Basic Woodworking Faculty

Peter Korn, the Center’s Executive Director, has been a furniture maker since 1974. He is the author of Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003), The Woodworker’s Guide to Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1998), and Why We Make Things and Why It Matters (David R. Godine, 2013). Prior to founding the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in 1993, Peter spent six years as Program Director at Colorado’s Anderson Ranch Arts Center and four years as adjunct Associate Professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia. His award-winning furniture has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums.

Peter’s approach to woodworking calls for a balance between traditional hand skills and effective machine use. “Craftsmanship,” says Peter, “is more than a set of skills; through the process of creating an object, we transform ourselves.”

To listen to Peter Korn's talk on "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters" at the 2015 Hay Literary Festival, click here.






Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Studio Fellow and in August of that year he joined our staff, where he serves as an instructor, Assistant Facilities Manager, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor.



Adam Lucks is a recently self-employed furniture maker, a graduate of our Furniture Intensive, and a long-time restauranteur in Milwaukee, WI. His work may be seen at


Matt McLaughlin is the Center’s Facilities Assistant. Following a career in the U.S. Air Force, where he specialized in aircraft mechanics, Matt excelled in our 2017-18 Nine-month Comprehensive and as a summer assistant before coming on staff.  


Ken Stahl builds custom one-off furniture for private clients in St. Louis, MO. He opened Stahl Furniture Makers in 2015, two years after graduating from our Furniture Intensive and subsequently working in the shops of St. Louis furniture makers John Demott and Goebel & Co. To see more of Ken’s work, visit


Michaela Crie Stone is an artist and designer in Rockport, Maine. After receiving a B.A. in sculpture and painting from Skidmore College, she attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, first as a student, then as a Fellow. Her work has been shown nationally and received numerous accolades, including grants from the Chenven Foundation, the Ellis-Beauregard Foundation, the Society of Arts and Crafts, the Maine Arts Commission, and the Furniture Society. She has also participated in esteemed artist-in-residencies, including those at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Colorado and San Diego State University. For more information, visit


Laura Zahn is a Los Angeles-based furniture maker and founder of Allied Woodshop, a collaborative workshop and educational resource. She graduated from the fine furniture program at The Krenov School in Fort Bragg, CA, in 2011, and currently teaches at California State University, Long Beach. Laura’s furniture has been exhibited at Art Furniture LAX (2016), and published in Fine Woodworking (April, 2013) and Woodworker West (July 2011). Allied Woodshop was featured in the 2016 “Tools & Shops” issue of Fine Woodworking. Laura has received awards from the Sonoma County Woodworkers Association and the Orange County Woodworkers Association in California. Her work may be seen at

 Table for Two by Laura Zahn, kwila and jatoba (35"x33"x29.5"), 2011