Most CE classes continue to be Remote (online). For On Campus and Hybrid classes please read about MassArt COVID Safety Requirements.

Start Date





Collins Woodshop

End Date


Meeting Day

Friday and Saturday



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.


Early registration is recommended for on-campus classes.  Please check (see link on the upper right corner of the page) for current COVID protocols. Indoor masking and vaccination (and booster if eligible) are required. Please complete this Vaccination Attestation before attempting to go to campus.


Ellen Kaspern is the owner of Ellen Kaspern Design, a custom furniture and design company.  She teaches furniture making and woodworking at the North Bennet Street School in Boston where she is an adjunct instructor in their Cabinet & Furniture Making program and a woodworking instructor in the Continuing Education program. She teaches woodworking techniques … Read more