The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis. For each project, Aled is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Please visit the instructors' websites for more extensive views of their work.
Aled Lewis has been our Lead Instructor since 2009, when he came to the Center from Oxford, England. He originally trained at Rycotewood College and has been a professional furniture maker for over 36 years. Aled's professional experience covers a broad span, from self-employment as a one-of-a-kind furniture maker to managing a busy high-end workshop. He has wide experience in all aspects of designing and making one-off and limited-production furniture. His clients range from private collectors to public institutions such as Oxford University and London-based law and finance companies. Aled was profiled in the September, 2017 issue of Furniture & Cabinetmaking and featured on the back cover of Fine Woodworking in February, 2013. His website is aledlewisfurniture.com.
Bruce Beeken is co-owner of Beeken Parsons in Shelburne VT, where he participates in making batch production seating for institutional settings such as college libraries, chapels, and refectories, as well as one-off furniture for private and corporate clients. Beeken Parsons has also conducted research in the sustainable use of local wood, including lesser known species and lower grades. Bruce trained at Boston University’s Program in Artisanry in the late 1970s and was one of the influential makers included in the seminal retrospective, “The Maker’s Hand – American Studio Furniture 1940-1990” at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 2004. Bruce teaches the curvature segment of the Comprehensive and his website is beekenparsons.com.
Patrick Coughlin is a partner in Heide Martin Design Studio in Rockland, ME, a furniture company he launched with his wife in 2017. A woodworker since 2005, Patrick started as a general carpenter, then co-founded a residential design-build firm in Seattle, WA. Subsequently, he worked as a cabinetmaker and furniture maker for Ezra Howell, in Camden, ME, from 2015-17. Patrick co-teaches the Machine Joinery segment of the Comprehensive and his website is www.heidemartin.com.
Heidi Earnshaw is a self-employed furniture maker from Eastern Ontario, Canada. After earning a B.A. in art at the University of Toronto, she studied design at Sheridan College, from which she graduated in 1999. A proponent of “slow design,” Heidi’s projects include client commissions, a growing made to order collection, and industrial design work. Her furniture has been exhibited across Canada and recognized through the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts council, and the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2016 she co-founded Junction Workshop, a collaborative, community-based education space. Her work may be seen at heidiearnshawdesign.com.
Owain Harris is a self-employed woodworker in Gonic, NH, where he builds custom furniture and cabinetry. He entered the trade as a carpenter in 1997 and hung out his shingle as a furniture maker in 2008. He is a juried member of both the League of NH Craftsmen and the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. His work has received multiple awards, most recently the Maker/Designer Pinnacle Award from the International Society of Furniture Designers for a casepiece that was also featured on the back cover of last April’s Fine Woodworking. Owain teaches casepiece construction for the Comprehensive. His work may be seen at harriscabinetmaker.com.
Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate Fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters, to sculpture, to one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. She is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive and teaches turning for the Comprehensive. Beth lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and her website is bethireland.net.
Mark Juliana left the world of high tech in 2007 to explore more meaningful work and graduated from our Nine-month Comprehensive in 2008. He returned to Ashland, OR, where he set up a workshop and began to teach locally. In 2011, Mark returned to the Center as a Fellow and, in August of that year, joined our staff, where he serves as an instructor, Assistant Facilities Manager, and Digital Fabrication Supervisor. Mark teaches the Basic Woodworking, CAD, and CNC segments for the Comprehensive.
Leith MacDonald is an artist working in multiple media, including printmaking, drawing, painting, collage, sculpture, and photography. Based in Rockland, ME, he is represented by the Lupine Gallery in Monhegan, ME and the Black Hole in Rockland. Leith is a curator at the Wyeth Study Center and, through his company, MacDonald Art Services, has worked hands-on to preserve Bernard Langlais's large outdoor wood sculptures. Leith teaches drawing for the Comprehensive.
Jim Macdonald creates custom guitars, furniture, art, and portraits featuring marquetry and inlay in Burnham, ME. In addition to his own projects, Jim collaborates with luthiers and furniture makers as a marquetry specialist. His work has been commissioned by Gibson Guitar's Custom Shop and Hinckley Yachts. In 2018 his Allman Brothers tribute guitar entered the collection of the Big House Museum in Macon, GA. His Turandot Cabinet appeared in the "Current Work" section of Fine Woodworking (June, 2001). Jim teaches marquetry for the Comprehensive. His work can be seen at www.jamesmacdonaldartguitars.com.
Mike Mascelli is a professional upholsterer in Latham, NY, with over 40 years of experience, as well as co-Director of the Professional Refinishers Group, a national organization founded in 1998. In his upholstery work he divides his time between classic furniture and classic cars, while his finishing expertise is founded in the restoration of period furniture. As an author, he has contributed to the forthcoming Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams (Lost Art Press) and With Saw, Plane & Chisel by Zach Dillinger (F + W Media, 2016). He also writes for the journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has completed two instructional videos for Popular Woodworking.
Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Appleton, ME, and teaching at the Center. After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine to set up his own business in 2003. Since then, he has been a lead instructor for the Furniture Intensive, in addition to teaching the chair project for the Comprehensive. Tim is a frequent presenter of how-to and project videos for finewoodworking.com, and TauntonWorkshops.com, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” His website is timothyrousseau.com.
Valdemar Skov is a woodcarver, furniture maker, and engraver, specializing in ornamental carving for furniture and architectural details, as well as hand-engraving clock dials, fine tools, and jewelry. A woodworker since 1986, and self-employed since 1990, Valdemar has been formally recognized for his work by the Maine State Legislature and has been featured in numerous articles, including a profile in This Old House magazine. Valdemar works out of his studio in Waldoboro, ME, and teaches carving for the Comprehensive. His website is skovwoodcarvingengraving.com.