Marc Adams School of Woodworking Instructors
MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 33 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. Marc has worked with the EPA in Washington on current woodworking issues and has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair. Marc 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, and he was recently awarded four Telly awards. Marc wrote an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine and was a judge for the 2008 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows and does train-the-trainer programs for todays biggest tool manufacturers. He is currently writing for Fine Woodworking on the safe way to use stationary tools. 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 (April)
- Marquetry with Marc Adams
- Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams
- Veneering: a Course of Action for Making Furniture with Marc Adams
- Through The Narrow Gate with Marc Adams & Bill Spencer
- Laser Marquetry: an Introduction to the Future of Veneering With Marc Adams
- Details: Taking Your Work to the Next Level with Marc Adams
- Sculptural Rocking Chair with Marc Adams
- Sculptural Rocking Chair II with Marc Adams
- Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams (August)
- Cabinetmaking with Marc Adams
- Basic Veneering with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams (Oct)
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 latest book Scroll Saw Basics was published by Schiffer Publishing.
DIXIE BIGGS has been a full-time studio woodturner/artist since 1989. She grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for working in wood. Her interest in woodturning began in 1979 when she taught herself to use a wood lathe so she could duplicate a chess set her grandfather had made. Having a biological background and a love of gardening, much of her work incorporates a botanical theme. She is best known for her meticulously carved leaf wrapped vessels. She has had an extensive show career and exhibited her work in such notable venues as the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show, and Del Mano Gallery. Her work is in many public & private collections worldwide. She continues to share her techniques and knowledge at various woodturning clubs, regional and national symposiums and craft schools around the country.
ALLAN BREED grew up around old furniture and began buying pieces at auction as a teenager. At age 19 he was employed at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in the restoration department where he was able to handle some of the best American and European furniture. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in history, he went to work restoring furniture for museums and collectors and made his first set of Chippendale chairs in 1977. Allan has lectured and demonstrated at museums around the country and taught at both the Christies and Sotheby's education departments in NY. Allan was chosen to reproduce the Nicholas Brown secretary in 1989 and has recently reproduced furniture for the Brown and Goddard families. In addition to commission work, Allan runs the Breed School in Rollinsford, NH where he teaches period cabinetmaking and carving.
WESLEY BUSHOR is a self described Woodsman. He has been a logger in north central Wisconsin for over thirty 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 years. While at art/craft shows, he enjoys demonstrating his simple approach to woodworking which has landed him in several newspaper articles. 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, built a workbench as his first project and fell in love with the craft, he dropped his design career, became a full-time furniture maker and has never looked back. Using his design skills, his main focus is on original-design, high-end custom outdoor furniture. His extensive furniture 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 in some of the Greene and Greene masterpieces in Pasadena.
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 degrees in the 60s, 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 Sonoma County, where he currently resides, he recently sold something big for a lot of money. That sculpture, "Gunrunner," can be seen on the back cover of "Woodwork" magazine, December 2007. As you can tell from his modest bio, he's a fun guy to work with.
DOUG DALE has worked at MASW for 12 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.
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 quit his job and put all his time and energy into the restoration business, which is celebrating its 43rd year. Countless trips to the East Coast visiting historic houses and museums, research at Winterthur, and attending E'cole 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 44 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 considers himself basically self-taught and works from trees salvaged from the "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 many 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 charter 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. 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 & Chicago. His work has been published in books and magazines and he is a contributing writer for Fine Woodworking.
PETER FOLLANSBEE has been making furniture with hand tools since 1978. His first studies concentrated on traditional chairmaking (including both ladderback and Windsor chairmaking) timber framing, cooperage, basketry, spoon and bowl carving, and more. Starting in the late 1980s, Peter along with his chairmaking mentor, John Alexander, embarked on a study of 17th-century style joinery. Working with curators in various museum collections, they both rediscovered the craft of the joiner by studying the artifacts, documents and tool collections combined with experimentation in their workshops. This work led to the publication of Make a Joint Stool from a Tree (Lost Art Press, 2012). From 1994 until 2014, Peter held the position of joiner at Plimoth Plantation, a living history museum in Plymouth, MA. There he made reproduction furniture and other woodwork for use on the museum's sites. He has published widely, most frequently in the journal American Furniture, and Popular Woodworking Magazine, where he writes a regular column called Arts and Mysteries. He has been featured in many DVDs produced by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and since 2008, has kept the blog Joiner's Notes.
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 is now enjoying 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). 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 thirteenth year teaching at MASW.
