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…

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…

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…

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…

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…