Marc Adams School of Woodworking Instructors
MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 34 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 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 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 today's 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 [Mar]
- Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams
- Veneering: A Course of Action for Making Furniture with Marc Adams
- Marquetry with Marc Adams
- Basic Woodworking with Marc Adams [Jun]
- Laser Marquetry: the Future of Veneering with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Jul]
- Sculptural Rocking Chair with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Aug]
- Through the Narrow Gate with Marc Adams and Bill Spencer
- Joinery II with Marc Adams
- Apprenticeship with Marc Adams
- Joinery with Marc Adams [Oct]
RUSS ALLEN became interested in pattern making and metal casting after taking a wooden plane making class at MASW in 1996. He did the pattern work for the iron doorstops/chisel plane bodies that were commercially cast and given away to attendees of the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association national meeting in St. Louis, MO in 2004. Brass parts he cast appeared in the reader's gallery in Fine Woodworking #174 Winter 2004/2005 (page 89, patterns made by Scott Grandstaff). Since 2004 he's been one of the casting instructors at Tillers International in Kalamazoo, MI. Russ also collects and uses antique pattern maker's hand tools.
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 Hamlet Tools UK). 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.
JONATHAN BENSON has been working with wood for 35 years. His award-winning designs combine fine veneers, bent laminations of wood, and turned elements. Jon's work has been exhibited in more than 40 galleries nationwide. He has taught woodworking and furniture design at the college level and has given numerous workshops and lectures on woodworking techniques across the country. His work has been featured in many regional and national publications including American Craft, Niche, and New Mexico Magazine. Jon has authored numerous articles for woodworking magazines including Woodwork, Woodcraft, Woodworker West, Woodshop News and American Woodturner. In addition, he is the author of several books including Woodworker's Guide to Veneering and Inlay and Woodworker's Guide to Bending Wood published by Fox Chapel Publishing. He recently completed two DVDs available from F+W publications/Popular Woodworking titled Veneering Basics and The Art of Veneer. Participants in Jonathan's workshops always say they come away with practical knowledge they can put to use right away.
Carl & Kathie Booth
CARL & KATHIE BOOTH are retired educators of 25 yrs. with teaching experience in Mathematics, Science and Outdoor education. Carl and his wife retired from teaching to work full time with their startup woodworking business creating custom plywood for the interiors of private airplanes. This business was the number one world supplier of interior woodwork capturing more than 90% of the world market. They sold the business and now travel and love returning to their teaching roots with this class. Their motto is to have fun and help others.
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.
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 in some of the Greene and Greene masterpieces in Pasadena. Tim is focusing more and more on fine art wood sculptures and contemporary furniture.
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.
ANDY COLE is a passionate woodturner who loves sharing his talents with others. As a lifelong admirer of all things wood, Andy learned the basics in turning over 15 years ago, which altered the direction of his life. He began turning full time and his work soon found its way into galleries and museums. Although Andy loves to spend time in his own studio, he finds it even more rewarding demonstrating for the public and teaching hands-on workshops for others. Andy has demonstrated at national and regional symposiums and has been featured in numerous woodturning magazines. His teaching style is graced with expertise, a little bit of humor, and a whole lot of infectious enthusiasm!
DOUG DALE has worked at MASW for 14 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.
James K. Davies
JAMES K. DAVIES became interested in lighting and furniture design in 1992 while a student at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He had a knack for drawing and intended to pursue a career in graphic design or animation. However his intentions changed when he took a three dimensional design course, eventually choosing that as his career. James apprenticed as a coppersmith with Michael Ashford, owner of Evergreen Studios in WA, where he was influenced by the works of Dirk Van Erp. In 2005 he started his own studio under the name "Craftsman Copper" that is deep rooted in the Arts and Crafts style, and nudging from time to time, the boundaries imposed by the past. He has restored several original Van Erp lamps and has work on display in the Mercer Museum. James has done countless lighting projects for the rich and famous. When not hammering on metal, he enjoys building and customizing Harley Davidson powered choppers and playing music with his rock band. No, he's not your typical traditional craftsman, but he hopes you will like him anyway.
