Kevin Shea photography

finding your voice

The Residency Program at IPSFC is intended to provide our alumni with the opportunity to further explore the many opportunities which exist in our craft in the creative and supportive environment. Following a minimum of one year of independent study, Alumni of our Impractical Cabinetmaker Program may return to the school, for a term or two to build a piece. Residency students receive a daily consult from the resident craftsman & teacher, enjoy 24/7 access to the school, including limited after hours machine use. All materials including wood and hardware are provided in return for a few hours a week assisting with the program.

Todd Sorenson, shown at right, during his residency in the spring of 2007. A fine craftsman and gentle soul, Todd is now the shop manager at the Krenov School.

"Wanting to be a craftsman, or a woodworker, there are, I believe limited choices. The emphasis these days is on novelty, efficiency with very little individual contribution; many schools follow this trend. There are relatively few schools, in fact very few schools that educate a person to become a complete craftsman in wood. One of the schools I have been following and observing is at Roberts Creek in Canada, it is called Inside Passage School. I know the people there, I like what they are doing and I like very much the way they are doing it. The emphasis is on hand skills, not primitive methods but efficient skills. Work that that can be traced to the maker, the hand, the eye and the heart. The staff is open and warm and generous and there is an opportunity there at Roberts Creek to develop the skills that support this approach. In fact the kind of work that I have for many years encouraged, the craftsman as an individual. I think that this will emerge gradually as the school for the complete craftsman. If I were starting my life today as a craftsman, and needed to learn what matters the most; my choice would be Inside Passage School." - James Krenov

Applicants for residency include a letter of intent
and a sketch of the piece they intend to make.