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Current Student Work in the Messler Gallery 4/20 - 5/30

Written by Heide Martin on .

Our current Nine-month Comprehensive students have their work on display in the Messler Gallery until May 30th 2018, and the pieces represent the first eight months of the program. Be sure to stop by the gallery before the end of the month to check out their impressive range of work!


Stepping it Up: Exploring the Process and Lines of a Ladder

Written by Angela Robins on .

Earlier this month, I started my long journey from the northwestern shore of Lake Superior to mid-coastal Maine. I left on a sunny warm March day when the snow was just starting to melt and arrived just in time to experience two nor’easters that left piles of fresh snow in their wake. I came to the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship to be a fellow for the month of March, and to study with Beth Ireland, who teaches the 8-week woodturning intensive at the school.


Scholarships in 2017

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .

With the Workshop scholarship application deadline approaching, we look back at some of our 2017 recipients and their experience at the Center. Students identify many reasons for attending our programs including fulfilling their dreams of doing meaningful work with their hands, following their passion, building their skills, and building confidence. The rewards are rich for faculty, students, and staff alike, as we broaden the Woodschool community.

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Maine Wood 2018

Written by Heide Martin on .

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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Community Class Overview

Written by Heide Martin on .

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

Written by Heide Martin on .

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!