- Designing Chairs with Michael Fortune
- Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune
- Getting the Most from Your Bandsaw with Michael Fortune
- Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune
- The Ultimate Gift with Michael Fortune
- Making A Butterfly Leaf Table with Michael Fortune
- Unimaginable! With the Three Michaels: Fortune, Hosaluk & Cooper
- Making a Comfy Garden Chair with Michael Fortune
CLAY FOSTER is a highly accomplished wood artist whose work is represented in many prestigious private and public collections, including the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and Yale University. Clay teaches and demonstrates for clubs, schools and conferences in North America, England, Australia, and New Zealand. He is a founding member and former vice president of the American Association of Woodturners and currently serves on the Board of Governors of Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Clay was honored with the 2014 Merit Award from the American Association of Woodturners. This Merit Award goes to individuals who have shown exceptional development in their careers as artists and whose artworks have directly influenced or had a significant impact within the field of woodturning.
DAVID FRANKLIN moved to the Northwest in the early 1990s and learned to carve from noted carver Duane Pasco. He has done public commissions for the Bremerton Transportation Center, the Poulsbo Library, the Washington State Art Commission and the Burke Museum to name a few. Inclusion in Seattle's 4Culture Artist Registry VI for pre-qualified artists was also a boost to David's public art career. In 2011 David completed a commission for the newly remodeled Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington, in which he utilized aluminum and LED lighting to create a dozen Salmon lanterns. In 2013 he completed a three month Arts/Industry residency in the pottery department of the Kohler Factory in Wisconsin. He has also worked with and for noted native artists Marvin Oliver, Joe David, Preston Singletary and Shaun Peterson. David currently lives in Western Washington.
CHRIS GOCHNOUR discovered the pleasure of building things by hand when he made his own skateboards and snowboards as a teenager. His enthusiasm for carving turns on a board was eventually replaced by a passion for building things out of wood. Chris has spent the last 29 years building custom furniture in Salt Lake City. In addition to teaching at MASW, he also teaches woodworking at the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, and the Traditional Building Skills Institute at Snow College. Chris is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking and enjoys sharing his passion for traditional woodworking and hand tools with others. Somewhat of a rag-picker, Chris receives great satisfaction from finding old and neglected hand tools and giving them a second chance at life. In addition to restoring old tools, he recently restored a 100-year-old home and adjacent structure to serve as his furniture-making studio. When he's not in his studio, Chris enjoys taking walks with his labrador and spending time with his wife and two children.
BARRY GROSS started creating his fine writing instruments about eight 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 three 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 twice and was recently 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. He was accepted as a member of the 2014-2015 "Who's Who" for outstanding achievements in the field of woodturning.
SCOTT GROVE is a third-generation artist. As a self-taught woodworker, he is known for layers of artistic expression; his pieces are a combination of unique carved textures, radiant veneers and copper polychrome finishes. He has worked for Wendell Castle as his studio director and maintains his own studio in the mountains of the Finger Lakes in western NY. He has four Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards, an unprecedented achievement. Scott has pioneered a number alternative veneering techniques including asymmetrical matching and veneering extreme compound curves. His work is a part of the permanent collection in the Hunter Museum of American Art and the Memorial Art Gallery. He has also won the NICHE Award for his trompe l'oeil carving, a DuPont Prize for innovative use of materials, and an NEA grant for an environmental interactive sculpture. Scott's work has also 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. He's authored a book on advanced veneering and alternative techniques for Schiffer Books.
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, 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 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.
AMY HARRY has been quilting for 24 years. She started quilting by hand but soon realized life is too short to make everything she wanted to make, so in 1992 she purchased her first sewing machine, a Bernina 1090. Since then Amy has studied with many of the quilt masters of our time, including Harriet Hargrave, Sharon Schamber, Phillipa Naylor, and Patsy Thompson. She loves combining batiks and hand-dyed fabrics with commercial fabrics, and considers herself an art quilter, using beading, special threads, and paints to embellish her work. Amy free motion quilts all her own work, and loves to design unique feather patterns. She and her husband, Jay, live in in Asheville NC with their Australian Shepherd Toby, and Maine Coone, Jack.
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 had his artwork included in numerous books and 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, Alaska. 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 with his wife Brenda, numerous pets, and a 1000 sq. ft. shop/studio.
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 Headleys 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, Virginia, 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.JEFF HEADLEY, a fourth-generation cabinetmaker, is continuing the family business, Mack S. Headley & 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, Virginia, 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 Headleys 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, Virginia, 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 trades for the last 15 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 Master's. 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 wife, an artist and gallery owner herself, and two young beautiful children.
