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Furniture center founder subject of online doc

Sep 12, 2019

ROCKPORT — The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship proudly announces the online premiere of "A Life’s Work: The Philosophy of a Craftsman," a 17-minute documentary by British filmmaker Ben Spilling. The film features CFC’s founder and Executive Director Peter Korn, along with commentary from CFC instructors Tom Caspar, Aaron Fedarko, Beth Ireland, Tim Rousseau and Craig Satterlee, as well as from gallerist Bebe Johnson and manufacturer Thomas Moser. "A Life’s Work" was an official selection at the 2018 Architecture Design Art Film Festival in Palm Springs, Calif., and the Oxford Film Festival in Oxford, Miss. It is available on CFC’s YouTube channel through, and CFC invites others to share the link.

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is a non-profit woodworking and design school in Rockport. At the core of its mission is the recognition that harnessing one’s imagination and skill to bring something useful and beautiful into the world can be a deeply meaningful exploration of the human spirit. "A Life’s Work" examines the genesis of that idea in Korn's years at the workbench, and how it led him to establish a thriving international school for wood craftsmanship and design.

A furniture maker since 1974, Korn has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums. He is the author of "Why We Make Things and Why It Matters: The Education of a Craftsman," which won the 2014 Maine Literary Award, and of several how-to books. These include the best-selling "Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship" (Taunton Press, 2003) and "The Woodworker's Guide to Hand Tools" (Taunton Press, 1998). The former has been translated and published in both China and South Korea.

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