Did you know that a couple of our Guild members also teach at Vermont Woodworking School in Cambridge? Or that VWS is a supporting member of our Guild? It’s a collaborative relationship that’s blossomed over the last couple of years, thanks to an ever-curious student body, a passionate faculty and staff, and the generous, interested attitude of many of our makers.
Most recently, Guild members Tim Clark and Dave Boynton got together with colleagues (and VWS faculty members) David Hurwitz and Mario Messina to host a lunchtime panel discussion. The four shared their stories… how they came to furniture making, how they approached training and education, and how they developed their particular studio furniture business. The guys also introduced our new Journeyman’s membership, an excellent opportunity for student woodworkers who see themselves on the path toward master level craft.
After presentations, discussion and Q&A came the really fun part; a chance to tour the students’ work spaces and check out current projects. From Tim Clark… “Each space was full of work being created. It seemed that many of VWS’ current 35 or so full time students were there, with a new creation around every corner.”
In part, our mission at the Guild is to increase public awareness and appreciation of the tradition of fine furniture making. We’re grateful for the partnership with Vermont Woodworking School, and inspired by the talent and enthusiasm of their students. This is important work. Important for the continuity of Craft tradition and for the continued growth of Vermont’s working landscape. We look forward to more opportunities to collaborate — and celebrate — in the coming season.
Photos Courtesy Amanda Lass, VWS