MATTHEW HILL was born and raised in Oklahoma 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 1980s 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. He 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.MICHAEL HOSALUK is recognized as one of the most creative woodturners in the world, He lives in rural Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts of Canada and 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 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".
ROLAND JOHNSON Roland's start in woodworking was a bit inauspicious; he built an 8-foot class racing boat at the tender age of 14 and it sank the first two times he put it in the water! Since then his woodworking has advanced considerably and after nearly forty years of being a professional woodworker, he has now turned to teaching as a way of passing his hard-earned knowledge forward. Roland is a Contributing Editor for Fine Woodworking magazine, having been an author for the magazine since 1996, and is also a featured presenter with The Woodworking Shows. He is the author of The Complete Illustrated Guide to Bandsaws (Taunton Press) and Automotive Woodworking (Motorbooks) and has recently completed a series of videos for Taunton Workshops.
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 the requirements for the woodturning fellowship at MASW and has been published in Wood Turning Design magazine.
MITCH KOHANEK has formally been an instructor for the National Institute of Wood Finishing at Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota 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 has 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.
SILAS KOPF has been making furniture since 1973. He is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in architecture. He apprenticed to Wendell Castle for two years. In 1988 he was the recipient of a Craftsman's Fellowship for the National Endowment for the Arts. Subsequently he studied traditional marquetry technique at the EcoleBoulle in Paris. His work emphasizes marquetry decoration. He is the author of A Marquetry Odyssey and has produced a DVD, "The Master Techniques of Marquetry." He has exhibited work widely throughout the United States. His studio is in Easthampton, Massachusetts.
MICHAEL KOPPY has worked in the manufacturing industry and taught manufacturing at Lake Superior College in Duluth, Minnesota, for over 40 years. He has a MS in education, has written curriculum for "Tooling U" (an online course for manufacturing), and has experience teaching classes in a number of venues. He has enjoyed furniture making for the past 15 years. Michael has his own machine and woodworking shops where he does custom jobs, many times combining both skills to achieve the desired outcome.
DAVID KREIDER found his passion for the art of pyrography a world away in the rich cultural and spiritual traditions that converge in Israel, Palestine and the Middle East. As a self-taught artist, David's art has evolved over the course of his years into something truly unique. Building his creations around and over the visual textures of woods and the tonal nuances of woodburning, David's signature works in multiple media pyrography are known for their rich organic infusions of color, undulating tonal values, and evocative and ethereal illusions so life-like they are often mistaken for photographs. David lives and works in the Shenandoah Valley nestled between Virginia's Blue Ridge and the George Washington National Forest where he enjoys hiking and photographing the beauty of nature around him, images that inspire his art. He has been selling his award-winning work at juried art shows, galleries, and ethnic and international festivals up and down the east coast for over thirty-one years. In the last few, David has slowed his pace with shows and now enjoys teaching and watching his passion for this unusual art catch fire in the eyes and works of others.
ALAN LACER has been involved in the turning field for more than 37 years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, demonstrator and past president of the American Association of Woodturners. 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 also produced five videos on his own, with three of them winning a total of five national awards. In 1999, the American Association of Woodturners selected him for their Lifetime Honorary Member Award for his contributions to the field. He is 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
- Woodturning with Alan Lacer (June)
- The Making of Woodturning Tools, Jigs & Accessories with Alan Lacer
- Turning Between the Centers: Skew Chisel Training Camp with Alan Lacer
- Finishing for Woodturners with Alan Lacer
- Husband & Wife Woodturning with Alan & Mary Lacer
- Woodturning with Alan Lacer (Oct)
MARY LACER was founder of the Minnesota Woodturners Association in January 1987, which has grown to over 200 members. Mary has served as administrator, managing director, assistant director and executive director of the American Association of Woodturners. In 2006, Mary received a Lifetime Achievement Award from AAW. She has written several articles that have been published in woodworking and woodturning magazines.
BOB LANG is executive editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine and the author of Woodworker's Guide to Google SketchUp and five books of measured drawings of furniture and interiors of the Arts & Crafts movement of the early 20th century including Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture, Shop Drawings for Craftsman Inlays and Hardware, and Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture to name a few. He is also the author of The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker and Drafting & Design for Woodworkers. In addition to his editorial duties, Bob designs and builds many of the magazine's projects and is responsible for many of the illustrations and measured drawings. Before joining the magazine in 2004, 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 Fine Woodworking, Woodshop News, and Woodwork magazines.
