I am excited to announce a new way to spend your summer… here at my studio in New Hampshire!

One of the best things about being a maker, furniture designer and artist is getting to share that passion with others. In that spirit, I have decided to open up my home and studio to all of you for a series of summer workshops.

It’s all about learning, experimentation, and community building in our new home studio. The summer here is beautiful, our forest and river peaceful. We are opening up spots to camp and a few bunk beds as well so you can all enjoy the rugged retreat like atmosphere that we are lucky to have year around. Swimming in the river, campfires and potluck meals (to me) are just as important as the techniques and ideas we will be exploring in the shop and classroom.

Flatpack Design: an introduction to Metalworking with Hannah Vaughan

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Flatpack Design: an introduction to Metalworking with Hannah Vaughan


Want to learn to weld? Shoot sparks across the room? This is a weekend intensive metal working course in which you will learn the basics of building with steel and fabricate your own flat-pack table design. This course will include cutting, MIG welding and finishing steel as well as an introduction to furniture design with slides shows- hopefully around a campfire! At the end of this weekend intensive you will have learned the basics and will be able to take home your own piece of metal furniture. No welding experience necessary, beginners welcome.


Feel free to bring pictures of your work or work you love to share during the weekend



Optional additional tools and materials:


•          The studio is equipped with safety glasses, hearing protectors, welding gloves and welding

•          helmets. But if you own your own you may wish to bring them. Dust masks and earplugs are

•          also provided.

•          Reusable water bottle

•          Mini flashlight. Some nighttime paths are very dark.

•          Camping Gear!

•          Sketch book with ideas of furniture and design

•          Photos of your own work or work your admire


June 21st - 24th


Arrive June 21st -Thursday night- dinner together, set up tents or bunk beds

Friday- All day workshop, Demos and slides at night

Saturday- Demos and Fabrication

June 24th Sunday- Finish Fabrication and Clean up- Farewells!

Register Here

Hannah Vaughan is a designer and maker, originally from Los Angeles who currently runs her own design/build studio in Newburgh NY. Her projects range from large sculptural work to product design and architectural works. She graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art with a degree in Design, but also from Oberlin College with a degree in Fine Art. She enjoys making huge things out of steel, sitting around camp fires and talking about design.

Please wear hair tied back, closed toe shoes, jeans, and natural fibers. Your shoes and clothing will get dirty and may be burned by small sparks so dress for safety, not for glamour! We will provide safety gear including: welding masks, goggles, ear plugs, welding jackets and gloves.

Participants must follow all safety instructions and should not operate machinery, equipment and/or tools unless instructed to do so and under the watchful eye of instructor or studio assistant.

Participants are allowed to bring their own safety equipment and tools. Vivian Beer, Vivian Beer Studio Works, Studio Assistants and other agents are not responsible for the care, storage, maintenance and safe operation of participant’s tools and equipment.