Graham David Johnston is a craftsperson, educator and designer based in Savannah, Ga. He specializes in technical woodworking, historic preservation and teaching the fundamentals of furniture making. Graham believes that creatively happens within the constraint, whether that be material, function, form or time. He is a safety focused woodworker with a passion and enthusiasm for sharing his skills with students from all backgrounds and skill levels.
Before turning to woodworking, Graham worked for 7 years in local news publishing. In 2016 he traveled to Vermont and began studying fine furniture building at the Vermont Woodworking School. When he completed the program, he served as the school’s shop manager for two years. Wanting to teach at the college level, he enrolled at Savannah College of Art and Design to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree in Furniture Design. In 2021 Graham served as the teaching intern for an introductory undergraduate woodworking course. After graduation, Graham hopes to find a career that allows him to gain more experience educating new woodworkers, as well as continuing to explore his own craft.
While in school, Graham worked as a lead carpenter for Landmark Preservation, a historic preservation contractor based in Savannah. In both Savannah and around the state, Graham has worked on nationally registered historic buildings and led teams of craftspeople in careful restoration and preservation.
- Savannah, GA
- Professional Status
- Mfa student