Alumni Discuss Their Careers

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

At the heart of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s mission is the belief that design and craftsmanship are deeply meaningful explorations of the human spirit and sources of individual fulfillment. In that spirit, some students attend to enrich their avocation, others to build a career.




Karina Steele completed the Furniture Intensive in 2011, the Comprehensive in 2012, and later participated in the Fellowship program. She now owns and runs her woodworking business out of Camden.


“The first major sale I made was one of the lights I made in the fellowship.  It ended up in the 'Clamshell House' outside of Denver--where the Woody Allen film 'Sleeper' was filmed.  So that started things off with a bang.”


“I decided to focus on small objects versus furniture pretty quickly.  Because I immediately went out on my own, it made more sense for me to grow gradually and keep costs low while I was just starting out.  It was a better fit for me because I had a lot to learn about selling and getting my name and product out there and focusing on the lower end of the price spectrum made that easier for me.” 


For more of Karina’s work see Instagram @Karinaksteele or her website


Adam Lucks, a graduate of the 2017 Furniture Intensive, makes custom furniture in Milwaukee, WI.


“My time at CFC is marked by a significant career change. I made a decision to leave the restaurant company I founded over 15 years ago. I chose to follow my heart and head to Maine. CFC gave me confidence that I needed to start Lucks Furniture. I trust and know now that I am building and selling the best product that I can make.”


“My first sale was made before I left for Maine! A couple of good friends commissioned a pair of walnut hutches from me. They wanted to be my first customers upon my return from study. I had no idea what I was going to make for them, but I gave them a firm price! I totally underbid; however, I still happily made the pieces for them. Fast forward to today and I am currently finishing their dining room table− at the proper price, I might add.”


For more of Adam’s work check out Instagram @adamlucks or his website


Ken Wise, a local to mid-coast Maine, has taken Community Classes, Workshops, and the 2014 Turning Intensive at CFC. “What impressed me the most was the atmosphere of learning, and sharing, and appreciation of fine craftsmanship all happening in a place with the tools and technology.”


Ken’s business includes shop based projects, architectural historic restorations, bowls and kitchenware, canoe paddles, and carved animal sculptures while being open to new opportunities.


“I am a sole proprietorship working in my own shop next to my home, making carved and turned items. I also do some teaching at CFC and local Adult Ed to keep me in contact with other woodworkers. I sell as much of as possible directly to customers [at craft fairs and galleries], as well as wholesale selling.”


For more of Ken’s work check out his website


Steve Hall, based out of Gray, Maine, is a graduate of the 2010 Furniture Intensive. “CFC gave me the confidence in areas I hadn't excelled in prior to the school to go into furniture/woodworking full time.”


“My business is S.E. Hall Furniture & Design. I am a studio furniture maker and produce a production line to show at festivals and fairs throughout the Northeast. My advertising to date has been fairly simple: word of mouth, web searches finding my web site, and a couple of Instagram promotions.”


For more of Steve’s work check out Instagram @sehallfurnituredesign or his website


Christina Vincent came to CFC after touring the school. She has taken multiple workshops as well as the 2017 Furniture Intensive. Her advice to new makers includes:


“It is ok to make pieces that you want to make and not what you 'think' you should make, save yourself the time and headache. Experiment with different ideas and let yourself evolve. Grow as an artist and enjoy the experience. Most things made well really do work; some are more popular and sell in an instant and others just sit around waiting for the right person.”


“Woodworking is a second income for me - I still make custom and one of a kind inspired pieces and that is what I enjoy doing.”


For more of Christina’s work check out Instagram @vincentandnorthshore or her website


Bobby Sukrachand, based out of New York graduated from the Furniture Intensive in 2012.


“CFC gave me a rock solid, baseline foundation of skills in wood craft that I think are essential for anyone looking to start their own business. There is much to learn outside of a school setting, but I believe that to survive in a world of high-end craft one must know the basics of what makes a quality product, and the history of the processes to produce those objects.”


“We all need to remember why we came to craft in the first place, to build something with our hands, to have connection with the material, to be proud of our work.”

For more of Bobby’s work check out Instagram @sukrachand or his website


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