There still is time to register for a session of the popular Basic Woodworking course at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. The two-week course will run from Monday, Aug. 30 through Friday, Sept. 10 and will be taught by Peter Korn, the center’s executive director; and Leslie Webb, an alumna of the school who has gone on to success as a self-employed furniture designer.

This popular workshop offers students the opportunity to learn the essentials of furniture making, with an emphasis on traditional hand skills. Participants range from the absolute beginner to experienced woodworkers who want to refine their craftsmanship.

Since the center’s founding in 1993, more than 1000 students have taken the Basic Woodworking course, which is offered five times a year with an enrollment limit of 12. Many have developed a true passion for woodworking as a result. Amy Spenciner of Cayuta, N.Y., took Basic Woodworking earlier this summer and found the course inspirational. She recently has returned to campus to expand her woodworking skills with additional workshops.

“In Basic Woodworking I learned to trust my hands. The class environment was great – a real community of friends,” she said.

To register for Basic Woodworking or to learn more about other course offerings, call the school at 594-5611 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Further information on courses and registration can also be found at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Web site,

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a nonprofit woodworking school with a mission to provide the best possible education for people who want to design and build functional and expressive work out of wood to the highest standard of craftsmanship. The campus is located at 25 Mill St., off route 90, and is open to the public weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to