Meet Ken Wise

May 2024 – Ken Wise worked as a carpenter for years in mid-coast Maine and in 1990 he took a carving class with Wayne Robins. It was Ken’s first deviation from the straight lines and square corners of carpentry, and he quickly became enamored with carving. “You start with materials, remove what you don’t need,…

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Meet Kelly Harris

March 2024 – With hopes of making a career in woodworking, Kelly Harris first came to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2014 for an immersive and guided experience in woodworking and design in the twelve-week Furniture Intensive. “I wanted to learn as much as possible, become comfortable in a shop working with hand tools…

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Maurice VanderLinden headshot in studio

Meet Maurice VanderLinden

February 2024 – An aerospace engineer by trade, Maurice VanderLinden left the corporate world in 2017, to dedicate more time to personal interests such as woodworking. Maurice began with a one-year furniture program at Williams & Cleal in England. He now has a small workshop called Tiglio Artisan (@tiglioartisan) based in Naples, Italy. In 2019,…

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Portrait of Allison Samuels

Meet Allison Samuels

January 2024 – With no formal training and a day job at a residential cabinet shop, Allison Samuels (she/they) came to CFC for a two-week Casework and Tambour Door workshop in 2017, to increase their skills and confidence as a designer, maker, and teacher. “While there are similarities between solid casework and residential cabinetry, there…

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Meet Hoh Kim

December 2023 – Before starting his artistic career, Hoh Kim spent more than 20 years in the executive coaching and consulting industry. His introduction to CFC was in 2016, when he read Peter Korn’s book: Why We Make Things and Why It Matters, which led him to want to experience CFC’s teaching philosophy and educational…

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Meet Michael Danchak

November 2023 – Michael Danchak has been taking woodworking workshops for most of his adult life. The content of the courses varied from different specialties in woodworking, to finishing courses with Teri Masaschi. “Finishing is still one of my favorite things, which is a bit unusual for woodworkers.” In 2006, Michael decided to retire from…

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Meet Karina Steele

October 2023 – After taking a two week course in furniture making at the California College of Art, Karina Steele fell in love with the design process in combination with the hands-on qualities of woodworking. Looking to further her skills, Karina attended the Furniture Intensive in 2011, followed by a three month fellowship, then the…

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Meet Brendan Yi Fu Tay

September 2023 – After graduating with a degree in Film and Chinese from Vassar College in 2004, Brendan Yi Fu Tay spent many years seeking the perfect creative outlet. “I started out in documentary film, moved on to feature animation, swung a hard left into boutique confectionary, technologies education, and of course, space suit fabrication.…

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Meet Christina Vincent

August 2023 – Christina Vincent is the owner, designer, and maker of Christina M Vincent fine woodworking in North Haven, Maine, where she hand crafts each piece of furniture and artwork in her island-based wood studio. Prior to moving to North Haven, Christina was an interior designer with a degree in art and design. She…

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Meet Bobby Sukrachand

July 2023 – In 2012, Bobby Sukrachand took the summer twelve-week Furniture Intensive to establish a baseline of knowledge so he could pursue furniture-making full time. “I think it’s important to develop your own language as a furniture maker, not just as a designer but also in terms of construction methods. And I think the only…

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Susan St John

Meet Susan St John

June 2023 – In 2022, Susan St. John attended a Letter Carving workshop at CFC. “Letter carving requires me to slow down, to attend completely to each minute detail of wood, of sharpening stone, of chisel, of letter. It is a process which cannot be forced: I am learning from the inside.” In early 2023,…

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Jesse Shaw

Meet Jesse Shaw

May 2023 – Jesse Shaw came to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 2005 to learn woodworking and traditional hand techniques. His intent was to use those skills to upgrade homes and build unique kitchens and bathrooms. That idea quickly disappeared when he fell in love with the idea of making handmade furniture that increases…

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Meet John Vogt

April 2023 – After 45 years as a pediatrician, John Vogt traded in his stethoscope for a Stanley Bedrock hand plane.  In 2019 he decided not to retire, but to repurpose his life by building and donating furniture.  He had worked for a nonprofit medical group, devoting the last 10 years of his practice to…

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Wu Hanyen Headshot

Meet Wu Hanyen

December 2022 – Wu Hanyen is a woodworker, movement practitioner, and educator based in Providence, RI. Her studio Work in Use produces high-end movement tools that are meant to be displayed in the home and celebrated for their craft and materiality. She has a background in graphic design from the University of Texas, an MFA…

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Alexander Lohn

Meet Alexander Lohn

November 2022 – Alexander Lohn is the founder of Alessandro & Maria Design, where he designs and builds custom furniture in Austin, TX. Originally pursuing a career in Architecture, he received his Architecture degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.  In college he realized an office job wasn’t for him, and, following a winding…

