Now in their final week, the Twelve-week Intensive students are eager to make as much progress as possible on their curvature projects. He is passionate about being a furniture maker, and with his focus I can only assume his future to be wherever he wants to take it. I know I’ll strive to emulate his drive and focus. We are fortunate to have talked with Peter Korn, founder of the Center, about this project and wanted to share our discussion on the new finishing studio and the growth of the Center with you here on our blog! He improved by writing in a professional capacity, first at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Aspen, Colo.
Over the course of the following years I transitioned back to building furniture full time, and into annually leading the fall 12-week program along with co-teaching the chair-making component of the 9-month course at the Center. During her time in Charleston, she interned with the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and also with Redux Contemporary Arts Center. Edward Barnsley Workshop – Furniture making training for apprentices and fee-paying pupils in Froxfield, England.
Fekete says immersing herself in furniture making allows her to indulge a newfound passion after losing her data-processing bank job a year ago. The center also recently acquired its first 3-D printer, presided over by Mark Juliana, who has figured out how to print replacement saw bits out of red plastic. Center for Furniture Craftsmanship – Offers workshops, twelve-week intensives, and a nine-month comprehensive, taught by an international faculty in Rockport, Maine. He then went on to study fine furniture building at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine.
Korn was born in 1951 and grew up in Philadelphia, where he attended Germantown Friends School and majored in history at the University of Pennsylvania. Beyond that, wood can be turned into all sorts of practical and impractical things like furniture and art, which is where the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship comes in. A furniture maker since 1974, his work has been exhibited nationally in galleries and museums.
Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is just one of the more than 10,000 SEVIS certified schools authorized to issue I-20 forms for academic students(F1 Visa), vocational students(M1 visa) or exchange visitors(J1 Visa) in United States. Korn bought materials three days before the baby was due, and spent the next 72 hours making a cradle from his will and intent.
Furniture Institute of Massachusetts – Both Full-time (20 months) and part-time (2- to 10-day) classes in furniture making are offered by Phil Lowe at his Beverly, MA studio. David believes that to begin to understand wood one has first to work it by hand and that once hand methods become habitual it is often more economical for bespoke or one-off furniture makers to work manually than to rely entirely on machinery.
The challenge of bringing something new and meaningful into the world through one’s own volition, says Korn – whether in the arts, the kitchen, or the marketplace – is what generates authenticity, meaning, and ultimately, fulfillment. Korn writes about his personal journey in pursuit of his craft and the satisfaction of being a successful creator, of making and shaping an object with one’s hands and mind. Furniture making, practiced as a craft in the 21st century, is a decidedly marginal occupation.
But with the distance of time and space, I’m still left with a feeling of fondness and deep respect for the people and work happening at the Center. It set him on a path as a self-sustaining furniture maker, leading him first to New York City, where he sold his work, to Anderson Ranch in Colorado, where he taught, and eventually to Rockport in 1993, where he opened the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. I am also a 2 time winner of Best in Show” At the Providence Fine Furniture Show.
Korn has introduced a studio fellowship program that fosters the exploration of new work by both emerging and established woodworkers with exceptional records of creative achievement. Taking a nine-month course at the center, he had worked on Wall Street for 25 years before turning to furniture making six years ago, during the economic downturn. In return, one is simply to contribute 6 hours of service time per week to the Center.