Make a Wharton Esherick Book Stand – Hands-on Class

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Wharton Esherick Book StandWharton Esherick was an artist and studio furniture maker before virtually everyone else. His work is often sculptural with light, flowing lines. The 1956 Book Stand is no exception.



Book Stand

Don’t be fooled by the simplistic appearance of this book stand, the construction is a challenge. In this 5-day class, you’ll create your version of this Wharton Esherick masterpiece. From the curved and rounded dovetails to the sculpted shelves with through-tenon construction, this little project packs a powerful woodworking punch.

Although Esherick’s favorite wood was walnut, the original of this stand is executed in cherry. But you shouldn’t feel limited to those two wood choices. This stand looks equally great in tiger maple, mahogany, or just about any wood.


Some of the skills learned in the Book Stand class are:

  • Project design
  • Through mortise-and-tenon joinery
  • Sculpted furniture parts
  • Curved dovetails


Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.

Course Dates:

  • June 07 – 11, 2021


The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.

3 reviews for Make a Wharton Esherick Book Stand – Hands-on Class

  1. gkmillheim (verified owner)

    This is my 6th Esherick piece with Chuck amongst numerous other projects. I keep returning because Chuck has taught me more about.woodworking than anyone else. His depth of. knowledge about design, joinery and craftsmanship is extensive. He will go at lengths to explain the how-to’s as well as the why’s. We start out each class with a lesson in drawing out plans for the piece taken at times from just one photograph. This is a huge help in understanding the joinery and esthetics. The other part of the reason for continuing with Chuck is that the class is just plain fun. Good-natured kidding is a mainstay of the experience. And I won’t even mention the lunches.

  2. Eric Robinson (verified owner)

    The small class size is awesome. Can’t imagine getting a better setting to work with a truly skilled craftsman. Chuck is unassuming and genuine. His coaching and demonstrations are spot on and perfectly tailored. The class is a real joy. This was my first class with Chuck and I learned so much. I can’t wait for more.

  3. studiowharff (verified owner)

    Taking classes with Chuck is an awesome experience. His knowledge of woodworking is unequalled. You will learn skills and techniques that can’t be found by reading a magazine. His approach to a project is to take you through the entire design process from concept to construction. Each class is a woodworking adventure filled with good humor. Given the small class size, you get plenty of individual attention and classmates are always willing to assist each other. At the end of the week, you have project that you can be proud of and are looking forward to signing up for another class. Yes, the lunches are yummy as well!

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