DREW LANGSNER apprenticed with master cooper Ruedi Kohler in the Swiss Alps in 1972. After moving to North Carolina he was introduced to Swedish spoon and bowl carving under the tutelage of Wille Sundqvist. Drew began making ladderback chairs in 1979 with J. Alexander and Windsor chairs in 1983 with Dave Sawyer. Drew and Louise started Country Workshops in 1978. He has also taught classes in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Japan. Drew is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in “Fine Woodworking”, “American Woodworker”, “Woodwork” and other magazines. His five books on woodworking include Country Woodcraft , Green Woodworking and The Chairmaker’s Workshop.

Langsner ‘s current work combines full functionality with creative artistic expression.

This is number 3 from 2012. Sassafras.

Drew’s recent woodworking has focused on carving multi-hollow serving vessels that also co-exist as fine art sculpture. This example (left) is carved from air-dried sassafras. Visit our website to see color photos of Drew’s chairs, carved serving vessels, spoons and ladles.
We also include an archive of work made by our guest instructors from 1978 – 2014.

Click here to see Drew's Gallery of work

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Colorful butter knives carved by Drew Langsner.

KENNETH KORTEMEIER grew up in Atlanta, Georga. In 1989 he completed a BFA in wood sculpture at the Atlanta College of Art. Kenneth was our summer intern in 1995. He is largely responsible for the excellent black and white photos in The Chairmakerís Workshop. Kenneth extended his woodworking education at The Carpenterís Boat Shop in Pemaquid, Maine. In 1997 he traveled to Wales where he apprenticed with chair maker John Brown. (Kenneth is the only person to have worked this closely with the the curmudgeonly and almost legendary chair maker.) From 1996-2002 Kenneth was a group leader and sailing instructor at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, Tenants Harbor, Maine. Kenneth returned to The Carpenterís Boatshop as an instructor from 2003 - 2013.

We are pleased to welcome Kenneth Kortemeierís return to Country Workshops where he will be sharing the responsibilities of teaching courses and running the CW Store.


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