The Jackson Building bench roomThe Jackson Building bench roomThe Fellowship Program provides emerging and established furniture makers, carvers, and turners with a stimulating environment for the exploration of new work. The program offers free studio space and other benefits to individuals who are willing to commit anywhere from a month to a year to expanding their creative abilities. To see a listing of previous Fellows, please click here.



Up to six Fellows share the 5,400-square-foot Thomas Miller Jackson Building, which contains a bench room, a machine room with full dust collection, and a drafting room. The bench room is outfitted with European-style workbenches and the machine room is equipped with 10" tablesaws, a 12" sliding table saw, 8" and 12" jointers, 15" thickness planers, 14" and 20" bandsaws, Oneway 1640 lathes, a shaper, a CNC milling machine, a router table, a combination sander, an oscillating spindle sander, a chopsaw, a scrollsaw, drill presses, grinders, and a horizontal slot mortiser.



Dave and Mary Ellen 1Fellows Dave Messmer and Mary Ellen Hitt

  • Free studio space in a well-equipped, dedicated facility
  • Round-the-clock shop access, including weekends
  • Open attendance at demonstrations and lectures by more than 40 outstanding professionals who teach at the school annually
  • Bi-weekly critiques by faculty and visiting instructors
  • Access to the Center’s library and gallery
  • Opportunity to participate in biennial Messler Gallery alumni exhibition
  • Interaction with hundreds of professional and amateur furniture makers who participate in the Center’s instructional programs



Fellows are expected to contribute six hours per week to the school, helping out with tasks such as:

    • facilities and grounds maintenance
    • gallery staffing and cleaning
    • assistant teaching
    • special events, such as gallery openings


In addition, Fellows are responsible for their own housing, materials, and transportation.


Applicants must:

    • be experienced furniture makers, capable and ready to explore new work on their own initiative
    • possess good interpersonal skills
    • know how to use machinery and hand tools competently and safely
    • have a record of creative achievement


Fellowships are awarded on a competitive basis for periods ranging from one month to one year. Applications are accepted anytime, and positions are awarded as vacancies arise.

To apply, please send the following:

      1. A resume

      2. Digital images of your work

      3. A letter stating your reasons for applying and your goals as a woodworker

      4. The names and telephone numbers of three references

      5. An indication of the dates for which you are available

Applications should be e-mailed to: fellowship@woodschool.org


To see exhibitions of work by former Studio Fellows, follow these links: