Resume and Experience

BRUCE BEEKEN born 1953 Hanover, NH
1983-present Partner in Beeken Parsons
1985 Visiting Professor, Boston University, Program in Artisanry
1980 National Endowment for the Arts Craftsman's Fellowship
1978 Established Bruce Beeken Furniture
1978 Certificate of Mastery, Boston University, Program in Artisanry
1973 Apprenticeship with Simon Watts, furniture maker, Putney, VT
1972 Apprenticeship with Carl Bausch, canoe maker, Charlotte, VT

JEFF PARSONS born 1956 Boston, MA
1983-present Partner in Beeken Parsons
1981 Employed Depot Woodworking Co., Inc., Burlington, VT
1979 Employed Reale Mirror Mfg., New York, NY & Plymouth, NH
1979 BAA, Boston University, Program in Artisanry
1974 Employed Gilders Workshop, Winchester, MA


  • “State of Craft”-Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT 2010
  • “The Maker’s Hand: American Studio Furniture 1940-1990”-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 2003-2004
  • "Object for Use: Handmade by Design"-American Craft Museum, New York, NY 2001-2002
  • "Three Centuries of New Hampshire Furniture Making"-New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association Guest Artist, New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH, Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion, Portsmouth, NH The Mount Washington Hotel and Resort, Bretton Woods, NH 2000
  • "Vermont Wood"-Young and Constantin Gallery, Wilmington, VT 1998
  • "The Craftsman’s Chair"-Brookfield Craft Center, Brookfield, CT 1997
  • "Good Wood"-Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR 1997
  • "In The Tradition: Contemporary Vermont Furniture Inspired by History"-The Bennington Museum, Bennington, VT 1996
  • "Beeken Parsons Twenty Years of Chair Design"-Gallery of the Cathedral of St. Paul, Burlington, VT 1995
  • "Conservation By Design"-Rhode Island School of Design & WARP, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI 1994; World Forestry Center Portland, OR 1995; Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL 1996; Tucson Museum of Art, Tucson, AZ 1996; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institute) 1996 & 1997; Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, Pittsburgh, PA 1997
  • "Inside the House That Jack Built"-Anchorage Museum of History & Art, Anchorage, AK 1992 & 1993
  • "Intersections Vermont Crafts"-Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington, VT 1993
  • "A Lasting Heritage, The Influence of Shaker Design"-Brattleboro Museum and Art Center Brattleboro, VT 1992
  • "Celebrating Vermont: Myths & Realities"-Vermont Historical Society 1991
  • "Traditional Sources, Contemporary Visions"-Vermont’s Bicentennial Exhibition inspired by the Shelburne Museum Collection 1991
  • "New American Furniture"-Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA 1989; Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art (Smithsonian Institute) 1989 & 1990; Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, OH 1990; Oakland Museum, Oakland, CA 1991
  • "Vermont Furniture Makers"-Vermont College, Montpelier, VT 1987
  • "Bentwood Furniture"-permanent collections, Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI 1984
  • "Recent Art Furniture"-Buscaglia/Castellani Art Gallery, Niagara University, NY 1982
  • "New Handmade Furniture"-American Craft Museum, New York, NY 1979
  • "Young Americans"-American Federation of the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, New York, NY 1977


