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Intensives

The Center offers Intensives for students who are considering either furniture making or turning as a profession, a sababatical from a present career, or a life-enhancing skill.

 

Twelve-week Furniture Intensive

Our Furniture Making Intensive is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers and amateurs on sabbatical from other professions.  With two instructors available at all times and only twelve students, each participant is able to individualize the course of study to fit his or her interests and level of experience.

 

Eight-week Turning Intensive

The Turning Intensive prepares woodworkers for successful careers as professional wood turners, and is open to amateurs who wish to bring their work up to a professional level.

Past Fellows

 

 

annels

ROSS ANNELS, 2012
Cooroy, Australia
Furniture Maker & Sculptor

asche

ERIC ASCHE, 2016
North Liberty, IA
Furniture Maker



berg

NILS BERG, 2015
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

 blanchard

VIRGINIA BLANCHARD, 2011
Thomaston, ME
Furniture Maker

 

bonzi

JUDY BONZI, 2014
Rockport, ME
Furniture Maker

bowser

SHANNON BOWSER, 2016
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

burns

KRIS BURNS, 2013
Austin, TX
Furniture Maker
& Shop Manager
for Michael Yates Designs

chamberlin

ROB CHAMBERLIN, 2011
Kalamazoo, MI
Artist/Craftsman

coalter

CHANCE COALTER, 2015
San Diego, CA
Professional Woodworker
& Teacher at Palomar College

 

dehoog

JOHN deHOOG, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
Furniture Maker & Educator,
Professor at Eastern Michigan University

doremus

NICK DOREMUS, 2011
Jacobstown, NY
Furniture Maker

 

fedarko

AARON FEDARKO, 2007
Camden, ME
Furniture Maker & Teacher

foat

REUBEN FOAT, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
Furniture Maker
& Teacher at Cerritos College

gehman

JORDAN GEHMAN, 2010
Madison, WI
Furniture Maker/Artist

gilat

EYAL GILAT, 2012
Sde Boker, Israel
Furniture Maker

 

 

gill

KEVIN GILL, 2006
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

hagenbuch

ETHAN HAGENBUCH, 2010
Coon Rapids, MN
Furniture Designer/Maker

hansuld

REED HANSULD, 2009
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Designer/Maker

harris

OWAIN HARRIS, 2015
Deerfield, NH
Cabinet & Furniture Maker


harrop

JEFFERY HARROP, 2016
Washington, DC
Furniture Maker/
Custom Interior Renovations


 

hedstrom

PETER HEDSTROM, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Artist/Furniture Maker
employed at BDDW

hitt

MARY ELLEN HITT, 2014
Morrill, ME
Employed at
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

 

 

huang

TOM HUANG, 2009
Lawrence, KS
Designer/Maker

ireland

BETH IRELAND, 2011
Roslindale, MA
Woodturner/Sculptor

 

 

hitt

MARK JULIANA, 2011
Rockland, ME
Employed at
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

 

 

kobayashi

YURI KOBAYASHI, 2009
Westport Point, MA
Artist/Educator

kushner

NATHAN KUSHNER, 2005
Thunder Bay, ONT
Furniture Maker

lowe

CHLORIS LOWE, 2006
Camp Douglas, WI
Artist/Maker

mannetta

T.C. MANNETTA, 2014
Topsfield, MA
Furniture Maker

marriage

SARAH MARRIAGE, 2015
Baltimore, MD
Maker of Furniture & Objects

marsh

BOB MARSH, 2010
Grand Rapids, MI
Artist/Associate Professor
at Kendall College of Art & Design


 

martin

HEIDE MARTIN, 2016
Appleton, ME
Furniture Designer/Maker

 

 

 

 

 

mauch

JACK MAUCH, 2013
Tamworth, NH
Furniture Maker

 

 

 

mcalpine

BRIAN McALPINE, 2015
Scituate, MA
Furniture Maker

 

hitt

MASON McBRIEN, 2008
Union, ME
Employed at
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

 

messmer

DAVE MESSMER, 2014
Interlaken, NY
Cabinet & Furniture Maker

 

millardmendez

ROB MILLARD-MENDEZ, 2015
Evansville, IN
artist/Chair of the
Art & Design Dept., UofSIN, Evansville

 

moles

STEPHEN MOLES, 2014
Kingsport, TN
Woodworker

 

 

 

moore

ISABELLE MOORE, 2014
Edinburgh, UK
Furniture Maker

 

 

 

moskovitz

MARK MOSKOVITZ, 2015
Rockport, ME
Designer/Builder

park

KATHERINE PARK, 2012
Hamden, CT
Furniture Designer/Maker

 

 

