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Cancelled: Due to concerns regarding the Coronavirus, David Hurwitz’s visit has been cancelled. We plan to reschedule this sometime next year.

David designs and builds contemporary furniture pieces, one at a time at his studio in central Vermont, using hand carving along with traditional methods of furniture construction and joinery. His work has been exhibited widely in galleries and museums throughout the United States, including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Wharton Esherick Museum, the Delaware Art Museum, the Bennington Museum and the Vermont State House. His work is in public and private collections throughout the United States, and in private residences in Canada and Europe.

David has been doing woodworking since the age of six, and has been a professional woodworker since 1988. He has a BFA (1992) in woodworking and furniture design from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York. David has been a self-employed furniture maker since 1993.

Taffy Mirror photo

David has been the recipient of many awards and honors. In January, 2014, he received the Vermont Woodworker of the Year Award by the Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association. He has won eleven different awards in the annual Vermont Fine Furniture & Wood Products Design Competition between 2006 and 2014 (the last year the competition was held). In 2007, he won the “Best in Show” award at the 4th Annual Vermont Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival in Woodstock, VT, and in 2003, he won two awards from the Wharton Esherick Museum in Paoli, PA. He has also won several other awards over the years. His Taffy Mirror design has won three different design awards, and it was in a traveling exhibition that toured the US to museums and galleries for two years in 2004 and 2005.

David’s work has been featured in the book 500 Tables, by Lark Books, as well as Fine Woodworking Design Book Eight, New England Home magazine, Fine Wood-working magazine, Design New England, The San Diego Union-Tribune, the Palm Beach Post, The Arizona Republic, and many other regional, national and interna-tional publications.

In 2006, Michael Monroe, former Curator of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery had these comments about David’s work: “David is a master at handmade furniture featuring sculptural forms that capture the essence of movement and fluidity from a rigid material, wood.”

David’s Friday evening lecture will focus on his experiences as a furniture maker. This talk is free and open to the public. You can find more information about our meetings here.

On David’s Saturday demonstration workshop he will spend the morning with safe and efficient freehand work on the bandsaw and the rest of the day will be spent on the business side of woodworking: Pricing your work, selling your work, photographing and an effective portfolio and effective printed marketing materials.

Lunch can be purchased at the door in the morning of the workshop (subs or pizza) for $10 or you can bring your own lunch.

The cost of this workshop is $55 (First year RWS membership free with registration for a national speaker workshop). The workshop location will be at CP Rochester, 3399 Winton Rd, Rochester, NY 14623, from 9AM to 4PM.

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Non-members are welcome to attend monthly meetings free of charge. Non-members receive a free membership when they register for their first workshop.

Our Friday meetings and lectures begin at 7:45 in Basil Hall on the St. John Fisher College campus. More information about the location of our meetings and directions are available here.

More general information about the nature and format of our meetings and lectures is available here.