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Virtual Visit: Mike will do both his Friday evening presentation and his Saturday workshop via Zoom.

Mike Korsak is an award-winning furniture maker whose work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the United States. Mike possesses a strong personal aesthetic and is driven to create by the need to express his aesthetic. He builds finely detailed, impeccably crafted furniture that reflects a passion and respect for design and craftsmanship.  

At a fairly young age, Mike was introduced to woodworking by his grandfather, a carpenter and hobbyist woodworker.  This early exposure helped Mike to realize that he wanted to work with wood in some capacity.  But it took a bit of exploring over a number of years to figure out exactly what he wanted to do.  Through high school, college and beyond, he explored woodworking, carpentry, timber framing and timber frame design.  After “discovering” studio furniture in the mid 2000’s, Mike was inspired to take a completely new approach to working with wood, which is reflected in the design-focused work he currently produces. 

Mike also writes about furniture making for Fine Woodworking magazine, and teaches at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. You can learn more about Mike at his website: http://www.mikekorsak.com

Mike’s Friday presentation (March 19th @ 6:45) will be Counting Growth Rings: A Journey Through the Past

In his Friday evening talk, Mike will discuss his background, his studio and how he came to be a furniture maker.  Mike will also show images of his work, and talk about the ways in which his work has progressed and evolved over the past decade of designing and building.

Mike’s Saturday morning demonstration workshop (March 20th from 9am – 11am) is titled Building A Drawer: The Fit is It

The fit of a drawer says a lot about a piece of furniture.  Compared to a sloppily-fit, bind-prone drawer, a well-fit drawer is a thing of joy.  In this Saturday morning workshop, Mike will demonstrate the hand tool based process that he uses to build a traditional hand-dovetailed drawer, and how to achieve a silky smooth, bind-free fit.  From stock preparation to dovetail layout, drawer assembly to hand-planing to fit, Mike will explain the entire process on an actual drawer for one of his pieces.

The cost of this workshop is $10.

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The Zoom link for the Friday meeting will be sent to members via email. A Zoom link for the Saturday workshop will be sent to all of those who register within 12 hours of the start time.

Our Friday meetings and lectures will begin at 6:45 this year. Guest presentations will begin around 7:00pm.

More general information about the nature and format of our meetings and lectures (at normal times) is available here.