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Tage Frid

Tage Frid

1915-2004

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.

Source: http://www.finewoodworking.com/community/artistprofile.aspx?id=1094

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

http://www.aaa.si.edu/collections/interviews/oral-history-interview-tage-frid-11852