“That [this class] was taught by a woman was more important than being all women in the course, though I enjoyed both aspects. The instructor gave direct feedback and didn’t coddle.” -2013 student
“I loved how knowledgable you are and how willing to share with us. And how you totally believed in our ability to learn these skills and do the work. You didn’t hide the hard stuff from us (or if you did, you did it so well I had no idea!)” -2013 student
“I really can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed this class! I really did have a lot of fear of the equipment coming in and feel so much more confident and prepared to try out these skills.” -2013 student
"[Maria] is an OUTSTANDING timber framer..who helped us build our house.
If you are interested in learning from not only a talented carpenter
but a really good person who is dedicated to doing things right...the
first time please learn from Maria. I am thrilled to know she is teaching!" - Joanne and Deborah Cippola-Dennis, clients
"Maria was on the timber-framing team that community-built the vendor pavilions for Trumansburg Farmers Market &
the local community in 2010. She knows her stuff and she's a good communicator!" - Deirdre Cunningham, Market Manager at the Trumansburg Farmers' Market
"Knowing and working with Maria and witnessing her projects, and the teams she has lead, people in this course
will be present to an extraordinary learning environment. This is an opportunity to access excellence."
- Ben Boynton, owner of Red Barn Cabinet Shop
I have watched Maria closely working for several months on my own house. She is extraordinarily skillful and
resourceful at dealing with every kind of situation and is an effective leader of her team. She is surely a
terrific teacher, given her temperament, and I only wish that I could have sent my daughters to study with her.
- Don Randel, Ithaca homeowner