Richard Oedel, Furniture Master
Coming from an engineering and business background, the development and construction of form has always fascinated me.  And living in Salem Massachusetts for 22 years instilled in me an appreciation and respect for the custom wood furniture builders of the 17th and 18th centuries, who lived and worked only steps from my front door.  Now living and working in Boston, home in the 1700’s to the Seymours and other master furniture makers.                                       

Some of the finest furniture in America was crafted here.  And still is…


Chairman (2012-2014 and 2017 to present) of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association
Award Jury – Smithsonian Craft Show
Advisor – CustomMade
Past Member and Chairman – Salem MA Historic District Commission
Graduated from The North Bennet Street School .
Worked with Jere Osgood  and John LaGattuta
Member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers SAPFM
Member of The Furniture 
Chairman – Furniture Society Conference in Boston at MIT
Author and teacher

Richard Oedel, Fine Furniture Maker and Master


Fine Woodworking magazine  Issues  172 and 190
Woodshop News
“Mind and Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture”
Schiffer Publishing    Sept 2012    ISBN   0-76434115-1
“500 Cabinets – A Showcase of Design and Craftsmanship”
Lark Books    June 2010   ISBN  1-6005957-5-8
“Studio Furniture Today’s Leading Woodworkers”
Schiffer Publishing    June 2009      ISBN   0-7643328-7-2
“Furniture Studio – Furniture Makers Exploring Digital Technologies”
The Furniture Society Sept 2005  ISBN 0-9671004-2-9
University of New Hampshire Alumni Magazine

Custom Woodworking Business  CWB November 2008
Keynote Speaker – CWB  Conference  – Chicago, IL

Exhibitions, venues and collections:

Massachusetts Historical Society
The Fells  – Newport NH
Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
Castle in the Clouds – Moultonboro, NH
Society of Arts and Crafts – Boston
Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Fuller Craft Museum – 400 years of Massachusetts Furniture
Providence Fine Furniture Show
Boston Architectural Center/College
The Cyclorama – Boston
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Canterbury Shaker Village
Furniture Society “Curv-iture” Exhibit
  Savannah College of Art and Design
  Denver Museum of Art – Airport
  Gallery of Art and Design – Raleigh/Durham
  Florida Craftsmen Gallery
  Hickory Museum of Art – NC
  Houston Centre for Contemporary Craft
Boston Athenaeum St. Botolph Club
Boston North Bennet Street School Gallery
Trinity Church Boston
Currier Museum of Art
New Hampshire Art Association
3S ArtSpace – Portsmouth NH
Moffatt-Ladd House – Portsmouth NH
Sharon Arts Center – NH Institute of Art – Peterborough NH
Gallery at Frenchman’s Bay – Bar Harbor
Gallery at Somes Sound – Mount Desert, ME
Messler Gallery – Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, ME
New Hampshire Historical Society
Lamont Gallery – Phillips Exeter Academy