apprenticeship in upholstery at Dove & Distaff in Rhode Island.
He served as the Assistant Vocational Manager at Pioneer Upholstery (teaching upholstery to mentally challenged adults), which was a program at the Center for Human Development (CHD) for close to 30 years.
This program had specialized in building institutional furniture for colleges and businesses.
Instruction is open studio style, beginner's are quite welcome, as are students of all ages and ability levels.
All necessary tools are provided.
Students are encouraged to send Gary pictures of their project prior to class for evaluation.
Don't have a project?
has a number of "class" projects on which you can build skills and the projects are auctioned off at some point during the year.
is proficient as well in custom upholstery, window treatments, drapes and specialty sewing and teaches these skills as well.