason McClousky and Jeremy Cox, the new department heads, hope to bring a new emphasis to the "art" of woodworking. McClousky and Cox both hold master’s degrees in design and share a passion for artistic woodwork. The instructors are taking steps to put a heavy accent on design in the department's curriculum.
Highlights of the show will be pieces manufactured using the department's new technology. A new laser cutter and CNC router help add to the amazing craftsmanship of the work on display at the fine woodworking exhibition. The laser cutter is used for etching images, including photographs, onto metal which is then used as decorative accents to student projects. The CNC router is a much more involved piece of machinery.
CNC technology consists of two main parts. The first part is a fully automated router that can cut almost any three dimensional design out of a block of wood with great accuracy and very fine detail. The router is dependent on the second part of the system, which is software based. When students have a finished a computer based model that was designed in the software portion of the CNC system, the "blueprint" is then translated into information that is fed to the router. The router will follow complex three dimensional paths
Every open house is different and features new pieces crafted by students and faculty. Spectators are encouraged to attend the open house early and ask about the many different programs within the fine woodworking department including the addition of a new custom drum-building course.
McClosky is excited about many of the pieces the students in the department crafted and added, “The laser cutter and CNC router help the final project match our students’ expectations.”
More about RRCC and the fine woodworking department:
Established in 1969, Red Rocks Community College delivers high-quality education programs leading to two-year degrees or certificates. RRCC serves over 15,000 students per year online and at campus locations in Lakewood and Arvada. The Fine Woodworking program offers certificates in general fine woodworking, woodworking fundamentals, wood turning, luthier fundamentals, cabinetmaking, joining, artisanry, craftsmanship, and post-degree master craftsmanship in addition to a two-year associate degree of applied science in fine woodworking. For further information please visit rrcc.edu/finewood.