 

persico

BRIAN PERSICO, 2013
Windham, NY
Designer

 


 

porter1

JEREMY PORTER, 2106
Camden, ME
Designer/Maker

 

puchalski

DENEB PUCHALSKI, 1998
Waldoboro, ME
Toolmaker/Educator
at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

 

 

pulver

DEAN PULVER, 2006
El Prado, NM
Artist/Designer/Craftsman

 

 

raymond

MONICA RAYMOND, 2012
Burlington, VT
Furniture Maker

 

 

reid

BRIAN REID, 2005
Rockland, ME
Furniture Maker/Teacher

 

 

rousseau

TIMOTHY ROUSSEAU, 1999
Appleton, ME
Furniture Maker/Teacher

 

 

schrum

LIBBY SCHRUM, 2005
Camden, ME
Furniture Maker

 

 

shaw

JESSE SHAW, 2006
Watertown, MA
Furniture Maker

siepel

GINA SIEPEL, 2004
Greenfield, MA
Artist/Designer/Builder

sio

CARTER SIO, 2007
Newtown, PA
Designer/Builder/Teacher

steele

KARINA STEELE, 2012
Camden, ME
Woodworker

 

 

stone

MICHAELA C. STONE, 2012
Rockport, ME
Furniture Maker

upfillbrown

DAVID UPFILL-BROWN, 2011
Gerringong, Australia
Furniture Maker

vreeland

CORBIN VREELAND, 2016
Bridgehampton, NY
Furniture Maker

watkins

BEN WATKINS, 2003
Providence, RI
Artist

 

weis

TOM WEIS, 2008
Rockland, ME
Designer/Educator

williams

JOHNNY WILLIAMS, 2015
Newtown, CT
Furniture Maker

yates

MICHAEL YATES, 2016
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

young

PETER YOUNG, 2016
Brookfield, Australia
Furniture Maker

 

 

zietz

JEREMY ZIETZ, 2015
Richmond, VA
Furniture Maker

ziguras

STEPHEN ZIGURAS, 2015
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Furniture Maker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Classes

Weekend Community Classes are designed for people who cannot schedule the full-time attendance required for our Workshops and other programs. Community Classes provide the same outstanding instructors and facilities in a more accessible time format. Classes are held Saturday and Sunday 9-5.

Tuition: $310


Starting with Power Tools
Isabella Pierson Feracci

November 18 & 19, 2017

Get comfortable with common power tools! This class introduces the fundamentals of cutting wood with the chop saw, band saw, and hand-held power tools such as the jigsaw and circular saw. Participants learn safe and efficient techniques for measuring, cutting boards to length and width, smoothing surfaces, shaping edges, and creating simple joinery. Each student completes a tool carrier to bring home.                                                                                                         

Open to all.


Learn to Turn
Ken Wise

December 2 & 3, 2017

This two-day class introduces spindle work and faceplate turning to the novice turner. Participants learn lathe safety, tool selection, and fundamental techniques for spindle work (turning wood between centers) and green-wood bowls. With Ken's guidance, each student completes several exercises that impart skill and confidence at the lathe, such as turning a bowl to take home.

Open to all.


Hand Tool Clinic
Mason McBrien

December 9 & 10, 2017

Bring forlorn hand tools back to life! Whether you are rescuing them from the back of the garage or have just acquired them at a flea market, Mason teaches you to clean, sharpen, tune, and repair your old saws, planes, axes, chisels, and more…so that they can be used now and passed on to the next generation. In addition, he shares his passion for the lore and history of old tools.

Open to all.


Eligibility:

Community Woodturning Classes are open to anyone who is 16 years of age or older.

 

Registration and Payment Information:

Please call our office at 207-594-5611 to check availability and to register for a class.

    • Community Class tuition is payable in full at the time of registration.
    • If you withdraw from a Community Class more than seven days in advance, we will refund your tuition less a $35 cancellation fee. 
    • No refund will be given for withdrawal within seven days of a Community Class.
    • We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
    • In the event that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship must cancel a class, we will promptly refund the full tuition amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture Intensive

15TW1 Brian demos marquetryLead Instructor Brian Reid (left) demonstrates marquetry

February 19 - May 11, 2018
June 11 – August 31, 2018
October 29, 2018 – January 25, 2019
February 18 – May 10, 2019

Audience

Our twelve-week Furniture Intensive is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers and amateurs on sabbatical from other professions, including design professionals who want to turn their ideas into reality. The curriculum provides a foundation in essential furniture making skills upon which graduates can confidently build. With two instructors available for only twelve students, participants tailor their projects to fit their interests and level of experience.

To see a listing of alumni, including professions and websites, click here.

