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Out of a Tree:

« The tree that hides the forest! »

Out of a Tree: Object - Campus Mana
Out of a Tree: Object - Campus Mana
The program Out of a Tree : Object provides the opportunity to work at a tree scale and create a series of objects without waste, as well as furniture and concepts necessary to our contemporaries for a more responsible world. From the forestry to the sawmills, from the carpenter to the marqueter, the cabinet maker to the ‘maker’, wood is a material of the ‘know’ and the ‘how’ with a nobility that questions. The Out of a Tree : Object program is setting the tree as a sacred symbol of our society and is guiding the participants into their creative itinerary starting with a local Puisaye region tree, from the leaves to the roots, the bark to the heartwood, the vegetal pigmentation to its application.
Program Outline


Designer : Noé Duchaufour (noeduchaufourlawrance.com)
Artisan : Gérald Perrin et Mayeul Reignault (Perron & Frères)
Théoricien(ne) : à venir

Content and forms of teaching

Ma.Na’s innovative pedagogy is based on the contributions of renowned designers/architects, craftsmen specializing in their discipline and theorists who enlighten and put into perspective the creative itinerary of the training. This triptych, enriched by numerous other experiences provided on campus, guarantees participants a complete training program combining conceptual contributions and technical learning.

Ma.Na's team accompanies the participant through a range of complementary activities:

  • A time of reflection and research to document the subject
  • Hours of work in the workshops as well as on the field
  • Various highlights: conferences, visits, masterclasses
  • Individual and collective scenarios
    • Conversations and guidance from tutors and speakers.a

Typical day and week schedule

General learning objectives

The program is designed to support the participant on four levels : creation, technical acquisitation, professional project and collective work.

  • The mastery of knowledge and techniques related to carpentry
  • The ability to develop and present one's work, practice and ideas
  • The ability to pursue a subject
  • The ability to work collectively.

Training tools / materials

  • Access to references, preparation documents, recommended readings, filmography, etc. before the beginning of the training.
  • Felling of a tree and explanation of the different approaches.
  • Technical acquisition via your own selection of hand, stationary and power tools. Includes a brief introduction to the history of these tools, an introduction to their maintenance and use.
  • Creation of your « technical passeport » including evaluations and refresher courses on the use of the different tools & assembly techniques, notably through fundamental practical exercises.
  • Personalized follow-up of your work at the Ma.Na, regular check-ups, intermediate reports and collective presentations at the end of the training.
  • Individualized meeting on your current practice, notably around the portfolio, allowing you to reinforce, correct, and redirect the different questions.
  • The work can be individual, in small groups or collective.

Assessment methods

  • production of an object or family of objects / one or more pieces
  • documented and argued final project
  • collective restitution before a jury
  • evaluation weighting: 30% training tutor / 30% craftsman / 30% peers / 10% self-assessment
    • using a learning assessment grid
    • are measured the acquisition of knowledge and experience during training, the progress of work and the final rendering
  • training validated by a Ma.Na certificate.

Admission criteria / prerequisites

Self-taught or graduate of the discipline - the experience is assessed during the admission process.
Selection/admission process:
Step 1: sending a portfolio
Step 2: motivation interview/ more precise presentation of the project/artistic practice of the participant
Step 3: validation of the application by the admission board, which ensures that the profile and the requirements of the training match.

Program details

Material(s): Wood
Domain: Product Design
Duration: 2 weeks
Language: French & English

Price: 3500 € inc VAT

Includes tuition fees & full board

Dates : Upcoming Sessions
From 15/05/2023 to 27/05/2023
From 02/07/2023 to 15/07/2023

Program Outline