Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003), The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998), and Why We Make Things and Why It Matters (David R. Godine, 2013). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1993, Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University. His award-winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums.
Peter’s approach to woodworking calls for a balance between traditional hand skills and effective machine use. “Craftsmanship,” says Peter, “is more than a set of skills; through the process of creating an object, we transform ourselves.”
To listen to Peter Korn's talk on "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters" at the 2015 Hay Literary Festival, click here.
Kendrick Anderson is a full-time woodworker in Atlanta, GA, where he designs and builds furniture on commission and works with architectural firms to create unique commercial environments. Notable restaurant projects include Empire State South (owned by celebrity chef Hugh Acheson), Kimball House (Southern Living’s best new restaurant of 2014), and Staplehouse (Bon Appétit’s best new restaurant in America for 2016). Additionally, his work has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” and in Modern Luxury Interiors. Kendrick is a graduate of our 2009 Furniture Intensive and has been building furniture professionally for 10 years. Kendrick’s website is kendrickanderson.com.
Mary Ellen Hitt builds furniture on commission, while also working as Facilities Assistant here at the Center. Following graduation from college with a degree in cultural studies and photography, she worked as a carpenter in New York City for six years, doing high-end architectural restoration. In 2014 she completed our Furniture Intensive, after which she was awarded a Studio Fellowship.
Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Studio Fellow and in August of that year he joined our staff, where he serves as an instructor, Assistant Facilities Manager, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor.
Michaela Stone is an artist and furniture maker in Rockport, ME. Following a 2011 B.A. in Fine Arts from Skidmore College she took our Furniture Intensive and stayed on as a Studio Fellow. She has been awarded several residencies, including the Anderson Ranch Arts Center Residency in Colorado, the Windgate ITE International Residency at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia, and, for 2017, the Artist in Residency at San Diego State University. Other awards include the 2014 Artist Award from Boston’s Society of Arts and Crafts, as well as grants from the Maine Arts Commission and the Furniture Society. Michaela’s work has been exhibited nationally. For more information, visit michaelacstone.com.
Bobby Sukrachand is an independent designer and furniture maker in New York, NY and a 2012 graduate of our Furniture Intensive. Since founding his own studio in 2013, he has combined a background in traditional wood fabrication with an interest in new materials and disciplines. In 2016, Bobby’s work on Etsy's headquarters in collaboration with American Green Consulting was recognized with an FSC Leadership award. His work has appeared in The New York Times Style Magazine, Metropolis, Dwell Online, Inc., and the Furniture Society’s 2015 book Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place, among other publications. Bobby’s website is sukrachand.com.