Peter Korn, the Center’s 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 in Philadelphia. 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 Basil is co-owner of Square Manufacturing Company, in Lewiston, ME, which provides small-batch woodworking production, design, product development, and prototyping services for private and commercial clients. Prior to co-founding Square Manufacturing in 2020, Peter was Product Design Engineer at Thos. Moser for five years. Before that he worked in product development at BDDW, after earning a BFA in Woodworking and Furniture Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology School for American Craftsmen, in 2012. Peter’s work may be seen at squaremanufacturing.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 our Just Joinery course for several years now. His website is rchamberlinwoodworking.com.
Melanie Hamilton is a designer/woodworker in Rothesay, New Brunswick, where she does business as Wooden Leg Studio. Following a fine arts degree from Mount Allison University, where she subsequently taught large-format photography, Melanie enrolled in our Furniture Intensive in 2006 and went on to study furniture design at Sheridan College in Ontario. Her work has received numerous grants, awards, and exhibitions, and has been published in Home and Cabin, East Coast Living, and Popular Woodworking. Most recently, she exhibited in “Making a Seat at the Table: Women Transform Woodworking,” at the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia. Melanie’s website is woodenlegstudio.com.
Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Fellow and, in August of that year, joined our staff, where he now serves as Facilities Manager and instructor. He is also the inventor of the EZtension bandsaw tension gauge, which he markets world-wide. Mark teaches one of our Basic Woodworking workshops, plus the CAD and CNC segments of the Comprehensive.
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.