Women's Work: Transforming Contemporary Woodworking

The Authors

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Three collaborators.

All three authors are themselves women and woodworkers, arriving through different routes and with different angles of interest, united in their determination to bring forward the stories of other women in woodworking.

Phoebe Kuo is a designer based in San Francisco. Since earning her design degree from Stanford University in 2006, she has been engaged in design research, conducting ethnographic interviews in over three hundred households and a dozen countries, on topics ranging from healthcare to technology to consumer goods. She studied woodworking with John Sheridan at San Francisco Woodshop, traditional wooden boatbuilding at the Apprenticeshop in Rockland, Maine, and furniture making at the The Krenov School in Fort Bragg, CA. Since Fall 2017, she is attending graduate school at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan.

Laura Mays is a woodworker, designer and educator. She is the Director of the Fine Woodworking Program at The Krenov School, Mendocino College in Fort Bragg, CA (formerly the College of the Redwoods). Her work is represented in the National Museum of Ireland, and in private and public collections in the US and Ireland. She has written for Fine Woodworking and Furniture and Cabinetmaking magazines. She is profiled in Good Clean Fun, the recent book by Nick Offerman about woodworking, with a chapter about her work and her role as a teacher. She is the founding president of The Krenov Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports the craft of woodworking.

Deirdre Visser is Curator of The Arts at CIIS in San Francisco. She is the publisher of the CHROMA series, a growing collection of project books featuring the work of emerging and mid career artists. Her exhibitions, course offerings, publications and public programming with The Arts at CIIS connect history to the present, both ethically and strategically, to look for common themes and engage historical context in a deeper understanding of the present.  In addition she teaches woodworking at SF Community Woodshop, and is building a tiny house in the hills of Mendocino County.