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About Us

Through a safe, inclusive environment and challenging courses, the Vermont Woodworking School fosters a creative community and educates the next generation of fine furniture makers in hands-on programs that teach both traditional and contemporary woodworking techniques executed at the highest level.

 

We offer a semester-based Immersion Program where students gain a deep understanding of fine woodworking and furniture-making. We also offer short-form workshops for those looking to dip their toes in the craft.

 

Vermont Woodworking School was founded in 2007 by Carina Driscoll, Blake Ewoldsen, and Robert Fletcher. VWS graduates have gone on to work at companies like Vermont Farm Table, Shackleton-Thomas, Birdseye, and Thos. Moser; other graduates have started their own shops; and some have been accepted into highly acclaimed graduate programs such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Pratt Institute.

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Catherine Emil

Director of Operations

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Catherine & Jared completed the Immersion Program in 2018 and together founded a custom furniture company, Towards Nightfall. After two years running Towards Nightfall, Catherine and Jared returned to the Vermont Woodworking School as Director and Director of Operations. 

 

Catherine is dedicated to ensuring that all students get a top-notch education and leave school with a love of woodworking. Catherine directs the school's day-to-day operations, provides strategic planning oversight, and fosters the organization's partnerships. Before coming to Vermont, Catherine worked in the cultural sector in New York City. She graduated from Dartmouth College. 

 

Jared is passionate about educating the next generation of woodworkers. You can find him walking around the shop all day long giving helpful advice at student benches. As Director of Operations, Jared ensures that the facility runs smoothly and that all tools and materials are available when needed. Before moving to Vermont, Jared honed his woodworking skills and craftsmanship in Nebraska and Texas. 

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Mario Messina

Furniture Master in Residence

Mario Messina is a Furniture Master in Residence at the Vermont Woodworking School. Mario teaches full-time at Vermont Woodworking School. A member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, Mario is a Designer Craftsman whose work explores the union of function and art drawing inspiration from nature as well as other woodworkers, architects, and period styles. Messina’s work is an expression of our relationship to the natural world in the context of our home environment.

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Terre Morrison

Foundations

After retiring from a 20+ year career in aviation, Terre stepped up to the next challenge by pursuing her life-long dream of woodworking. Terre graduated from the first class of the Vermont Woodworking School Immersion Program and now teaches  in the Immersion Program, introducing students to fundamental woodworking and furniture-making skills and techniques. Terre is a thorough, supportive and patient instructor who moves mountains for students in their early semesters here.

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Bob Bortree

Community Faculty

Bob’s career in woodworking spans more than 35 years, including a degree in furniture making and design from Boston’s North Bennet Street School. He has worked extensively in design, construction and finish techniques covering a wide range of styles and projects. He has also been instrumental in the execution of architectural design pieces for some very exciting homes.