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STR101A24 Stereotomy: Unfolding the Art of 3D Design

January, 27 - January, 28 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Stereotomy is a time-tested system used for centuries by carpenters and masons to visualize and execute complex works. It has tremendous potential to assist contemporary woodworkers, as well as architects, builders, and anyone interested in design.

One of the most effective ways to understand the art of Stereotomy is through making net models, which involve flattened-out surfaces that can be folded back into their 3D shapes.

In this fascinating two-day workshop, students will work through a variety of net projects, using paper and foam boards to create basic shapes like cubes and pyramids, before gradually advancing to more complex designs, such as single and double curved surfaces, various roof structures, and other designs.

These exercises allow the brain to better visualize the overall size and shape of designs and to see how Stereotomy can transform your creative process.

You will learn:

  • Basic principles of Stereotomy    
  • Proper drafting techniques
  • How to create basic nets
  • How to work with complex surfaces
  • Techniques for Visualizing 3D objects
  • How to use net models to design structures

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.

Meet your Instructor

Canadian woodworker Patrick Moore has developed a passion for historical carpentry and has dedicated himself to reviving the knowledge of Stereotomy, as it was traditionally taught to journeyman carpenters in France, especially at the famed School of Applied Stereotomy founded in 1871 by master craftsman Pierre Francois Guillon. In pursuit of this ambition, Patrick has studied at craft schools throughout Europe as well as the United States and Canada and, in 2013, became the first and only woodworker from the Americas to complete the traditional “Tour-de-France” of carpentry training and to be recognized as a Compagnon Passant Charpentier. Patrick teaches Stereotomy at schools in the United States and Canada, using his own designs to help contemporary woodworkers access these sophisticated techniques.


January 27@9:00 am MST
January 28@5:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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