  • Champlain College, Burlington, VT, design and manufacture lounge seating for Perry Hall, 2010
  • The Rashi School, Dedham, MA, design and manufacture library furniture and Beit Midrash seating, 2010
  • Community College of Vermont, Burlington, VT, design and manufacture benches and lounge seating, 2010
  • Beth El Temple Center, Belmont, MA, manufacture temple seating, 2009
  • Norwich University, Northfield, VT, design and manufacture student residential center seating, 2009
  • Casey Family Services, White River Junction, VT, design and manufacture seating, 2009
  • Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA, design and manufacture seating for Houghton Chapel, 2008
  • Wake Robin, Shelburne, VT, design and manufacture community center stacking chairs, 2008
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, design and manufacture tables for the Axinn center at Starr Library, 2008
  • M.I.T., Cambridge, MA, design and manufacture student dining table for Beta Theta Pi, 2007
  • Yale University, New Haven, CT, design and manufacture library chairs for Davenport Residential College 2005
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, design and manufacture library tables and chairs for the Davis Family Library, 2004
  • Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT, design and manufacture seating and tables for Hoehl Welcome Center 2002-2003
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council, Montpelier, VT, design and manufacture chairs for Peter Zilliacus Environmental Leadership Awards 2003
  • Champlain College, Burlington, VT, design and manufacture chairs for Main Street Suites 2003
  • Marlboro College, Marlboro, VT, design and manufacture chairs for Rice-Aron Library 2003
  • Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT, design and manufacture chairs for LaForce Commons 2002
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, design and manufacture tables and benches for Skiway Lodge 2000
  • Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Park, Woodstock, VT, Seating for Interpretive Visitor Center 2000
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, Benches for Environmental Science Center 1999
  • Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT, Public Seating for Pleisner Gallery 1995 & 1996
  • Interzum Wood Products Exhibition-Cologne Germany 1995
  • Williams College, Amherst, MA Reader’s Chairs for Fort Hoosak Dining / Meeting Room 1994
  • "Planning Jigs" Time Life Books Shop Made Jigs and Fixtures (1994) 10-11
  • Norwich University design and manufacture Readers' Chairs for Kreitzberg Library 1992 & 1993
  • Vermont Law School Design and coordinate manufacture of Chairs, Tables and Study Carrels for Cornell Library 1990 & 1991
  • Brushstroke Chair and Brushstroke Ottoman, a 28-piece edition by Roy Lichtenstein with Graphicstudio, USF, Tampa, FL 1987 & 1988
  • "Adirondack Chair, A Fresh Look at an Old Favorite" Fine Woodworking 52. 1985, pp.46-49
  • Wendell Castle Chairs Arc International: 20th Century Furniture Collection of Coca-Cola Corp., Atlanta, GA 1984


  • Member, Advisory Board Businesses for the Northern Forest (B. Beeken & J. Parsons)
  • Member, Board of Directors Vermont Wood Manufacturers Association (J. Parsons) 1997-2002
  • Member, Vermont Council on Rural Development Forest Products Council (J. Parsons) 2001-2002


  • Northeastern States Research Cooperative, Wood Education and Resource Center, Linking Wood Products, Creative Thinking, and Digital Technology, 2005-2007
  • USDA SBIR Phase 2 Character Wood Furniture-Opportunities for Building a Rural Business Community 1999-2001
  • USDA SBIR Phase 1 Character-Marked Wood Furniture: Opportunities for Sustainable Rural Development 1998
  • The Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation. Vermont Forest Furniture (Value Added to Lower-Grade Forest Products) 1998
  • Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation, Vermont Forest Furniture 1997-1998
  • Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), Toward a Sustaining Forest: A Project to Survey Consumer Response to Furniture Made with Character Marked Wood 1997
  • USDA Forest Service Rural Development Through Forestry Fund / Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation. Value Added to Lower-Grade Forest Products 1996-1997
  • Lintilhac Foundation. Vermont Forest Furniture (Value Added to Lower-Grade Forest Products) 1997
  • Vermont Forest Furniture Workshops. Hawaii Forest Industry Association. Hawai’i, Maui, O’ahu 1999
  • Sustainable Forestry Workshops
  • Businesses for the Northern Forest 1998
  • Linking Vermont’s Family Forests and Wood Product Manufacturers: The Role of "Green" Certification in Building Sustainable Networks 1997
  • Businesses for the Northern Forest 1997
  • National Land Trust 1996
  • Vermont Natural Resources Council 1996
  • Steam Bending and Pattern Shaping North Country Studio Conference 1993
  • Measuring and Pattern Shaping Rhode Island School of Design 1986
  • Pattern Shaping Philadelphia College of Art 1985 Panel Participation
  • National Wildlife Federation, Across the Fences: Initiatives in Cooperative Forestry. Montpelier, VT 1999
  • Society of American Foresters, Non-Timber Forest Products. Burlington, VT 1999

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