Taeho Kwon attended East Carolina University majoring in Commercial Arts with plans on becoming an interior designer. His true goal was to make his own designs, instead of hiring contractors. To achieve this, he became a carpenter learning everything from framing, to interior work with a desire to learn all he could while improving his skills. After 12 years, he decided to take it a step further and extend his understanding of joinery. In 2010, Taeho traveled to Korea and attended The School of Traditional Korean Architect Buildings. He learned how to make Buddhist Temples and a “King’s Palace”. Since then, he has spent numerous years gaining experience in the maintenance and restoration of Korean Traditional Homes as well as Temple building. His reason for focusing on Temples was to improve his knowledge of joinery and the secrets of how to make it last thousands of years. Temple building involves unique skills and complex joinery that Taeho incorporates into his furniture.

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We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!