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Aled Lewis: Woodworking Odyssey

comments (0) February 7th, 2013 in blogs, videos

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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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