Marc Adams School of Woodworking Instructors
MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 35 years. In 1991, he became a technical consultant to the WWPA, SFPA, AHEC, and the U.S. government, representing the United States on International Quality of Furniture Making. His work has appeared in Design Book Six and Design Book Seven, and his shop was featured in The Workshop by Taunton Press. In addition, his work has appeared in many national publications and has been featured on the front cover of Woodshop News and Fine Woodworking. Marc has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair and AWFS trade shows. He has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times and periodically does TV and radio talk shows on woodworking topics. He co-authored the book Working With Plastic Laminates and currently consults for both the laminate and adhesive industries. His Technical Techniques video series is the largest selling video series in the history of woodworking, he was awarded four Telly awards and in 2013 he did a video on The Table Saw with Fine Woodworking. Marc wrote an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine and was a judge for the 2008 and 2016 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows. Marc is currently writing a new book that is scheduled to be out in 2018 for the Lost Art Press, that will feature the best craftspeople of the modern era. In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana's Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community and in 2010 was awarded the Outstanding Alumnus award from the world famous Whiteland High School.
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Mar]
- Marquetry with Marc Adams
- Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Jun]
- Sculptural Rocking Chair with Marc Adams
- Sculptural Rocking Chair II with the Staff
- Veneering: A Course of Action for Furniture Makers with Marc Adams
- Joinery II with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Sept]
- Details: Taking Your Work to the Next Level with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Oct]
MARK ARNOLD grew up in rural central Ohio where he was introduced to the joys of woodworking at a young age. It was on a study abroad trip to Europe while in college, however, that his eyes were opened to the endless possibilities of wood as a medium for creative expression. Upon completing his undergraduate degree, he worked as a finish carpenter for several years to gain some practical experience and then applied to North Bennet Street School's Cabinet and Furniture Making program from which he graduated in 1996. Mark has been making furniture professionally for the past twenty years, cultivating a special interest in Neoclassical furniture, inlay, and veneer work. Clearly inspired by period furniture, he prefers to reinterpret the past by editing and rearranging classically-derived decorative elements for the pieces he designs. He is a past editor of SAPFM's annual publication, American Period Furniture. Mark has received several awards for his work and has written articles for Woodwork, American Woodworker, Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking magazines.
NICK ARTEMAKIS has been a custom woodworker for almost 40 years and lives in Glenview, IL. His woodworking career started rather indirectly through an intense interest in high fidelity audio and more specifically, high quality loudspeakers, which require considerable woodworking skills. He studied electronics at DeVry Technical Institute, but ultimately became a professional woodworker. In 1986 he founded Electric Woods, a rather eclectic custom shop in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, offering a wide range of innovative quality cabinetry, furniture, finishing, and furniture repair, but always specializing in custom speakers and entertainment centers.
ELI AVISERA, born in 1960, grew up, studied and lives in Jerusalem, Israel. Between the years 1973-1977 Eli studied at the school of wood art in Jerusalem. Since then, he has made his living as a professional woodworker. He is an international woodturning demonstrator and teacher who has lectured in many countries sharing his unique variety of techniques. Eli uses a line of his own signature tools (manufactured by Ashley Iles). These unique tools have been developed over his 30 years of experience in woodturning. In 1988 Eli established the "Wood Craft Center" where he teaches workshops for furniture building, woodturning and wood carving for all skill levels. To date, Eli has taught hundreds of students and has been instrumental in promoting the art of woodworking in Israel. In 2003 Eli was invited to the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia as a part of an International Turning Exchange. The ITE is a prestigious International event, bringing together a small group of carefully selected Wood Masters to share their knowledge and create together. Eli is one of the leading wood art masters in Israel and his creations are shown in many exhibitions, both locally and around the world.
MARC BERNER has taught and lectured scroll saw techniques in about every state. He is a consultant to the entire scroll saw industry including blade manufacturers. He has starred in three videos on scroll saw techniques and has articles that appear regularly in American Woodworker and many other magazines. Marc has lectured for The Woodworking Shows out of Los Angeles and is considered by almost all his peers to be the greatest scroll saw technician in America. His book "Scroll Saw Basics" was published by Schiffer Publishing.
JOHN BEAVER began experimenting with the lathe in 2009. His quest to add motion and rhythm to a turned piece led to his signature "wave" design. The success of that design convinced him to leave his previous profession as a motion picture cameraman and pursue woodturning full time. Through further experimentation John has invented multiple woodturning techniques. While John feels the "wave" design is his signature, the true genesis of his work is his ability to turn a vessel, cut it apart, add to or modify the elements and reassemble the piece keeping the walls and grain aligned perfectly. John's work has been featured in magazines in the U.S. and abroad and he has won numerous awards, including two time winner of the prestigious Niche Award for contemporary craft. He has participated in many top craft shows and he has demonstrated and taught at the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium, New Zealand Woodturning Symposium and many other regional symposiums, clubs and schools. When he's not in his shop, you can find John in the ocean, on the golf course, or in the mountains hiking, biking or skiing.
GRAHAM BLACKBURN has been making furniture for more than forty years. He has written over twenty books on woodworking, including the recently published Furniture Design & Construction. He has also contributed to many woodworking magazines, including Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, and Woodwork of which he was also the Editor as well as having taught and lectured extensively across the United States. Graham is also a musician (having played and recorded with many Woodstock artists), an avid sailor, a plate illustrator, and a championship tango dancer. "Furniture, like everything else, is all about balance and rhythm."
HERMAN BUENO has been an assistant at MASW since it opened in 1993. He has attended countless classes and assisted more than 80 different instructors over the years. He teaches junior high science at Southport Middle School. In addition, he works part time throughout the year and full time during the summer for MASW. He is married to Paula Bueno, the registrar for MASW.
WES BUSHOR is a self described Woodsman. He has been a logger in north central WI, for over thirty-five years. With logging being his main occupation, he has incorporated the natural products he can find in the forest into unique items for the home. He has made "rustic" or "naturally simple" furniture for over twenty-five years. Wes has an infectious passion for demonstrating his simple approach to woodworking which has landed him in several newspaper articles and TV interviews. Drawing inspiration from the natural form of trees, Wes likes to allow the wood to manipulate him as much as he manipulates the wood. With his wife, Jonelle, he runs a home studio called Lost Treehouse near Tomahawk, WI were he shares his passion for the simple and natural. When not working, Wes enjoys playing volleyball and spending time with his 5 children.
TIM CELESKI studied architecture and design before spending over 30 years in business as a designer. Once he discovered woodworking and built a workbench as his first project, he fell in love with the craft, dropped his design career and became a full-time furniture maker and has never looked back. Using his design skills, his main focus has been on original design, high-end custom outdoor furniture. His extensive line covers many types of furniture with many design choices from Arts and Crafts to Contemporary. His work has been featured in over four dozen magazines, is in high demand and is in collections all across the country. Over 100 of his pieces are among some of the Greene and Greene masterpieces in Pasadena. Tim is focusing more and more on fine art wood sculptures and contemporary furniture.
ASA CHRISTIANA worked at Fine Woodworking magazine for 15 years, serving as its chief editor for eight. Along the way he appeared in dozens of how-to videos and wrote and edited scores of articles. Among his videos is the Getting Started in Woodworking Series, still available free at StartWoodworking.com. Today Asa lives and works in Portland, OR, where he continues his mission to bring the craft to as many people as possible. His new book, titled "Build Stuff with Wood," available June 2017 from The Taunton Press, shows true beginners how to build projects worth bragging about.