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. He is a contributing editor for Popular Woodworking, a magazine that 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 IN 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 1960s. 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) and has won the CCA Howard Dove Award for Best Engraved Colt on five occasions. His entry of "The Greatest Generation Colt .45 Auto" won the Howard Dove and Best of Show Awards at the October, 2013, CCA Show in Denver, CO and the Engraver's Choice Best of Show, Best Metal-on-Metal Inlay, and Best Engraved Handgun Awards at the January, 2014 FEGA Show in Reno, NV. In 2012 he served as Artist-in-Residence at the Pistols: Dazzling Firearms Exhibition at the Eiteljorg Museum in Indianapolis, IN.
Harold T. Durham
HAROLD T. DURHAM is currently the president of the Custom Rod Builders Guild. This Guild is a nonprofit educational organization whose whole purpose is to promote the craft of rod building worldwide. He has organized workshops and taught in various cities across the United States, including the Texas Department of Wildlife and at various high schools. Harold developed a wrap that bears his name, called the HDM Tiger Wrap. With a passion for the craft, he is eager to see it passed on to the next generation. He oversees the production of the RodCrafters Journal, a periodical that is in its 41st year of publication which promotes the craft of rod building.
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 Ècole 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.
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.
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. 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 17th year teaching at MASW.
- Table of Contents: For Any Occasion with Michael Fortune
- Making the Jigs and Fixtures for the #1 Chair with Michael Fortune
- Making a Number 1 Chair; Part I, with Michael Fortune
- Getting the Most From Your Bandsaw with Michael Fortune
- Mastering the Curve: Bending, Joinery and Shaping Wood with Michael Fortune
- Bandsaw Dovetail Extravaganza! with Michael Fortune
- Introduction to Woodworking with Michael Fortune
- Photographing Your Work with Michael Fortune
- Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune
- Making a Number 1 Chair; Part II, with Michael Fortune
- Embellishing Your Work with Michael Fortune
- Turned and Twisted with Alan Lacer & Michael Fortune
- Designing Chairs 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 AAW and currently serves on the Board of Governors at 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 career as an artist and whose artwork has 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, WA 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 WI. He has also worked with and for noted native artists Marvin Oliver, Joe David, Preston Singletary and Shaun Peterson. David currently lives in Western WA.
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.
CYNTHIA GIBSON has been a "maker" from childhood. In 2008 she discovered wood burning onboard the Norwegian Woodturning Cruise and was enchanted. With no hands-on tutelage available, she purchased books on pyrography and, with study, has created her own unique style of pyroengraving. Cynthia's love for fashion and design has proven to be the perfect inspiration for her work. These pyroengraving techniques are taught to students worldwide. Cynthia has done a lot of collaborative work with some of the best known woodturners today and has been published in journals nationally and internationally. Her work has garnered the attention of collectors worldwide. She was invited to showcase and demonstrate her artwork in Turkey with the International Wood Culture Society's World Wood Day 2015. Her work has been and will be presented at many prestigious seminars including Woodturning New Zealand, the Norwegian Woodturning Cruise, the American Association of Woodturners International Symposiums, Turnfest in Australia and the Honolulu Woodturning Symposium.
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 30 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.
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 6 years old. By the time he was 16, 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 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 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 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. He's authored a book on Advanced Veneering and Alternative Techniques and soon-to-be-published Edges and Inlays for Schiffer Books.
- Cold Metal Casting: Reproducing Unique Hardware, Pulls, Escutcheons and Emblems with Scott Grove
- Edges and Inlays: Edge Details, Embellishments and Surface Decorations with Scott Grove
- 32mm 101: Mastering the 32mm Cabinetmaking Process with Scott Grove
- Veneering: From Simple to Asymmetrical and From Flat to Compound with Scott Grove
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.
- Making a Shenandoah Valley Tall Case Grandfather Clock with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Sawing and Shaping a Cabriole Leg with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Making a Federal Style Dovetailed Blanket Chest with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Chippendale Embellishments with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
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 when he was 21 years of age. 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.
