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 web sites, which you can visit for more extensive views of their work.
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, Oregon 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 as Assistant Facilities Manager.
Austin Matheson is a self-employed custom-furniture maker in Miami, Florida, as well as an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Architecture. He studied boatbuilding at the Rockport Apprenticeshop in Maine and is a graduate of the two-year furniture training program at the North Bennet St. School in Boston. Austin works primarily on commission, with a focus on historic styles of the Caribbean. His website is finehandmadefurniture.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).
Brian Reid is a 1995 honors graduate of England’s Parnham College, where he trained under John Makepeace. For many years he has divided his time between building furniture on commission and teaching at the Center. Brian’s work has been published in American Craft, Fine Woodworking, and Woodwork magazines and exhibited in galleries nationwide. He is a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association and, in 2007, was designated a “Searchlight Artist” by the American Craft Council. In 2012 he received a prestigious Artist Award from the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts. To see more of Brian’s work, go to brianreidfurniture.com.
Kevin Rodel runs a one-person furniture studio in Brunswick, ME. Self-employed since 1986, he has attained national recognition as one of the foremost designer/makers of the Arts & Crafts revival. Kevin is co-author of Arts & Crafts Furniture: from Classic to Contemporary (Taunton Press, 2003), and has written numerous articles for Fine Woodworking. His work has been featured in books such as: Bespoke Furniture from 101 International Artists (Schiffer Publishing, 2012), 500 Tables (Lark Crafts, 2009), and 500 Cabinets (Lark Crafts, 2010). Kevin’s web site is kevinrodel.com.
Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Appleton, Maine 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.
Craig Stevens has been a self-employed furniture maker for 20 years, since graduating from the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in 1993. Based in Rockland, ME, he teaches workshops throughout North America and at the Shinrin Takumi Juku furniture making school in Takayama, Japan. Craig’s furniture has been exhibited internationally. Among other awards he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1998. Craig has been a featured craftsman on the Home & Garden Television program “Modern Masters” and is the author of several woodworking books. His latest publication is The Fine Art of Marquetry (Schiffer Publishing, 2010). Craig’s website is cvstevens.com.
David Upfill-Brown graduated from England's Parnham College in 1981 and moved to Australia, where he designs and builds fine furniture. Public commissions include work for the parliaments of Australia, Papua New Guinea, the Marshall Islands, and the Solomon Islands. After serving as Academic Director and Principal of the Australian School of Fine Furniture he took the helm as Lead Instructor of our Nine-month Comprehensive from 2004-2009. Publications include Lark Books’ 500 Chairs (2008) and 500 Tables (2009), as well as Fine Woodworking Design Book Eight (Taunton Press, 2009). Most recently, David had a solo exhibition at Australia’s Bungendore Woodworks in December, 2013. His website is davidupfillbrown.com.