JIMMY CLEWES is not your ordinary woodturner. At first meeting, one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker, and not the stereotypical woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind, and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular on the woodturning demonstration circuit. Jimmy is on the Register of Professional Woodturners in the United Kingdom and a member of the American Association of Woodturners. He has over 22 years of experience in woodturning and woodworking. The demand for his services as a freelance demonstrator takes him all across the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, Canada, and New Zealand. He is a frequent contributor to Woodturner magazine. In 2003 he produced a critically acclaimed DVD series that is selling vigorously around the world.
MICHAEL COOPER has been fooling around with wood and metal-working since he was a kid and hasn't grown up much since then. After finally graduating from San Jose State College and U.C. Berkeley with some sort of degree in the 60's, he was shown the door. For 34 years, he faked his way as a college art teacher, teaching sculpture, 3-D design, furniture design and drawing, before being purged from the system. He has somehow won numerous awards and has been encouraged to leave the United States (quite officially) many times to make things elsewhere. He bends wood well and often joins wood with odd bits and pieces of other materials and has shown his work around the world. Michael's work is remarkable and definitely worth checking out at www.michaelcooper.us examples of his art and his unique way of thinking and working.
DOUG DALE has worked at MASW for 16 years, and he is in charge of student affairs and all of the in-house maintenance. At one time, he held the record for the most classes attended in one summer - 17 classes. He obviously has completed his Masters and in 2005 taught his first class here along with Zane Powell on Machine Maintenance, Jigs and Fixtures. Doug currently tests tools for Fine Woodworking magazine. When he's not working at the school (or driving to and from the school - he lives in Ohio and drives more than 100 miles one way each day), he is working in his shop making furniture and cabinets and dabbling in restoration. He is a dedicated employee who has motivated and inspired everyone through his wit and enthusiasm. Doug has lectured nationally for the Consumer Woodworking Expo. He has three videos with Popular Woodworking: The Table Saw, The Bandsaw and The Jointer & Planer.
Kevin Glenn Drake
KEVIN GLEN DRAKE owns and operates the Glen-Drake Toolworks in Fort Bragg, CA, where he combines toolmaking, woodworking and education. Having been an avocational woodworker all of his life, Kevin finally took the plunge in 1999 and attended the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg to study with James Krenov. Kevin's previous careers as a musician and programmer helped pave the way for the toolmaking business he founded after graduating from that program. His tools are now recognized throughout North America and several foreign countries as must-haves for fine woodworking. Popular Woodworking magazine named his Tite-Mark marking gauge one of the "best 12 tools ever". An avid woodturner and turning teacher, Kevin turns the handles for his tools and leaves his fingerprints on every tool he makes. No stranger to Indiana, Kevin grew up in Indianapolis, attended Purdue, and received a BA in Economics from Indiana University. He exhibits at woodworking shows and clubs around the country and has a long list of tools that are waiting to be made.
MIKE DUBBER has been a hand engraver since his first year as a high school art teacher in the late 1960's. His current major concentration is on vintage Colt Firearms, although his days are filled with hand engraving on a variety of subjects from antique and modern firearms to jewelry and inscription plates. Mike is a Founding Member of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) and served in many FEGA offices over the years, including FEGA President from 1998 to 2004. He is recognized as a FEGA Master Engraver and Colt Master Engraver. He has been honored by the Colt Collectors Association (CCA) with commissions for the 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2014 "Show Guns", and he has also won the CCA Howard Dove Award for Best Engraved Colt on five occasions including "The Greatest Generation Colt .45 Auto." At the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, KY, Mike was awarded the NRA Silver Medallion Award for his entry into the "Ten Best Arms" competition. His Master Project, "The Greatest Generation Colt" is shown on the front and back covers of C. Roger Bleile's 2014 book, American Engravers, III.
MATTHEW DWORMAN is the owner and Chief Gadget Officer at QLine Design, where he designs and builds custom furniture, specializing in the art of concealment. He has been an avid woodworker and inventor his entire life. In 2004, he founded the Archangel Woodworks Cooperative in Worcester, Massachusetts. He spent several years working part-time for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, traveling the country and demonstrating hand tool use. Matthew is a contributing author for Popular Woodworking Magazine. He holds five patents for his hidden compartment designs. Matthew's QLine workshop is in an old church in Kingston New Hampshire which he renovated, transforming it into an ideal workspace for developing his ideas. He designs and builds custom furniture for clients across the globe.
W. Patrick Edwards
W. PATRICK EDWARDS began his career in physics by building an atom smasher for the science fair and taking top honors. After graduation from UCSD with a degree in Applied Physics, he realized that his true passion was with antiques, not high energy particles. He had established a business in 1969 which specialized on restoration of pre-industrial antiques, and in 1973 he "retired" from his full time physics career to devote all his energies to that business, Antique Refinishers, Inc. Countless trips to the East Coast visiting historic houses and museums, research at Winterthur, and attending "École Boulle" in Paris have all added invaluable experience to his understanding of how antiques were made and what tools and materials were used. He created several television shows about antiques, two of which were nominated for Emmys. Patrick has contributed articles to the early SAPFM journal, Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, American Woodworker and other publications. He developed a liquid hide glue, Old Brown Glue, which has received wide acceptance for its excellent working characteristics. For Patrick, the complex process of creating marquetry is just as challenging as working in the physics industry, and more fun.
J. Paul Fennell
J. PAUL FENNELL has focused primarily on turning hollow forms for the last 28 of the 45 years that he has been a woodturner. Paul was first exposed to woodturning in 1970 through an adult education woodworking class at a local high school, intending to improve his skills at furniture making. However, that idea ceased immediately when he began working with the woodturning lathes there, and he has never looked back. Paul is basically self-taught and works from trees salvaged from the local "urban forest". Today, his work has been featured in nearly every major magazine and book with respect to woodturning. His work is in major private collections nationally and internationally, and in several museum collections, including the Smithsonian; Detroit Institute of Arts; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Cincinnati Art Museum; Museum of Art & Design, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Paul is a 30-year member of the American Association of Woodturners and has been a featured lecturer at their annual symposium numerous times and a workshop teacher and demonstrator for schools and local clubs for many years.
ADRIAN FERRAZZUTTI is a maker of fine furniture residing in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. He is a 1998 graduate of the College of the Redwoods, where he studied under James Krenov. The Canada Council for the Arts has awarded him several grants, and his work has been exhibited across Canada and in the United States including Toronto, New York and Chicago. His work has been published in books and magazines, and he is a contributing writer for Fine Woodworking.
Jerry C. Forshee
JERRY C. FORSHEE a life-long DIYer, began his serious furniture building and woodworking efforts with a course at MASW in 1997. After many subsequent courses, he completed his Masters at MASW in 2011. Jerry retired in 2012 after a 42 year employment at Indiana University (Bloomington) in a variety of technical and administrative positions. He was recently featured in Psychological Brain Sciences magazine (PBS is an Alumni, Faculty, Staff and student news magazine for Indiana University) for his workmanship as a Master Builder. He has written for both Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking magazines. Jerry now enjoys devoting more time to family, woodworking and sharing his passion for woodworking by teaching and assisting instructors at MASW (which he considers his second home). In 2014 Jerry was awarded the John C. Coolidge Memorial Award for outstanding services to MASW. He is a leading contributor to the MASW newsletter and is a big reason MASW continues to excel. Jerry's favorite furniture styles to build are Shaker and Arts and Crafts.
MICHAEL FORTUNE maintains his studio near Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, where he designs one-of-a-kind furniture for private residences across North America. He has taught at Sheridan College, Ryerson University, Rochester Institute of Technology and the Savannah College of Art and Design. He was the first woodworker to receive the prestigious Prix Bronfman Award, Canada's highest award in the crafts. Michael has won dozens of honors, awards, and prizes. His work is on permanent collection at several museums, including Claridge Collection of Canadian Art and Craft in Montreal, Museum of Civilization in Ottawa, and the Ontario Crafts Council Collection. He was recently inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and awarded a Queen's Jubilee medal and has been featured in just about every woodworking magazine in existence. Michael received the Award of Distinction from the Furniture Society in 2007 and in 2010 became a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking. This is Michael's 18th year teaching at MASW.
