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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…