Charlie is a woodworker specializing in the tools and techniques traditionally used in hand-tool woodworking, and is particularly drawn to the long standing technologies developed around work with “green” (freshly felled) lumber. His work draws heavily on historical examples of utilitarian objects, exploring and comparing cultural narratives of the past and present through objects of everyday experience. Charlie received his BA in Intellectual History from Harvard University before completing the Cabinet and Furniture Making program at the North Bennet Street School in Boston. Following his graduation, Charlie served an apprenticeship under Windsor Chair maker Peter Galbert before traveling the country to work with a wide range of traditional craftspersons and teach at various arts and crafts schools along the way. Originally from Idaho, when not in the shop Charlie enjoys time in the mountains with his dog Oso and working on his 1977 Ford.
|BA Western Intellectual History||Harvard University, Cambridge, MA|
|Certificate in Cabinet & Furniture Making||North Bennett Street School, Boston, MA|
|Surface Design & Texturing in Wood, Penland School of Craft-- Penland, NC|
|Introduction to Turning, Arrowmont-- Gatlinburg, TN|
|Pole Lathe Turning, North House Folk School-- Grand Marais, MN|
|Spoon Carving, Arrowmont-- Gatlingburg, TN|
|Introduction to Turning for Children, Arrowmont-- Gatlinburg, TN|
|Windsor Chair Construction, College of the Rio Grande-- Rio Grande, OH|
Apprenticeships & Residencies:
2016: Scandinavian Crafts Apprenticeship, Jarrod Dahl, WI
Primary emphasis on traditional foot-powered spring pole lathe turning. Other practices included blacksmithing, black ash basket weaving, spoon carving, and various other small Scandinavian craft projects.
2015: Artist in Residence, Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts, TN
Maintained a full-time studio practice in addition to giving demonstrations and presentations on to various campus and community groups, as well as teaching a series of workshops and classes for all ages.
2014: Chair Making Apprenticeship, Peter Galbert, MA
Assisted in all aspects of traditional Windsor chair production and design; teaching assistant for week-long chair making courses.
- Not to Scale, Sandra J. Blain Gallery– Gatlinburg, TN
- Module, Wolpert Gallery– Gatlinburg, TN
- Processed, Antique Space– Knoxville, TN
- Artists in Residence, Wolpert Gallery– Gatlinburg, TN
- Handworks– Amana, IA
- Woodworking in America— Winston-Salem, NC
- Lie-Nelson Open House– Warren, ME
- Student and Alumni Show, North Bennett Street School– Boston, MA
- Pawtucket Fine Furnishings Show— Pawtucket, RI (Best in Show Award)
Three Books You Recommend?
The Anarchist’s Design Book by Christopher Schwarz
A Handmade Life by Bill Coperthwaite
The Nature and Art of Workmanship by David Pye