- Design: Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune
- Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune
- Clamping Strategies & Gluing Solutions with Michael Fortune
- Making Simple, Yet Elegant Tables with Michael Fortune
- Mirror Mirror on the Wall with Michael Fortune
- Getting the Most From Your Bandsaw with Michael Fortune
- One-of-a-Kind Fixtures for One-of-a-Kind Results with Michael Fortune
- Designing and Making Counter Height Chairs with Michael Fortune
- Sketching & Drawings as a Design Tool - the Pencil Remains King (If I Can Only Find Mine) with Michael Fortune
- Make a Comfy Chair & Ottoman with Michael Fortune
DALE FUGIER is a Senior Software Engineer with Robert McNeel & Associates in Seattle. A northwest native, Dale graduated from Snohomish High School and from Pacific Lutheran University, where he studied Computer Science and Mathematics.
MARY FUGIER is Director of Training for Robert McNeel & Associates. She is an expert in using, supporting, and teaching Rhinoceros for Windows and Mac to commercial and educational customers. Born and raised in the Seattle area, Mary studied at the University of Washington, worked as an designer at a consulting engineering firm where she implemented and then managed the CAD department. She has worked for McNeel since 1990 doing training, testing and technical support for AutoCAD and then later Rhinoceros. Mary strives to make Rhino easy to learn, efficient and applicable to your everyday projects.
CHRIS GOCHNOUR was born the son of a classical musician, where he learned from his father that if you pursue what you love as a career you'll enjoy a fulfilling life. While Chris played the French horn as a youth, he moved on to other things because the horn didn't move fast enough. He took to skiing, skateboarding and snowboarding, which led to his first job building skateboards and snowboards for the Winterstick Company. This love for building things transitioned in his college days from decks you could ride to furniture for his home. He's been building furniture and teaching and writing about the craft for the past 30 years. A natural-born problem solver and innovator, Chris is a self taught craftsman and credits the pages of Fine Woodworking, where he now serves as a contributing editor, for helping him develop his skills. When he's not in his studio he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, cycling along the banks of the Jordan River, or boarding in the hills surrounding Salt Lake Valley.
Alexander A. Grabovetskiy
ALEXANDER A. GRABOVETSKIY carves from early morning to late in the evening. But things were not always this easy for the award-winning wood carver. Born in the Soviet Union, Alexander received his initial education in ornamental wood carving from his grandfather when he was six years old. By the time he was sixteen, he was noticed by Vladimir Tokarev and taken under his wing, learning the art of carving true masterpieces. Life seemed to be heading in the right direction for Alexander when he suffered the biggest setback of his life. He was arrested by the Soviet Government, and sent to prison for his adherence to the Christian Faith and refusal to enter the Red Army. He was released from prison at the age of 21. By that time, Alexander had already started a successful architectural and ornamental wood carving business from prison. In 1996, Alexander, his wife Nadia, and their 10-month old son Mark moved to America where he has become one of America's premier carvers. In 2012 he was selected as the International Carver of the Year. Alexander's intricate wall decorations and wood ornaments can grace the walls of royal palaces.
BARRY GROSS started creating his fine writing instruments about fifteen years ago after discovering all the diverse grain patterns that exotic and native burl woods have to offer. Since that time he has gradually moved to working with polyester resin to coat a number of assorted materials to create his one-of-a-kind fine writing instruments. He has received a prestigious Readers' Choice Award from Pen World Magazine and has published over 60 articles for several woodworking magazines. He has authored five books on turning and is a member of the American Association of Woodturners (AAW), Bucks County Woodturners, Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman, and the Pen Makers Guild. He has been a presenter at the AAW symposiums four times and was featured by Pennsylvania Cable Network and Ebru TV for his unique style in using recycled material to create one-of-a-kind fine writing instruments. Barry was commissioned by the White House to make pens to be given as gifts to foreign dignitaries by former Vice President Dick Cheney. In 2014 -2015 he was accepted as a member of Who's Who for outstanding achievements in the field of woodturning.
SCOTT GROVE is a self-taught seasoned woodworker known for layers of artistic expression and unconventional techniques. He maintains his own studio in the mountains of the Finger Lakes in Western NY and has worked for world-renowned Wendell Castle as his studio director. He has four Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards, an unprecedented achievement. Scott has pioneered a number of alternative veneering techniques including asymmetrical matching and veneering extreme compound curves. He has also won the NICHE Award for his trompe l'oeil wood carving, a DuPont Prize for innovative use of materials, and an NEA grant for sculpture. Scott has written for and been featured in a variety of publications including Fine Woodworking, Fine Home Building, Woodshop News, CWB, Freshwood2, The Artful Home and The Robb Report and appeared on Home and Garden's HGTV Network. In 2014 he did a Ted Talk on mixing technology and old world craftsmanship and has authored two books: Advanced Veneering and Alternative Techniques and Edges and Inlays for Schiffer Books.
- Veneering: From Simple to Asymmetrical, From Flat to Compound with Scott Grove
- Cold Metal Casting: Reproducing Unique Hardware Pulls, Escuthceons & Emblems with Scott Grove
- Edges & Inlays: Edge Details, Embellishments & Surface Decoration with Scott Grove
- Making a Patriotic Cutting Board with Scott Grove
GARRETT HACK is a furniture maker, author, and woodworking teacher from Thetford Center, VT, where he also runs a small homestead farm. His earliest memories were of sawing and hammering, so naturally he became a furniture maker after first pursuing civil engineering and architecture at Princeton University in the early seventies. Later study at Boston University's Program in Artistry influenced his style of contemporary designs based on classic forms. Internationally known, his work and Federal inspired brick shop have been featured in numerous books and magazines including Architectural Digest, The New York Times, and Preservation magazine. He is a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking, former chairman of the NH Furniture Masters, and teaches throughout the country as well as in Canada, England, Germany, Italy, Austria, Spain, Australia and Japan. Hand tools are integral to Garrett's work; he wrote the Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools, both published by theTaunton Press, about these essential tools.
STEVE HAMILTON, one of Virginia's native sons, is responsible for building many of the most magnificent pieces of our generation. He has participated in the building, finishing, and restoration of furniture found in some of the most prestigious private collections in the country. His work can be seen at Colonial Williamsburg, Carlisle House, Mt. Vernon, The White House and the U.S. Parks Service, to name a few. He apprenticed with Mack S. Headley, Sr., and has been a master builder with Mack S. Headley and Sons for over 30 years. During that time, Steve has taught building, restoration and finishing of fine furniture to four apprentices and has recently acquired the nickname of "Browndew" but you'll have to attend his workshop to find out exactly what that means.
JOHN HAMM designs and builds leaded glass windows and lighting for commission in his Whittier, CA studio. He began his career in glass in 1979. Trained as an artist from birth by his artist-painter father, John is a natural who has worked in many media. He found his passion when hired by a museum-quality Tiffany reproduction studio at the age of 21. He has worked full time as a glass artist since 1984, and has run his own studio, Hamm Glass Studios, since 1989. Through the years, John has trained a number of apprentices in his studio. His passion and skills have allowed him to become one of the foremost authorities on leaded glass in the Arts & Crafts style. His commissions have included clients from all over the United States.
STEPHEN HATCHER showed an aptitude for realistic drawing at a very early age. Though art has held a lifetime interest for Stephen, several years at the University of Washington lead to degrees in Electrical Engineering and Mathematics. Retiring from engineering in 2004, Stephen turned his focus to woodturning and stone carving, where combining these techniques led to his unique style of artwork. Almost immediately upon embarking on this new career, Stephen was invited to participate in national and international art exhibits, had his work acquired by notable collectors and museums, and had his artwork included in seven books and numerous magazines including being selected as the most innovative wood artist in 2007 by Southwest Art Magazine. In 2013 and 2014 respectively Stephen was an Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park, AK and Gates of the Arctic National Park, AK. In addition to MASW, Stephen teaches design, inlay, and finishing techniques at several other renowned schools as well as demonstrating or lecturing at clubs and symposiums across the country. He resides on Oyster Bay in western Washington State with his wife Brenda, several pets, and a 1000 sq. ft. shop/studio woodshop.
JEFF HEADLEY, a fourth-generation cabinetmaker, is continuing the family business, Mack S. Headley and Sons (not to be confused with Mack Headley, Jr., of Colonial Williamsburg), of reproducing pieces of American furniture built before the 1820s. The Headley's shop is located outside of Berryville, VA, in the historic Shenandoah Valley, 60 miles west of Washington, D.C. Jeff has written for Fine Woodworking, demonstrated on The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill, and lectured to many organizations and museums, including Colonial Williamsburg. He was hired as an instructor by the government and worked for many divisions of the military and The Park Service. The Headley's have worked for many museums, such as Mount Vernon, The Carlyle House, Mosbys Tavern, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, The White House and The Park Service and have done work for many heads of state and other dignitaries. Jeff lives with his wife, Susan, in Clarke County, VA between Winchester and Berryville, with their four dogs and three cats. Jeff also raises a small herd of Hereford and Angus cows on the family farm.
MARK HEDIN is no stranger to woodworking, having been self-employed in the trade for the last 20 years, both as a custom homebuilder and a maker of high-end cabinetry and freestanding furniture. Mark received his education in the areas of design, architecture, and craft by attending classes at the Art Institute of Chicago, Ball State, and Miami University before completing his undergraduate degree at Indiana University. As owner and operator of Heartwood Builders, Inc., Mark's craftsmanship and eye for design received publicity in local newspaper coverage of one of the unique and energy efficient custom homes he designed and built. Mark won the MASW Student of the Year award in 2010--the same year he completed his Masters. Mark is now a full-time member of the MASW staff and continues to fulfill commissions for custom work on the side. When he's not wrapped up in the world of woodworking, he enjoys spending time with his two young beautiful children.
TOD HERRLI is the instructor and owner of the Mississinewa Workshop, and has been teaching and lecturing for several years. He has conducted demonstrations for various chapters of the Mid West Tool Collector's Association, Society of American Furniture Makers, private clubs, museums, and guilds such as the Western Ohio Woodworkers of Dayton, The Wisconsin Woodworkers of Milwaukee and the Tri-State Woodworkers of New Harmony IN. Tod was featured in the Indiana State Museum's "Tools of the Trade" exhibit in Indianapolis during 1997. This exhibit featured him as a modern plane maker reproducing 18th century tools as were on display by the museum. He has also collaborated with Roy Underhill of the Woodwright's Shop" to produce an episode about making window sash. Tod has also appeared on the Scott Phillips show, the American woodshop. Tod has made two videos on traditional plane making one on building your own pair of hollows and rounds and the second on custom ogees.
MATTHEW HILL was born and raised in OK and despite unbearable heat, persistent drought, baseball-sized hail, high winds and occasional tornados, he continues to live and work there. Matthew began turning in the early 1980's while working as a cabinet maker. He gradually began to do more and more turning and less and less flat stock so that by the year 2000 he was turning and teaching turning full time. As a studio turner, Matthew produced work for galleries as well as national shows. He has pieces in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu as well as in most major private collections in the United States. Matthew has been a featured presenter at the AAW National Symposium as well as at many regional symposiums, and has taught at MASW for more than a decade.
MICHAEL HOSALUK is recognized as one of the most creative woodturners in the world. He lives in rural Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada, and is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts of Canada and a lifetime member of the Saskatchewan Crafts Council and Saskatchewan Woodworkers Guild. Michael is a founding member of the American Association of Woodturners and The Furniture Society. He is a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor's Award for Innovation in the Arts and the Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Craft and a multiple winner of the Premiers Prize for Excellence in Craft. He has been co-coordinator of the Emma Lake International Collaboration which has taken place biannually since 1994. Michael has exhibited his works in Canada, the United States, England, Germany, China, Korea and Japan, and his work is in the permanent collections of the Queen Elisabeth II, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Boston Museum of Fine Art, Yale University Art Gallery, Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Royal Ontario Museum. Michael authored Scratching the Surface: Art and Content in Contemporary Wood. He has lectured all over the world and remains active in his community as curator, educator and artist.
LYNNE HULL had her first experience on a lathe in the 8th grade when girls, for the first time (1969), were given the option of taking home economics or industrial arts. She registered for the shop class. This is where Lynne learned to turn wood, plastic and metal. She was mesmerized by the process and pursued it in undergraduate school at the University of Washington where she received a BFA in Metal Arts. In graduate school at the School for American Crafts (RIT) in Rochester, NY, Lynne was introduced to the metal spinning process, which involved working on a lathe but not in a subtractive process. Metal spinning is a forming process where sheet metal is stretched over a wooden pattern while rotating on the lathe. She found this process exhilarating and over the last 30 years has not tired of the infinite possibilities this process has to offer. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, her artwork is shaped by its natural beauty and diverse landscapes. Lynne enjoys contrast and comparison, and she uses the vessel as a sculptural format. Lynne says, "In my work I connect the old with the new, the east with the west and the technical with the artistic".
JOHN KNIGHT'S 35-year career in machine controls began while still in high school building relay panels and custom electronic controls for his father. Once he turned 18, he could enter manufacturing facilities and assist with installations. Following high school, he went to work full-time for his father and expanded his skills to include creating electrical drawings and learning Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC's). John's experience with CNC's started in 1982 when he went to work for Cincinnati Milacron's Electronic Systems Division. His work was to help embed part program post-processors into Milacron CNC controls. After his time with Cincinnati Milacron, John returned to general automation, applying relays, PLC's, CNC's, microprocessors, computer controls, and custom electronics to a variety of equipment. Later John began to specialize in custom CNC applications. His CNC experience includes applications for routers, profilers, vertical machining centers, horizontal lathes, vertical turret lathes, and horizontal boring mills. John currently works at a small controls company near Dayton, OH, providing custom CNC applications for both the new and rebuilt machine markets.
GEORGE KNUTSON has been building Greene & Greene style furniture on a full-time basis for over 12 years. When he retired from a project management/engineering career in telecommunications, he decided to take his 30 years of self-taught woodworking experience to another level. After attending Northwest Woodworking Studio's two 2 year Mastery Program, he linked up with long-time Greene & Greene furniture maker, Darrell Peart. Here he advanced and honed his skills in precision joinery and hand crafting details, building high-end furniture designed by Darrell, inspired by Pasadena Arts and Crafts architects/designers Charles and Henry Greene. While also managing the classroom at the Woodcraft Seattle store, George also worked alongside other nationally known Greene & Greene craftsmen, including Thomas Stangeland and Tim Celeski. When not building G&G furniture, George also designs and builds contemporary furniture using reclaimed/recycled materials, combining both wood and metal.
JOHN KOCH has been a practicing companion animal veterinarian since 1970. Woodturning is one of several hobbies that include building KY flintlock rifles, making powder horns decorated with scrimshaw, oil and acrylic painting, furniture making and numerous outdoor activities. In 2007, John had the opportunity to hear Marc Adams make a presentation at a woodworking show. That occasion rekindled his interest in wood as an artistic medium. John finds that turning a chunk of wood into something useful, beautiful, or both is a wonderful way to relax and to satisfy his creative interests. He has completed both the Masters and Woodturning Fellowship at MASW, one of only three people to have that distinction. John has been published in Wood Turning Design magazine.
MITCH KOHANEK had formally been an instructor for the National Institute of Wood Finishing at Dakota County Technical College in MN for 35 years. His graduates have become the best professional finishers in furniture restoration, spot repair artists, and pre-finishers this country has to offer. His program was the only certified finishing program in America and has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens, Wood and Fine Woodworking magazines, and he has written for American Woodworker and Fine Woodworking magazines. Mitch is currently part of Fresh Air Finishers which is a high-end finishing company in St. Paul, MN. Fresh Air Finishers is a standalone company specializing green on site location finishing, custom finishing, and onsite wood repair and restoring. He had performed an internship at the Smithsonian Conservation and Analytical Laboratory and is a member of the American Institute of Conservation. He has lectured for The Woodworking Shows out of Los Angeles and is a consultant to the entire finishing industry.
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek [Apr]
- Shellac: The Forgotten Finish with Mitch Kohanek
- Furniture Restoration, Repair and Refinishing with Mitch Kohanek
- Making the Wood "Pop" with Mitch Kohanek
- Rubbing Out the Finish: The Last Procedure with Mitch Kohanek
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek [Aug]
- Spot Repair & Touch Up with Mitch Kohanek
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek [Oct]
- Decorative Finishes: Distressed, Aged, Fumed & Crackled with Mitch Kohanek
ALAN LACER has been involved in the turning field for more than 40 years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, demonstrator and past president of the AAW. His work has appeared in a number of regional and national shows and exhibitions. As a demonstrator and instructor, he has appeared in all 50 states and five foreign countries. His writings (over 150 published articles, tips or columns) have covered technical aspects of woodturning and finishing, numerous specific projects, the history of woodturning, and the turning traditions of Japan and Germany. He has published one book with another near completion. Alan has also produced five videos on his own, with three of them winning a total of five national awards. In 1999, the AAW selected him for their Lifetime Honorary Member Award for his contributions to the field. He was a regular writer for American Woodworker, and after his appearance on the PBS program Woodturner's Workshop, he became known to all his fans at MASW as the "TURNminator."
- Woodturning with Alan Lacer [Mar]
- Woodturning II with Alan Lacer
- Team Turning for Two with Mary and Alan Lacer
- Skew Chisel Boot Camp with Alan Lacer
- Making Woodturning Tools & Accessories with Alan Lacer
- Fluting, Reeding & Spiraling for Furniture Makers with Alan Lacer
- Woodturning with Alan Lacer [Oct]
MARY LACER has been turning for 37 years. Turning classes weren't available in the early 1980's so she used books to learn and hone her turning skills. Shifting her interest and dedication from avocation to occupation, Mary was Administrator, Assistant and Executive Director for the national turning organization for 21 years. In that position she set up symposiums for 500 people almost single handedly which included demonstrations, a trade show and gallery exhibitions. She was awarded the Lifetime Honorary Membership in 2006 from the AAW for her many years of service. Mary has also expanded into writing, contributing to American Woodworker and teaching, co-instructing at MASW since 2004. She has enjoyed teaching couples, children and general woodturning classes.
SAM LACINA started making nets under the tutelage of Ron Reinhold in 1994. Over the last 20 years he has refined and simplified those methods for the home shop. For the last fifteen years he has taught small group classes as well as demonstrating this craft at conclaves and fly fishing shows across the country. His nets have been featured as limited editions by Garden and Gun and the Orvis Company. Sam's nets have been collected by fishermen on all continents, which has been an unexpected opportunity and pleasure. In 2010 he produced a DVD to share these techniques with other woodworkers and fishermen. Sam has lived and fished in MI for the last 40 years. When he isn't fishing or in his work shop, he practices medicine, specializing in Pediatric Cardiology. With his background in medicine, he is always looking for safer and more efficient ways of work.
BOB LANG has been a professional woodworker since the early 1970's and specializes in building reproductions of furniture from the American Arts & Crafts period of the early 20th century. He is the author of Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture, Woodworker's Guide to SketchUp, The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker and several books of measured drawings of furniture and interiors of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century including Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors and Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture. He was executive editor and project illustrator for Popular Woodworking magazine from 2004-2014. Before joining the magazine he spent more than 25 years designing and building custom cabinets and furniture, both in his own shops and in large commercial shops. During the last five years of this period, he served as project manager for a number of large commercial and residential projects, developing working drawings in AutoCAD and planning and supervising the fabrication and installation of custom cabinets and millwork. His work has also appeared in 360 Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Woodshop News, and Woodwork magazines.
STEVE LATTA makes both contemporary and traditional furniture while teaching woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology and Millersville University in Lancaster County, PA. He is a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine and has released several videos on inlay and furniture construction. He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds. Working in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, he helped develop and market a set of contemporary inlay tools. Steve is an active member with The Society of American Period Furniture Makers and a juried member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children Fletcher, Sarah and Grace in rural, southeastern PA.
THOMAS LIE-NIELSEN has been making hand planes since 1981, having worked for several years at Garrett Wade and having grown up around his father's traditional boat-building shop in mid-coast Maine. He is self-taught in machining, casting, pattern making and all other necessary metal and woodworking skills. Lie-Nielsen currently employs about 75 people who make about 100 various hand tools, planes, saws, chisels, and workbenches. He is also the author of Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening, which is published by Taunton Press.THOMAS LIE-NIELSEN has been making hand planes since 1981, having worked for several years at Garrett Wade and having grown up around his father's traditional boat-building shop in mid-coast Maine. He is self-taught in machining, casting, pattern making and all other necessary metal and woodworking skills. Lie-Nielsen currently employs about 75 people who make about 100 various hand tools, planes, saws, chisels, and workbenches. He is also the author of Complete Illustrated Guide to Sharpening, which is published by Taunton Press.
GLENN LUCAS is a well-established production turner specializing in utility ware. He started turning in 1990 at the age of 16. He has produced thousands of bowls and platters each year supplying shops in Europe and the USA. Many of Glenn's pieces are in collections around the world. He has participated in events such as Sofa Chicago, Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show and in 2014 the Design Crafts Council of Ireland touring exhibition 'Weathering' which was seen at London Design Festival, Maison et Object Paris and Beijing's Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art. Glenn has become a popular demonstrator and teacher in Ireland, England, Australia, New Zealand, Europe and the USA and now spends over three months of each year traveling around the world. He balances his production of classic bowls turned from native Irish wood (set up in 1995), with an extensive teaching program run from his Woodturning Study Centre. Since 2011 he has released three highly successful DVD's on the techniques of turning and has worked on two television series with Ireland's national television station.
MIKE MASCELLI has been a student and practitioner of the upholstery trade for over 40 years and divides his time between the worlds of classic cars and classic furniture. He has provided upholstery for national champion cars and furniture that is on display at the US House of Representatives, in addition to instructing hundreds of students in basic upholstery techniques. He has contributed an essay in Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams for the Lost Art Press and a chapter for Saw, Plane, Chisel by Zach Dillinger in Popular Woodworking. Mike has published a number of articles on various aspects of upholstery in the Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and is a contributing editor to their e-magazine Pins & Tales. He has completed two instructional videos on upholstery for Popular Woodworking. Mike is also the Co-Director of the Professional Refinisher's Group which is a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the refinishing and conservation trades.
