The Furniture Society is a volunteer organization. We rely on the volunteers listed below, and we could use your help!
Kate Davidson is a wood-based artist who incorporates mixed media and color into her sculpture and furniture. Originally from New England, she completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. Her interest in wood was sparked while working as a caretaker on an island nature preserve, and she began working as a carpenter before deciding to return to school full-time to study furniture design and craft. Since then she has taught community classes at Shelburne Craft School in Vermont and worked as the Staff Fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine. Her work was included in the Center for Art in Wood’s exhibit“Making a Seat at the Table” and will be part of the upcoming multimedia show“Wood and…” at the Wharton Esherick Museum. She will be returning to the Midwest this year to begin an MFA program at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
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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.
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Lisa Nguyen received her BA in Applied Design with an emphasis in Woodworking and Furniture Design at the San Diego State University in southern California. After receiving a fellowship to Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in the summer of 2019, Lisa graduated with a passion for working in wood craft. Lisa’s furniture explores her Vietnamese heritage while bridging together her American upbringing. She uses architecture as an inspiration as well as modern aesthetics to connect this dichotomy.
Lisa is currently a fellow at the Crealde School of Art in her hometown in Winter Park, Florida, where she currently resides. As of recently, Lisa has also developed a new appreciation and keen interest in wood turning. With the help of books and online videos, Lisa has been able to immerse herself within this field. Although she is still very new to woodturning, making sculptural yet functional forms is central to her work.
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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.
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Lauren is a Southern California based artist and woodworker. She currently lives in San Diego, CA and is finishing her BA in Applied Design at San Diego State University.
Since 2012, Lauren served as both Art Education Assistant and Workshop Assistant at the Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts. She has served her local community through her work in K‑12 arts education and continues to work alongside local non-profit art organizations to promote emerging artists in her hometown and surrounding areas.
Lauren’s work ranges from furniture to sculpture with no limitations on mixing media. Found objects, steel, wood and cardboard are all in constant experimentation. Her furniture acts as a reaction to her roots in studying mid century furniture while exploring the limits of simple/minimal design. She is a recipient of a 2020 California Arts Council grant, an Art Council Award from the School of Art and Design at SDSU, and has been featured in various Southern California based art publications including Woodworker West Magazine.
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.
Alexander Zimmerman is an artist, musician, YouTuber, podcaster and father. He likes to define himself as a creative as he does not align with any one particular form of creativity. Currently he is a MFA candidate at San Diego State University school of Art and Design. When he is not working on a project you can find him watching the Seattle Seahawks, watching Marvel movies, hanging out with his kids, or taking naps.
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