Nine-month Comprehensive Faculty

The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis. For each project, Aled is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Most of the instructors have web sites which you can visit for more extensive views of their work.


Bruce Beeken is co-owner of Beeken Parsons in Shelburne VT, where he participates in making batch production seating for institutional settings such as college libraries, chapels and refectories, as well as one-off furniture for private and corporate clients. Beeken Parsons has also conducted research in the sustainable use of local wood, including lesser known species and lower grades. Bruce originally trained at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late 1970s and was one of the influential makers included in the seminal retrospective, “The Maker’s Hand – American Studio Furniture 1940-1990” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. His website is


Asher Dunn is founder and owner of Studio DUNN, a batch production furniture and lighting design firm in Rumford, RI.  He has received numerous honors, including “Best New Designer” at New York’s International Contemporary Furniture Fair in 2010. Asher’s work has appeared in DwellForbes, New England Home, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Luxe, and American Craft. In 2013, he was selected by Vogue as one of “Ten Contemporary Designers to Collect Today.” Asher earned his BFA degree from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and founded Studio DUNN in 2010.  He teaches the product development segment of the Comprehensive, and his website is



Peter Fleming is Head of Furniture at the Sheridan College Bachelor of Craft and Design Program in Toronto, where he has taught since 1989. He also works on commission and produces furniture for exhibition from his Toronto studio. Peter was the 2000 winner of the prestigious Prix Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in the Crafts. His work has been exhibited internationally in Canada, the U.S., China, and Korea. Peter teaches the casepiece for the Comprehensive.


Ezra Howell is a self-employed furniture maker and cabinetmaker in Camden, ME. He is a fifth-generation woodworker with 25 years of experience in the trade. Ezra has been profiled in Maine Home + Design magazine, and his work has been featured in the Boston Globe. He teaches the machine joinery and finishing segments of the Comprehensive.


Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker in Roslindale, MA since 1983, specializing in woodturning, furniture, and cabinetry. She holds a graduate degree in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published throughout the U.S. Her business encompasses everything from one-of-a-kind sculpture to production runs of furniture and turnings, and she is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive. Her website is




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 as an instructor and Assistant Facilities Manager.


Aled Lewis has been our Lead Instructor since 2009, when he came to the Center from Oxford, England. He originally trained at Rycotewood College and has been a professional furniture maker for over 35 years. Aled's professional experience covers a broad span, from self-employment as a one-of-a-kind furniture maker to managing a busy high-end workshop. He has wide experience in all aspects of designing and making one-off and limited-production furniture. His clients range from private collectors to public institutions such as Oxford University and London-based law and finance companies. Aled was profiled in the Winter 2011 issue of Woodwork magazine and featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking in February, 2013. His website is


Jim Macdonald creates custom furniture, guitars, art, and portraits featuring marquetry and inlay in Burnham, Maine. In addition to his own projects, Jim collaborates with other high-end furniture makers as a marquetry specialist. His work has been commissioned by Gibson Guitar's Custom Shop and Hinckley Yachts. His Turandot Cabinet appeared in the "Current Work" section of Fine Woodworking (June, 2001). Jim teaches marquetry for the Comprehensive. His work can be seen on Facebook at James Macdonald Art Guitars.


Mason McBrien has combined the roles of instructor and facilities manager at the Center since 2011, while still finding time to accept commissions for furniture and wood turning. After years of self-employment building custom furniture, museum installations, and historic garden architecture in New Hampshire, Mason enrolled in the Center’s 2007-2008 Nine-month Comprehensive and subsequently was awarded a Studio Fellowship. His work has been published in Fine Woodworking and in Lark Books’ 500 Tables (2009) and 500 Cabinets (2010).



Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Appleton, ME, and teaching at the Center. After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ before returning to Maine to set up his own business in 2003. Since then, he has been a lead instructor for the Furniture Intensive, in addition to teaching the chair project for the Comprehensive. Tim is a frequent presenter of how-to and project videos for, and, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” His website is

Valdemar Skov is a woodcarver, furniture maker, and engraver, specializing in ornamental carving for furniture and architectural details, as well as hand-engraving clock dials, fine tools, and jewelry. A woodworker since 1986, and self-employed since 1990, Valdemar has been formally recognized for his work by the Maine State Legislature and has been featured in numerous articles, including a profile in This Old House magazine. Valdemar works out of his studio in Waldoboro, ME, and teaches carving for the Comprehensive. His website is

Ian Stewart is Professor of Design at Sheridan College in Toronto. Previously, he taught at the Savannah College of Art and Design and Seneca College. He has also worked in corporate commercial and industrial design. Ian teaches “Drawing for Design” for the Comprehensive. His website is