You are welcome to tour our Workshop in Ludlow, Vermont at any time. You can talk with our craftsmen, ask questions, and observe their fine workmanship in action. When it comes time to build your piece of furniture, you can help select the wood that will be used to create your piece. Whether you are simply browsing, or watching as the last coat of finish is applied to your piece, our goal is to ensure that your experience at ClearLake Furniture is as pleasant as possible.
 

Meet Our Craftsmen
Each piece of furniture is handcrafted by one craftsman using techniques such as interlocking joints, splined miters, and dovetails. Our skilled and knowledgeable craftsmen will take the time to work with you and visit the stacks of hardwoods so you can personally select the wood for your furniture. Also, since one craftsman attends to every detail of your furniture from start to finish, you can visit the workshop at any time to chat with your craftsman and see the progress of your piece. After each piece is completed the craftsman signs and dates the piece with your family name creating a personalized heirloom that will last for generations to come.

Brent Karner - Master Craftsman
Brent grew up in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. He attended Tewksbury public schools, Shawsheen Regional Vocational Tech. School in 1982, and in 1985 graduated from North Bennet Street School in Boston where he learned the art of fine woodworking. After graduating from North Bennet, prior to starting ClearLake Furniture, he spent many years crafting 18th and 19th century reproductions as well as contemporary furniture for clients throughout New England. From 1972 through1995, Brent spent his summers on staff at Deerfoot Lodge, a Christian camp for young men located in the Adirondack Mountains in Speculator, New York. Brent now serves on their Board of Directors. He lives on South Hill in Ludlow, Vermont with his wife, Abigail, their children, Thacher and Rachel.
   
Derek Karner - Craftsman
Derek lived in Tewksbury, Massachusetts until 1995 when he moved to Vermont. He attended Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington, Massachusetts, and then went on to attend Bentley College in Waltham, Massachusetts where he graduated with a B.S. in economics. Derek enjoys working with wood and creating beautiful pieces that will last for generations to come. He appreciates a sense of accomplishment with each piece he creates. Derek enjoys hiking, fishing, and skiing. Derek lives in Belmont, Vermont with his wife, Stephanie, and their dog, Sam.
   
Paul Christensen - Craftsman
Paul was born and grew up in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Upon graduating from Gordon College, he joined his father-in-law's construction company and worked as a carpenter and builder for 16 years. After selling his business in Greenwich, he moved permanently to Vermont. He has a great interest in working with wood and the opportunity to work at ClearLake is a dream come true. Paul lives in Middletown Springs with his wife, Toni, and son, Wesley.
   
Steve Bruce - Master Craftsman
Steve grew up in Weathersfield, Vermont and graduated from Springfield High School followed by three years in the US Navy as a builder. He has worked in the woodworking trade as a carpenter, cabinet maker, and furniture builder for 30 years. Steve currently lives in Fair Haven with his wife, Dee Dee.
   
Doug Ficken - Master Craftsman
Doug grew up in Fairlawn, Ohio and lived in Denver and Breckenridge, Colorado where he worked in the ski industry for many years. He attended Ohio University and Colorado Mountain College. Doug has been working with wood for many years and finds it very rewarding. Doug lives in Ludlow, Vermont with his 2 sons Austin & Hunter.
   
Mark Yuengling - Craftsman
Mark was born and raised in Westbrookville, New York, in the Catskill Mountains. He studied abroad on the west coast of Sweden and attended the B.F.A. Theatre Design program at S.U.N.Y. Fredonia. Mark has lived in North Carolina, New Jersey, and New York making scenery and furnishings for theatre, film, live, and corporate events. Mark resides in Weathersfield, Vermont with his wife Erica, and daughters Aria and Anneka.
   
Arthur Gagnon III - Craftsman
Arthur was born & raised in Vermont. He currently resides in Springfield Vt with his 2 daughters, Luci & Eva. Arthur has enjoyed working with wood since high school.
   
Joan Canfield -
Joan was born in Rutland, Vermont and has been a Vermont resident for all of her life. She began her career as a veterinary technichian at an early age and switched to furniture sales and design while raising her daughter. Joan has 23 years of experience in all aspects of home furnishing design. She enjoys time with her three grandchildren as well as gardening, walking, yoga and home improvements! Joan resides in West Rutland, Vt. with her husband Bill and their six rescued cats and three dogs.
   

"The bookcase is beautiful beyond belief. The delivery guys were great. And the case matches my maple floors exactly. It looks like Jason Ballard [the craftsman] took planks from my floor to build it. Please tell him that I really love it and that I will always admire his craftsmanship." - John C.