KELLY PARKER is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art. In 2009 she shucked the safety of the corporate world and decided to make her living as a woodworker. She has taken numerous design and technique classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking where she is currently working on her Michael Fortune Fellowship. In 2015 she was the recipient of a scholarship in the Professional category at MASW and was awarded a professional development grant from the Furniture Society. Her work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Australian Wood Review, and Rooted: Creating a Sense of Place: Contemporary Studio Furniture. Kelly's work often incorporates other materials such as metal, glass and acrylic. She is a passionate advocate for the craft and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others."ELLY PARKER is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture. After graduating with a degree in Biochemistry she worked in the corporate world for 18 years before taking a rather circuitous route into art. In 2009 she shucked the safety of the corporate world and decided to make her living as a woodworker. She has taken numerous design and technique classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworkin
MATTHEW PARKINSON was inspired as a child watching a blacksmith work in a museum; this seemingly small moment stuck with him. Later, as a young teen under the direction of his grandfather, he made a knife from an old file which ignited a desire to make knives. He has been a professional knife maker since 1998. In 2005, Matthew along with Jamie Lundell and Peter Swarz-Burt, formed Falling Hammer Productions which designs, manufactures and installs high end custom interior and exterior ironwork. Under the Dragons Breath Forge name they market their swords, knives, axes and armor to clients from around the world. Matthew has taught at craft and art centers throughout America and has had his personal work featured in Blade Magazine, Knives Illustrated and Pirate Quarterly. In 2015, Matthew was a contestant on the first year of Forged in Fire which ran on the History channel. He won by making a Katana in five days that split a bullet. In 2016, he returned for the championship round where he placed second with his Scottish Claymore which also split a bullet. That same year Matthew attained the rank of Journeyman smith from the American Bladesmith society which is an exclusive group of the top 200 best bladesmiths in the world."ATTHEW PARKINSON was inspired as a child watching a blacksmith work in a museum; this seemingly small moment stuck with him. Later, as a young teen under the direction of his grandfather, he made a knife from an old file which ignited a desire to make knives. He has been a professional knife maker since 1998. In 2005, Matthew along with Jamie Lundell and Peter Swarz-Burt, formed Falling Hammer Productio
DARRELL PEART has been woodworking for over 40 years. He is widely known for his interpretive Greene & Greene work and his innovative woodworking jigs. He has written articles for numerous woodworking magazines. In 2006 his first book, Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published and his second book, In the Style of Greene & Greene, was published in the spring of 2013. He has taught and lectured on the subject of Greene and Greene furniture from coast to coast. In 2005 he was dubbed "The Guru of Greene & Greene" by the Robb Report. In 2010 Lee Valley Tools put his idea for a hollow square punch into production.
MICHAEL PEKOVICH studied furniture making, fine art, and graphic design, and he's been putting those skills to use designing and building furniture for over 30 years. For the last 20 of those, he's also been busy as the art director at Fine Woodworking magazine, where his job is to communicate woodworking how-to in a clear and inspiring way. His work has appeared on the cover of Fine Woodworking numerous times, and he has written several articles and appeared in several video-project series for the magazine.
CATHRYN PETERS has taken on some pretty unusual work. In 1997 she created two wicker passenger seats for Buzz Kapland's Born Again Restorations (BAR) Company that built the Johnson Wax Company's replica Sikorsky S-38 amphibian airplane. Her efforts in the craft and basket world are mentioned in many books and periodicals, including The Crafts Report and Basket Bits. Cathryn is a founding member of the first and only North American chair caning guild, called 'The SeatWeavers' Guild and served two terms as President since its inception in 2007 until 2011.
BINH PHO was born in Vietnam, is a critically acclaimed artist, known for an expansive approach to work in wood and woodturning that includes surface embellishment and a unique exploration of positive and negative space. The works feature a highly personal iconography, with imagery that relates to Asian culture and the natural world. The story of his journey from an idyllic childhood in Vietnam, the rise of Communism and his escape to the United States in shared in the book River of Destiny: The Life and Work of Binh Pho, published in 2006, in conjunction with a retrospective of his work at the Long Beach Museum of Art. In 2013 he collaborated and narrated the story in their new publication Shadow of the Turning. Binh Pho is in demand as a lecturer and demonstrator and his work is exhibited internationally and in the permanent collection of numerous museums including The White House Collection, Washington DC; The Renwick Gallery Smithsonian of American Art; Museum of Art and Design, NY; University of Michigan Museum of Art; Long Beach Fine Art Museum; and the private collections of Hillary R. Clinton.
ZANE POWELL has been a professional woodworker for more than 30 years. In 1987, he supervised the residential cabinetry division at Classic Woodworking, specializing in designing and building complicated casework. In 1992, he started his own company that specializes in fine furniture. He has been the lead assistant at MASW since it started in 1992. His work has been featured on the front cover of Builder+Architect magazine and in Indianapolis Monthly magazine and Better Homes and Gardens' Wood magazine. He was a featured lecturer at the first ever Weekend With Wood. Zane is one of the reasons our school is what it is today.
STEPHEN PROCTOR is currently a furniture designer/maker who lectures throughout the world. He has an M.A. degree in furniture design from the Royal College of Art in London, England. From 1975 to 1988, he was involved with the Wendell Castle School in Scottsville, NY, and became dean there in 1981. He taught at the Rochester Institute of Technology and has lectured at woodworking schools throughout North America. His furniture has been exhibited in London, Tokyo, Basle, New York, Chicago, and Washington and has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Vogue, London Times, American Craft, and Corporate Showcase. Stephen is an excellent instructor who is unparalleled when it comes to problem solving and hand skills.
DENEB PUCHALSKI has been working with wood for over 25 years as a carpenter, boatbuilder and furniture maker. He received formal training in furniture making and design at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, ME, first as a student, then as an assistant instructor, and finally as the artist in residence. Deneb has been working since 2001 as a representative and demonstrator for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks. Years of teaching and demonstrating have presented an opportunity to hone and polish hand skills, as well as the ability to share these skills with others.
TIM PURO has been restoring and refinishing furniture in Bloomington, IN since 2002. Tim studied furniture finishing, repair and restoration at the National Wood Finishing Institute in Minneapolis, MN, and has taken courses in furniture conservation offered by the Smithsonian Institution's Museum Conservation Institute. He has served as an assistant in finishing and furniture restoration classes at MASW since 2004. Tim is a self-described "shellac-a-holic," and he enjoys encouraging woodworkers to try a variety of finishes and finishing techniques.
JOHN RESSLER is a lifetime woodworker, starting with his own shop on the family farm as a young boy. He is part-owner of Designed Stairs, one of the largest custom wood stair manufacturers in the United States. Their work has been featured in the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago as well as on HGTV. John's love of wood and music led him to pursue custom guitar and folk instrument building. He has produced dozens of custom instruments over the past decade for many fine musicians and has taught this fine art to over 200 first-time instrument builders. John is the author of the book Pickin' Stick: Building a Stringed Instrument.
SARA C. ROBINSON (Seri) creates art through spalting, the coloration of wood caused by a fungus. She is an Assistant Professor of Wood Anatomy within the Wood Science & Engineering department at Oregon State University, and is the lead researcher in the development of wood spalting. Seri is also an artist, and strives to blur the line between the two disciplines. She has contributed numerous articles to Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner as well as numerous scientific publications. Her book on spalting: Spalted Wood - The History, Science, & Art of a Unique Material, traces the history of spalted wood from the 1400's to the modern day.
