Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers
The Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers presents a pop-up gallery of master level furniture makers who are dedicated to quality craftsmanship, excellence in design, and the pursuit of artistic vision.
Southern Vermont's Mettowee Valley is rich with artisans who craft beautiful pieces in a variety of mediums. Visit them at this location and then take a scenic drive along Route 30 and stop along the way to visit with them more.
Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers
Beginning at Lash Bros. Boatyard and continuing for five years at Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, Jim Becker learned to make beautiful furniture well. Becker does a variety of designs including custom, reproduction (old masters), and originals. Since 1986, Jim has been in business to make clients the furniture their dreams ranging from simple to complex.
Jason Breen grew up in rural Connecticut in the cabin his family built during his childhood. He first studied instrument building, and in 1992 earned a BA from Marlboro College. In 1998 he opened his own shop, alternately farming and woodworking for several years at Fair Winds Farm in Brattleboro, VT. A member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers and Brattleboro West Arts, Mr. Breen has shown work around the state in group exhibits. Much of his work is custom orders, but he also makes pieces of his own design with the hope of encouraging a love for place and community.
Ray Finan is a studio furniture maker, designing and building custom furniture in his Arlington, VT studio. Ray’s work employs a blend of traditional hand joinery and modern methods utilizing the finest materials. His work has been published many times in Fine Woodworking Magazine, and is exhibited at juried shows throughout the northeast.
Bob Gasparetti believes in simple, functional furniture meticulously crafted with quality materials. He takes great pride in the selection of the wood and the time-consuming placement and matching of grain and color. He works in a variety of hardwoods, from apple wood to zebra wood, so long as it is harvested by sustainable methods. Cherry, walnut, birch, maple, and figured maples are the woods he most often works with.
Tyler Gebhardt is a fine furniture maker and boatbuilder. He received a formal education in woodworking and furniture making and has been building furniture for nearly 10 years. His goal in life is to create pieces of art that will be cherished for years to come, reflecting the beauty of his hard work and effort. His passion is organic style furniture filled with curves and small canoes and kayaks.
As a furniture maker, Erin's goal is to make furniture that is both beautiful and functional. She is particularly interested in carving, surface ornamentation, texture, pattern and design. At this pop-up gallery, she has on display several new small boxes that explore these techniques, along with a more traditional carved coffee table. She graduated from the Cabinet and Furniture Program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston in 2007 and sells her work primarily through galleries and private commissions. Erin lives and works in Burlington, Vermont.
Dale has been making furniture professionally for 35 years. A signature of his work is his distinct use of the wood grain as a prominent feature in a table top, cabinet door, or headboard. Foremost in his approach is a careful selection of the grain in the wood. Dale's intention is to harmonize the grain with the design. The results are a perceptible blend of grace, beauty, function, and attention to detail.
David Lewis grew up in Lutherville, MD and earned a B.A. degree in American history from Green Mountain College in Poultney, VT. He then enrolled in the Vermont Woodworking School and ignited a latent passion for creating gorgeous heirloom quality furniture that reference 17th and 18th century colonial traditions. Enamored with native woods and traditional hand-craftsmanship, David committed to making a career of celebrating and furthering the art and craft of handcrafted wooden furniture. David currently lives and works in Essex, Vermont, and uses only sustainably grown and responsibly harvested lumber in his projects.
Pete works in South Pomfret, VT sharing a shop with his father-in-law, Josh Metcalf. He primarily builds solid wood furniture in the spirit of early American masterpieces. Pete was educated at the North Bennet Street School and has been making a living building furniture for the past decade. His goal is to build furniture that will be cherished, admired, and passed down for years beyond his own existence.
Dan Moshiem has been designing and building custom furniture since 1979. He and his team have an extensive website with hundreds of photos of completed pieces. He also has been writing a blog about the construction process of most of the individual pieces they have built since 2007. You can access that, as well as many online slide shows of recent and past work at the link below.
Sawyer Made is a second-generation Windsor chair studio started by David Sawyer in 1982, and today continued by his son, George Sawyer. George continues to teach and build his father's chair designs, using the same traditional hand tools and techniques that have served chair-makers well for hundreds of years.
For nearly 40 years, Eric has enjoyed a fulfilling career creating wood objects. While his work has evolved from accessory pieces to furniture and architectural installations, he still chooses to work directly with a variety of hand tools. This approach allows him to find a clean, unadorned form that accentuates the figure of the wood. He carefully selects materials, finding different figures and colors that add to the pieces. Although Eric works in a variety of domestic and exotic hardwoods, both solid and veneer, he mostly uses cherry, walnut, mahogany and figured maple with a hand-rubbed, Tung oil varnish finish.
Walt considers himself lucky to work in the Vermont countryside not too far from where he grew up. People don’t believe him when he tells them that his woodshop is in the middle of a cornfield. It’s beautiful, peaceful, and a great place to be inspired. Walt a self-taught furniture maker. While he studied and developed his woodworking skills, he wore a lot of other hats. Thanks to downsizing, he got the opportunity to turn is hobby into a profession and ran with it.
Lauryn Axelrod is a ceramic artist specializing in woodfired ceramics for intimate gatherings. She creates custom teaware for several tea companies and tableware for award-winning Japanese restaurants in New York and Los Angeles. Her work is collected globally, and has been featured in numerous exhibitions. She is currently creating a Vermont-inspired line of farm-to-tableware for the home. Lauryn is a graduate of Bennington College and her studio and kiln are in Pawlet, Vermont.
Lucille Festa is the owner and founder of American Country Rugs, a business dedicated to primitive Rug Hooking. Lucille is a nationally recognized rug hooking teacher and teaches locally at her studio in East Rupert and across the country. Early American Life selected Lucille’s work for its Directory of Traditional American Crafts.” Additionally, her work was shown in Country Home Magazine; as a featured Artist in the Cottage Journal Magazine; and, she is a frequent writer for Rug Hooking and ATHA Magazines. Lucille also exhibits her work at the prestigious Folk Art shows. Her work has been purchased and sold by the NYC, American Folk Art Museum.
Charlotte MacFadden is a highly-skilled jewelry designer and creator of "Beautiful Things". The inspiration for her designs comes from a keen observation of elements in our natural world and the contemporary world of fashion. Her jewelry is unique, fresh and artistically beautiful. She currently attends an average of 16 shows per year in New York, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania and Vermont.
Dona Mara Friedman
Dona Mara is a painter with a 40 year continued exploration in two dimensional space and surface. Her paintings are infused with an abstracted vision of nature and an individual field of color, line and texture, influenced by her personal connection to her surroundings.
She exhibits regularly in the regional Northeast and is included in numerous private collections throughout the U.S. She is a member of New England Wax which curates juried exhibitions composed of artists who incorporate encaustic in their work.
Dave Morse is a young man in his thirties with passions consisting of anything outdoors, ping pong and things of an artful nature. His journey into the arts started in his childhood with the drawing of Disney characters and painting of oil still lives. A lot more has happened in the past five years having started painting animal and human portraits in oils and watercolor. Also working for The Orvis Company has really blossomed his passion for capturing sporting art. Dave gets inspiration from his beautiful little girl Annabella whom shares her fathers love in the arts. Dave resides in Pawlet, VT the same town in which he grew up.