The Lead Instructor for the course is Tim Rousseau. For each project, Tim is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Please visit the instructors' websites for more extensive views of their work.
Lead Instructor Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Camden, ME, and teaching at the Center. He also produces how-to and project videos for finewoodworking.com and TauntonWorkshops.com, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine in 2003 to set up his own business. For the next 15 years, he served as a Lead Instructor for our Furniture Intensive, taught summer Workshops, and co-taught the chair project of the Comprehensive. In 2019, Tim took over as Lead Instructor for the Comprehensive. His website is timothyrousseau.com.
Bruce Beeken is co-owner of Beeken Parsons in Shelburne, VT. Beeken Parsons makes one-off household and institutional furniture, including custom orders for seating and tables in institutional settings such as college libraries, chapels, and refectories. Beeken Parsons has conducted funded research into the sustainable use of local woods, including lesser-known species and lower grades. Bruce trained at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late 1970s and was one of the influential makers included in the seminal retrospective, “The Maker’s Hand – American Studio Furniture 1940-1990” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. He teaches the curvature segment of the Comprehensive and his website is beekenparsons.com.
Seth Bosdell is founder and owner of Yankee Fine Finishing in Palermo, ME. Clients include architectural millwork companies, furniture makers, and cabinetmakers such as Benchdogs in Washington, ME, and M.R. Brewer in Portland, ME. A professional finisher for over a decade, Seth’s original area of expertise was repair and restoration, where hand-applied finishes and color-matching with custom stains and toners predominate. Today, he specializes in finishing new millwork, cabinetry, and furniture, primarily with lacquers and high-end European water-based finishes sprayed in a custom-designed, down-draft booth.
Patrick Coughlin is a partner in Heide Martin Design Studio in Rockland, ME, a boutique furniture and housewares company that he and his wife launched in 2017. A woodworker since 2005, Patrick started as a general carpenter, co-founded a residential design-build firm in Seattle, WA, and then worked as a cabinetmaker and furniture maker in mid-coast Maine from 2015-17. He served as teaching assistant for the Nine-Month Comprehensive in 2017-18, and currently teaches the Table and Drawer segment. Patrick’s business website is www.heidemartin.com.
Owain Harris is a self-taught woodworker who operates a one-person studio in Gonic, NH, where he builds custom furniture and cabinetry. He began his career in wood as a framing carpenter, in 1997, and worked as both a finish carpenter and remodeler before going fulltime as a cabinetmaker, in 2008. Owain is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His work has received multiple awards, including a Pinnacle Award from the International Society of Furniture Designers and the Veneertech Craftsman Challenge Award in the furniture category. Owain has been featured in numerous publications, including Fine Woodworking and NH Home Magazine. He teaches machine skills for the Comprehensive and his work may be seen at owainharris.com.
Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an MFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters, to sculpture, to one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. She is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive and teaches turning for the Comprehensive. Beth lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and her website is bethireland.net.
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 nationally. Mark teaches one of our Basic Woodworking workshops, as well as the CAD and CNC segments of the Comprehensive.
Aled Lewis is a furniture make in Machynlleth, Wales, who was the Lead Instructor for our Nine-month Comprehensive from 2009-2019. He originally trained at Rycotewood College and has more than 38 years of professional experience in all aspects of designing and making one-off and limited-production furniture. Clients range from private collectors to public institutions such as Oxford University and London-based law and finance companies. Aled was featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking in February 2013, profiled in the September 2017 issue of Furniture & Cabinetmaking, and awarded a Bespoke Guild Mark from the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers of the City of London in 2018. He teaches chair making for the Comprehensive and his website is aledlewisfurniture.com.
Jim Macdonald creates custom guitars, furniture, art, and portraits featuring marquetry and inlay in Burnham, ME. In addition to his own projects, Jim collaborates with luthiers and furniture makers as a marquetry specialist. His work has been commissioned by Gibson Guitar's Custom Shop and Hinckley Yachts. In 2018, his Allman Brothers tribute guitar entered the collection of their Big House Museum in Macon, GA. His Turandot Cabinet appeared in the "Current Work" section of Fine Woodworking (June, 2001). Jim teaches marquetry for the Comprehensive. His website is jmacwooddesign.com.
Brian Reid is a 1995 graduate of England’s Parnham College, where he trained under John Makepeace. For many years he has divided his time between building furniture on commission and teaching at the Center. Brian’s work has been published in American Craft, Fine Woodworking, and Woodwork and exhibited in galleries nationwide. He was designated a “Searchlight Artist” by the American Craft Council in 2007, received an Artist Award from the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts in 2012, was Windgate Artist in Residence at SUNY Purchase for 2017, and was awarded the Maine Artist Fellowship in 2018. Brian teaches the case piece project of the Comprehensive and his website is brianreidfurniture.com.
Adam Rogers is an award-winning freelance furniture designer in Portland, ME, and a partner in Square Manufacturing in Lewiston, ME. Honors include Best of Neocon, Interior Design’s Best of Year, the Chicago Athenaeum Museum's Good Design Award, and, most recently, Best of NYCxDESIGN for his Mae collection designed for Radnor. Adam’s work has been featured widely in publications such as Metropolis, Architectural Digest, Dwell, and Interior Design. Prior to founding Adam Rogers Studio in 2017, he was Director of Design & Product Development at Thos. Moser. Adam teaches product development for the Comprehensive and his website is adamrogers-studio.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 Crafts, 2008). In 2010, Libby was awarded the prestigious John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship by Boston’s Society of Arts & Crafts. She teaches Basic Woodworking for the Comprehensive, casepiece construction for the Furniture Intensive, and other CFC courses. Her website is libbyschrumdesign.com.
Matthew Silverio is a principal at Silverio-Architecture+Design in Lincolnville, ME. He began his professional design practice as a draftsman, and his background includes a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Alfred University, in New York, where he focused on woodworking and ceramics. Matt’s design process combines hand drawing with 3D computer modeling to communicate details of a project. Most recently, his firm’s work was featured in the February, 2020 issue of Maine Home+Design. Matt teaches drawing for the Comprehensive and his website is silverioarchitectureanddesign.com.
Valdemar Skov is a woodcarver, furniture maker, and engraver, specializing in ornamental carving for furniture and architectural details, as well as hand-engraving clock dials, fine tools, and jewelry. A woodworker since 1986, and self-employed since 1990, Valdemar has been formally recognized for his work by the Maine State Legislature and has been featured in numerous articles, including a profile in This Old House magazine. Valdemar works out of his studio in Waldoboro, ME, and teaches carving for the Comprehensive. His website is skovwoodcarvingengraving.com.