I have attended three different programs at the Center for Furniture
Craftsmanship in Maine. Each was terrific and I would recommend the
Center to anyone who wants to immerse themself in woodworking for a
couple of weeks. The facility is wonderful - well equipped and a
beautiful campus setting. Maine itself is of course beautiful.
I have also attended a brief weekend workship at the American Sycamore
Retreat. The program was excellent. The people were extremely nice. The
facility however is not on a par with the Maine school. This is not a
reason to rule them out - I'm just pointing out differences.
I think you could return from either program with a piece of furniture.
Please email me directly if you have specific questions.
This would be very disappointing news. Mike and Dana run friendly
programs in a fine facility that is convenient to many of us in the
Midwest. Their guest instructors have included many prominent American
Did you attempt to contact them before making such a statement?
I've talked to Mike recently. He and Dana still very much in business,
and doing well. It's unfortunate that people repeat what they've been
told without checking on its veracity. People who put their lives into
what they do can be hurt by thoughtless words, not to mention the
financial damage to their livliehood. Call Mike and tell him hello if
you feel like it, he posted his 800 number just the other day. I'm sure
he'd appreciate the support.
Dave in Fairfax
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daveldr at att dot net
A few years ago, I took a week-long furniture building course at the
Heartwood School (http://www.heartwoodschool.com ) in Massachusetts. They
mostly do house building and timber framing, but have some furniture
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