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Intensives

The Center offers Intensives for students who are considering either furniture making or turning as a profession, a sababatical from a present career, or a life-enhancing skill.

 

Twelve-week Furniture Intensive

Our Furniture Making Intensive is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers and amateurs on sabbatical from other professions.  With two instructors available at all times and only twelve students, each participant is able to individualize the course of study to fit his or her interests and level of experience.

 

Eight-week Turning Intensive

The Turning Intensive prepares woodworkers for successful careers as professional wood turners, and is open to amateurs who wish to bring their work up to a professional level.

Carving Workshops

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These one-week workshops are opportunities to immerse yourself in woodcarving with the guidance of outstanding professionals who generously share their skills, and the companionship of other enthusiastic participants.

 

Our 2020 carving workshops, at both introductory and more advanced levels, are listed below.

 

Introduction to Carving
Next Steps in Carving
Bas-relief and Carving in the Round
Greenwood Bowl Carving

 

Past Fellows

 

 

annels

ROSS ANNELS, 2012
Cooroy, Australia
Furniture Maker & Sculptor

asche

ERIC ASCHE, 2016
North Liberty, IA
Furniture Maker



berg

NILS BERG, 2015
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

 blanchard

VIRGINIA BLANCHARD, 2011
Thomaston, ME
Furniture Maker

 

bonzi

JUDY BONZI, 2014
Rockport, ME
Furniture Maker

bowser

SHANNON BOWSER, 2016
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

burns

KRIS BURNS, 2013
Austin, TX
Furniture Maker
& Shop Manager
for Michael Yates Designs

catalini

MARK CATALINI, 2015
Pepperell, MA
Furniture Maker

 

chamberlin

ROB CHAMBERLIN, 2011
Kalamazoo, MI
Artist/Craftsman

Furniture Maker & Sculptor

coalter

CHANCE COALTER, 2015
San Diego, CA
Professional Woodworker
& Teacher at Palomar College

 

dehoog

JOHN deHOOG, 2016
Ann Arbor, MI
Furniture Maker & Educator,
Professor at Eastern Michigan University

doremus

NICK DOREMUS, 2011
Jacobstown, NY
Furniture Maker

 

fedarko

AARON FEDARKO, 2007
Camden, ME
Furniture Maker & Teacher

foat

REUBEN FOAT, 2007
Los Angeles, CA
Furniture Maker
& Teacher at Cerritos College

gehman

JORDAN GEHMAN, 2010
Madison, WI
Furniture Maker/Artist

gilat

EYAL GILAT, 2012
Sde Boker, Israel
Furniture Maker

 

 

gill

KEVIN GILL, 2006
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

hagenbuch

ETHAN HAGENBUCH, 2010
Coon Rapids, MN
Furniture Designer/Maker

hansuld

REED HANSULD, 2009
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Designer/Maker

harris

OWAIN HARRIS, 2015
Deerfield, NH
Cabinet & Furniture Maker


 

harrop

JEFFERY HARROP, 2016
Washington, DC
Furniture Maker/
Custom Interior Renovations


 

hedstrom

PETER HEDSTROM, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Artist/Furniture Maker
employed at BDDW

 

 

huang

TOM HUANG, 2009
Lawrence, KS
Designer/Maker

ireland

BETH IRELAND, 2011
Roslindale, MA
Woodturner/Sculptor

 

 

hitt

MARK JULIANA, 2011
Rockland, ME
Employed at
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

 

 

kobayashi

YURI KOBAYASHI, 2009
Westport Point, MA
Artist/Educator

kushner

NATHAN KUSHNER, 2005
Thunder Bay, ONT
Furniture Maker

lowe

CHLORIS LOWE, 2006
Camp Douglas, WI
Artist/Maker

 

 

lutz

PETER LUTZ, 2017
Providence, RI
Furniture Maker

 

mannetta

T.C. MANNETTA, 2014
Topsfield, MA
Furniture Maker

marriage

SARAH MARRIAGE, 2015
Baltimore, MD
Maker of Furniture & Objects

marsh

BOB MARSH, 2010
Grand Rapids, MI
Artist/Associate Professor
at Kendall College of Art & Design


 

martin

HEIDE MARTIN, 2016
Appleton, ME
Furniture Designer/Maker

 

 

 

 

 

mauch

JACK MAUCH, 2013
Tamworth, NH
Furniture Maker

 

 

 

 

hitt

MASON McBRIEN, 2008
Union, ME
Employed at
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship

 

millardmendez

ROB MILLARD-MENDEZ, 2015
Evansville, IN
artist/Chair of the
Art & Design Dept., UofSIN, Evansville

 

moles

STEPHEN MOLES, 2014
Kingsport, TN
Woodworker

 

 

 

moore

ISABELLE MOORE, 2014
Edinburgh, UK
Furniture Maker

 

 

 

moskovitz

MARK MOSKOVITZ, 2015
Rockport, ME
Designer/Builder

park

KATHERINE PARK, 2012
Hamden, CT
Furniture Designer/Maker

 

 

 

persico

BRIAN PERSICO, 2013
Windham, NY
Designer

 


 

porter1

JEREMY PORTER, 2106
Camden, ME
Designer/Maker

 

puchalski

DENEB PUCHALSKI, 1998
Waldoboro, ME
Toolmaker/Educator
at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

 

 

pulver

DEAN PULVER, 2006
El Prado, NM
Artist/Designer/Craftsman

 

 

raymond

MONICA RAYMOND, 2012
Burlington, VT
Furniture Maker

 

 

reid

BRIAN REID, 2005
Rockland, ME
Furniture Maker/Teacher

 

 

rousseau

TIMOTHY ROUSSEAU, 1999
Appleton, ME
Furniture Maker/Teacher

 

 

schrum

LIBBY SCHRUM, 2005
Camden, ME
Furniture Maker

 

 

shaw

JESSE SHAW, 2006
Watertown, MA
Furniture Maker

siepel

GINA SIEPEL, 2004
Greenfield, MA
Artist/Designer/Builder

sio

CARTER SIO, 2007
Newtown, PA
Designer/Builder/Teacher

steele

KARINA STEELE, 2012
Camden, ME
Woodworker

 

 

stone

MICHAELA C. STONE, 2012
Rockport, ME
Furniture Maker

upfillbrown

DAVID UPFILL-BROWN, 2011
Gerringong, Australia
Furniture Maker

vreeland

CORBIN VREELAND, 2016
Portland, ME
Furniture Maker

watkins

BEN WATKINS, 2003
Providence, RI
Artist

 

weis

TOM WEIS, 2008
Rockland, ME
Designer/Educator

williams

JOHNNY WILLIAMS, 2015
Newtown, CT
Furniture Maker

yates

MICHAEL YATES, 2016
Brooklyn, NY
Furniture Maker

young

PETER YOUNG, 2016
Brookfield, Australia
Furniture Maker

 

 

zietz

JEREMY ZIETZ, 2015
Richmond, VA
Furniture Maker

ziguras

STEPHEN ZIGURAS, 2015
Brunswick, Victoria, Australia
Furniture Maker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Community Classes

Weekend Community Classes are designed for people who cannot schedule the full-time attendance required for our Workshops and other programs. They provide outstanding instructors and facilities in a more accessible time format. Classes are held Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00-5:00.

Tuition: $330


Metalworking for Woodworkers
Erica Moody

March 14 & 15

This course prepares participants to make attractive metal objects such as tools, hardware, and accessories in their own workshops with simple, accessible equipment. Erica’s step-by-step instruction covers the working characteristics of brass and steel, and techniques for layout and marking, cutting, drilling, filing, sanding, and silver brazing. To practice these skills, each student makes a brass pocket bevel.

Open to all.

                                                                                                        

 


Turning for Beginners
Ken Wise

March 28 & 29

In this two-day class for novices, Ken teaches lathe safety, tool selection, and essential techniques for turning spindle work and greenwood bowls. With Ken's one-on-one guidance, each student completes a series of exercises and projects that impart skill and confidence.

Open to all.

 

 


Paddle Making
Ken Wise

April 4 & 5

Create your own customized canoe paddle! Starting from rough blanks, students learn to lay out their desired lengths, grips, and blade shapes. Ken’s instruction includes proper use of hand tools, such as spoke shaves, block planes, card scrapers, and rasps, for carving and shaping. Paddles may be finished with spar varnish as time permits. Also, students can purchase additional blanks to take home.

Open to all.

 

 

 


Eligibility:

Community Woodturning Classes are open to anyone who is 16 years of age or older.

 

Registration and Payment Information:

Please call our office at 207-594-5611 to check availability and to register for a class.

    • Community Class tuition is payable in full at the time of registration.
    • If you withdraw from a Community Class more than seven days in advance, we will refund your tuition less a $40 cancellation fee. 
    • No refund will be given for withdrawal within seven days of a Community Class.
    • We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
    • In the event that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship must cancel a class, we will promptly refund the full tuition amount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furniture Intensive

15TW1 Brian demos marquetryLead Instructor Brian Reid (left) demonstrates marquetry

February 17 - May 8, 2020
October 26, 2020 – January 22, 2021
February 22 – May 14, 2021

Audience

Our twelve-week Furniture Intensive is designed to meet the needs of aspiring professional furniture makers and amateurs on sabbatical from other professions. These include design professionals who want the deep understanding of materials and construction they need to turn their ideas into reality. With two instructors and an assistant available for only twelve students, each participant is able to individualize the course of study to fit his or her interests and level of experience.

To see a listing of alumni, including professions and websites, click here.

 

 

Curriculum

The skills available through our curriculum include:

  • Design – Learn how to develop your own furniture designs by generating and refining ideas through sketching, model making, prototypes, and full-scale drawings, plus participating in critiques and discussions of aesthetics.

  • Lumber selection – Wood characteristics, buying lumber, selecting wood appropriate to your design.

  • Joinery – Choosing and making the right joint for every situation using both traditional and contemporary methods.

  • Traditional hand skills – The foundation of fine furniture making: sharpening; use and tuning of chisels, hand planes, saws, and scrapers; hand-cut joinery.

  • Machine techniques – Use of stationary and hand-held power tools for stock preparation, joinery, and shaping of components, including jig making for precise, repeatable results.

  • Advanced techniques – Laminate bending, steam bending, coopering, working with shop-sawn and commercial veneer, cutting joinery on curved components, and more.

  • Surface preparation and finishing – Preparing wood with planes, scrapers, and abrasives; choosing the right finish for the effect you want; application of finishes.

  • Shop maintenance – Selection, tuning, and maintenance of woodworking machinery.

  • Professional practices – Visits to professional workshops to discuss how to run a business, pricing, and marketing.

The course divides into three segments. The first two weeks cover our Basic Woodworking curriculum, which explores the essentials of furniture making with an emphasis on hand skills. Each student designs and constructs a project with hand-cut dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joinery. For the second segment (6 weeks), students learn to design and build solid-wood casepieces with doors and drawers. The final segment (4 weeks) focuses on curved components and veneer, including techniques for steam bending, laminate bending, coopering, and re-sawing of veneer. Each student designs and constructs a challenging piece that requires one or more of these techniques.

Faculty

The faculty for the twelve-week Furniture Intensive is drawn from among the following instructors. Additional faculty may be named as opening dates draw near. Most of the instructors listed have websites, which you can visit for more extensive views of their work. See list of instructors here.

 

Application Process

    1. No application is required. Participants are selected on a first-come, first-served basis. The curriculum is best suited to self-motivated individuals who have strong work ethics.  

All experience levels welcome, except for absolute beginners.
Enrollment limited to 12.

Tuition: $8,120

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