The Woodschool Blog

Curvature in the Nine Month

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The Curvature portion of the Nine-month Comprehensive is always an interesting time to walk through the shops. Students are exposed to a wide array of bending techniques over the span of the 5 week segment, and apply these techniques to an original design. A walk through the bench and machine room during “curves” is always full of surprises, and this year is no exception.

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Maine Wood 2018

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Thank you to all of you who came out to join us for the opening reception and awards presentation of Maine Wood 2018. Maine wood is a biennial, juried show presented by the Messler Gallery to highlight the breadth, creativity, and excellence of wood craftsmanship in Maine. Jurors for this year’s biennial were Fabio Fernandez, Executive Director, Society of Arts+Crafts; Joshua Friend, Editor, American Woodturner; and Mira Nakashima, Creative Director, George Nakashima Woodworker. Read on to see which makers were awarded at this year's exhibition! Maine Wood will be on display in the Messler Gallery until April 11, 2018. See a full list of exhibitors on the gallery page.

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Inside the Workshop: the Casepiece Project

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Casepiece projects are wrapping up on campus, as both the Nine-month Comprehensive and Furniture Intensive students reach the end of the casepiece curriculum. The only requirement for the project is to include at least one door and one drawer, essential skills for a furniture maker. This project pushes students to begin to develop their aesthetics, and also teaches essential skills in time management and workflow organization.

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Community Class Overview

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A lot can happen in two days. In 2010 the Center introduced the Community Class program to provide access to the same quality instruction as our longer programs in a format more suitable for those who cannot schedule the full time-attendance during the week. What we have found is not only is this serving our neighboring community, but the Community Classes have also acted as an introduction to new students from afar, given veteran students the opportunity to fill in a few extra skills, and allowed curious on-lookers to discover if their interests might be worth cultivating further.

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Designing a Chair: Inside the Fellowship

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Our Fellowship Program gives emerging and established furniture makers a chance to explore new directions in their work. Fellows spend anywhere between four weeks to twelve months on campus, and receive feedback on their design progress through biweekly critique sessions with visiting instructors, other Fellows, and Center director Peter Korn. As you can imagine, fellows take various approaches to this unstructured time to work in a well-equipped facility.

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Contemporary Wood Lighting at the Messler Gallery

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The Messler Gallery is currently exhibiting the lighting designs of twenty makers and designers who work primarily in wood. Curator Christopher Poehlmann, himself an internationally recognized lighting designer, selected pieces for both their high levels of craft and design: “The makers in this exhibition.…all create objects of quality and lasting beauty, objects which stand apart from their mass-produced counterparts due to the skill of these designers and artists.” On view until January 3, 2018, Contemporary Wood Lighting is well worth a trip to Rockport!

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Nine-month Comprehensive: Building a Tool Cabinet

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The second project of the Nine-month Comprehensive is focused on honing machine skills and learning the value of well-made shop fixtures and tooling. For three weeks students all work on variations of a tool cabinet design: everyone relies on the same jigs and builds a cabinet of the same basic proportions, with the ability to customize the interior to best fit their personal tool collection.

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