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Current Student Work in the Messler Gallery 4/15 - 5/25

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It is so thrilling to see the incredible work the Nine-month Comprehensive students have created in one place. Each year we watch the hard work and energy, the experiments, challenges, and occasional failures that the students have to push through and learn from in order to produce finished work; and each year it is a delight to walk into the Messler Gallery, the day before the student show opens, and witness the astounding payoff.

 

Current Student Work is open until May 25th. Don't miss it!

 

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16StudentShow6small(from left to right) Desk and coffee table by Jose Diaz, cabinet, bench, and tray table by Heide Martin, credenze by Marc Foose, jewelry armoire by Bruce Willey

16StudentShow9smallHand-carved detail of a table by Yorgo Liapis

16StudentShow7smallCredenza by Yorgo Liapis16StudentShow12smallQuiver by Brendan Tay, hinged bench by Devin Yaeger

16StudentShow8smallLights by Yorgo Liapis, hall table by Tom Pluzycki

16StudentShow15smallMandolin cabinet by Jim Spencer

16StudentShow10smallBack row from left: desk and chest by Jacob Wilson, desk by Jeremy Porter, mirror by Tom Pluzycki

Asher Dunn's Instagram Takeover

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Whip-smart and zestfully passionate, Asher Dunn is a treasure to have on campus. The young industrial designer has gained international recognition for his firm Studio Dunn, where he and his team create beautiful, sustainable furniture, lighting, and household objects. As the guest instructor for the "multiples" section of the Nine-month Comprehensive, Asher is working with students to develop production oriented objects, from desk lamps to bar stools to boxes; he's guiding the students through the procedure of refining a product through multiple design iterations and explorations of material and process. To top it all off, he's been generous enough to take over the school's Instagram account, sharing the many killer photographs he's captured around campus. Here are just a few of the wonderful pictures he's snapped. To see them all, please follow us on Instagram @woodschoolmaine, and while you're at it, follow Asher's design firm @studiodunn!

Contemporary Wood Design Exhibition

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“Contemporary Wood Design,” a national exhibition showcasing a new generation of furniture makers, is open to the public at the Messler Gallery through January 6.

The exhibition was co-curated by Diana Budds, formerly senior editor at Dwell, and Asher Dunn, founder of StudioDunn in Providence, RI. A young furniture designer himself, Dunn notes that success today requires an arsenal of skills in addition to craftsmanship. “You have to stay on top of continually changing disciplines and trends in design, entrepreneurship, marketing, sales, and much more.”

Sarah Marriage Awarded Mineck Fellowship

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Sarah Marriage, one of our current Studio Fellows, has been awarded the prestigious John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship from the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston. Sarah plans to use the grant toward opening a group shop for women in woodworking. As part of the award, her work is being featured in a show at the SAC's gallery called Stay in Touch: Seven Years of the John D. Mineck Furniture Fellowship. Work from all seven Mineck award winners will be on display, including that of former Center for Furniture Craftsmanship student and faculty member, Libby Schrum. See more of Sarah's work HERE, and learn more about the Mineck award HERE.

Congratulations, Sarah!

Precision with Hand Tools with Garrett Hack

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One of our popular summer workshops is the Precision with Hand Tools course taught by Garrett Hack. Through making a small end table, students gain a deep understanding of how to use and fine-tune hand tools for precise, high-quality work. Working efficiently with hand tools instead of machines requires patience and hard work, but can also be a far more pleasant experience for a woodworker, and it imbues a piece with the subtle nuance of the hand of the maker. I'm always impressed by how much students in this class learn and create in just one week.

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