Brian Bright | Woodworking School

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Lead Faculty and Site Director of the Vermont Woodworking School


  • BFA 3-d design/sculpture, Marywood University, Scranton PA
  • MFA – Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design, RIT, School for American Crafts, Rochester NY.

Areas you teach
Fine woodworking and furniture design

Recent Awards:

  • Best in show, single contemporary piece, Baltimore Fine Furnishings 2010, Baltimore MD
  • Best in show, overall booth, Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival 2010, Woodstock VT
  • Peoples Choice Award, single piece, Fine Furniture and Woodworking Festival 2010, Woodstock VT


  • 500 tables: Inspiring Interpretations of Function and Style, Lark Books, 2009

Current Place of Residence:
Bakersfield, Vermont

Jackson, PA

bbrightatburlington [dot] edu (Email)



I am a formally trained Artist, Craftsman, designer and woodworker.  Originally from Pennsylvania.  While studying Sculpture and Three Dimensional design as an undergraduate, I became fascinated by wood as a material and the endless possibilities within Furniture Design.   After completing my BFA I was accepted in to the masters program at the School for American Crafts at RIT.  I studied with Richard Newman, Rich Tannen and Andy Buck.  After graduation I did some travelling and ended up in Vermont.  I took a job with a successful furniture company in Northfield, VT Building high end corporate executive furniture for fortune 500 companies.  I worked there for 4 years while I bought a house and built my shop.  In 2009 I started Bright Studio Furniture.  These days most of my time is spent Teaching.  When I am not at school I can be found in my one man shop designing and building one of a kind studio furniture.  For me woodworking is much more than a job, it is an obsession.  I merge contemporary artistic style with traditional woodworking technique to create unique, heirloom quality furniture and furnishings.