Artists Share Tweet

Tage Frid

Tage Frid


Tage Frid (1915-2004) was a well-known furniture maker, designer, and teacher, and served as a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine from issue #1 through #171. He is also the author of the classic series of books Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking, published by The Taunton Press.

A native of Denmark, Frid apprenticed to a master craftsman named Gronlund Jensen beginning at the age of 13. Five years later he was awarded journeyman status. He continued to pursue a university degree in interior architecture while working in a cabinet shop and building furniture in his trademark Danish-modern style. In 1948 Frid moved to the United States to take a job teaching woodworking at the School for American Craftsmen, first at Alfred University and then later at Rochester Institute of Technology. Then in 1962 Frid launched the first college-level program in woodworking and furniture design at Rhode Island School of Design, where his influence flourished for the next quarter century.


An interview of Tage Frid conducted 1980 June 24-1982 February 22, by Robert F. Brown, for the Archives of American Art: