The Woodschool Blog
I love my tools. As an assistant I lent a student my beloved Starrett four-inch square so he could accurately check his dovetails. Throughout the afternoon, I caught myself staring across the room, as if I expected him to toss my square on the floor when he was finished.
The Nine-month Comprehensive students will no doubt develop this same attachment, and what better way to cherish their tools than give them a beautiful home in a custom tool cabinet? This second project in the Nine-month Comprehensive is designed to give students familiarity with machine joinery and shaping skills for casework.
One of my objectives for this blog is to give readers the opportunity to meet the students. Since coming to the Center two years ago as a student myself, I’ve continually been impressed by the spectrum of the student body. People of all ages and experience come from all over; and, although they are participating in the same program, their goals are often quite different.
Michaela Crie Stone grew up swinging on buoys tied to trees, arranging perfectly coiffed seaweed wigs, and building forts in the woods on the coast of Maine. After receiving a degree in sculpture, she returned to her home town of Rockport to attend the Center’s Twelve-Week Intensive in 2011. Michaela subsequently worked as a summer assistant and was awarded a year-long Studio Fellowship. She still dabbles in fort-building.
The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning.