Kendrick Anderson builds furniture on commission in Lincolnville, ME, and works with architectural firms to create unique commercial environments. Notable projects include Kimball House (Southern Living’s best new restaurant of 2014) and Staplehouse (Bon Appétit’s best new restaurant in America for 2016). His work has been featured on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” and in Modern Luxury Interiors. Kendrick is a graduate of our Furniture Intensive and has been building furniture professionally for 11 years. His website is kendrickanderson.com.
Robell Awake is a carpenter and woodworker in Atlanta, GA. He got his start working in construction, where he developed a serious interest in design and craft. This led him to apprentice with a local furniture maker and attend a hand-tool course at the North Bennet St. School. Robell taught and made furniture out of Mass Collective, a community-based makerspace in Atlanta, and most recently, was a lead carpenter at Habitat for Humanity, where he led the construction of affordable homes. For more information about Robell, visit robellawake.com.
Aaron Fedarko is an independent furniture designer/maker in mid-coast Maine. In 2007, after 16 years in the corporate world, he completed our Nine-month Comprehensive, participated in our Fellowship program, and set up shop as a furniture maker. In addition to ongoing commission work, Aaron has been a Lead Instructor for the Furniture Intensive since 2014. He also serves as an Artisan Mentor for Greenwood, a nonprofit organization that teaches woodworking skills and sustainable forest management to rural communities in Latin America. Aaron’s furniture has been featured in 500 Chairs (Lark Books, 2008) and 500 Cabinets (Lark Books, 2010). To see more of his work, visit fedarkofurniture.com.
Katie Kilanowski is a woodworker in San Francisco, CA, who produces custom furniture at GO Build Studio and teaches woodworking classes at craft schools such as Clayroom SOMA, Workshop SF, and the Nueva School in San Mateo. She is currently shifting her artistic focus to produce lighting fixtures and interior sculpture by coopering steam-bent pieces into fluid landscapes, a process she recently explored through a Fellowship here at CFC. To see more of Katie’s work, visit kilacodesign.com.
Peter Korn, the Center’s founder and former 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 see a short documentary about Peter Korn, made by British filmmaker Ben Spilling, click here. Peter’s website is peterkorn.com.
Libby Schrum is a professional furniture maker in Camden, ME. A 2001 graduate of our Furniture Intensive, she subsequently earned an MFA in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. Libby has exhibited at top venues such as the International Contemporary Furniture Fair and the Architectural Digest Design Show in New York, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, Fine Woodworking, and 500 Chairs (Lark Books, 2008). In 2010, Libby was awarded the prestigious John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship by Boston’s Society of Arts & Crafts. Her website is libbyschrum.com.
Ken Stahl builds custom one-off furniture for private clients in St. Louis, MO. He opened Stahl Furniture Makers in 2015, two years after graduating from our Furniture Intensive and subsequently working in the shops of St. Louis furniture makers John Demott and Goebel & Co. To see more of Ken’s work, visit stahlfurnituremakers.com.
Chelsea Witt teaches 3D design and woodworking at Moorestown Friends School in New Jersey. A 2018 graduate of our Furniture Intensive, Chelsea has worked for and studied with artist/makers such as Alexis Dold, Tyler Hays, Christina Boy, Aaron Fedarko, Tim Rousseau, and David Upfill-Brown. Chelsea earned a BFA at the University of South Florida, worked as Facilities Assistant here at CFC from 2019-2021, and has a broad background in art, illustration, woodworking, and furniture making. Their website is chelseacarinawitt.com.