ABOUT VERMONT WOODWORKING SCHOOL
In 2007, Carina Driscoll, Blake Ewoldsen and Master Designer Craftsman Robert Fletcher founded the Vermont Woodworking School. They were motivated by the vision to celebrate and ensure the continuation of a heritage of fine furniture-making in the state of Vermont, which is rich in hardwood forests and fine furniture-makers.
Now into it's second decade, the programs at the Vermont Woodworking School have successfully ensured the replenishment of furniture-makers who will carry on the tradition of craftsmanship and design in their own unique style. We offer a semester-based "Immersion Program" through which students gain a deep understanding of fine woodworking and furniture-making. We also offer shorter "Community Workshops" for those looking for a shorter time commitment option to explore the craft.
The Vermont Woodworking School's reputation of providing an excellent education in fine woodworking and furniture-making has grown among accomplished furniture-makers across the country, enabling a number of motivated graduates to secure jobs at shops such as Vermont Farm Table, Shackleton-Thomas, and Wall-Goldfinger.
Additionally, the Immersion program has paved the way for a number of student artist-craftspersons to gain acceptance into highly acclaimed graduate programs such as Rochester Institute of Technology, Savannah College of Art and Design, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Pratt Institute.
Brian Bright is the full-time lead faculty member at the Vermont Woodworking School. Brian has a Masters degree in Fine Woodworking and Furniture from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology. Brian’s work merges contemporary artistic style with traditional woodworking techniques creating bold forms that play with angles and feature drama. Brian is a furniture-maker in Vermont.
Furniture Master in Residence
Faculty at VWS
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.
Faculty at VWS
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.
Community Faculty at VWS
David Hurwitz teaches an essential course at Vermont Woodworking School, which is Business Practices and Marketing for Artists and Artisans. David has been doing woodworking since the age of six. A professional woodworker since 1988, he is well equipped to show students what it is like to run your own business as a craftsperson. David has a BFA in woodworking and furniture design from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He has been the recipient of many awards design competitions in and out of Vermont.
Faculty at VWS
Rick Russell teaches college design project courses and green building courses at Vermont Woodworking School. He also created the innovative engineering class that creates a pumpkin-hurling trebuchet. Rick has a Master in Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Rick has a long entrepreneurial history in the wood industry with cabinet making and architectural installations and continues to operate a working farm near the Vermont Woodworking School. Some of Rick’s historic reproduction furniture can be viewed in the Vermont State House including the formal office of the Governor.
FOUNDERS / ADMINISTRATION
Co-Founder / Director
Carina was motivated to co-found the Vermont Woodworking School in 2007 by her desire to ensure a solid future for the fine-furniture and wood products industry in Vermont. Creating the school, developing the curriculum, and forging an alliance with the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and Northern Vermont University are about ensuring that Vermont's time-honored traditions of woodworking and furniture-making are passed on to future generations. Driscoll directs the school's day to day operations and provides strategic planning oversight and fosters the organization's partnerships.
Co-Founder / Operations Director
Blake co-founded the Vermont Woodworking School in 2007 and directs operations. Blake quietly ensures the facility runs smoothly and that all tools and materials are available when needed. As Operations Director, Blake also manages bookkeeping, payroll and benefits administration, plus community class registration. i
Bob was a true Master Designer Craftsman and as a Co-Founder and the founding instructor, the school carries on in Bob's tradition in its commitment to quality craftsmanship and education in the tradition of the apprenticeship. Bob brought over 30 years of experience building custom furniture as owner of the Robert Fletcher Furniture Design Company located in Cambridge, VT. Robert also owned and operated Fletcher Turnings, a company that specialized in architectural production turnings. Robert specialized in quality handcrafted furniture and custom design pieces. He designed and built a variety of original and reproduction pieces, from William and Mary, Queen Anne, and Georgian (Chippendale) periods, as well as the Shaker and Craftsman styles.
Vermont Woodworking School is always interested in speaking with qualified candidates. Please email your CV or resume with a brief cover letter to Carina Driscoll via firstname.lastname@example.org. Or mail to:
Vermont Woodworking School
148 Main Street
Cambridge, VT 05444
EMPLOYERS: Do you have a job opening that may be of interest to our current students? Please email a job description to email@example.com and we would be happy to share the opportunity with our current students.