PAUL SCHÜRCH is the proprietor of Schürch Woodwork in Santa Barbara, CA. He is a well-respected, European-trained master craftsman, instructor and designer, with his marquetry furniture on exhibit in public and private collections around the world. His formal training includes a 1972 Swiss apprenticeship as a church organ builder and continuing journeyman work at the International Boat Building Training Center in England. Paul regularly spends time in Europe to study and preserve the dying art of traditional furniture conservation and to continue learning, practicing and teaching new styles and techniques of surface decoration using wood, metal and stone. He has been teaching veneering, marquetry and furniture design seminars at MASW since 1997. As a consultant and a contributing educator to the trades, he has been featured on covers of Fine Woodworking, CWB, and Woodworker West magazines and has had articles and pictures of his work featured in national magazines and furniture design books since 1985. He has won many national awards for his furniture and art pieces and occasionally exhibits his pieces at selected galleries in the US and Europe.
BRIAN SEDGELEY works as a Tool and Application Trainer at Festool North America in Lebanon, IN. Brian has been teaching Festool training classes at the Festool training center in Lebanon for eight years. He has been involved in the woodworking industry for over 25 years and has owned his own cabinet shop in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He now lives in Whitestown, IN.
CURTIS SEEBECK is a recognized pioneer in the field of casting and stabilizing wood. As the original inventor and producer of the "Worthless Wood" resin and wood hybrid concept, he has made significant innovations in the field of stabilizing and casting. This includes the creation of Cactus Juice Stabilizing Solutions as well as providing technical advice on the formulations used by the Alumilite Corporation for their proprietary casting resins. He is a member of American Association of Woodworkers (AAW), the Central Texas Woodturning Association, and the International Association of Pen Turners. He has demonstrated at The Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT), the Utah Woodturning Symposium, numerous woodturning clubs and craft schools across America. Curtis works full time in his company, TurnTex Woodworks, building vacuum chambers and providing technical support for craftspeople who are stabilizing and casting, and is world renowned in his field. He is married with a ten year old daughter.
MARK SFIRRI has been a professor in, and coordinator of, the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College since 1981. Mark was trained in furniture design under Tage Frid at Rhode Island School of Design where he received both his BFA and MFA. Although that experience was mainly in the area of furniture, he also developed an interest in woodturning at that time. In 2010 he was awarded a Distinguished Educator Award from the Renwick Alliance (support group of the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution). Mark is the 2012 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collector of Wood Art. He has participated in over 250 exhibitions in the past 20 years and lectured and demonstrated in over 100 workshops and symposia throughout the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, New Zealand, and France. Mark has written a number of articles for a variety of woodworking related publications including Woodwork, American Woodturner and Turning Points. Since 2006 he has been researching Wharton Esherick. He authored three articles: "Anatomy of a Masterpiece," "The Hammer Handled Chairs," and "Esherick Emerges" for Woodwork.
ALF SHARP, after a half-hearted attempt at a law degree, discovered his true vocation in fine furniture making. Thirty-five years later, he's still at it with as much enthusiasm, fueled in part by the support and stimulation provided by The Furniture Society and teaching at MASW. Specializing in 18th and 19th century American and English design, Alf also enjoys Biedermeier, Art Deco, Chinese, and contemporary design. His own original work has a toe-hold in tradition. He has pieces in historical homes and museums and in fine private homes throughout the US. He is the recipient of the 2008 Cartouche award from The Society of American Period Furniture Makers and is a past President of the Furniture Society. In 2015, he was a fellow of the AFTAB turning collaboration in Aiguinnes, France. When not absorbed in the woodshop or playing with his grandchildren, he enjoys restoring and driving classic British sports cars. His work can be seen in the February 2008 edition of Woodwork magazine and in Studio Furniture - Today's Leading Woodworkers, a Lark 500 book, as well as numerous other books and magazines.
DAVID SMITH, president of Fresh Air Finishers, has been finishing wood professionally for the past 22 plus years. A few of his wood finishing specialties include onsite executive office touch-up and refinishing; historic interior woodwork restoration; and custom finishing for artists, designers, architects, and fixture manufacturers. David has traveled from coast to coast repairing complex wood finishing problems. Color theory, spot repair, distressed finishes and water-based coatings are just a few of the things he has taught at companies who have sought to learn more about wood finishing. He is a visiting instructor at the National Institute of Wood Finishing, AWFS and IWF. Photography, bicycling, canoeing and teaching woodworking to young adults are few other projects that keep him busy.
THOMAS STANGELAND has been crafting fine furniture for more than 30 years and has taught at MASW since 2003. His work appears in various collections around the country and on several continents. He was commissioned by the Disney Company to build the Presidential and Vice-Presidential Suites for the Grand Californian Hotel in Anaheim. Over the years, Tom has trained fifteen apprentices. He is a member/owner of Northwest Fine Woodworking (NWFW) and a member of Northwest Designer Craftsman, a juried crafts organization. He participated in the founding conference of Woodworkers Alliance for Rain Forest Protection (WARP). His work has been featured in Fine Woodworking, Home Furniture, Woodshop News, Woodworker West, and The Craft Reports, to name a few. Tom has also served as a lecturer at the Historic Seattle Bungalow Home Show and at Bellevue and Seattle Central community colleges.
MARK STERNER is a devoted computer geek and woodworker who enjoys combining these passions for the promotion of woodworking. Before joining the MASW staff, he worked as a trainer for Apple Retail. Currently he serves on MASW's staff as the IT person/department, a sometimes shop assistant and the owner of a one-person woodworking business. He enjoys using computerized tools to solve woodworking problems, acting as MASW's point person for CNC and CAD related issues, and helping other woodworkers get more out of their computers.
ALAN STIRT has been a professional woodturner for more than 40 years. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian, the White House, the American Craft Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has demonstrated and taught about woodturning and design in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada as well as throughout the U.S. In 1997, Al was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the American Association of Woodturners for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. In addition to his functional bowls and platters, for the last 25 years he has been making ceremonial objects to try to address emotional and spiritual needs.
DOUG STOWE began his career as a woodworker in 1976, making custom furniture and small boxes. In 1995, he began writing how-to articles for a variety of woodworking magazines. He is the author of four box-making books: Creating Beautiful Boxes with Inlay Techniques, Simply Beautiful Boxes, Taunton's Complete Illustrated Guide to Box Making, and Basic Box Making. His book Making Elegant Custom Tables won the 2003 Golden Hammer Award for the best how-to book. His boxes and furniture have been featured in Woodworkers Journal, Woodwork, American Woodworker and Fine Woodworking. His most recent book is Beautiful Boxes, Design and Technique published by Taunton Press. In 2001, he began a woodworking program at the Clear Spring School, designed to integrate woodworking activities to stimulate and reinforce academic curricula, restoring the rationale for the use of crafts in general education and demonstrating its effectiveness. In 2009 he was named an "Arkansas Living Treasure" by the Arkansas Department of Heritage and Arkansas Arts Council for his contributions to traditional crafts and craft education. He maintains a strong advocacy for hands-on learning through his blog, Wisdom of the Hands.
GARY STRIEGLER is a second-generation home builder with more than 39 years experience. He is the president of Craftsman Builders, Inc., a custom home-building firm specializing in highly detailed interiors featuring curved trim. Gary is a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding magazine and the Journal of Light Construction. His work has been featured in Luxury Home Builder and Custom Builder magazines. He has done consulting work for Dewalt, Kreg, White River, Grex Power Tools, Imperial Blades and Wood Master tools. Gary has taught sold out classes at MASW for over a decade and also lectures nationally for The Woodworking Shows and JLC live shows.
JÖGGE SUNDQVIST is a professional woodworker who, since 1985, has worked part-time with crafts. Jögge is a very colorful and artistic professional woodworker, author of several woodworking books, has been a film producer, as well as lectured around the world. He was born and lives in northern Sweden and at an early age, his father, Wille, motivated his interest in crafts. Attending Vindelns Folkhgskola, he received an education in handicrafts. His main inspiration comes from the Swedish, self-sufficient craft and folk art, which originated around the 17th century. His work has focused mostly on old time craftsmanship, using such tools as the knife, axe and shaving horse to work with natural bent grown wood. Most of his of work includes painted stools, chairs, cutlery, cupboards, spoons, trays and sculpture. "Call me s.u.r.o.l.l.e., a kind of folk artistic ego, with your hands full, I am rich."
