Chuck Lakin (Waterville, ME)
I was 26 before I discovered woodworking, and it’s been an important part of my life ever since. I love making things but am indifferent to paperwork, so I earned money as a reference librarian at Colby College until I retired twelve years ago (headwork) and made things out of wood in most of my free time (handwork). I have done over a thousand projects that can be seen in homes and non-profits in and around my home of Waterville. My intention is to make simple, functional and graceful objects. It won’t be long before I’ll age out of woodworking so I am delighted to be able to pass on to Cliff the benefit of what I’ve learned.
“Cliff certainly has the desire to learn and learns quickly. He has a good eye for design and is a willing worker. I think he has great potential.” – Chuck Lakin
Clifford Pettitt (Fairfield, ME)
Born and raised in Maine, Cliff has a long history of community activism and a love of volunteering. Cliff has been consistently dabbling with woodworking for about a year now, first making frames for his paintings eventually moving on to simple furniture and shelves. When not in the woodshop with Chuck he can be found leading an afterschool program, the Sprout Scouts, at the Albert S. Hall School in
Waterville where he is the garden coordinator, at one of the various farms he consults at, or volunteering at a number of nonprofit organizations throughout the state.
“Chuck has a wealth of knowledge regarding woodworking that I hope to absorb but he also is an excellent communicator, and friend to his community.I intend to increase my ability and knowledge as a woodworker, to be able to independently take on new projects, recreate/restore pieces, and continue to use my developing skills. I would love to for my woodworking to continue to be an asset to my community and develop into a career.” – Clifford Pettitt