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.


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