Rustic Furniture Building 
           with D.J. Kitzel & Edgar Brown


Date & Time:

Saturday, July 16, 2022:  9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, July 17, 2022:  9:00am-4:00pm


Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Rd., Branchport NY


$250 - PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No walk-ins. Space limited to 10 students.

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Back for another season... 

     DJ Kitzel instructs another wildly popular Rustic Furniture Workshop with the assistance of Edgar Brown, an equally as talented craftsman & teacher. 

     Over the course of two fun days, this dynamic duo will guide your creative process through building a piece of your very own rustic furniture... 

     To take home with you, to marvel at, & show off to your friends!!!


Join us at Hunt Country Vineyards and learn the basics of rustic furniture design and construction.  Over two days we will design a simple piece, harvest materials, AND, using time honored hand tools, construct a functional, beautiful piece for your home or cottage.  This ‘make it – take it’ workshop is designed for the beginner and intermediate woodworker who sees beauty in natural materials and enjoys creating from scratch.  No woodworking experience necessary.  All tools, fasteners, and instruction provided.

Participants should dress appropriately for woodworking, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle and snacks.  We also recomend you bring safety glasses, work gloves and any personal tools you wish to use.


D.J. Kitzel has been creating rustic furniture for over 20 years, and teaching it for over 12.  He enjoys every aspect of the process, from foraging materials to finishing.  D.J. is also a stonemason, certified English teacher, and licensed wilderness guide with 27 years of experience in the building trades, 23 years in masonry trades.  He has worked on historic structures and new builds across Rochester and the Finger Lakes region while pursuing a life-long interest in traditional trades. 

Edgar Brown is a graduate of the Woodworking & Furniture Design program at the RIT School for American Craftsmen. His current fascinations are all things Finger Lakes, and gathering and using natural materials for food, medicine, and utility. He has been making rustic furniture for over 10 years. Brown is also a NYS certified art teacher, a primitive technology instructor, a FLX wine trail guide, a member of the Genesee Valley Flintknappers Association, and a resident at the Rochester Folk Art Guild. 


Group starts at 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday, ending at 4:00 pm each day.

Saturday morning will start with introductions, course overview, expectations, safety.
D.J. will provide instruction, all tools needed, and work songs.

Instruction will be a combination of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on work to construct your one of a kind piece of rustic furniture.

Food & Drink:

Breakfast: Coffee, tea, and yummy house-made breakfast nibbles included each day.
Lunches: Bring your own packed lunch.  Refridgeration, mint water, & sun tea provided as well.  
Happy Hour: An "end of day" glass of wine and light snacks will be included each day to celebrate a productive day's work.

* Please let us know ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions, by contacting Tessa at

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We greatly appreciate your continued patience and understanding as we figure out the best ways to keep you and our staff safe, and prevent another surge of COVID-19 infections.

Visiting the winery means you are aware of the current COVID-19 pandemic and understand the risks associated with visiting public places and won’t hold Hunt Country liable in the event you become infected with the virus. You also understand and will follow the best practices laid out by the CDC and NYSDOH, as well as the practice and directions provided by Hunt Country. Please postpone your visit to the winery if you are or have been exposed to persons who are ill, showing symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks.

Masks: Per guidance from the CDC and NYSDOH, people who are fully-vaccinated no longer need to wear masks. However, people who are not yet fully-vaccinated should continue to wear masks indoors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We encourage any person who prefers to wear a mask to do so.