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Queering Wood Craft: An LGBTQIA+ Woodworkers Roundtable Part 8

March 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Queering Wood Craft: an LGBTQIA+ Woodworkers Roundtable Part 8

Learning Queerly: The Poetics of Learning and Unlearning in Wood
Sat. March 16, 2024 | 12:00 pm ET | LIVE on ZOOM

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The Museum for Art in Wood hosts a series of conversations with queer woodworkers. Furniture maker, spoon carver, and educator Kate Hawes, will lead the next edition of the roundtable discussion with Learning Queerly: The Poetics of Learning and Unlearning in Wood with leading queer woodworkers and artists in wood.

Learning a craft like woodworking involves our whole selves. In this roundtable discussion, we’ll talk about the places and contexts where we learn. How do we learn with others—mentors, peers, media, and communities of practice; and how do we learn with our materials, tools, bodies, and the objects we make? What has been helpful, and what has been discarded? How are we absorbing, transforming, repeating, copying, and caring for what we are learning? In sharing our diverse experiences of learning, we may find that traditional “how-to” methods fail us, that queer people learn differently, and that learning queerly in wood has its own creative arc.

Join us for this enlightening and fun afternoon.

Portrait of Kate Hawes

Kate Hawes (they, them) is a New York-based furniture maker, spoon carver, and educator. They earned a certificate in cabinet and furniture making at North Bennet Street School in 1997 and a Masters in Critical Craft History and Theory from Warren Wilson College in 2023. Between these experiences, they co-founded a sprawling communal wood shop in an old factory in Brooklyn, worked as a custom furniture maker, and taught woodworking classes at Makeville Studio. In graduate school they wrote about the phenomenology of dullness and the exchange of spoons in spoon carving community. Kate Hawes lives and works in the Catskills where they make spoons and custom furniture, as well as teach woodworking classes at the Hudson River Maritime Museum and Wooden Boat School, North Bennet Street School, Peters Valley School of Craft, and Snow Farm.

This event is free to the public. The Museum for Art in Wood interprets, nurtures, and champions creative engagement and expansion of art, craft, and design in wood to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of it. A suggested donation of $5 per person enables us to provide programs and exhibitions throughout the year.


Questions? Please contact Katie Sorenson, Director of Outreach and Communications, at [email protected].


March 16
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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