• Class Number 3314
  • Term Code 2930
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
    • Ashley Eriksmoen
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 25/02/2019
  • Class End Date 31/05/2019
  • Census Date 31/03/2019
  • Last Date to Enrol 04/03/2019
SELT Survey Results

This course builds upon fundamental knowledge of solid timber design and structures of containment to investigate more compound and complex enclosed, volumetric forms containing doors and drawers. Topics covered include organisation, display, and storage of things, design ideation, contemporary and historic examples of museum casework, techniques of carcase construction, fitting drawers and doors, and further related techniques including options of traditional through digital approaches.  Students will work both during and outside of class to develop and produce one significant furniture design project.  The course is taught by a combination of readings, lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and supervised practice that exposes students to a combination of technology, theory, history, and design and making processes. Workplace health and safety instruction is an integral part of this course.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
  1. Demonstrate an increased level of skill with use of Furniture materials, processes, equipment and tools;
  2. Plan and manage Furniture design projects, independently or collaboratively;
  3. Interpret, communicate and present ideas suited to the Furniture project through their individual design solutions through integration of concepts and processes; and
  4. Demonstrate awareness of historical and theoretical contexts for Furniture design practice.

Field Trips

None scheduled for the group. Individual excursions to galleries, museums, and other events are required as part of one’s independent inquiry in this course.

Additional Course Costs

Optional Workshop Fee: A Furniture Workshop Fee of $200- is a one-off access fee available to any student enrolled in this course. This covers your access to workshop facilities outside of your specific course hours and includes personal bench space and bulk supplies associated with the extended amenity. Extended access is available if you have paid this fee.

Materials Fee: The Furniture Workshop will make materials packs available for sale to students for their convenience. While students can elect to provide their own materials, we recommend using these supplies that are purchased with bulk-order savings and prepared to ensure all students are appropriately equipped. Additional materials are available for students to purchase through the workshop.

Examination Material or equipment

Students will present their work for assessment in a nominated area within the Furniture Workshop. All Visual Diaries, notes, experiments, and other documentation should be presented at assessment. Students are expected to take note of the examination time slot and be punctual. Work can only be presented and assessed for one course; no double-submission is permitted.

Required Resources

Required Resources and Incidental Fees – ANU School of Art

Student contribution amounts under the Higher Education Support Act 2003 (HESA) and tuition fees support the course described in the Course Outline and include tuition, teaching materials and student access to the workshops for the stated course hours.

Students are requested to refer to the School of Art website for information: http://soa.anu.edu.au/required-resources-and-incidental-fees.

Students must provide their own Personal Protection Equipment to comply with WHS Furniture Workshop policies. This includes the following:

  • SafetyGlasses or Goggles (prescription eyeglasses are not sufficient)
  • Hearing Protection, Level 4 Australian Standards
  • Dust Mask/Respirator

Suggested tools that a student may wish to acquire for their own practice and convenience are listed in Recommended Tool List & Suppliers on the Wattle Furniture Community Site. The course can be completed with tools available in the workshop.

There is a wealth of resources in the ANU Art & Music Library particularly under the call numbers of 749 as well as 745. Browsing regularly for information and inspiration is highly recommended. Recommended journals/ magazines in the library include Fine Woodworking Magazine, Australian Wood Review, Crafts, Craft Arts International, and American Craft Magazine.

Online resources with excellent search tools include the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection online http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online and the Victoria and Albert collection online: http://collections.vam.ac.uk/

Also look at the myriad of art, craft, design, and architecture blogs that seem to multiply daily. Find your favourites.

Staff Feedback

Students will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:

  • Verbal feedback during class both in individual and progress critiques
  • Written notes and verbal feedback at mid-term review.

