Faculty

Peter Korn (Pop-up)

Peter Korn

 Peter Korn Books

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.

Peter teaches Basic Woodworking.

Website: www.peterkorn.com

John Beaver (Pop-up)

John Beaver

 Beaver

John Beaver is an award-winning professional turner in Pacific Palisades, CA. His work is exhibited coast to coast at prestigious venues such as SOFA Chicago, the Wharton Esherick Museum, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show. John’s work has been published in American Art Collector, Woodturning, Woodworker West, The Crafts Report, and Creative Wood: New Zealand. He demonstrates at events and clubs worldwide, from the U.S. to New Zealand, including the American Association of Woodturners’ Annual Symposium.

John teaches Sawn and Sculpted Vessels.

Website: johnbeaver.net

Bruce Beeken

 Beeken

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. 

Bruce teaches curvature in the Nine-month Comprehensive.

Website: beekenparsons.com

Jonathan Brower (Pop-up)

Jonathan Brower

 Brower

Jonathan Brower is a self-employed custom furniture maker in Newport, RI, where he builds on commission for private clients, architects, and designers. Following graduation with a BFA in painting from Syracuse University and three years teaching in their art school, Jonathan worked in fine cabinet and furniture shops in New York and North Carolina. Subsequently, in 2012, he completed our Furniture Intensive and launched his own business. His online course for craftsy.com, “Cabinet Case Construction,” debuted in 2015.

Jonathan teaches Fine Cabinetry.

Website: www.jonathanbrower.com.

Warren Carpenter (Pop-up)

Warren Carpenter

 Carpenter

After working with wood and building homes for most of his life, Warren Carpenter took up woodturning in 1999. He has since built up a full-time turning business in Seneca, SC. Warren is a member of the Southern Highlands Craft Guild and the South Carolina Artisan Center, and exhibits in galleries throughout the U.S.

Warren teaches Live-edge Bowls.

Website: woodbywarren.com

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