The Furniture Society is a volunteer organization. We rely on the volunteers listed below, and we could use your help!
Megan Tilston is a Toronto-based furniture maker whose work has been shown across North America. Her career in woodworking began at Merganzer Furniture in 2004 after lending a hand on a steam-bending project. With a background in graphic design, she spent the next decade immersed in all aspects of furniture making through an informal apprenticeship while being encouraged to pursue her own designs. You can see more of Megan’s work at www.megtilston.com
Chelsea Witt is an artist living and working out of mid-coast Maine. Chelsea is a woodworker, furniture maker, sculptor, and illustrator. After graduating from the University of South Florida with a BFA in 2012 they have worked and taken opportunities up and down the east coast seeking growth in furniture making specifically. Chelsea has worked for and or studied under artists such as Alexis Dold, Tyler Hays (BDDW), Christina Boy, Aaron Fedarko, and David Upfill-Brown. They have attended courses at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Currently Chelsea is working for the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship assisting Tim Rousseau’s twelve-week Furniture Intensive.
Mya Nelson is a woodworker and science writer based in Washington, DC. Her interest in woodworking was sparked after accidentally walking into a shop course. Soon afterward, she launched into furniture making part-time. Later she began exploring other aspects of woodworking and attended workshops at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. She has since moved into furniture making full time. She recently completed the Nine-month Comprehensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine and is currently a Studio Fellow at the Center.
David has been a member of The Furniture Society since 1999, his first conference was the 2000 gathering hosted by Sheridan College in Toronto, Canada. He was recognized by the Society Board as ‘Volunteer of the Year’ at the 2001 conference in Arizona and joined the website development team as a volunteer soon after. He served one term on the Board (2003 – 2006), managing the website in its entirety, and then as a contractor served The Furniture Society as Web Site Administrator from 2006 to 2016. He continues to help manage the website on a volunteer basis. David studied furniture making for two years (1984 – 86) with James Krenov, in the Fine Woodworking Program at the College of the Redwoods. He makes furniture and teaches woodworking at Arizona State University, the Southwest School of Woodworking, and at his own shop in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Kristin LeVier is a former molecular biologist-turned-studio artist who creates contemporary sculpture at the intersection of art and science. She started woodworking as a hobby 25 years ago and considers furniture-making the gateway drug that eventually led her down the pathway toward sculpture. Her work reflects her captivation with the many forms of beauty found in nature, from subtle to fierce. She carves and bends wood and metal into tentacles, leaves and wings that embody an ethereal sense of motion.
We are currently looking for a person interested in membership communications and outreach efforts to join our team. We are fun and nimble (if we may say so ourselves), we like to brainstorm and love to hear good ideas. Crazy ideas too.