The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis. For each project, Aled is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Most of the instructors have web sites which you can visit for more extensive views of their work.
Aled Lewis has been our Lead Instructor since 2009, when he came to the Center from Oxford, England. He originally trained at Rycotewood College in Oxfordshire and has been a professional furniture maker for over 30 years. Aled's professional experience covers a broad span, from self-employment as a one-of-a-kind furniture maker to managing a busy high-end workshop. He has wide experience in all aspects of designing and making one-off and limited-production furniture. His clients range from private collectors to public institutions such as Oxford University and London-based law and finance companies. Aled was profiled in the Winter 2011 issue of Woodwork magazine and featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking in Februrary 2013. Watch Fine Woodworking's video about Aled here.
Bruce Beeken is co-owner of Beeken Parsons in Shelburne VT, where he participates in making batch production seating for institutional settings such as college libraries, chapels and refectories, as well as one-off furniture for private and corporate clients. Beeken Parsons has also conducted research in the sustainable use of local wood, including lesser known species and lower grades. Bruce originally trained at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late 1970s and was one of the influential makers included in the seminal retrospective, “The Maker’s Hand – American Studio Furniture 1940-1990” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2004.
Neil Erasmus is a third-generation furniture maker in Perth, Australia who has worked for the past 24 of his 35-year career in partnership with his wife, Pam. Their furniture, which includes one-off commissions, limited-edition production runs, and exhibition pieces may be found in private and public collections throughout the world. In addition, Neil is a contributing editor for Australian Wood Review and was formerly Senior Lecturer at the Australian School of Fine Wood. His work has been widely published and may be found in the Lark Books’ 500 Chairs (2008), 500 Tables (2009), and 500 Cabinets (2010). For more on Neil visit www.erasmusdesigns.com
Adrian Ferrazzutti is a self-employed furniture maker in Guelph, Ontario with 10 years’ professional experience. He is a 1998 graduate of the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods, where he studied with James Krenov. Adrian writes for Fine Woodworking, which featured one of his chairs on the back cover of the December, 2007 issue, and his work has been widely published in books and magazines. The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded him several grants, and he exhibits his work across Canada and in the U.S. Adrian's website is www.adrianferrazzutti.com.
Reuben Foat earned his MFA in furniture design at San Diego State University in 2012. Subsequently, he served for a year as fulltime lecturer in design and woodworking at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Currently, Reuben maintains his own studio practice and lectures on digital fabrication at San Diego State University. His work has been exhibited from coast to coast, including the 2013 Fuller Craft Museum exhibition “Made in Massachusetts,” and he was a 2012 Niche Awards Finalist. Reuben teaches computer-aided design for the Comprehensive. His web site is www.reubenfoat.com.
Linden Frederick has been drawing and painting for more than 30 years. He studied at Ontario College of Art in Toronto and in Florence, Italy. Linden is also a third generation woodworker who has designed and built many pieces of furniture and cabinetry and is now building cellos of his own design. His studio is in Belfast, ME and he is represented by Forum Gallery in New York City. His paintings have been featured and reviewed in American Artist, Art in America and ARTnews. Linden teaches presentation drawing for the Comprehensive. His website is lindenfrederick.com.
Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, MA since 1983, specializing in woodturning, furniture, and cabinetry. She holds a graduate degree in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published throughout the U.S. Her business encompasses everything from one-of-a-kind sculpture to production runs of furniture and turnings. Her website is bethireland.net.
Greg Johnson is the owner of Johnson Furniture Restoration in Avon, NY. His professional finishing experience spans 40 years, from apprenticing with his father and older brothers to working for 11 years as the principal finisher for renowned furniture designer Wendell Castle. Greg teaches finishing for the Comprehensive. His web site is jfrestoration.com.
Mason McBrien has been the Center’s Facilities Manager since August, 2011, although he still finds time to accept commissions for furniture and wood turning. After years of self-employment building custom furniture, museum installations, and historic garden architecture in New Hampshire, Mason enrolled in the Center’s 2007-2008 Nine-month Comprehensive and subsequently was awarded a Studio Fellowship. His work has been published in Fine Woodworking and in Lark Books’ 500 Tables (2009) and 500 Cabinets (2010).
Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Appleton, ME and teaching at the Center. He took the Center’s Twelve-week Intensive in 1998 and then spent two years working in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, New Jersey before returning to Maine to set up his own business. In 2002 and 2003 he served as the Center’s Resident Instructor, running the Workshop Program. Since then, he has been a lead instructor for the Twelve-week Intensive and has taught the chair project for the Comprehensive. His furniture is shown throughout the Northeast, and his 13-part video series, “Making a Small Cabinet,” is featured on www.finewoodworking.com. Tim’s website is www.timothyrousseau.com.
Valdemar Skov is a woodcarver, furniture maker, and engraver, specializing in ornamental carving of fine furniture, accessories, and architectural details, as well as hand-engraving on fine jewelry and tools. A woodworker since 1986, and self-employed since 1990, Valdemar has been formally recognized for his work by the Maine State Legislature and has been featured in numerous articles, including a profile in This Old House magazine. Valdemar works out of his studio in Waldoboro, ME and teaches carving for the Comprehensive. His website is skovwoodcarvingengraving.com.
Simon van der Ven is a full-time studio potter and artist in Lincolnville, ME. He holds an undergraduate degree in printmaking from SUNY Potsdam, teacher certification from St. Lawrence University, and an MFA from the Maine College of Art. Simon taught art at Camden Hills Regional High School for seventeen years and received the prestigious Maine College of Art Award for Leadership in Art Education in 1997. He teaches drawing for the Comprehensive and his web site is vandervenstudios.com.
Stewart Wurtz has been a self-employed furniture maker in Seattle, WA since graduating from Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in 1984. He is a longtime member of the Northwest Woodworkers Gallery and has also exhibited at Pritam & Eames in Easthampton, NY, the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, and other prestigious galleries and museums. His work has appeared in Lark Books’ 500 Cabinets (2010) and The Penland Book of Woodworking (2006), as well as in Luxe, Interiors + Design, Pacific Magazine, and Home Furniture, among other publications. Stewart’s web site is stewartwurtz.com.