The Woodschool Blog

Community Class Overview

Written by Heide Martin on .

A lot can happen in two days. In 2010 the Center introduced the Community Class program to provide access to the same quality instruction as our longer programs in a format more suitable for those who cannot schedule the full time-attendance during the week. What we have found is not only is this serving our neighboring community, but the Community Classes have also acted as an introduction to new students from afar, given veteran students the opportunity to fill in a few extra skills, and allowed curious on-lookers to discover if their interests might be worth cultivating further.

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Designing a Chair: Inside the Fellowship

Written by Heide Martin on .

Our Fellowship Program gives emerging and established furniture makers a chance to explore new directions in their work. Fellows spend anywhere between four weeks to twelve months on campus, and receive feedback on their design progress through biweekly critique sessions with visiting instructors, other Fellows, and Center director Peter Korn. As you can imagine, fellows take various approaches to this unstructured time to work in a well-equipped facility.

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Contemporary Wood Lighting at the Messler Gallery

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The Messler Gallery is currently exhibiting the lighting designs of twenty makers and designers who work primarily in wood. Curator Christopher Poehlmann, himself an internationally recognized lighting designer, selected pieces for both their high levels of craft and design: “The makers in this exhibition.…all create objects of quality and lasting beauty, objects which stand apart from their mass-produced counterparts due to the skill of these designers and artists.” On view until January 3, 2018, Contemporary Wood Lighting is well worth a trip to Rockport!


Nine-month Comprehensive: Building a Tool Cabinet

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The second project of the Nine-month Comprehensive is focused on honing machine skills and learning the value of well-made shop fixtures and tooling. For three weeks students all work on variations of a tool cabinet design: everyone relies on the same jigs and builds a cabinet of the same basic proportions, with the ability to customize the interior to best fit their personal tool collection.


Visiting Artist Program Update

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Our Visiting Artists program invites highly accomplished, professional woodworkers on campus to explore innovation in their work. Visiting Artists share the 6,800-squarefoot Thomas Miller Jackson Building with participants in our Fellowship program, for whom they act as informal mentors. In addition, they enrich the experience of students and faculty in all programs through lectures, critiques and daily interaction.


Guest Blog: Workshop Season

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .

Workshop season is full of JOY here at the woodschool. Mondays are one of my favorite days of the week as students arrive with the excitement and anticipation of their first day of class. For some this is a bucket list experience, for others a career enhancement, a curiosity, a continuation of a lifelong hobby, or a new exploration. Whatever it is that brings them here, our students are given a week or two filled with instruction on new skills or ideas to percolate when they return to their respective homes. From beginner to advanced, from traditional skills to the technological advancements of today, the workshop curricula is rich with valuable content each week. When I walk through the classroom I see smiles of satisfaction and accomplishment from both newly discovered skills and complex problem solving. It is my joy to see these smiles of our students while they are here on their woodworking holiday.


Summer Furniture Intensive Update

Written by Heide Martin on .

Our summer twelve-week Furniture Intensive is drawing to a close, and the workshop is a flurry of activity as students work long hours to complete their projects before leaving campus. It is a great time to take stock and reflect on everything the students have accomplished over the last couple of months.