Robell Awake & Rob Chamberlin
Aaron Fedarko & Mike Korsak
Erik Curtis & Larissa Huff
Participants get hands-on experience at cutting a full range of essential woodworking joints with power tools and hand tools. The instructors provide guidance in choosing the right joint for the job, while teaching precise and safe construction methods for joinery typically found in casework and furniture. These include mortise and tenons, mitered joints, housed joints, finger joints, dovetails, and sliding dovetails.
Students work with routers, biscuit jointers, Dominos, band saws, table saws, slot mortisers, and hollow chisel mortisers, as well as with hand saws and chisels. They leave with confidence in their ability to wed two sticks together so they stay married. This is an excellent class for students who want to build on the skills they learned in Basic Woodworking.
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. Robell’s website is robellawake.com.
Rob Chamberlin is a self-employed designer/woodworker in Kalamazoo, MI, with more than 25 years of experience in the field. His clients include interior designers, contractors, architects, and private individuals, for projects that range from fine furniture to architectural woodwork to repair and replication. Rob was a Workshop Assistant at CFC in 2010, a Fellow in 2011, and has co-taught Just Joinery for several years now. His website is rchamberlinwoodworking.com.
Erik Curtis is an American woodworker, sculptor, and television personality. He attended the Nine-month Comprehensive at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2012 and has taught at schools around the country. His creative practice combines the sculptural with the functional in an attempt to blur the line between furniture and art. He also stars as the carpenter on Netflix’s Instant Dream Home. His website is encurtis.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). Aaron’s website is fedarkofurniture.com.
Larissa Huff is a self-employed furniture maker in Philadelphia, PA. From 2012-2021 she was part-owner of Lohr Woodworking, in Limerick, PA, where she designed and built furniture and taught classes. In recent years, Larissa has exhibited at the American Craft Show in Baltimore, the Philadelphia Furniture Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show, and Philadelphia’s Center for Art in Wood. She was profiled in the May 2021 issue of Furniture & Cabinetmaking, and has written articles for Fine Woodworking and Woodcraft Magazine. In 2022, she was awarded a residency at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, in Gatlinburg, TN and a fellowship here at CFC. Larissa’s website is larissahuff.com.
Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker in Orford, NH, whose work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums, including the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA, the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg, PA, and the Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg, PA. He is a Contributing Editor to Fine Woodworking and his work has been featured in the Journal of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. Mike’s website is mikekorsak.com.
Open to all.