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Furniture maker Jennifer Anderson carried the keys to half the college woodshops in southern California before accepting a full-time teaching position at Palomar College in San Marcos, California. Anderson, who studied with James Krenov at College of the Redwoods and Wendy Maruyama at San Diego State University, is a dedicated teacher. She leads classes across the region in art, design, and woodworking. Anderson builds furniture in a small shop near SDSU, where she is divides her time between building furniture on spec and commission and teaching.
A full-time wood turner and artist since 1989, Dixie Biggs has shown her work in such notable venues as the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and del Mano Gallery. Having a degree in Agriculture and a love of the outdoors, her inspiration is most often found in the shapes, textures, and beauty of nature. Her turned works begin on the lathe, but that is just a starting point—the blank canvas on which she then carves and paints the intricate detail for which her work is known. Dixie has demonstrated and taught her power carving techniques at regional and national woodturning symposiums, woodturning clubs and craft schools around the U.S. and abroad. She has been an active supporter of the American Association of Woodturners’ committee, Women in Turning, which is dedicated to encouraging and assisting women turners.
From his roots studying under David Powell at the famous Leeds Design Workshops in Easthampton, Mass., to his work at the Emily Street Workshops in Boston, Michael Cullen has evolved into a renowned designer and maker of studio furniture. During the past decade, this California craftsman’s work has been shown and collected throughout North America and Europe, and he has taught classes around the globe.
Using traditional edge tools, Dave Fisher carves green logs and branches into bowls, spoons, and other forms, often enhanced with carved lettering. He’s fascinated with the flow of line, the sensation of texture, and the play of light and shadow. His designs are guided by those elements as well as the unique nature of each chunk of tree. He can frequently be found wielding an adze in front of groups eager to learn his bowl-carving technique.
Michael Fortune has designed and built furniture for clients across North America for more than 40 years. One of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary furniture masters, he has taught at many schools and craft centers throughout the world. He’s received a number of awards, most recently the 2016 Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement from Craft Ontario. BONUS: Add a 6-day Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune and Kelly Parker from February 4 – 9. Learn more by clicking here. Use coupon code FWW10 for a 10% discount.
After attending art school, Peter Galbert worked as a furniture and cabinetmaker in New York City in the late 1990s. When he decided to set up his own shop in 2000, he knew he needed to find a way of working that required very little space and very little investment. He found it in Windsor chairmaking, and he’s been focused on chairs ever since. In addition to making chairs, he is an active writer, toolmaker, and teacher, having taught at craft schools in the U.S. and abroad. He lives in Boston, and does most of his teaching at his workshop in southern New Hampshire and at the North Bennet Street School. His writing has been featured in numerous magazines and in 2015 he wrote and illustrated “Chairmaker’s Notebook” (Lost Art Press), a comprehensive explanation of how to build Windsor chairs.
A full-time, professional wood carver in Charleston, S.C., Mary May has trained with a variety of European master carvers to learn the traditional carving techniques and styles that have been used for centuries. Mary takes in carving commissions and teaches at several locations throughout the United States and Europe. She also has an online wood-carving school where she offers hundreds of video lessons in all skill levels. She recently finished her first book, Carving the Acanthus Leaf.
Kelly Parker is the creative force behind WoodSong Studio in Parkville, Mo., where she designs and creates one-of-a-kind and limited production furniture and sculpture. She developed her love of woodworking in high school. She honed her skills building a house with her husband, and further polished her woodworking chops working with mentors Michael Fortune and David Polivka. She has been awarded a professional development grant from the Furniture Society, was the first recipient of a professional development grant awarded by the Krenov Foundation and was recently awarded Best in Show at the biannual chair exhibition, American Craft Today: Chairs, hosted by The Bascom Gallery in North Carolina. BONUS: Add a 6-day Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune and Kelly Parker from February 4 – 9. Learn more by clicking here. Use coupon code FWW10 for a 10% discount.
Kate Swann is a lifetime woodworker, furnituremaker, and artist that known nation wide for her elegant custom furniture designs. Her unique works have been featured in magazines and act as functional furniture pieces in boardrooms, homes and retail spaces around the country. Renowned for her exquisite textural and surface embellishment work, Kate draws from her time spent wandering the globe as a shepherdess, outward bound instructor and translator. As the founder and director of the Florida School of Woodworking, she oversees the curriculum, and mission of the school. Her knowledge and skills come from many years of running Franklin St Fine Woodwork, a custom design/build company she co-founded over twenty years ago. Passionate about the artisanal crafts she works to inspire and motivate students to achieve new levels of accomplishment in the fine woodworking and to enjoy the value of incorporating artisanal work in their lives.