Rustic Furniture Building 
                              with D.J. Kitzel 

Date & Time

Saturday, October 12, 2019:  9:00am-4:00pm
Sunday, October 13, 2019:  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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Triptych photos, L to R:  rustic bench, D.J. Ktizel(instructor), rustic chair

What could be better than a fall 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 in layers for the weather, 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 days 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.

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