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Projects in Progress: curves from the nine-month comprehensive

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .

Walking through the Nine-month classroom I am reminded that there are many different ways to approach a design brief. In the last 5 weeks each student designed and built a furniture piece with curved elements. Collectively they have created a fine body of work which includes a lawyer’s standing desk, coffee and side tables, hall and sofa tables, a wall cabinet, and a gentleman’s valet. In addition to steam and laminate bending, students explored other curve-forming techniques like coopering and kerf cutting. I’m sure there is a mix of relief, satisfaction, and accomplishment when the wood bends without breaking, when the vacuum press closes before the glue sets, or when there is minimal spring back when the clamps come off the form.

9curves-crit-group-piecesStudent projects at the Nine-month Comprehensive curves critique

 

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9curves-cody-piecesCody's project: Coffee table with veneered top and coopered base

 

9curves-jim-veneeringJim working on his radial veneered table top

 

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Projects in Progress: curves from the twelve-week intensive

Written by Michaela Stone on .

 The last four weeks of the Twelve-week Intensive are dedicated to curvature. With freedom from the confines of the straight line, students' design vocabulary become practically unlimited. However, with the gift of openness comes the dilemma of choice. Consequently, this final project requires a great deal of experimentation and editing. Curves add both conceptual and aesthetic complexity, and as such, students learn to be both proactive and reactive in their process.

CraigStevensCraig Stevens is the guest instructor for the final four weeks

First Snow

Written by Michaela Stone on .

November was a confusing month, with enough spikes and dips in the recorded temperature to look like a NASDAQ chart. But December has arrived, and in storybook fashion it has asserted the presence of winter with the first snow of the year.

Projects in Progress: veneer

Written by Michaela Stone on .

With solid wood design and construction under their belts, the Nine-month Comprehensive students are now being introduced to a whole new world of design opportunity. Veneer allows us to create work which doesn't require accommodation for wood movement. The ability to work with veneer can expand a furniture maker's aesthetic vocabulary exponentially; however, like learning a new medium, such expansion requires an entirely new set of skills.

And the snow continues...

Written by Michaela Stone on .

Another blog post about snow? Isn't this supposed to be a blog about a woodworking school, ergo a blog about woodworking? Well, yes. But the Center is located in midcoast Maine, and Maine is a place so saturated in its own singular identity that everyone and everything within its borders marinates in Mainelyness until his, her, or its very core is so inextricably tied to Maine, that to reside elsewhere would mean to exist as someone or something else entirely. Thus, this blog is about Maine as much as it is about wood.

Woodworking at the Maine State Prison

Written by Michaela Stone on .

Instructor Brian Reid doesn't just teach at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, he also instructs an eager group at the Maine State Prison, where he started a fine woodworking program for inmates. Local photographer Marti Stone recently spent a day inside the prison, capturing Reid with his enthusiastic students.

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