Woodworking Courses to Resume


The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine has announced that it will resume classes on Monday, September 7, 2020, when students arrive on campus for the first day of the 2020-21 nine-month comprehensive. Assuming public health considerations remain favorable, that will set in motion the regular year-round sequence of Furniture and Turning Intensives, with a new Workshop season to follow next June. The Messler Gallery reopens on September 18, with “Out of Bounds: The Art of Croquet,” an exhibition of artisan-made croquet balls and mallets. The Center cancelled classes in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic with a focus on protecting the health of students, instructors, and staff. It has sustained that focus by developing rigorous new safety policies and teaching protocols that meet and exceed best practices prescribed by the national Centers for Disease Control and Maine’s own CDC. For students traveling to the Center from out of state, there are important safety requirements to plan for in advance. To comply with Maine law and best practices in public health, the Center currently requires out-of-state students to either arrive two weeks early in order to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to the first day of class or test negative for COVID-19 on two consecutive tests that are taken at least 24 hours apart and within 72 hours before arrival in Maine.