Frid, Tage

Birth 1915-05-30
Death 2004-05-06

Biographical notes:

Tage Frid (1915-2004) was a woodworker from Rochester, N.Y.

From the description of Tage Frid papers, [circa] 1950-2004. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 85015143

Tage Frid (1915-2004) was a designer, craftsman, and educator from Foster, R.I.

From the description of Oral history interview with Tage Frid, 1980 June 24-1982 Feb. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 646395871

Tage Fridwas a native of Denmark who helped revive the art of handmade furniture in the United States. Mr. Frid, who was long associated with the Rhode Island School of Design, was both a highly influential teacher and an innovator whose approach was at odds with that of many furniture designers. Mr. Frid arrived in the United States in 1948 along with his friend Jack Prip, a silversmith, after being recruited by Mrs. Aileen Webb, founder of the American Crafts Council, to teach at the new School for American Craftsmen in Alfred, New York. Tage moved with the school when it was shifted to Rochester Institute of Technology in 1950. In 1962, he went to the Rhode Island School of Design to head its department of woodworking and furniture design until his retirement. Beginning in the mid-1970's, Mr. Frid began to teach woodworking students outside his classes. He was a force in starting "Fine Woodworking" magazine. Mr. Frid's foremost writing achievement, the three-volume '"Tage Frid Teaches Woodworking'" (Taunton Press, 1993), is still in print and remains one of the most respected set of manuals on the subject. Tage Frid died in 2004.

From the description of Tage Frid table, circa 1950-1961. (RIT Library). WorldCat record id: 768434162

Designer, craftsman, educator; Foster, Rhode Island.

From the description of Tage Frid interviews, 1980 June 24-1982 Feb. 22. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 220179684


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