COLONEL (RET.) MARK HARRELL is the owner of Bad Axe Tool Works, and works on saws every day. Hailing originally from OK, Mark completed a 28-year career in the Army with much of his service spent in Special Forces and officer production assignments. Upon redeploying from Afghanistan in 2007, Mark retired from the Army and started up a saw sharpening business, quickly followed by development of the Bad Axe line of saws; and thus, Bad Axe Tool Works was born. When he's not in his workshop, Mark lives the Fine Homebuilding dream by working with business partner and wife, Yvonne L'Abbe on their century-old money pit of a house in central La Crosse, WI and raising their two kids, Joseph and Michelle.
AMY HARRY has been quilting for 25 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.
BRET HEADLEY is the fifth generation in his family to pursue a career in furniture. After a traditional apprenticeship, Bret acquired a Masters degree in furniture conservation from Winterthur and the University of Delaware. Upon completing his degree he became a lecturer in both graduate programs at Winterthur, and has given talks at The American Institute for Conservation and International Council of Museum Committee for Conservation. He set up a private practice after working for the Philadelphia Museum of Art for five years. As a conservator, Bret has treated wooden artifacts and furniture ranging in date from the 15th century to the 1970s. His work has revealed a great passion and aptitude for deciphering and replicating historic techniques.
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.
- Making a Shenandoah Valley Tall Case Grandfather Clock with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Sawing and Shaping a Cabriole Leg with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Making a Federal Style Dovetailed Blanket Chest with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Chippendale Embellishments with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
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 wife, an artist and art educator herself, and two young beautiful children.
DONNA HILL is the project illustrator for Popular Woodworking Magazine and an accomplished craftsperson. By day, she's a senior research and development scientist with a large consumer-goods company, but her nights and weekends are spent woodworking. She's taught and presented at many woodworking shows and guilds, and is well-known for her exquisite inlay work. With a shop set up in part of an old tobacco barn on a small 35 acre farm in Verona, KY her interest in furniture design focuses on the details; from bell flowers and stringing to marquetry and stone inlay. She has taught basic parquetry and marquetry in the Cincinnati area and has taken or assisted in all the copper work classes taught at MASW to date.
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 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.
NANCY HILLER is a City & Guilds of London-trained furniture maker. She has worked professionally in furniture and cabinetmaking shops in England and the U.S. for over 30 years. Since 1995 Nancy has operated NR Hiller Design, Inc., specializing in period-authentic furniture and built-ins for homes and offices from the late-19th through mid-20th centuries. Her work has been published in Fine Woodworking, Fine Homebuilding, Popular Woodworking, American Bungalow, Arts & Crafts Homes, Old-House Journal, Woodcraft Magazine, and numerous Taunton Press special-interest publications. Her floating vanity was featured on the cover of Fine Homebuilding's Projects issue in 2013. She has made project videos for Fine Homebuilding and Popular Woodworking. Nancy's work was selected by Wendy Maruyama for inclusion in the Indiana State Museum's 2013-2014 exhibition of studio furniture. Based in Bloomington, IN, she is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and author of The Hoosier Cabinet in Kitchen History (Indiana University Press, 2009).
MICHAEL HOSALUK is recognized as one of the most creative woodturners in the world. He lives in rural Saskatoon, Saskatchewan 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.
GLEN HUEY grew up in a woodworking household. His father was a home builder who introduced his son to woodworking at an early age. After graduating from college, Glen began his career in home building, but quickly switched to woodworking inside the warm and cozy confines of a heated shop. It wasn't long until he set his sights on reproduction furniture, and began building period designs for customers all over the country. After a meeting with the editors of Popular Woodworking, he began to have articles published on pieces built for his customers. Glen authored four project-based woodworking books (one of which is a compilation of 18th century designs) and one book on carpentry. In late 2005 after more than 10 years building furniture full time, Glen joined the magazine staff as a senior editor where he continued to build for customers and write about period reproductions. He ultimately became the magazine's managing editor but was moved over to the editor and content director of American Woodworker until the parent company scuttled the title. In 2014, Glen joined ranks with Charles Bender and Robert W. Lang to launch 4 Square Media LLC, a startup media company destined to change the way woodworking information is delivered. That company produces 360 Woodworking.