DAVID SVENSON, from an early age, worked with his father, sculptor John Edward Svenson (Fellow, National Sculpture Society) on a multitude of large scale public works in many media. This allowed him to understand processes in mold making, metal casting and fabrication and years of wood carving. Wanting something different, David apprenticed in a local neon sign fabrication shop in order to explore the possibilities of light and sculpture. Learning, teaching, sharing skills and knowledge about glass, neon, art and Pacific Rim Culture's are important aspects of David's life today. Aside from working in his studio, David has taught for many years at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, taught past classes at the Pilchuck Glass School, Washington State; Corning Museum of Glass, NY; Urban Glass, NY and has given workshops internationally. David is an active board member and instructor at MONA (Museum of Neon Art) in Glendale, CA. and works periodically with a team of Alaska Native totem carvers on large commissions in Haines, AK.
MALCOLM TIBBETTS has been a woodworker most of his life and has been a segmented woodturning artist for the past 25 years. His work resides in many prestigious collections and museums around the world, and he has won numerous awards for his art. He shares his passion for this unique art form by conducting demonstrations at national symposia, woodworking schools and club meetings. As the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Art of Segmented Woodturning, and as the producer of eight how-to DVD's, he is recognized as one of the most innovative segmenters in the world. Malcolm was the driving force behind the first-ever segmented turning symposium which was held at MASW. He currently serves as an advisor to the Segmented Woodturners (an AAW Internet-based chapter which he founded). He lives in South Lake Tahoe, CA.
MARC TSCHIDA is the founder and primary puzzle cutter at Bloomington, IN based Press Puzzles. A self-taught puzzle maker, he utilizes the scroll saw, a laser cutter and a coping saw to cut intricate puzzles that focuses on the communities and culture of southern IN. Marc began cutting puzzles in 2012 as a hobby and over four years grew this craft into a full time job working under the banner, Press Puzzles. His puzzles are included in the Slocum Puzzle Collection at Indiana University Lilly Library in Bloomington, IN and at The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY. His puzzles are also in the private collections of Stephen King and John Mellencamp. Marc is an active member of the Association of Game and Puzzles International. In 2016, he finished a one year run of limited edition shark themed puzzles that paid for a weeklong trip to Mexico diving with Great White Sharks.
JEFF VOLLMER was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, and attended the College Conservatory of Music and the University of Cincinnati. Jeff was always a hobbyist woodworker who enjoyed making really fun and weird projects. In 1989, he made his first puzzle box. This was the beginning of Royal Woods, his own part-time business. In 1992, he made a full-time commitment to making bandsawn boxes, and Royal Woods really took off. Today, Jeff and his wife, Lynn, work together making puzzle boxes and selling them at art shows and in fine galleries. Their work is represented in all 50 states and in Europe. Jeff has written articles for Popular Woodworking, and in 2010 he authored his first book Puzzle Boxes Fun and Intriguing BandSaw Projects. Jeff says working with wood is much better than having a job!
J. Christopher White
CHRISTOPHER WHITE lives in Loveland, CO, but spends long hours in the rugged canyon lands of West Texas hunting for very specific shapes of dead standing wood, primarily West Texas juniper and aged Mesquite. Through his hands, these aged and weathered woods are transformed into a variety of subjects that flow into graceful movement. The message of each woodcarving is then amplified and refined by a poem. While the messages are drawn from scripture and his faith, the subjects that this Christian artist uses are as variable as nature. His studies in wildlife biology at Texas Tech University and five years of studying human anatomy at the National Institute of Fine Arts are both evidenced in his portfolio of birds, fish, mammals, and moving depictions of men, women and children. His signature style of realism flowing into stylized forms and ultimately abstract bands of fluid twist and spins, has continually won him top honors at national and international competitions, including Best of Show at the International Woodcarver's Congress in 1994 and Best in World, Interpretive Wood Sculpture at the Ward World Champion Wildfowl Carving Competition 2006 and 2009. He has published two books: Expressions In Wood and Parables: Wood Sculptures.
DON WILLIAMS was Senior Furniture Conservator for the Smithsonian Institution for nearly three decades before retiring to his remote mountain retreat in 2012 to continue indulging his far-flung curiosities, build and conserve furniture, write, and teach the occasional workshop. Over the past 45 years he has cultivated a special interest and experience in, among other things, historic coatings and related technology, and the historical materials and techniques employed in marquetry. Don was the expert co-author of Saving Stuff (Simon & Schuster, 2005), and the lead author for To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Marquetry (2013), Virtuoso: The Tool Cabinet and Workbench of Henry O. Studley (2015), and To Make as Perfectly as Possible: Roubo on Furniture Making (2016), all from Lost Art Press, and has written numerous articles and monographs and made hundreds of presentations for both scholarly and general public audiences.
KATHY WISE has always had a strong love for animals along with a talent for sculpture. She has worked with many companies including Simson, Westland, United Design and Encore Group. Kathy has designed and sculpted over 1000 different items in over 40 lines that have been sold worldwide. She started working with wood in 2002 when she began designing custom patterns for her father-in-law's Intarsia craft business. In the fall of 2004, ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts published the first article by Kathy and she has been in every issue since. Kathy was the winner of five Intarsia first place awards (2006- 2011) and people's choice award (2011) in the Design in Wood show, San Diego. She is the author of three books: Intarsia Birds: Woodworking the Wise Way, Intarsia Woodworking Projects and Intarsia Woodworking for Beginners.
BOB YORBURG is a professional woodcarver and restorer specializing in the amusements arts. His fanciful organ facade carvings have been featured on numerous magazine covers worldwide. Bob earned his BA at Wesleyan University and studied design at Harvard Graduate School of Design, Parsons School of Design and the Institute of Architecture and Urban Studies with Peter Eisenman. He trained with master carvers from Europe and the U.S. Bob taught wood and metal sculpture at CUNY, in both graduate and undergraduate studies. As a furniture maker, he ran the shop for Dakota Jackson. His book, Acanthus Carving and Design has received great acclaim. It features history, design techniques and a step-by-step approach to carving. Bob is dedicated to teaching carving to young and old alike.
Ronald E. Young
RONALD E. YOUNG "Ronnie" has been building American Period Furniture for the past 40 years starting just after graduating from college. The retired nuclear power engineer has concentrated on furniture forms found in his native TN. Using traditional construction techniques and local hardwoods, he has produced several hundred pieces of furniture including: desks, chests of drawers, beds, clocks, tables, and chairs. An active member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM), he has taught a number of woodworking classes to chapters of that organization, Woodcraft stores, and local furniture guilds in the southeast. His work was recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement by SAPFM. His recent interests have been in the period furniture of Charleston, SC and American Federal Period furniture. Ronnie has a home workshop in Chattanooga, TN.
SCOTT ZELINKA began his serious woodworking efforts in 2011 at the Chicago School of Woodworking (CSW). With degrees of BSME from Valparaiso University, MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from IIT's Stuart School of Business, he currently designs electrical schematics and applications for the manufacture of diesel-electric locomotives. He also enjoys the hands-on approach to learning while exploring the arts to develop new skills. His past experience in design for manufacturing, machine shop, stained glass windows, glass-blowing, and now a passion for woodworking provides a unique perspective. Always striving for perfection and attention to detail, Scott continues to explore techniques and develop his skills with primary focus on custom audio speakers and Arts & Crafts furniture.