 

 

Curriculum

The skills available through our curriculum include:

  • Design – Improving your ability to sketch, render objects, and think in three dimensions. Drafting, design development through models, mock-ups, and prototypes; critiques and discussions of aesthetics.

  • Lumber selection – Wood characteristics; buying lumber; selecting wood appropriate to your design.

  • Joinery – Choosing and making the right joint for every situation using both traditional and contemporary methods.

  • Traditional hand skills – The foundation of fine furniture making: sharpening; use and tuning of chisels, hand planes, saws, and scrapers; hand-cut joinery.

  • Machine techniques – Use of power tools and routers for stock preparation, joinery, and shaping of components.

  • Advanced techniques – Laminate bending; steam bending; re-sawing and veneering; jig and fixture making; and more.

  • Surface preparation and finishing – Preparing wood with cutting tools, scrapers, and abrasives; choosing the right finish for the effect you want; application of finishes.

  • Shop maintenance – Selection, tuning, and maintenance of woodworking machinery.

  • Professional practices – Visits to professional workshops to discuss how to run a business, pricing, and marketing.

The course divides into three projects. For the first two weeks we go through the Basic Woodworking curriculum teaching the essentials of furniture making with an emphasis on hand skills. Each student designs and builds a project requiring hand-cut dovetails and mortise-and-tenon joinery. The second project, weeks three through eight, focuses on solid-wood casepiece construction, including door-making and drawer-making. Each participant creates a casepiece with at least one door and one drawer. The third project starts in week nine with a series of lectures and demonstrations on steam bending, laminate bending, and veneer work. Each student designs and constructs a challenging piece using one or more of these techniques.

Faculty

The faculty for the Twelve-week Intensive is drawn from among the following instructors. Additional faculty may be named as opening dates draw near. Most of the instructors listed have websites, which you can visit for more extensive views of their work. See list of instructors here.

 

Application Process

Participants are accepted any time on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required.
All experience levels welcome, except for absolute beginners.
Enrollment limited to 12.

Tuition: $7,830

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Turning Intensive

January 15 - March 9, 2018

 

Audience

The eight-week Turning Intensive is designed to prepare woodworkers for successful careers as professional woodturners, and is also open to amateurs who wish to bring their work up to a professional level.

 

Curriculum

The Turning Intensive curriculum leads students through a sequence of hands-on projects that develop foundation skills in all facets of professional woodturning.

Architectural woodturning: create components such as columns, balusters, newel posts, and moldings with techniques such as duplication, reeding, fluting, twists, split turning, rosettes, barrel staving, segmenting, and more.

Production woodturning: produce items such as bowls, platters, stair parts, furniture parts, and other objects with consistency, speed, and quality.

Creative woodturning: develop your aesthetic voice by making one-of-a-kind functional and sculptural objects that are turned, carved, and/or sculpted.

Furniture components: turn and join parts such as legs, pulls, finials, and rungs.

Milling: gain competence with machines such as the table saw, band saw, router, drill press, lathe, router, and other woodworking machines for stock preparation, forming, and joinery.

Sharpening: learn how to grind and sharpen turning, carving, and woodworking tools such as gouges, skews, v-tools, and chisels.

Tool making: solve unusual turning challenges by making your own turning tools, jigs and attachments.

Business Practices: learn about estimating time and calculating competitive prices in the woodworking market, keeping books and other useful records, and marketing.

 

 

Application Process

Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. No application is required.

All experience levels welcome.
Enrollment limited to 10.

 

 

Faculty

The Lead Instructor for the course is Beth Ireland, who is joined by visiting instructors Mark Gardner and Al Stirt.

Lead Instructor Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, MA, since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate Fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters to one-of-a-kind sculpture. Her website is bethireland.net

Click here to watch a video of Beth Ireland describing the course

Visiting Instructor Mark Gardner is a full-time studio turner and sculptor in Saluda, NC. His award-winning work is exhibited nationally and has been acquired for the permanent collections of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, the Yale University Art Gallery, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, among others. He is represented in publications such as New Masters of Woodturning (Fox Chapel Press, 2008) and Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood (Guild Publishing, 2002). Mark’s website is markgardnerstudio.com.

Visiting Instructor Al Stirt has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is represented in numerous public and private collections, including those of the Smithsonian, the White House, the Museum of Arts and Design in New York, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. He has demonstrated woodturning in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada, as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997, the American Association of Woodturners awarded him an Honorary Lifetime Membership for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. Al lives and works in Enosburg Falls, VT. His website is alstirt.com.

 

 

The Turning Intensive was featured in American Woodturner magazine, December 2013. Click here to read the article.

 

 

 

Tuition: $5,000

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