This weekend, I visited my good friends at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. A year ago, I was taking part in their twelve-week intensive course — this time around, I was taking photos for you folks!
When I first enrolled at the Center, I had no idea who or what awaited me in Maine. At age 25, I half-expected to share the shop with bearded retirees three-times my age. As it turns out, I had made a complete ass out of u and me. Not only were the students and staff both young and old, each hailed from a different corner of the globe. For many of us, woodworking school was a nerve-wracking departure from more comfortable careers. But a strong sense of community on campus elevated everyone’s spirit and the quality of our work as well.
Fortunately, CFC isn’t all Kool-Aid and Kumbaya. The school offers unparalleled woodworking facilities — three complete workshops each with top-class table saws, band saws, chop saws, jointers, planers, sanders, mortisers and lathes. In addition to the heavy equipment, the school is home to the Messler Gallery, a 1,000 square foot showroom dedicated to advancing the work of its students, staff and studio fellows. These rare resources serve to attract accomplished instructors like Brian Reid, Austin Matheson, Tim Rousseau and Adrian Ferrazzutti. As if that wasn't enough to convince you to sign up, the school just happens to be located in stunning mid-coast Maine.
The Center offers twelve-week intensive and nine-month comprehensive courses as well as many one-week and two-week workshops. Beginners are certainly welcome — I would know, I was one!
Images: Johnny Williams