The Woodschool Blog

Veterans Day Spotlight

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .

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In honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to share the story of one of our staff members, who, before joining us at the woodschool, proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. After completing six years of service Matt McLaughlin began pursuing his interest in woodworking by building furniture in his father’s workshop. Eager to hone his skills and advance beyond the fundamentals, Matt applied to our 2017-2018 Nine-month Comprehensive program, for which he was able to use his GI Bill ® Education Benefits. 

Contemporary Greenwood Exhibit

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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Our Contemporary Greenwood exhibit is now on display in the Messler Gallery, through January 2, 2020. This exhibit showcases woodworkers who harvest their materials from freshly felled trees, while both wood and bark are green and pliable. In their own words, below, the artisans express their relationships with crafting in greenwood.

Conversation with Documentary Filmmaker Ben Spilling

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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Earlier this month we publicly released the documentary short, A Life’s Work: The Philosophy of a Craftsman by British filmmaker Ben Spilling. The 17-minute film features CFC’s founder and Executive Director Peter Korn, along with commentary from CFC instructors Tom Caspar, Aaron Fedarko, Beth Ireland, Tim Rousseau, and Craig Satterlee, as well as from gallerist Bebe Johnson and manufacturer Thomas Moser. Recently we had a chance to chat with Spilling about his interest in craft and how he came to make this, his third documentary on craft.

A Day in the Life: The Weekend Turnover

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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Every weekend between Workshops, our Facilities Staff (left to right: Matt McLaughlin, Angela Robins, and Mark Juliana) ensures that the bench rooms, the machine rooms, and all they contain are clean, orderly, sharp, and square. Here is a typical Saturday morning for our team:

 

 

Summer In Maine

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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It’s summer in Mid Coast Maine! Come for a workshop and take in the added attractions of living by the sea. Here are a few of the highlights that students enjoy…

 

Farewell to Aled Lewis

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

Following ten years as Lead Instructor of our Nine-month Comprehensive program, Aled Lewis is returning to Wales to begin the next chapter in his exemplary career as a designer, furniture maker, and teacher. His breadth of knowledge and generosity of spirit have left a lasting mark.

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Current Student Work

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

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Current Student Work, which presents the work of graduating participants in our Nine-month Comprehensive course, is on display from April 19 – May 29, 2019. We asked students for their thoughts on their pieces…  

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