REGISTRATION BEGINS: February 8, 2023 at 12:00 PM

One of seven courses available for the May 11 – 14, 2023 MCA Weekend Workshop @ Haystack

Build, Weave, Sit – 1 Spot Available!

Instructor: Heide Martin
Haystack Studio: Wood
Materials Fee: $100, see below
Enrollment Limit: 10
Level: Beginner

Class Description:

In this class, students will build a woven Shaker Tape stool. Beginning with pre-milled parts, students will work with both hand tools and machinery to complete their stools. They will learn how to safely use machines to cut their components to length. Students will learn about mortise and tenon joinery and domino construction, and use these skills to assemble their stools. They will also have the opportunity to add additional details to their stools through the use of hand and machine tools.

In addition to building their stools, the students will learn the basics of Shaker Tape weaving and will be given the opportunity to design their own weave pattern. Students will end the class with a completed stool woven in Shaker Tape to a pattern of their own design. Over the weekend, students will also be exposed to a number of weave materials and techniques, including: Danish Cord, paper rush, binder cane, ash splint, and lace cane. This is a beginner-level course, and does not require any experience in woodworking or seat weaving.


A materials kit will be provided for each student. Students will supply their own Shaker Tape and will have the option to purchase Danish cord on-site during the weekend. Kit cost is $100.

Instructor Provided Materials:

Each student will be supplied a materials kit for a 14H x 16.5W x 13D stool in either Ash, Maple or White Oak. Participants will need to pre-select their chosen wood after registration. The materials kit will include:

  • pre-milled lumber
  • wooden dowels
  • tenoning/pegging materials
Materials For Students To Bring:

Students should purchase 5/8″ wide Shaker Tape in selected colors. 40 yards total: either 20 yards of two colors or 40 yards of one. Participants could purchase the color “natural” and dye them at home in advance of the weekend if preferred.

Materials available for purchase on-site:
  • Danish Cord by the yard
  • Pre-built weave frames in poplar

About the Instructor-

HEIDE MARTIN– Heide is the design force behind Heide Martin Design Studio, from the design of furniture and housewares to the nitty-gritty of web page layout, marketing materials, and invoice templates. She loves learning new skills and new materials to bring into her design arsenal. In the workshop, you will find her happiest when she is doing lumber selection, cutting precise joinery, weaving a chair seat, or putting on that first coat of oil finish.

Alongside her woodworking practice, Heide pursues her commitment to craft through creative collaborations, residencies, grants, publishing, and teaching. Heide has been a resident and visiting artist at San Diego State University, Maine College of Art and Design, Center for Art in Wood, and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Her teaching experience includes furniture design at Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo, as well as assistantships at the University of Washington and Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.