Jun 06, 2023

Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute to have wood design commencement

ADRIAN — Eleven woodworking students who have successfully completed their studies in professional wood design will receive their diplomas Sunday during a commencement ceremony in Adrian.

Students enrolled in the Wood Design program at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute in Adrian will graduate Sunday having displayed "a remarkable passion for woodworking, and their dedication and hard work have been evident throughout their time at the institute," according to a news release from the SBWI.

The Wood Design program provides students with a comprehensive education in woodworking techniques, craftsmanship and design principles. Over the course of their studies, students are able to hone their skills, demonstrate creativity and exemplify a commitment to excellence in their chosen craft, the release said.

The program immerses its students into the art and craft of woodworking and furniture design, according to As they delve into the history of furniture design, students learn to appreciate the versatility of wood while exploring sustainable and eco-friendly materials.

The Wood Design program has a strong emphasis on form and function, the website added, as it teaches students the art of joinery, shaping and carving, and the techniques of surface treatment, finishes and veneering.

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Those who will be receiving their diplomas this weekend include Matthew Boger, Robert Bowden, Jonas Gearhart-Hall, Wayne Giznsky, Jason Leither, Steven McCarroll, Mark Nienow, Edward Ponti, Joseph Ritenor, Noah Smith and Aaron Swart.

"We are immensely proud of our graduating class of wood design students," Luke Barnett, SBWI president and co-founder, said in the release. "Through many hours of hard work and dedication, they have become some of the most talented craftspeople in the region, specifically in the field of woodworking. When you compare the work these students have completed over the past 10-months to other similar programs in the country, it is immediately apparent that this group of students are above average."

SBWI is a nonprofit organization that was incorporated April 23, 2017. It is a specialized woodworking post-secondary educational facility that provides education and career opportunities through the artistry of woodworking. SBWI offers several different types of educational opportunities. Course length can range from four hours to one year. It is on the arts and science campus of PlaneWave Instruments along North Main Street in Adrian.

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