ROCKPORT — “Current Student Work” is now open at the Messler Gallery, 25 Mill St. The exhibition showcases furniture and furnishings created by students attending the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s flagship professional training, the Nine-month Comprehensive. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, and the public is encouraged to visit.

“If the proof is in the pudding,” said Tim Rousseau, the Comprehensive’s lead instructor, “then this is one tasty dish!” Since September, his students have dedicated themselves to advancing their technical skills and cultivating their creative voices by spending as much as seven days a week in the workshop. Messler Gallery Director Victoria Allport adds, “The work speaks eloquently for what they have achieved.”

Detail from a twill cabinet by Anastasia Woodruff.

This year’s Comprehensive participants range in age from 25 to 72. Coming from backgrounds in Buddhist ministry, neuropsychology, carpentry, surgery, cabinet making, finance, baking, and military service, they include Chris Crotty from Massachusetts, William Dailey from Texas, Mark Johnson from Massachusetts, Ben Knoll from Kansas, Arnaldo Politanski from Brazil, David Rothstein from North Carolina, Jeff Stekl from Michigan, Deven St. Laurent from California, Madeleine Stewart from Colorado, Christaan Van Vliet from North Carolina, Andrew Wilcox from Washington, and Anastasia Woodruff from Minnesota.

The Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. Students complete sequential projects that take them from woodworking fundamentals through fine points of design and craftsmanship. During the course, Rousseau is joined by a dozen co-teachers with expertise in specialties such as casework, finishing, carving, drawing, bending, veneering, and chair making. Instructors from Maine include furniture maker Kendrick Anderson, finisher Seth Bosdell, CNC adept Mark Juliana, marquetarian Jim Macdonald, furniture designer Adam Rogers, architect Matthew Silverio, and carver Valdemar Skov. Traveling instructors are furniture makers Bruce Beeken from Vermont, Owain Harris from New Hampshire, Michael Korsak from Pennsylvania, and Aled Lewis from Wales, plus turner Beth Ireland from Florida.

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 207-594-5611, e-mail or visit

“End Table” by Jeffrey Stekl.