William "Grit" Laskin
WILLIAM "GRIT" LASKIN, a professional guitar maker since 1971, builds steel-string, classical, and flamenco guitars that are known and coveted around the world. In 1997, he received Canada's prestigious Saidye Bronfman Award for excellence in the fine crafts and is the only instrument maker to be so honored. He is also an elected fellow of the Royal Canadian Academy of the Arts and is included in the "Who's Who in Canada" as well as the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. In addition to building instruments, Grit is known internationally for his engraved inlay art. His most recent publication is A Guitarmaker's Canvas: The Inlay Art of Grit Laskin. To encourage the growth and public awareness of the luthier (makers and repairers of stringed instruments) craft, he co-founded the Association of Stringed Instruments Artisans. This is the international trade organization geared to professional builders and repairers of musical instruments. As president, in 1993 he authored the first code of ethics for luthiers. Recently, for his groundbreaking work and for his contribution to the art, craft, and music communities in Canada, he was awarded in 2010 the Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2012 he was presented with the Order Of Canada, the country's highest civilian honor, given to those whose efforts and innovations have enriched the national culture.
STEVE LATTA makes both contemporary and traditional furniture while teaching woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, 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 Furniture Society, The Society of American Period Furniture Makers and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three childrenFletcher, Sarah and Gracein rural, southeastern PA.
- Pattern Inlay & Decorative Borders with Steve Latta
- Apprenticeship: In The Federal Style (Pt I) with Steve Latta
- Decorative Details with Steve Latta
- Bringing the Work to You! Building a Bench-Top Bench with Steve Latta
- Apprenticeship: In The Federal Style (Pt II) with Steve Latta
- Table Construction: A Surgical Approach with Steve Latta
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.
PHILIP C. LOWE has been involved with woodworking since 1968 and is the founder of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts in Beverly, MA. He is the author of numerous articles in Fine Woodworking magazine and is featured in a number of full-length videos with The Taunton Press and most recently, numerous video webcasts on finewoodworking.com. Phil has been a visiting instructor, seminar speaker and demonstrator at various trade schools, private schools and woodworking organizations throughout the United States and Canada. He also holds a teaching certificate in two areas of vocational education in the state of MA. Since 1985 he has operated a furniture making and restoration shop in Beverly, MA, producing work for the private sector and museums throughout North America. Phil is the furniture conservator for the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA. In 2005 Phil received the Cartouche Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Also Phil was chosen in 2010 for the Artisanship Award bestowed by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Classical America.
MIKE MASCELLI has been a student and practitioner of the upholstery trade for almost 40 years and divides his time between the worlds of classic cars and classic furniture. He has written for Hemmings Special Interest Autos and Sports and Exotic Cars on the virtues of his favorite MG automobiles. Mike has been fortunate to collaborate on some minimally intrusive furniture projects with Don Williams, Sr., Furniture Conservator of the Smithsonian, including work on some historic chairs that are now displayed at the US House of Representatives. Mike is a charter member of the Professional Refinisher’s Group (PRG), founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the refinishing and conservation trades. He has published a number of articles for the PRG website and written on traditional upholstery for the SAPFM Period Furniture Journal.
MARY MAY is a professional woodcarver in Charleston, SC. She has trained with a variety of master carvers around the world and has focused on studying the traditional styles and techniques of classical woodcarving. Mary focuses mainly on carving antique furniture reproductions and architectural decorations. She teaches workshops at various locations throughout the US and Europe. Mary is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has been a guest on "The Woodwright's Shop" with Roy Underhill three times. She has made several instructional DVDs on how to carve classic elements in period furniture.
ALISON McLENNAN on one serendipitous day went to the Oakland Museum of California and saw the retrospective of Garry Knox Bennett's works. Blown away by Garry's work and imagination, she contacted him for his advice on pursuing furniture as a career, and within a couple days of meeting her, he gave her a key to his studio. As her mentor, Garry has taught her the intricacies of woodworking and how to work with different materials. Over the years she has worked for Garry and has had a hand in finishing most of his furniture made in the last twelve years. Today Alison makes all varieties of furniture from cabinets and sideboards, to chairs and coffee tables. She has shown her work in over 25 exhibitions on both coasts. Recently, her work was included in an exhibition entitled, Furniture Divas, at the Fuller Museum in Brockton, MA, and in New West Coast Design 2 at the Museum of Craft + Design in San Francisco. Her work is in a handful of publications including Bespoke: Furniture From 101 International Artists, 500 tables, and 500 Cabinets, from the popular Lark books series.