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Heide Martin | photo credit: Cristina Wnek

Meet Heide Martin

September 2022 – Heide Martin is the Owner and Creative Director of Heide Martin Design Studio, a boutique furniture and housewares company based in Rockland, Maine. Working with her husband, she uses native hardwoods, leather, fiber, and metals which lend to functionality and well-balanced form. A former landscape architect, Heide shifted into furniture design, graduating…

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Wally Carpenter

Meet Wally Carpenter

August 2022 – Wally Carpenter is a retired IBM semiconductor engineering manager, Northeastern Woodworker’s Association (NWA) past president and the current chair for NWA’s annual Fine Woodworking Showcase event in Saratoga Springs, NY. In his current role, he has the privilege of interacting with many legendary woodworkers in the business. Wanting to learn more about…

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Shayn Smith

Meet Shayn Smith

June 2022 – Shayn Smith opened a design and build company in 2014, in a northern suburb of Detroit, MI.   He specialized in marquetry using lasers to create parts and pieces for the designs and has since partnered with Jeff Smith (unrelated) to expand the company into SmithMade.  The company still specializes in marquetry and…

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Rick Boss

Meet Rick Boss

May, 2022 – Rick Boss found CFC through an ad in Fine Woodworking. His wife is originally from Rockland and they visited every summer for a week anyway, so he thought he’d give it a go.  His first course was in 2010, for a one-week Introduction to Turning with Beth Ireland. Having been a hobbyist…

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Emily Appenzeller under desk

Meet Emily Appenzeller

April, 2022 – Emily Appenzeller was at a crossroads in her life, making art and music while assisting a local furniture maker in Los Angeles.  She came to Maine in 2017 for the Furniture Intensive, with the main goals of taking a reprieve from bustling city life and to strengthen skills as a maker so…

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Adam Markowitz

Meet Adam Markowitz

January, 2022 – Adam Markowitz is a 2014 graduate of the Center’s Furniture Intensive who successfully combines the careers of architect and furniture maker in Melbourne, Australia. When he arrived in Maine for the Intensive, Adam was already a qualified architect and a practicing woodworker. “Working in my own shop,” he says, “I found that…

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Adam Lucks

Meet Adam Lucks

October, 2021 – For 13 years prior to attending our Furniture Intensive, Adam Lucks was a highly successful restaurateur in the Milwaukee area, with training from a Le Cordon Bleu-certified culinary institute. In 2017, seeking a break from the restaurant business, he came to CFC to “get better at something I love to do.” In…

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Kate Casey

Meet Kate Casey

September, 2021 – After founding Peg Woodworking in 2014, Kate Casey realized she wanted to bring her technical understanding of woodworking up to par with her skills in sculpture and other forms of fabrication. The following summer she enrolled in our twelve-week Furniture Intensive. “I chose CFC,” Kate says, “because the curriculum combines a strong design…

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Jonathan Brower

Meet Jonathan Brower

August, 2021 – Since 2012, Jonathan Brower was the proprietor of J. Brower Furniture in Newport, RI.  He rebranded in the summer of 2021 and has taken on a partner.  They now call themselves Mosaic Woodworks, and focus on designing and producing custom cutting boards and tables. When Jonathan originally came to CFC to take…

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Limond Grindstaff 18th century high style Chippendale nine shell secretary and high chest

Meet Limond Grindstaff

July, 2021 – Limond Grindstaff is a fulltime woodworking hobbyist and retired telecommunications executive in McLean, VA. He originally came to CFC in 1999 to build his skills through a two-week Basic Woodworking course, and has followed up with additional courses since. “Each time I attended a class,” Limond writes, “my confidence and skill level…

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Kendrick Anderson

Meet Kendrick Anderson

July, 2021 – Kendrick Anderson is a self-employed furniture maker in Atlanta, GA who works with residential clients, interior designers, and architectural firms. Following graduation from our 12-week Furniture Intensive in 2009, he gained experience in several professional workshops before going into business for himself five years later. Today, Kendrick works out of a 2,200-sq. ft.…

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Leslie Webb

Meet Leslie Webb

July, 2021 -Leslie Webb is a longtime furniture maker in Georgetown, TX, who recently expanded into retail sales of high-end woodworking tools. When she enrolled in our Nine-month Comprehensive back in 2004, as Leslie recalls, she didn’t have concrete goals, “I just knew with certainty that furniture making was my path in life. I simply…

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Erik Curtis Alumni

Meet Erik Curtis

June, 2021 – As a self-proclaimed hand-tool purist, Erik Curtis says he knew nothing of “design, space or the way a piece of furniture could influence a person’s daily life” when he enrolled in the Nine-month Comprehensive back in 2012. His objective was to “learn from the best craftspeople in the world.” Looking back now,…

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