Rob Chamberlin & Vivian Chiu
Harold Greene & Rob Hiza
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.
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.
Vivian Chiu was born in Los Angeles and emigrated to Hong Kong at the age of three. Her interests in the visual arts led her to attend the Rhode Island School of Design (BFA ’11 Furniture Design) and Columbia University (MFA ’19 Sculpture). With an aptitude for problem solving, Vivian creates optical sculptures out of materials such as wood and photography that attempt to formalize coincidental happenings in repetitive labor-intensive processes. She was awarded a 2020 NYSCA/NYFA Artist Fellowship in Craft/Sculpture and the 2023-24 VMFA Fellowship. Vivian currently lives and works in Richmond, VA. Her website is vivianchiustudio.com.
Harold Greene is a custom furniture artisan who specializes in truly memorable furniture designs. Since 1978, Harold has been handcrafting successful works of functional art. Harold’s work graces numerous homes in the Greater Los Angeles area and beyond, and has been featured in galleries and museums, notably, the Los Angeles Municipal Gallery where he was honored with the prestigious COLA Fellowship in 2015. His website is harolgreenefinefurnishings.com.
Rob Hiza is a furniture maker in Rockland, ME. After taking our twelve-week Furniture Intensive in 2012, he attended the North Bennet Street School’s cabinet and furniture program. Subsequently, Rob entered the field as a full-time, professional woodworker by moving to New York City, where he worked for a custom furniture business and took independent commissions. In 2021, Rob moved to Maine, reconnected with CFC, and joined our staff as Facilities Assistant. Examples of his work can be seen on Instagram @hh_woodworking.
Open to all.