Yoav S. Liberman has been a furniture designer and woodworker for over 20 years. Trained as an architect, Yoav is deeply interested in all aspects of design and its impact on the world we live in. He is passionate about reusing discarded wood and found objects, and is known for his achievements in building modern knock-down Campaign furniture and innovative metal hardware. His pieces have been exhibited in galleries and museums in the United States and abroad.
As a writer, Yoav has published articles on woodworking and design in Woodwork Magazine, and American Woodworker. He is currently a featured blogger on Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking magazines websites. Yoav is the author of Working Reclaimed Wood: A Guide for Woodworkers, Makers & Designers, published by Popular Woodworking Books an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2018.
Yoav’s pieces have been featured in Lark Crafts’ “500” series of books, including “500 Tables,” “500 Wooden Bowls,” “500 Cabinets” and “500 Judaica,” as well as in “Mind & Hand: Contemporary Studio Furniture.” (Schiffer Publishing 2012), and in in “Robin Wood’s CORES Recycled”, (Schiffer books 2015). Yoav is also a tool inventor whose design for a magnetic drawing and measuring tool was put into production by Lee Valley Tools, Inc., and his most recent woodworking tool – a handle that adapts machine-based mortising chisels to handheld use – is made by Rockler, Inc.
Yoav created and led the Woodworking and Creativity Program at Harvard University’s Eliot House (2003-2011) where he taught seminars in woodworking and furniture design for beginning and advanced students. He was also an adjunct faculty member at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Israel where he developed and taught core classes in furniture design and material studies.
Yoav served as a Windgate Foundation Artist in Residence/Fellow at Purchase College, N.Y. He was also an Artist in Residence and instructor at the Worcester Center for Craft in Worcester, Mass. He enjoys sharing his enthusiasm and experience through teaching at summer programs held at Peters Valley School of Craft, Penland School of Crafts, and Snow Farm - The New England Craft Program.
Yoav lives in Upper Saddle River, New Jersey, and teaches woodworking and design at the Rudolf Steiner School in Manhattan.