Nine-Month ‘Work’ on view

Apr 06, 2014
Jim Zink’s “Innu Bench” is made of birch plywood, koa and wenge.

Rockport — “Current Student Work” will open with a 5 to 7 p.m. reception Friday, April 11, s at the Messler Gallery of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, corner of Route 90 and Mill Street. The public is encouraged to attend. The exhibition will run through May 28.

“Current Student Work” showcases furniture and decorative objects created by participants in the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship course, the Nine-Month Comprehensive. Students who are presently enrolled come from a wide array of backgrounds and experience including financial management, architecture, ranching, military service and industrial design. For many, this exhibition is the first opportunity to see their work in a professional setting.

“What these students have accomplished in so short a time is simply inspiring,” said Student Services Manager Dorrie Higbee, who works with the students on a daily basis.

The Nine-Month Comprehensive program is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. Students complete 10 sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship. Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis, a highly respected furniture maker from the United Kingdom. Lewis is joined by 13 co-teachers who are experts in areas such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making.

Maine woodworkers and artists who serve as instructors include furniture maker Aaron Fedarko, furniture maker Mason McBrien, furniture maker Tim Rousseau, carver Valdemar Skov and artist Simon van der Ven. Other instructors include furniture makers Bruce Beeken from Vermont, Adrian Ferrazzutti from Ontario, Sarah Kay from England and Pete Schlebecker from New York; designer/maker Reuben Foat from California; turner Beth Ireland from Massachusetts; and furniture restorer Greg Johnson from New York.

Exhibitors in “Current Student Work” are Paul Andrews from Ontario, Ted Bryant from Virginia, Kevin Chen from California, Emily Deutchman from New York, Cody Farmer from Oklahoma, Jen Harvie-Watt from California, Randall Howell from Virginia, RD Johnson from Oregon, Carsten Oksen from Denmark, Tom Pietraszek from Rhode Island and Jim Zink from New Hampshire.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit, year-round school that offers courses in furniture making and related arts such as carving and woodturning. For more information, call 594-5611; email victoria@woodschool.org; or visit woodschool.org. Messler Gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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