January 26 – April 17, 2024

Maine Wood is a juried, biennial exhibition designed to showcase the breadth, creativity, and excellence of Maine’s woodworking community. For 2024, our ninth biennial, the Center received 63 submissions from 43 Maine artists and artisans. Matt Hoggle, the Center’s Executive Director, reflects, “It’s fitting that we wrap our 30th Anniversary year with the opening of Maine Wood 2024. This show of talented Mainers highlights what CFC strives to accomplish: amplifying and exemplifying the value of craftsmanship as it enriches the life of the maker as well as the communities in which they work and reside.”

Furniture makers in the show include Virginia Blanchard, Thomaston; David Boyle, Bath; Richard Chalmers, Camden; Sam Cotton, Hope; Andy Glenn, Waldoboro; Rob Hiza, Rockland; Saer T. Huston, Kennebunkport; Terry Kelly, Presque Isle; John Rogers, Woolwich; Osamu Sassa, Camden; Ethan Stebbins, Woolwich; Olivia Van Oot, Portland; Kristina Varshavskaya, Waldoboro; Paul Wanrooij, Harpswell; and Geoffrey Warner, Stonington.

Sculptors, turners, carvers, and marquetarians are John Bryan, North Yarmouth; Danielle Rose Byrd, Bar Harbor; Clara Cohan, Cape Elizabeth; Dennis Curtis, Augusta; Jeff Enck, Cumberland Center; Crockett Lalor, Lincolnville; Jim Macdonald, Burnham; Max Miller, Thomaston; and Julie A. Vogel, Harpswell.

Maine organizations co-sponsoring Maine Wood 2024 are Eastern Maine Woodturners, the Maine Crafts Association, and Maine Woodturners.

8 prizes totaling $2400, received through generous donations from our corporate award sponsors, will be presented at the opening reception on February 2nd. Awards include $300 gift certificates from The Craft Initiative for ‘Best Original Design’; from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware of South Portland, Maine for ‘Outstanding Craftsmanship’; from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for ‘Jurors’ Best in Show’; from Tools for Working Wood for ‘Best New Maker’; from Packard Woodworks for ‘Best Turned Object’; from Rare Woods for ‘Best Use of Wood’; and from Woodcraft of Newington for ‘Best in Furniture.’ There is also a $300 cash prize from Holt & Bugbee for the ‘People’s Choice’ award.

Jurors for this year’s biennial were Dixie Biggs, Woodturner/Instructor, Gainsville, FL; John Cameron, Furniture Maker, Gloucester, MA; and Adam John Manley, Assoc. Professor of Furniture Design and Woodworking, San Diego State University, San Diego, CA.

Virginia Blanchard | Thomaston, ME. ...you are loved by those who grew you..., 2023. Maple, rye straw, shellac. 72” x 30” x 1.5”. $8,000.

Virginia Blanchard

David Boyle | Bath, ME. Come Spring Table, 2023. Zebrawood, basswood, soft curly maple, maple sapling, Watco poly, acrylic paint. 30” x 48” x 19”. NFS.

David Boyle

John Bryan | North Yarmouth, ME. The Night Owl, 2022. European linden, oil finish. 31” x 8.5” x 8.5”. $20,000.

John Bryan

Danielle Rose Byrd | Bar Harbor, ME. Intergalactic Bowl, 2021. Poplar, tinted oil. 5" x 20" x 5". $4,100.

Danielle Rose Byrd

Richard Chalmers | Camden, ME. Cartesian Crossing, 2023. Pine, India ink, glass. 17.5” x 16.5” x 16.5”. $1,850.

Richard Chalmers

Clara Cohan | Cape Elizabeth, ME. One Who Nurtures, 2019. Cedar (figure), laminated Douglas fir (base), oil stain, gold-leaf, gold powder, wax, mirrors, poly-acrylic varnish. 32.5” x 10” x 10”. $4,800. Courtesy of Harbor Square Gallery

Clara Cohan

Sam Cotton | Hope, ME. Curved Lid Box, 2023. Cherry, claro walnut, chestnut, shellac, oil. 3.75” x 13.25” x 10.25”. $275.

Sam Cotton

Dennis Curtis | Augusta, ME. Three Sisters, 2019. Cherry burl, natural tung oil, citrus peel oil. 7” x 11” dia., 4” x 8” dia., 3” x 6” dia. $850.

Dennis Curtis

Jeff Enck | Cumberland Center, ME. Untitled, 2023. Cherry, watercolor, pyrography, laquer finish. 4” x 5.25” dia. $575.

Jeff Enck

Andy Glenn | Waldoboro, ME. 207 Chair, 2023. Red oak, hickory bark, earth pigments, linseed oil, shellac. 31.25” x 20.5” x 18”. $980.

Andy Glenn

Rob Hiza | Rockland, ME. Breakfast Table, 2023. Bleached maple, wihte oil finish. 29” x 32” x 32”. $3,000.

Rob Hiza

Saer T. Huston | Kennebunkport, ME. Tubed, 2023. Bleached ash, sirca spray finish, felted cushions. 18” x 72” x 20”. $4,750.

Saer T. Huston

Terry Kelly | Presque Isle, ME. Rod Back Arm Chair, 2022. White ash, white pine, milk paint, linseed oil. 45” x 28” x 26”. $2,000.

Terry Kelly

Crockett Lalor | Lincolnville, ME. Brush & Comb, 2022. Figured maple, plastic bristles, tung oil. 4” x 8” x 2”, 3” x 8” x .5”. NFS.

Crockett Lalor

Jim Macdonald | Burnham, ME. Mending, 2023. Assorted veneers on MDF panel, endgrain white oak, figured walnut & wenge border. 1” x 32” dia. $1,600.

Jim Macdonald

Max Miller | Thomaston, ME. Cherry Wing Bowl, 2022. Cherry limb, walnut oil, pine rosin, beeswax, carnauba wax. 4” x 18” x 9”. $450.

Max Miller

John Rogers | Woolwich, ME. Sweater Cabinet, 2020. Walnut, spalted maple. 57” x 36” x 14”. $4,500.

John Rogers

Osamu Sassa | Camden, ME. SHOP Chair, 2021. Walnut, hickory, Danish oil. 33” x 17” x 17”. NFS.

Osamu Sassa

Ethan Stebbins | Woolwich, ME. Side Table, 2021. Coastal granite, black walnut, Tried & True finish. 28” x 30” x 24”. $8,500.

Ethan Stebbins

Olivia Van Oot | Portland, ME. Bed Cabinet, 2023. Walnut, ply, assorted veneer, oil paint, Danish oil. 16” x 23” x 3.5”. $1,600.

Olivia Van Oot

Kristina Varshavskaya | Waldoboro, ME. Dusty Cabinet, 2023. Hard maple, waxed cord, osmo. 56” x 28” x 14”. $6,000.

Kristina Varshavskaya

Julie A. Vogel | Harpswell, ME. Black Walnut & Mussel Shell Vessel, 2023. Walnut, mussel shell inlay, walnut oil. 4” x 11.5” dia. $1,200.

Julie A. Vogel

Paul Wanrooij | Harpswell, ME. Oceana End Table, 2023. Sapele, lacewood, polyurethane, glass. 25” x 25” x 25”. $1,495.

Paul Wanrooij

Geoffrey Warner | Stonington, ME. The Warner Rocker, 2019. American cherry, tung oil finish. 36” x 24” x 42”. $6,200 to order.

Geoffrey Warner