The Alden Artisan Advancement
North Bennet Street School
MANCHESTER, N.H. – The New Hampshire Furniture Masters, in conjunction with its non-profit the American Furniture Masters Institute, announce The Alden Artisan Advancement Award recipient for the 2017 season:
Grant Burger, North Bennet Street School
for his rocking settee design
Burger, a native of Warren, Ohio, is currently living in Somerville, Mass. He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and slated to graduate from North Bennet Street School in June of 2017.
The Alden Artisan Advancement Scholarship was created to support an aspiring student or apprentice in furthering their own career as a professional furniture designer/maker. Grant Burger will receive $1,000 towards the development and promotion of his rocking settee which will be exhibited at the annual Furniture Masters Main Event in the Fall of 2017. As part of the award, the piece will be photographed by Bill Truslow in Portsmouth, N.H., and included in the Masters’ annual design book.
The rocking settee will be constructed using turned and shaped posts, bent laminated and shaped rockers, shaped ladder back slats and crest rail, and a slip seat upholstered with leather.
The result I would like to achieve with this piece is to have a comfortable rocking seat that can be shared between loved ones.
About his design Burger said, “I had the design idea for the rocking settee after doing similar single rockers. This is a piece of furniture that I’ve wanted to build for a very long time. I have been inspired by the work of the American Shakers since I first became interested in woodworking. My idea is to combine the building techniques of the Shakers with the capabilities of modern woodworkers. Specifically, the ability to sculpt and shape wood more efficiently.”
“My mentor, Matt Wajda, had told me about the Furniture Masters and I was encouraged to apply for the Alden Award by my department instructor, Dan Faia. Simply knowing my design would be critiqued by the Furniture Masters’ jury was reason enough to apply,” Burger explained. “It is a true honor to learn the jury is excited to see the design reach fruition and eventually exhibited alongside the other Furniture Masters.”
Single Rocker Design
Furniture Master Greg Brown, Bedford, N.H., originated the idea of the Alden Award and named it in honor of his grandfather, Alden Hobart. At 33, Brown is currently the youngest Furniture Master and is eager to assist other emerging artists. Brown said, “The Furniture Masters are all about preserving the art of fine furniture making for the next generation. Each of the Masters has learned skills from their own mentors and reach out a hand to instruct others. I have benefited enormously through the critical review of my work, learned about how to market my furniture, and gained experience in connecting with patrons at our exhibits. I proposed the Alden Award to offer that same opportunity to other makers and I am delighted Grant Burger will share this experience as he begins his own furniture making career.”
The Furniture Masters have established a reputation for creating works to the highest standards of design and craftsmanship. As a group they offer each other inspiration and critical feedback, and collectively address the challenge of marketing such distinctive and artistic work.
For more information about the Furniture Masters: www/furnituremasters.org
To apply for the 2018 Alden Award
or make a donation to support its efforts: www/furnitureinstitute.org/
The New Hampshire Furniture Masters are a group of professional furniture artisans committed to preserving the centuries-long tradition of fine furniture making. The association promotes the growth of fine furniture making, as well as the sale of fine furniture by its members, by hosting exhibitions; engaging in collaborative marketing and educational activities; and partnering with museums, art organizations, and galleries. The organization strives to uphold the highest standards of quality craftsmanship through a peer-reviewed jury system. The Furniture Masters’ Gallery is located at 49 South Main Street, Concord, New Hampshire.
The American Furniture Masters Institute is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization and a vital arm of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association to support educational endeavors and preserve the art of fine furniture making. For the past 15 years, the Institute has coordinated the Prison Outreach Program in New Hampshire and recently expanded the program to Maine.