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information

Referencing requirements

Students are required to follow the School of Art referencing guidelines and to give proper credit to any images, ideas, or sources of information you are referencing in your work. http://soa.anu.edu.au/study-protocols/referencing-guidelines 

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Bring 3 small objects as described in the Three Objects assignment followed by Three Object Discussion; Slide Presentation: Coffin Makers of Ghana and My Precious; Demonstration: Bandsawn Box; refresh your sign-outs during class if time allows or with Tech Officer during the next week.
2 Slides/ lecture: Cabinets of Curiosity and Contemporary Examples; Bench reviews on Bandsawn Box designs and construction advice: glue-up blocks, lay-out cuts in correct sequence, and begin cutting and gluing back the box form;
3 Discussion on assigned readings: Excerpt from Gaston Bachelard's Poetics of Space and What Makes a Collection Surrealist? By Katharine Conley; Slide Lecture: A Brief History of Containment and Evolution of the Cabinet; Supervised work on bandsaw box shaping and surface textures.
4 An Introduction to Miter/Bevel Joints and relevant joinery such as: end-grain v long-grain; keys, splines, jigs, and dominos; grooves, dados, and rabbets. Speculative model-making with boxboard and wood.
5 Group Critique of Bandsawn Boxes; Compound Miter Calculations, jigs with toggle clamps, and group workshop exercise.
6 Bench reviews of design concept preliminary sketches and model, connecting concepts to practice. Mid-Semester Reviews to follow. Note: During the mid-semester break, as per “After-Hours Access Policy”, Workshop Access will be only 8am-5:30pm on Weekdays, with no access on Public Holidays or weekends of the break. Buddy System applies. Plan accordingly. Note: during the mid-semester break, as per “After-Hours Access Policy”, Workshop Access will be only 8am-5:30pm on Weekdays, with no access on Public Holidays or weekends of the break. Buddy System applies. Plan accordingly.
7 ANZAC day Public Holiday. No class, no workshop access. Make-up Class will be held on Wednesday 24 April 2-6pm. Demonstration: Veneer Panels: re-sawing veneers, joining veneers, gluing up in press; Receive advice/approval on scaled drawings and cut-lists.
8 Demonstration: Housing shelves and bases in tapered and/or tilted vessels with angled rabbets, dados, and grooves; Rough milling and dimensioning of project timber (supplied by students); fabricate cutting jigs as needed.
9 Project fabrication including cutting mitres/rabbets/dados, partial glue-ups.
10 Continue project fabrication including cutting mitres/rabbets/dados, partial glue-ups, begin shaping where applicable.
11 Project fabrication: final processes including gluing, shaping, surface textures, and finishing; Install any hardware; consider presentation and display.
12 Group Critique: 10 minute Context Presentations linking the your concept and an aesthetic/art/design influence to the process, and Peer Review of Final Outcomes.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Return of assessment Learning Outcomes
Bandsaw Box: Collect/Treasure 30 % 28/03/2019 24/04/2019 1, 2, 3
House/Home Project 50 % 30/05/2019 04/07/2019 1, 2, 3
Documentation 20 % 30/05/2019 04/07/2019 2, 3

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


To use the Workshop space and equipment, users must be up to date in Furniture Workshop policies and WHS. Safe operation of equipment and processes demonstrated during class will not be repeated except in the case of excused absences. Supervised participation is required for students to demonstrate competency with equipment prior to use. Participation is required in Workshop Critiques and in Workshop WHS Meetings/Clean-Ups as integral parts of the course and practice based work.


This course is assessed during the mid-semester review and the end of term exam period. Assessments are by individual presentation of the assignment tasks in the workshop. Supporting documents and the projects will be presented during the assigned assessment time.

Assessment Task 1

Value: 30 %
Due Date: 28/03/2019
Return of Assessment: 24/04/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

Bandsaw Box: Collect/Treasure

Following instructions in article, additional course notes, and in-class demonstrations, create a bandsaw box to hold one of your three objects from in-class exercise.

Stack laminate a sufficient block of timber. You will be making an object that contains another object. Techniques will include making out orthographic projections on all sides of the block, cutting on the bandsaw, cutting and gluing along the grain, and shaping with a variety of hand tools.

