Loading Events

« All Events

KBOX201K23 Embellished Boxes with Kelly Parker

November, 5 at 9:00 AM MST


Carve it, gild it, burn it up!

Surface embellishment is a way to add visual interest and value to your work, and it can take a piece from merely good to truly remarkable.

Imagine opening a cabinet door and being greeted by a burst of color or running your fingers over the texture of a carved drawer front. Consider the visual impact of ebonized legs

supporting a table top, or lifting the lid of a simple box to discover a gilded interior.

These are just a few examples of how embellishment can be used to enhance a project, but the applications are truly limited only by your imagination. Embellishment techniques

can be used on furniture, boxes, turned objects, and more. They can even transform a cheap, mass-produced item into a one-of-a-kind statement piece.

As an artist and furniture-maker, instructor Kelly Parker often makes creative use of embellishments to add visual and tactile interest to her work, and she is happy to share her secrets!

Join us for this fun and action-packed one-day class, as we explore a variety of surface embellishments including gilding, coloring, texturizing, ebonizing, pyrography, and general fun with fire. We will combine demonstrations with hands-on practice, so that you will be able to play and experiment as you discover how to take your work to a whole new level of WOW!

You will learn:


pyrography (wood burning)


how to create various textures in wood

how to add color to wood

how to have fun with fire! (a.k.a. torching your wood)

how to combine embellishments, such as color with texture, texture with gilding, ebonizing with pyrography and whatever other combo your heart desires!

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

Please note: If you are paying by cash or check, your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

Thank you for your understanding.

kelly parker bio

Kelly Parker is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture.  After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art.  She has been awarded a professional development grant from the Furniture Society, was the first recipient of a professional development grant awarded by the Krenov Foundation and was awarded Best in Show at the biannual chair exhibition, American Craft Today: Chairs, hosted by The Bascom Gallery in North Carolina.   Her award-winning work has been featured in Fine WoodworkingAustralian Wood Review, and Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture.  Kelly’s work often incorporates other materials such as metal, glass and acrylic.  She is a passionate advocate for the craft and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others through both writing and teaching.



November 5
9:00 am MST
Event Categories:


The numbers below include tickets for this event already in your cart. Clicking "Get Tickets" will allow you to edit any existing attendee information as well as change ticket quantities.
Embellished Boxes with Kelly Parker
$ 232.00