The Woodschool Blog

Woodworking at the Maine State Prison

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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.

Student Profile: meet Nine-month student Kevin Chen

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Creativity is what drives Kevin Chen. Even back in middle school shop class he was excited by the creative problem-solving needed to understand spatial volumes and their relationships to one another. When Kevin designs something, he isn’t limited to the object itself, but rather, how that object affects its environment at large.

 

Around School: the Twelve-week Intensive

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The fall Twelve-week Intensive is underway and the students are already getting their chisels sharp and their hands dirty. I myself took the fall Intensive two years ago, and let me tell you, it is aptly named. Students will execute a case piece with doors and drawers as well as a curved project utilizing the complex techniques of steam bending, tapered laminations, and veneer patterns. But before all that, a solid foundation is built through the arduous process of hand-cut joinery.

Projects In Progress: the case piece

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Having acquired new skills with hand tools and machines, the Nine-month Comprehensive students have moved to their next project: to create a solid-wood case piece with drawers and doors. Currently they are going through an in-depth design process involving drawings, models, and full-scale mock-ups, as well as pertinent lectures on the necessary mechanics and strategies. Check back soon to see their progress.

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