Upon receiving this grant, I felt validation as an artist.
Chris participated in courses in woodworking and made much-needed upgrades to his studio equipment. During the spring of 2011, he attended a bent lamination course at Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, IN taught by renowned artist Michael Fortune. “I learned new techniques for creating curved forms and veneering.” He also attended the Furniture Society Conference at the Maine College of Art. “It was encouraging to be around the intellectual, collegiate atmosphere.” The experience provided him not only the opportunity to collaborate with other furniture makers, but also to gain new inspiration for his work.
The second focus of his project was to upgrade his equipment to expand the scope of his work. He purchased a Festool Domino Joiner, Festool sander and vacuum system, and a Festool plunging circular saw. The new equip- ment has led to new sculptural work incorporating salvaged wooden materials with metal as well as new tables using the bent lamination and joinery techniques learned as a result of this fellowship.
Work appeared in Chairs, 500 Tables, and 500 Chairs, Lark Books, Sterling Publishing Company
Solo Exhibition, Appalachian Center for Craft, 2010 Represented by Function + Art