The Woodschool Blog

Chris Pye: twenty years of teaching at the woodschool

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This week, British carver Chris Pye is teaching on campus for the 20th consecutive year. In that time he has written six well-regarded books, carved numerous commissions and trophies, been elected a member of the Master Carvers Association, and founded an educational website. Pictured above is Chris with his current student Amy, who took a carving course with Chris 15 years ago here at the school.

Summer Furniture Intensive Wraps Up

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The end of the summer Furniture Intensive is always a little tough to accept. The sun is bright, and folks sigh with relief as they enter the air-conditioned workshop from the hot outdoors. And so, if it weren't for the students packing up their cars and hugging goodbye, it would be easy for us to trick ourselves into believing that summer will never end. Alas, the bubblewrap and farewells remind us that in the next few weeks the nights will start earlier and feel cooler. 

Before they depart, the students show off their work, and have the chance to discuss their experiences with the staff as well as friends and family. Many of the Furniture Intensive students come into the program with little or no woodworking experience, and yet they never fail to astonish us with their skill and creativity.

Brian Reid's latest work-in-progress

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Furniture Intensive instructor Brian Reid is in the fellowship this month working on a piece which will be shown at The Gallery at Somes Sound this fall. The show will feature Brain's work alongside that of his woodworking students from the Maine Prison Program. Brian's project is being funded by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission.

The Art of Wood

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Gilded Jacques Pieces

Students in our "Turned, Carved, and Gilded Spoons" Workshop taught by Jacques Vesery (whose pieces are shown above) have been exploring techniques used to create artistic effects on sculptural objects in wood. Using spoons and bowls as a jumping-off point, they have been turning, carving, burning, gilding, texturing, and painting their creations. It’s great to see such well-executed examples of unusual surface treatment and decoration, and it looks like a lot of fun!

Inside the Studio Fellowship

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Fellowship 2016 Group

The Studio Fellowship is comprised of a revolving group of emerging and established woodworkers who spend anywhere from 1-12 months honing their skills and pushing their work in new and challenging directions.