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Woodworkers Finding Their (Bench) Space

Sometimes solving a problem leads to benefits you never expected. Last fall, to promote virus safety, we spread student workbenches farther apart by moving some into the adjacent drafting rooms. Teachers and students liked the new set up so well that we looked for ways to make it permanent. The problem with making it permanent?…

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A Nine-month Quest: New Life Plans and Perspectives

The Nine-month Comprehensive recently graduated its latest class. Twelve students spent an intense fall, winter, and spring progressing through projects in hand skills, drawer making, machine skills, finishing, drawing for design, solid wood casepiece construction, turning, CNC machining, veneering and marquetry, curvature, carving, product development, and chair making. The students came with a wide range…

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Jolly Wood Fellows

There is always something interesting afoot in the Thomas Miller Jackson Building, home of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Fellowship program. In essence, Fellowships are courses of independent study that can last anywhere from a month to a year. They provide emerging and established furniture makers, carvers, and turners with a stimulating environment to explore…

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Meet a Teaching the Teachers Partner: Greater West Town Training Partnership

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Teaching the Teachers program awards scholarships to educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities. We hope to further the work of these organizations by giving their instructors new woodworking skills and a vision of the educational woodshop that they can share with their own communities. We thought you…

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Woodworking in the Time of COVID

Recently the Center completed its first full class since the school reopened in September:  the fall Furniture Intensive wrapped up on January 22 with its usual celebratory presentation of student work. However, instead of the normal show and tell in which friends, family, and other students on campus admire the various benches, casepieces, and curved…

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Eight Weeks in the Turning Studio

On January 11th, a new group of students gathered in our Turning Studio. They came from all over the country with different backgrounds and experiences, but with one unifying theme – to spend the next eight weeks immersed in the world of woodturning. Beth Ireland, our Lead Instructor, has taught the Turning Intensive at the…

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All About Aprons

If you’re like the woodworkers on our campus, you’re constantly carrying around a few crucial tools – pencil, square, rule, maybe a tape measure and a knife. Do you fill up your pants pockets? Do you constantly walk back to your workbench? Many embrace a different shop solution: the apron. You see them everywhere you…

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Holiday Selling Tips for Woodworkers

The holidays are a great time for woodworkers and makers to sell products. However, it can be daunting to figure out pricing, advertising, and an ideal market for your items. We asked two of our instructors, Josh Vogel and Erica Moody, to share tips on how up and coming craftspeople can chart their own courses…

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Veterans Day Spotlight

In honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to share the story of one of our staff members, who, before joining us at the woodschool, proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. After completing six years of service Matt McLaughlin began pursuing his interest in woodworking by building furniture in his father’s workshop. Eager to hone…