DAVID ORTH operates a woodworking and metalworking shop in the rural hill country just northwest of Chicago. He is known for crossover techniques such as boat building ideas applied to furniture, and combining wood, metal, and concrete. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lectured at the Illinois Institute of Technology and many other design schools. He has completed hundreds of furniture commissions and sculptural objects for Frank Lloyd Wright homes, synagogues, churches, universities and businesses. David's wood and metal skills come bundled with a broad knowledge of science, psychology, philosophy, and art. He believes that a life of craft teaches us skills and subtle ways of seeing that contribute to human happiness, society, and the environment. The "way of craft" requires a respectful balance between tradition & progress - between nature and technology. Author James A. Mangum describes Orth's work as " primal, ethereal, lyrical rock and roll, the blues, arias."
MICHAEL PEKOVICH has been woodworking longer than he'd like to admit. He studied furniture making with west-coast luminaries at Cal State Long Beach in the 1980s, but returned to school later for a degree in graphic design once the realities of full-time furniture making hit home. His career came full circle when he came to Fine Woodworking magazine as an art director 15 years ago. Since then 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. Mike has been teaching and demonstrating for the last several years: "Woodworking can be a joy, but it can also be a frustrating experience. My passion is in helping woodworkers avoid the pitfalls and giving them the information and skills they need to do great work and have fun doing it!"
MYRA PERRIN is an Indiana based sculptor. "I love the infinite possibilities of working with wood and metal; bending, shaping, forging, sawing and painting are among the several techniques I use." She received her BFA in Furniture Design from the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, IN. Myra works with wood and metal creating functional art, sculpture, and jewelry. She is currently working on a collection of jewelry which will nestle on her hand sculpted wood displays. She has work in private and public collections.
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.
JEFF PHARES began woodcarving as a hobby in 1984. He showed such a natural talent that he began carving full time by 1991, and quickly became known throughout the woodcarving community as one of the nation's best in his field. Jeff has entered various competitions and won many ribbons and awards. In addition, his work is featured in several galleries throughout the country. Private collectors covet his work as they are drawn to his inspirational art. The attraction lies within his ability to offer realism and natural character in all of his pieces. Jeff teaches nationwide as well as in Canada. He is classified as one of the youngest master woodcarvers in the United States. He has authored four books: Carving The Human Face, Carving The Nose & Mouth, Carving Eyes, and Carving Ears & Hair. With his laid-back style, trusty guitar, and trademark cowboy hat, Jeff is a favorite of many clubs and organizations and is one of the most sought-after carving instructors in the country.
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 has 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.
TIM PURO has been restoring and refinishing furniture in Bloomington, Indiana, since 2002. Tim has 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 and has taught this fine art to over 100 first-time instrument builders. He is the author of the book Pickin' Stick: Building a Stringed Instrument.
SARA ROBINSON is a professor of wood anatomy at Oregon State University. She is also an artist who utilizes fungal pigments to color wood turnings. She has contributed numerous articles to Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner, has an extensive list of scientific publications on spalting, and shows her work across the globe. She also runs a research lab entirely dedicated to exploring new methods of spalting. Sara spends her free time with her husband and daughter, or on eight wheels playing roller derby.
THOMAS R SCHRUNK works in Minneapolis and describes himself as an "Artist in Lustrous Materials." His work is known for its response to light, and he has been called one of the top wood veneer artists in the US. He has taught numerous classes for guilds, clubs and universities, including the Minneapolis College of Art & Design. While he is best known for his work with wood veneers, which he has done for over 26 years, he also works with brushed metals and is the inventor of "lustrous concrete," patent pending. He has written a number of articles for Fine Woodworking magazine and his work has been published in a number of books & magazines including Design Book Eight. His pieces are found in the US, Europe and Asia. He is most proud of the five Art Case Pianos he helped produce for Steinway & Sons, including the "Reflections" and the renowned "Europa" series. The upper lid of the "Europa" series has been described as "perhaps the most complex work of book matched burl work done in this country, or elsewhere." His work is in the collection of presidents and princes as well as Hollywood celebrities.
CHRISTOPHER SCHWARZ is a long-time woodworker and writer who has spent the last 18 years encouraging woodworkers to embrace more handwork in their shops. He built his first workbench when he was 11 and was introduced to handwork when his family built its first house on an AK farm without electricity. After formal training as a journalist at Northwestern University, Chris worked as a newspaperman by day and studied woodworking at night at the University of Kentucky. In 1996, he was hired as managing editor of Popular Woodworking, where he helped resuscitate the magazine and introduced more handwork into its pages. He eventually became editor and began writing books and teaching woodworking classes. In 2007 he founded Lost Art Press LLC, a publishing company devoted to one thing: reviving handwork. By 2011, Lost Art Press had grown so much that Chris stepped down as editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine (he's now a contributing editor) to focus on his company full time and build furniture commissions. He's the author of several woodworking books, including The Anarchist's Tool Chest, Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use, and Campaign Furniture. He has also has produced more than a dozen DVDs on handwork with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and F+W Media Inc. He lives in Fort Mitchell, KY., with his wife and two daughters.
PAUL SCHÜRCH is the proprietor of Schrch Woodwork in Santa Barbara, California. 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, Indiana. 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, Florida. He lives in Whitestown, Indiana.
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 Marc Adams School of Woodworking. Specializing in 18th and 19th century American and English design, Alf also enjoys Beidermeier, Art Deco, Chinese, and contemporary design. His own original work has, most often at least, 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. He is a past President of the Furniture Society. 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.
JENNIFER SHIRLEY has been working with wood for 17 years and woodturning for 15. Her work has been shown in several national exhibits and publications and is in many private collections. She is a frequent demonstrator at regional woodturning guilds and symposiums around the country. Jennifer teaches at several craft schools in the US and is a member of the American Association of Woodturners. Her love of making turned objects feeds her passion for teaching others the art and craft of woodturning.
DAVID SMITH, president of Fresh Air Finishers, has been finishing wood professionally for the past 20 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.
BILL SPENCER was raised in a small town in Northeast Missouri. He was an active young man interested in many things from building to wrestling to cars to music. Eventually his love for music brought him to Nashville where he would work in the music industry for almost 20 years. But it was his love for Jesus and the Word of God that eventually overcame his love for music and at 40 years old, God revealed Bill's true purpose to disciple young men and teach the Bible in unique and engaging ways. He and his wife, Stacy, founded Narrow Gate Foundation in 2004 and have since ministered to over 250 young men and their families. Bill is an ordained minister and sought after speaker. When he isn't teaching at the Lodge, Bill spends time making guitars, tending to his six Mediterranean donkeys or traveling to promote Narrow Gate Foundation.
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 15 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.
DOUG STOWE is a professional furniture designer/craftsman and box maker working with American hardwoods. He 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 Building Small Cabinets, 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 38 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. Gary has taught sold-out classes at MASW for the last ten summers. He has done consulting work for Dewalt, Kreg, White River, Grex Power Tools, Imperial Blades and Wood Master tools. He has taught nationally for The Woodworking Shows and JLC live shows and clubs around the country. In 2013 Gary received a special award for teaching at MASW for 10 straight years.
JÖGGE SUNDQVIST is a professional woodworker who, since 1985, has worked part-time with crafts. Jogge 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 Folkhogskola, 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." For more information on Jögge, check out his web page at www.surolle.se.
MALCOLM TIBBETTS has been a woodworker most of his life and has been a segmented woodturning artist for the past 21 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 DVDs, 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, California.
ROY UNDERHILL forged his hand tool woodworking career while homesteading high in the mountains of NM. He further honed his skills while serving as a master craftsman at Colonial Williamsburg, until the constant fife and drum parades finally ground him down. Despite more than 30 years of self-inflicted lacerations, Roy carries on his campaign of subversive woodworking with his long-running PBS television series, "The Woodwright's Shop" and his new book, The Woodwright's Guide: Working Wood with Wedge and Edge. His many articles have never appeared in the pages of Fine Woodworking (under his own name). He now teaches at his own Woodwright's School in NC. When not working wood, he enjoys skiing in the money bin and stacking the Nobel prizes in the back yard.
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 things. 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 Band Saw Projects. Jeff says working with wood is much better than having a job!
GEORGE R. WALKER pens the "Design Matters" column for Popular Woodworking Magazine and hosts a furniture design blog with the same name. An enthusiastic woodworker for over 30 years and a writer for much of that time, his latest project is the book By Hand & Eye co-written with Jim Tolpin and published by Lost Art Press. He's also hosted a series of instructional DVD's for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks including Unlocking the Secrets of Traditional Design. In addition he has written for American Period Furniture, Fine Woodworking, and Woodcraft Magazine. George is also a weekend naturalist with a keen interest in botany, birding, and a bit of astronomy to round things out. He shares frequent hikes with his lovely wife Barb, who has a long list of furniture still waiting to be built.