Burlington College Graduate Wins Vermont Competition

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African Mahogany guitar case designed by Kevin Coughlin, a graduate of Burlington College's Craftsmanship & Design program. This program is held at the Vermont Woodworking School in Fairfax, Vermont.


Burlington College graduate Kevin Coughlin took 1st place at the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival. Coughlin is the first student to graduate with an Associates Degree from Burlington College’s Craftsmanship and Design program.

Coughlin’s winning submission in the college level category was an exquisitely crafted African Mahogany guitar case. The case has beautiful detailing such as a curly maple edging band and ebony accents. The interior is lined with felt and includes many small drawers.

The Festival judges commended his work. “Coughlin’s guitar case displayed complicated bending form and technique.” They particularly liked his selection of woods and the quality of the finish. The Festival judges were: Mark Schofield of Fine Woodworking Magazine, Phil Lowe of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, and John Ostrum a Vermont state architect. A New Haven, Connecticut native, Coughlin received his training in Burlington College’s Craftsmanship and Design program.

“I chose Burlington College because I knew it would help me explore a highly skilled trade exactly the way I wanted to.” shares Coughlin, “The Vermont Woodworking School was the perfect place to let creativity control the entire learning experience.” The Craftsmanship and Design major of Burlington College is offered out of the Vermont Woodworking School. Classes are held in a restored three-story historic barn in Fairfax, Vermont. Burlington College is one of the rare colleges in New England that offer a degree in Craftsmanship and Design.

 

Burlington College graduate Kevin Coughlin took 1st place at the Vermont Fine Furniture & Woodworking Festival. Coughlin is the first student to graduate with an Associates Degree from Burlington College’s Craftsmanship and Design program.

“Kevin has extraordinary talents,” imparts Dr. Jane O'Meara Sanders, Burlington College President, “He has a drive for excellence and pushes beyond the creative limits. I look forward to seeing more of his work.”

Classes offered by Burlington College’s program include training in high-end furniture techniques such as traditional joinery, intricate carving, inlay and marquetry and steam-bending. Each class is structured to allow the faculty to impart history and technique as well as providing supported hands-on practice. Students prepare for a career in well-crafted hand-made furniture.

Coughlin is now employed full-time as a cabinetry maker at Tom Moore Builders in Underhill, Vermont. Burlington College is a creative four-year liberal arts college located in Burlington, Vermont. The mission of Burlington College is to guide students to become skillful and reflective practitioners, lifelong learners, and active citizens engaged in fostering a just, humane society and sustainable, beautiful communities. To learn more about unique degree programs offered by Burlington College contact Coralee Holm, Director of Community and Alumni Relations at 802-862-9616 or e-mail cholmatburlington [dot] edu.