A footstool with light wood for legs and woven material for the top. The stool is on a carpet in the middle of a room. Ellen Karspern

Start Date





DMC D004 Woodshop

End Date


Meeting Day

Saturday and Sunday



In this hands-on woodworking class, students will work with white ash to build a Danish cord footstool. Students will start off by building the bench base and learn about mortise and tenon joinery and domino construction. Students will use both machines and hand tools to build the base. From there they will learn about different types of cord and methods that can be used to weave the seat. They will then apply what they learned to weave the seat of their bench. The basic furniture-making techniques learned in this class can be applied to building stools and tables. If you have prior experience this class will help you refresh and refine your woodworking skills. Students will leave with a 16 inch long, 12 inch deep and 12 1/4  inch tall Danish Cord bench.  All are welcome.  There are no prerequisites.


We urge you, if you are able, to be fully up-to-date on vaccinations, including boosters. Available vaccination sites can be found here.

This class was canceled due to the weather.

It is being offered next on January 21st and 28th, 9am-4:30pm.

Check Spring Classes for more details.

This class has ended.

Ellen Kaspern is the owner of Ellen Kaspern Design, a custom furniture and design company.  She is a full-time instructor at the North Bennet Street School in their Cabinet & Furniture Making program. She teaches furniture making and woodworking techniques at various schools on the east coast.  She has written articles and blog posts for Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodcraft … Read more