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Inside the Workshop: Product Development Project

Written by Heide Martin on .

Our Nine-month Comprehensive class recently wrapped up the Product Development portion of the course, where they spend five weeks intensively designing and developing small furnishings and housewares. While most portions of the Nine-month curriculum focus heavily on technique and design, Product Development also emphasizes real-world concerns such as speed, efficiency, and marketing. The students’ creativity is challenged in creating multiple pieces within a set price point, and this year’s variety included lighting, instruments, plant holders, and even coffins!

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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.

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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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Turning Intensive 2018

Written by Heide Martin on .

Our 2018 Turning Intensive class just wrapped up today, and students are sweeping the studio and packing away their tools and projects. There is always a bittersweet sense of accomplishment at the end of our Intensive courses – so much was learned, and now there is so much to do! This group of turners was very prolific over the eight weeks of their course, and they are heading home with not only new skills and experience, but a beautiful collection of colorful turned tools, stools, vessels, and spindles.

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Meet Jesslyn Stanley: Student and Assistant

Written by Heide Martin on .

Jesslyn Stanley has a unique perspective into life at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, having spent six months here as both a Furniture Intensive student and Furniture Intensive assistant. She also apprenticed for a former CFC student who owns a professional furniture company in Atlanta, Georgia. Read on to learn more about Jesslyn’s experience at the CFC, and how she plans to put her education to use.

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Curvature in the Nine-month

Written by Heide Martin on .

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

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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