Dovetail Wood Arts
Suzanne Bonsall Kahn
3525 I Street
Philadelphia, PA 19134
Monday-Thursday 9-5, Weekends by Appointment
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I have always been a maker of things. I can't remember a time when my hands were not busy -- sewing, planting, cooking, painting. While a career in Advertising and Public Relations paid the bills, I always stayed connected with craft. When the opportunity arose to acquire the workshop equipment of a retiring craftsman I jumped at the chance to immerse myself in the world of wood craft full time.
Talent is not acquired overnight or without expert instruction though. Before opening Dovetail Wood Arts, I was a student of The Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, The Lohr School of Woodworking, The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship, David Ellsworth, and more.
As my skills developed, my focus expanded into the field of woodworking education. During the years when I was the student, I met so many people that told me how much they wished they could make things too. Kids were facinated by the tools and the prospect of making something themselves; adults expressed that they had always dreamed of doing some woodworking, but didn't have the time or equipment.
Turning wood on a lathe is one of the few woodworking practices that provides almost immediate gratification. Woodturning provides a fundemental gateway to wood craft. Those seeking a woodworking experience can make something in a few hours and take it home the same day. Using only the lathe and a few common turning tools, I introduce students to the selection and preparation of raw materials, workholding, safe practices, joinery techniques and finishing -- all aspects of fine furniture building without the steep learning curve and steeper financial investment!
Dovetail Wood Arts, LLC, Schwenksville, PA
Individual and Small Group Woodturing Classes
Germantown Friends School, Philadelphia, PA
Wood Shop Assistant Instructor, grades 3-8
Substitute Teacher, grades 1-5
Lead Instructor, Martin Luther King Service Day -- www.emptybowls.net
Lohr School of Woodworking, Schwenksville, PA
Associate Instructor, Practical Woodworking Course
American Association of Woodturners, Women In Turning, Co-Chair
The Center For Art In Wood, Philadelphia, PA, Board of Trustees
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, Philadelphia, PA Board of Trustees
American Crafts Council, Member
Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen, Member