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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…

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Contemporary Greenwood Exhibit

Our Contemporary Greenwood exhibit is now on display in the Messler Gallery, through January 2, 2020. This exhibit showcases woodworkers who harvest their materials from freshly felled trees, while both wood and bark are green and pliable. In their own words, below, the artisans express their relationships with crafting in greenwood. Image: Folded Lowback by…

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Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Ben Spilling – CENTER for FURNITURE CRAFTSMANSHIP

Earlier this month we publicly released the documentary short, A Life’s Work: The Philosophy of a Craftsman by British filmmaker Ben Spilling. The 17-minute film features CFC’s founder and Executive Director Peter Korn, along with commentary from CFC instructors Tom Caspar, Aaron Fedarko, Beth Ireland, Tim Rousseau, and Craig Satterlee, as well as from gallerist…

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A Day in the Life: The Weekend Turnover

Every weekend between Workshops, our Facilities Staff (left to right: Matt McLaughlin, Angela Robins, and Mark Juliana) ensures that the bench rooms, the machine rooms, and all they contain are clean, orderly, sharp, and square. Here is a typical Saturday morning for our team: Mark, Matt, and Angela meet to discuss the turnover and determine…

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Summer In Maine

It’s summer in Mid Coast Maine! Come for a workshop and take in the added attractions of living by the sea. Here are a few of the highlights that students enjoy… Live Maine lobster and fresh seafood are abundant. Family-owned Graffam Bros. Seafood Market is our go-to place to stock up for the weekly potluck.…