September 17, 2021 – January 5, 2022

“Straight from the Heart,” a farewell exhibition curated by the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s outgoing founder and Executive Director, Peter Korn, has opened at the school’s Messler Gallery in Rockport, ME. The show runs through January 5, 2022 and visitors are most welcome.

The exhibition is Korn’s homage to mentors and peers whose work he greatly admires, whose friendship has enriched his five-decade career, and whose knowledge and participation have contributed to the success of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. It presents superlative pieces made by 17 renowned furniture makers, turners, and sculptors between 1965 and 2021.

“I love this exhibition,” says Korn. “It communicates the spirit, mission, and lineage of the school better than words ever could.”

The four mentors in the show—Art Carpenter, Tage Frid, James Krenov, and Alan Peters—are among the legendary woodworkers for whom Korn was fortunate to serve as a teaching assistant, starting in the 1980s.

The twelve peers in the exhibition, all of whom have taught at CFC, are Brian Boggs (Asheville, NC), Garrett Hack (Thetford Center, VT), David Haig (Nelson, New Zealand), Thomas Hucker (Jersey city, NJ), Beth Ireland (St. Petersburg, FL), Tom Kealy (Somerset, UK), Silas Kopf (Northampton, MA), Aled Lewis (Machynlleth, Wales), Michael Puryear (Shokan, NY), Chris Pye (Hereford, UK), Tim Rousseau (Rockport, ME), and David Upfill-Brown (Gerringong, Australia).

There are also four pieces in the show made by Korn (Rockland, ME), himself, between 2005 and 2021.

Brian Boggs|Asheville, NC. Berea Ladderback Chair, 1999. Red oak, hickory bark. 39” x 20” x 19.5”.

Brian Boggs

Arthur Espenet Carpenter|1920 - 2006. Wishbone Chair, 1970. Walnut, leather. 31” x 22” x 22”. Lent by Glenn Adamson

Arthur Espenet Carpenter

Tage Frid|1915 - 2004. Sideboard, Mid-1960s. Walnut. 35.5” x 60” x 18”. Courtesy of Mrs. Ann Frid Randall.

Tage Frid

Tage Frid|1915 - 2004. Sideboard, Mid-1960s. Walnut. 35.5” x 60” x 18”. Courtesy of Mrs. Ann Frid Randall.

Tage Frid

Garrett Hack|Thetford Center, VT. Demilune Table, 2013. Pear, apple, Brazilian rosewood, abalone, ebony, holly. 30” x 33” x 15”. $9,000.

Garrett Hack

David Haig|Nelson, New Zealand. Monogram Rocking Chair, 2005. Walnut. 43” x 24” x 33.5”. Commissions Welcome.

David Haig

Thomas Hucker|Jersey City, NJ. Wenge Sidechair, 2008. Wenge. 35” x 19” x 23.5”. Courtesy of Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA.

Thomas Hucker

Beth Ireland|St. Petersburg, FL. Still Life, 2021. Mahogany, poplar, milk paint. 29” x 30” x 9”. $2,600.

Beth Ireland

Tom Kealy| Somerset, UK. Somerset Sidechair, 1987. Ash, willow. 39” x 18” x 19”. Courtesy of Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA.

Tom Kealy

Silas Kopf|Northampton, MA. Macaw, 2020. Maple, assorted veneers. 77” x 36” x 16”. $50,000.

Silas Kopf

Silas Kopf|Northampton, MA. Macaw, 2020. Maple, assorted veneers. 77” x 36” x 16”. $50,000.

Silas Kopf

Silas Kopf|Northampton, MA. Macaw, 2020. Maple, assorted veneers. 77” x 36” x 16”. $50,000.

Silas Kopf

Peter Korn|Rockland, ME. Dictionary Stand, 2005. Walnut. 40” x 24” x 16.5”. NFS.

Peter Korn

Peter Korn|Rockland, ME. Continuous-arm Chair, 2014. Ash, leather. 33” x 24” x 23”. NFS.

Peter Korn

Peter Korn|Rockland, ME. Work in Progress V7, 2021. European beech, walnut, Danish cord. 33” x 23” x 24”. NFS.

Peter Korn

Peter Korn|Rockland, ME. Work in Progress V7, 2021. European beech, walnut, Danish cord. 33” x 23” x 24”. NFS.

Peter Korn

Peter Korn|Rockland, ME. Work in Progress V8, 2021. European beech, walnut, upholstery. 33” x 23” x 24”. NFS.

Peter Korn

James Krenov|1920 - 2009. Cabinet, 1991. Swiss pear, padouk, mahogany, fruitwoods. 51” x 23.5” x 13.5”. NFS.

James Krenov

James Krenov|1920 - 2009. Cabinet, 1991. Swiss pear, padouk, mahogany, fruitwoods. 51” x 23.5” x 13.5”. NFS.

James Krenov

Aled Lewis|Machynlleth, Wales. Herdwick Bench, 2016. Oak, ash. $2800 each, $7500 for 3. 17" x 42" x 16".

Aled Lewis

Alan Peters|1933 - 2009. Fluted Fan Table, 1994. Indian ebony. 33.25” x 48” x 20”. Collection of Diane and Marc Grainer.

Alan Peters

Alan Peters|1933 - 2009. Fluted Fan Table, 1994. Indian ebony. 33.25” x 48” x 20”. Collection of Diane and Marc Grainer.

Alan Peters

Michael Puryear| Shokan, NY. Bench, 1996. Bubinga, leather. 17” x 52” x 15”. On loan courtesy of C. Markham and G. Muldowney.

Michael Puryear

Michael Puryear| Shokan, NY. Bench, 1996. Bubinga, leather. 17” x 52” x 15”. On loan courtesy of C. Markham and G. Muldowney.

Michael Puryear

Chris Pye|Hereford, UK. Merlin, 2021. Bird & Post: Lacewood (London Plane); Base: European oak. 21” x 10” x 6.5”. $6,000.

Chris Pye

Tim Rousseau|Rockport, ME. Penobscot Bay Desk, 2021. Hard maple, rosewood. 31” x 40” x 24”. $5,800.

Tim Rousseau

David Upfill-Brown|Gerringong, Australia. Cabot Cabinet #1, 2012. Cherry, hard maple, leather. 40” x 58” x 24”. NFS.

David Upfill-Brown

David Upfill-Brown|Gerringong, Australia. Cabot Cabinet #1, 2012. Cherry, hard maple, leather. 40” x 58” x 24”. NFS.

David Upfill-Brown