The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine was set up in 1993 to meet the needs of contemporary furniture makers. It provides the best possible education for people who want to build functional, beautiful and expressive work to the highest standards of craftsmanship.
For ten years, Aled led the school’s flagship Nine Month Comprehensive program until 2019. His approach to teaching is grounded in his own belief of encouraging students to master the skills and craftsmanship, mindful of the craftsmen that helped him as a young maker. He encourages students to explore all aspects of woodworking and guides their designs throughout the making process.
According to Aled “ the reward of teaching is seeing student’s confidence grow and their aspirations evolve into something that exceeds their expectations.”
Peter Korn, the schools executive director, notes, “ Aled brings a knowledge of woodworking skills to the table that is unusually broad and deep. A gifted teacher, he works with students as individuals, encouraging them to cultivate their own voices and find the best within themselves.”
“ Aled taught me more than any other instructor. He’s adventurous and exciting to watch; he combines speed, precision and great skill, and he struck me as one I would trust for assistance and insight into any of the projects.”
“ There’s not one day that goes by that I don’t think about how much [Aled] taught us.”