GREG JOHNSON has been in the furniture making trade for over 43 years, starting at age 13 in his father's cabinetmaking and restoration shop in Maryland. After completing a two-year furniture program at the Worcester Center for Crafts, he worked for his brother Tom in Boston, building and restoring furniture. During this time, Greg found his niche in wood finishing. In 1989, he started working as finisher for designer Wendell Castle in Scottsville, NY. In 1999, he took a management position running the finishing department at a new production company Wendell Castle started called Icon Design LLC. In early 2005, Greg went into his own business full time, Johnson Furniture Restoration, where he offers a full range of services including restoration, conservation, and custom finishing. Greg has written for Fine Woodworking and Woodshop News and has taught dozens of wood finishing workshops.
GEORGE KNUTSON has been building Greene & Greene style furniture on a full-time basis for 11 years. After he retired from a career as a project management engineer in telecommunications, he was able to take his 30 years of "figure it out for yourself" and applied it to his love of woodworking. George attended the Northwest Woodworking Studio's two year Mastery Program which lead him to hook up with long-time Greene & Greene furniture maker, Darrell Peart. It was his experience with Darrell that helped him hone and advance his skills in precision joinery and hand crafted details by building high-end furniture inspired by Pasadena Arts and Crafts architects Charles and Henry Greene. George has also worked alongside other nationally known Greene & Greene artists, 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 the requirements for the woodturning fellowship at MASW and 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 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 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.
- Taking Control of Color: The Next Level of Finishing with Mitch Kohanek
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek [Apr]
- Shellac: The Forgotten Finish with Mitch Kohanek
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek [Aug]
- Identifying, Conserving and Restoring Finishes with Mitch Kohanek
- Hands-on Finishing with Mitch Kohanek [Oct]
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 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 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 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
- Skew Chisel Boot Camp with Alan Lacer
- Architectural and Furniture Woodturning for Today's Woodworker with Alan Lacer
- Finishing and Coloring Techniques for the Woodturner with Matthew Hill and Alan Lacer
- Turned and Twisted with Alan Lacer & Michael Fortune
- Woodturning with Alan Lacer [Oct]
BOB LANG has been a professional woodworker since the early 1970s 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.
- Building a Bench-Top Minibench with Steve Latta
- Apprenticeship: Furniture in the Classic Tradition, Part I; with Steve Latta
- Decorative Details with Steve Latta
- Hide Glue and Hammer Veneering with Steve Latta
- Apprenticeship: Furniture in the Classic Tradition, Part II; with Steve Latta
- Make a Veneered Dovetailed Box with Steve Latta
J LEKO is the principal of J. Leko Furniture Maker, LLC, where he designs and builds specially commissioned custom furniture and woodwork. Four years ago, he became fascinated with, and began re-creating an Oeben mechanical table (which he is hoping to complete one of these days as part of his Michael Fortune Fellowship). J.'s writings have been published in WoodTalk On-Line, Fine Woodworking, Woodworking Magazine, and Popular Woodworking. J completed his Masters at MASW in 2008.
BECKY LOYD first learned to make fishing rods in order to repair one broken by her husband. Since then she has turned her skills into making one of a kind creations. Her work has been featured in RodCrafters Journal where she also contributes many articles. She is a regular speaker at the Tri-State Custom Rod Builders workshop, numerous North Central Regional Events, the Dallas/Fort Worth Regional Event, and the Southeast Regional meeting. She currently serves as a board member on the national Custom Rod Builders Guild. She owns and operates Buffalo Creek Rods, with a workshop located in Iowa City, IA.
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 DVDs 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 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.
