In my experience, woodworkers tend to have a host of mixed feelings about finishing, apathy rarely being one of them. The right finish, applied in the right way, can transform a nice piece of furniture into one that sparkles with polished beauty. On the other hand, the wrong finish can create undesirable color, texture, sheen, and more, potentially detracting from even the finest craftsmanship. Harnessing the potential of the endless spectrum of finishes is an overwhelming task which one could pursue for a lifetime. Luckily for students at the Center, we have an expert in our midst. Teri Masaschi is a professional finisher and restorer from New Mexico, with extensive experience teaching techniques ranging from traditional hand-applied finishes to cutting-edge spray technology.
The Woodschool Blog
Former studio fellow Brian Persico taught a two-week bow making course here at the Center, and it was a smash hit. After making their own bows, from spliting a log to weaving their bow strings, the students put their craftsmanship to the test with some target shooting.
The Studio Fellowship is a unique program that gives emerging and established woodworkers the chance to advance their work within the supportive community of the school. Fellows are often graduates of the Center's Twelve-week and Nine-month courses, and visiting instructors frequently extend their time before or after their classes in order to participate in the program, as well. Fellows are integral to the vitality of the school, by helping maintain the facilities and volunteering at events, as well as contributing a dynamic creative energy.
One glance over Emily Deutchman’s bench area and it becomes clear: this is a space inhabited by a remarkably creative person. Her small corner in the Nine-month building bristles with aesthetic delights from the bursts of color painted on a row of mason jars to a well-curated bulletin board composed of sketches, inspiring photos, and geometric wooden jewelry. As an emerging furniture maker, Emily isn’t just about style and creativity, she also values exceptional craftsmanship. As a result, her work combines timeless heirloom quality with her unique voice as a designer.
Each year, as the Nine-month Comprehensive starts to wrap-up, the Current Student Work show in the Messler Gallery always astounds and inspires. The level of skill and creativity that the students achieve is simply overwhelming. As you can see, this year is no exception:
Walking through the Nine-month classroom I am reminded that there are many different ways to approach a design brief. In the last 5 weeks each student designed and built a furniture piece with curved elements. Collectively they have created a fine body of work which includes a lawyer’s standing desk, coffee and side tables, hall and sofa tables, a wall cabinet, and a gentleman’s valet. In addition to steam and laminate bending, students explored other curve-forming techniques like coopering and kerf cutting. I’m sure there is a mix of relief, satisfaction, and accomplishment when the wood bends without breaking, when the vacuum press closes before the glue sets, or when there is minimal spring back when the clamps come off the form.
More Articles ...
- Projects in Progress: curves from the twelve-week intensive
- Projects in Progress: veneer
- Projects in Progress: case piece, continued
- And the snow continues...
- First Snow
- Woodworking at the Maine State Prison
- Student Profile: meet Nine-month student Kevin Chen
- Projects in Progress: designing the case piece
- Around School: the Twelve-week Intensive
- Projects In Progress: the case piece