Rustic Furniture Building with D.J. Kitzel

Date & Time:

Saturday, October 14, 2023:  9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, October 15, 2023:  9:00am-4:00pm


Hunt Country Vineyards, 4021 Italy Hill Road, Branchport NY


$200 - PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED. No walk-ins. Space limited to 10 students.

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   Back for another season and by popular demand... 

   Our friend and talented craftsman, DJ Kitzel instructs another fun and informative Rustic Furniture Workshop.

   Over the course of two days, DJ 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 you 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 is a man of many talents.  He posesses over 30 years experience in traditional trades such as stonemasonry, building, and furniture building.  And, almost as many years experience as a certified English teacher and licensed wilderness guide.  He has worked on historic structures and new builds across Rochester and the Finger Lakes region while pursuing a life-long interest in these traditional trades. 


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 and lunch will NOT be provided. 

We encourage you to eat a hearty breakfast ahead of arrival, and to bring a packed lunch. 
We have refridgerators to store your lunch and any snacks you choose to bring.
You are welcome to bring your own snacks if you feel you might need them. 
Picnic items and snacks are available to purchase in our tasting room.
Hot coffee, tea, and cold water will be available all day. 
Please bring a water bottle to refill throughout the day.  
We offer refreshing beverage options for purchase in our tasting room as well. 
An end of day glass of wine and happy hour snacks are included in your registration fee.  
Wine tastings, wines by the glass or bottle, and local beer are also available for purchase.  

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Please contact Tessa with any questions in regard to this workshop: