Craig Stevens & Aaron Fedarko
Learning to work with wood veneer opens up a new world of design possibilities for table tops, drawer fronts, case pieces, and more. Craig and Aaron introduce students to the why and how of skilled work with veneer. Participants learn to select, handle, cut, match, join, glue, and finish both shop-sawn and commercial veneer. Instruction covers everything from simple book-matching to more complex radial patterns, parquetry, and marquetry, as well as selection of substrates.
Each student practices the fundamentals by creating two small table tops during the first week: one with commercial veneer and one with shop-sawn veneer. They then create veneered boxes of their own design, using splined-miter joinery. This course is a good follow up to Basic Woodworking, with a similarly organized structure of discussions, demonstrations, and extensive one-on-one guidance.
Craig Stevens has been a self-employed furniture maker and wooden plane
maker for 20 years, since graduating from the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in 1993. Based in Rockland, ME, he teaches workshops throughout North America and at the Shinrin Takumi Juku furniture making school in Takayama, Japan. Craig’s furniture has been exhibited internationally. Among other awards he received an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council in 1998. Craig has been a featured craftsman on the Home & Garden Television program Modern Masters and is the author of several woodworking books. His latest publication is The Fine Art of Marquetry (Schiffer Publishing, 2010). Craig’s website is cvstevens.com.
Aaron Fedarko is a full-time furniture designer, maker, and instructor in Rockland, ME, where he operates a group workshop. He graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2007 and subsequently participated in our Studio Fellowship Program. Aaron also works with GreenWood and PATs Peru, two non-profit organizations that promote sustainable forestry management skills and teach woodworking to indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon basin. To see more of Aaron’s work, visit fedarkofurniture.com.
Open to intermediate furniture makers.