Rustic Furniture Building 
                              with D.J. Kitzel


Date & Time

Saturday, August 15, 2020:  9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, August 16, 2020:  9:00am-4:00pm


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


$200, includes lunch each day, instruction, wine, and a one of a kind learning experience.

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

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Back for another Rustic Furniture Workshop, DJ Kitzel instructs and guides your creative process through building a piece of your very own rustic furniture.  What could be better than a weekend at Hunt Country Vineyards learning a new skill in a relaxed atmosphere where you keep your creation?  


Join us in the historic barn 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 woodworker who sees beauty in natural materials and enjoys creating from scratch.  No woodworking experience necessary.  All tools, fasteners, instruction and lunch provided.

Participants should dress appropriately for woodworking, wear sturdy shoes, and bring a water bottle.  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 20 years, and teaching it for 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 26 years of experience in the building trades, 22 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. 

Food & Drink

Lunches: TBD

An "end of day" glass of wine 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.


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.

Covid-19 Update: As the wineries in our region prepare to reopen to the public in New York's Phase 3 (mid-June), we're finalizing our plans on how best to see you all in-person again! We're taking all the necessary precautions to host events and workshops in a safe, healthy, compliant and fun way. Over the next few months, as each event on our calendar approaches, we'll be carefully assessing whether or not the circumstances at the time allow us to meet the standards for hosting safe and fun gatherings. If we feel the need to cancel an event, ticket holders will be notified of the cancellation and all ticket fees will be fully refunded.

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