JEFF MILLER turned to woodworking after a career as a classical musician, and brings a musician's sensibility to his furniture designs. He has been making award-winning furniture in his Chicago studio for over 30 years and has participated in numerous juried shows in galleries and museums across the country. Jeff has written four books: Chairmaking and Design, Beds, Children's Furniture and The Foundations of Better Woodworking. He has also contributed to Taunton's Furniture for All Around the House and Storage Projects for All Around the House. Chairmaking and Design, and its companion DVD Chairmaking Techniques (Taunton Press), both won Stanley Tools/National Association of Home and Workshop Writers "Golden Hammer" awards for best how-to book and video in 1997. Jeff also writes frequently for Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking magazines and teaches around the country. His next book, on designing furniture, will be released by Lost Art Press.
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 16 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. 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.
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 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 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 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.
RICHARD SAFFOLD, professional bowyer, has crafted over 600 traditional bows since 1983. Utilized worldwide, from New Guinea to Malta and everywhere in between, his bows have been used by archers to win national competitions, as well as by hunters providing food for remote villages. He has created several unique longbow designs which have become standard in the bow making community. Most recently, one of his laminated bamboo bows was featured in The Traditional Bowyer's Bible, Vol. 4. Richard's articles in Primitive Archer magazine introduced woods such as Ipe from Brazil and Senegal's date palm to the bow making world. Evolving from bow maker to bow making instructor, he now utilizes his teaching skills in bow making and archery classes at Santa Barbara City College's Center for Lifelong Learning and South Lake Tahoe Community College's Community Education program. He lives in Goleta, CA with his wife Becky, and sons Michael and Tim. Steven, Richard's oldest son, is a renowned flint knapper and the two combine talents on unique arrows for both skilled archers, and as fine art.
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.
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 Southwestern Association of Turners (SWAT) and the Utah Woodturning Symposium.
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 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.
JENNIFER SHIRLEY has been working with wood for 20 years and woodturning for 17. 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 and is a member of the AAW. Her love of making turned objects feeds her passion for teaching others the art and craft of woodturning.
CHRISTOPHER STORB has worked in the field of furniture conservation and restoration for over 30 years specializing in American furniture from the 17th and 18th century. Since 2011 he has worked at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as the Dietrich American Foundation Conservator of Furniture and Woodwork conducting research and performing conservation on the Foundation's furniture collection for future publication and exhibition. From 2003 to 2011 Chris worked as a project conservator at the Philadelphia Museum of Art participating in a survey of the American furniture collection and was involved in the conservation treatment of a number of objects in the collection including the well-known "Fox and the Grapes" high chest made in Philadelphia circa 1770. In 2010, as part of an on-going assessment and treatment program administered by the Philadelphia Museum of Art at the historic house Mount Pleasant, he re-created a lost frieze carving in the elaborately decorated second story drawing room. He lectures widely on the history of Western woodworking and joinery with a focus on the three centuries of furniture of the Delaware River Valley.
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 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. 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.
MARCO TERENZI is an artist and craftsman, working in metro Detroit. He is known worldwide for his exquisite miniature work. Marco realized his passion at a very young age and has spent every possible moment learning and refining his skills. He works equally in wood and metal, often times making the tools to complete his work. His work emphasizes the smallest details that are often times unseen. Marco is fascinated by process, and the way raw materials can be transformed into something of great beauty when the mind, eyes, and hands work as one.
MALCOLM TIBBETTS has been a woodworker most of his life and has been a segmented woodturning artist for the past 24 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, CA.
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!
DEREK WEIDMAN has been pushing the limits of the lathe and the woodturning field since 2008 and has been a wood sculptor since 2003. His multi-axis work has been considered groundbreaking. Many of his sculptures have left observers shaking their heads at how it was made and overwhelmed when they find that his work was created almost exclusively on a lathe. In demonstrations he asked for an animal from the audience to turn, and then with no planning turns that animal's likeness on the spot. He has in effect created an entire visual language that can capture any subject through the circular cuts woodturning provides.
HANS WEISSFLOG has worked as a full-time woodturner and designer in his own studio since 1983. It was around that time that he started traveling around the world, doing demos and teaching classes for both beginners and professionals. Hans has won several awards for his designs. His son Jakob has been fortunate enough to apprentice with his father. The two currently work together, but they both have their own styles and ideas. