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Aled Lewis: Woodworking Odyssey

comments (11) February 7th, 2013 in blogs, videos

JonBinzen Jon Binzen, senior editor
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Video Length: 4:13
Produced by: Jon Binzen

Aled Lewis has packed an astonishing amount of furnituremaking experience into his 54 years. Raised on a sheep farm in Wales, he worked in shops in England, New Orleans and South Africa before he was out of his twenties. He repaired furniture, restored antiques, built kitchens and did millwork. He worked in large shops building furniture for boardrooms and in his first one-man shop doing whatever work he could find. For 18 years he ran a ten-man shop outside Oxford building furniture for colleges, corporations and airlines.

In 2001 Lewis left behind the big commercial shop with all its managerial demands and its "acres and acres of veneer" and returned to work at the bench in his own workshop in Oxford, where he concentrated on making one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture in solid wood. Then, in 2004, he heard from Peter Korn, director of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Camden, Maine, who was looking for teachers. Lewis began teaching at CFC a few weeks per year, and is now lead instructor in the school's nine-month program. This slide show presents a fraction of the hundreds of pieces Lewis has made and a few of the places he's lived and worked.

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Comments (11)

KGill KGill writes: I had the pleasure of being instructed by Aled at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship while attending the 9 month course a few years back. As an instructor he ranks with the best. With very few words, he has a remarkable ability to push students past problems they encounter during a project. His suggestions always raised the quality of my work without significantly changing the intent of the design. Also, one of the things the piece doesn't mention is what an all around nice guy he is on top of it all.
Posted: 5:14 pm on December 26th

61A 61A writes: A very inspirational video. Be good to have a more in depth feature on this very talented maker.
Posted: 12:30 pm on March 1st

siobhanws siobhanws writes: Hi. Is there something to see here? Could it be that there are differences, also similarities: Mr Aled Lewis teaches furniture making... whereas PFC Bradley Manning (aka American Hero) also from Wales, teaches the WORLD (but in his case the shame-faced US administration has chosen to torture him and bang 'im up for 1000 days.)
Posted: 6:50 am on February 26th

user-2423059 user-2423059 writes: Is there something to see here?
Posted: 12:23 am on February 25th

Bnose Bnose writes: Well done. Very interseting to see what an inspired person can do with their life. Many students will be better for his decision to teach.
Posted: 1:11 pm on February 24th

tommy_60 tommy_60 writes: Really enjoyed the video, like to see more. Really wish I could find a master craftsman locally where I live that is willing to take on an apprentace that is eager to learn like myself.
Posted: 11:00 am on February 24th

neverenougftackle neverenougftackle writes: This was wirth watching, it is some how very rewarding to see what the skiled leaders can do with there talent. In these video segiment of what Fine Woodworking shows regulary towards the back of their magazines .Thanks to who ever put it together, and if possable IMO you could make this a regular.
Posted: 12:02 pm on February 23rd

LMNebenist LMNebenist writes: Once again, the highlight of this month's offering. More. Please.
Posted: 5:23 am on February 16th

titans22 titans22 writes: Vary inspiring!!
Posted: 10:29 am on February 14th

woodnut3424 woodnut3424 writes: whats up with this new site it seems like nothing comes out when its suppose to is it because its a new site or what i actually look forward to these videos lets get it up and running
Posted: 8:53 am on February 13th

chucktown chucktown writes: What time do you think this will be up? Just wondering

Posted: 1:59 pm on February 12th

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