For both conceptual and aesthetic clues for the design of your vessel/box piece, consider the object to be contained and its properties and characteristics. Various means of observing and distilling an object can be instrumental in identifying the essence of an object and the qualities that most appeal to you in order to develop an aesthetic direction for a new artwork.

The Fine Woodworking article, Bandsaw Boxes, has been uploaded as a resource for this project.

Value: 30%

Presentation requirements: Bring and present at group critique: finished object and supporting material such as idea generation in sketchbook and documentation of research/contextual references.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 50 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3

House/Home Project

“Regard it as just as desirable to build a chicken house as to build a cathedral. The size of the project means little in art, beyond the money matter. It is the quality of the character that really counts.” — Frank Lloyd Wright

Students will utilise demonstrated methods of constructing a “container” that utilising compound angle techniques for frame/vessel. The techniques that will be employed are variations of miter and bevel edges, including coopered, compound mitred, and/or miters for =5-sides or irregular =4 sided shapes. Any base/back of the project will consist of a veneered ply panel to account for the wood movement issues inherent to enclosed volumes in wood.

The concepts and processes should relate, with appropriate design considerations for the function of the house for the occupant. We will be considering displaced populations that have lost habitats and homes due to colonisation and arrival of non-native species in the region.

Value: 50%

Presentation requirements: Finished pieces will be presented for group critique and feedback in Week 12. For final assessment of project, all sketchbooks, drawings, lists, process materials such as formers or jigs, and finished project together with a 1pg statement addressing project against Learning Outcomes should be set-up and submitted in a location TBD on Thursday 31 May 9am, pick up at 5pm.

Assessment Task 3

Value: 20 %
Due Date: 30/05/2019
Return of Assessment: 04/07/2019
Learning Outcomes: 2, 3


Documentation and presentations of your work, your influences, your exposure to outside materials (magazines, books, online sources) lectures (including Art Forum) and exhibits (galleries and museums), and other self-directed explorations.

Half of this task will take place in the form of a presentation at a Workshop Critique where you present your contextual references and the ideas you are engaging with in your projects as well as in your ongoing, self-directed explorations. You will give context to your project by gathering and reflecting on a wide range of influences that support your work on a variety of levels including aesthetic, functional, technical, conceptual, etc. These influences would include both images and ideas/writings, and are accounted for through your documentation.

The other half is evidence is a folio that can be located in your visual journal, but is separate from the ‘sketchbook’ portion of the journal (your idea generation and sketches regarding the project). Proof of attendance, such as postcards, is important but not sufficient to demonstrate engagement. Include notes, thoughts, ideas that arise for you, and written reflections on the things you are seeing and reading. Additional class notes on how to observe, reflect, and evaluate work will be provided.

This task will be assessed according to the following criteria:

Your ability to conduct in-depth contextual research currently relevant to your project and discipline.

You have exhibited a developed knowledge of the technical, historical and/or theoretical context for your work.

Your ability to reflect upon and evaluate your engagement with broader developments in visual arts and design.

Value: 20%

Presentation requirements: All documentation of contextual references, self-directed exploration of the field, and other research materials relevant to all of your assigned projects in this course from the entire semester to your final assessment to be submitted on Thursday 31 May 9am, pick up at 5pm (location TBD)

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

Your artworks, notes, supporting documents, sketchbooks, etc. are assessed through “hard copy submission”. To ensure your efforts are fully accounted for, please present all work completed in the course during your assessment.

Late Submission

No submission of assessment tasks without an extension after the due date will be permitted. If an assessment task is not submitted by the due date, a mark of 0 will be awarded.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Returning Assignments

Art and design works will remain in the workshop. Visual Diaries will be put out on a bench in the workshop in the 1-2 weeks following the reviews or assessments.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Resubmission of Assignments

All work must be submitted at the final assessment. Works that were reviewed in the course of the semester can be re-submitted at the final assessment.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Ashley Eriksmoen

Research Interests

The gestural object; sustainability; woodworking technologies.

Ashley Eriksmoen

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Ashley Eriksmoen

Research Interests

Ashley Eriksmoen

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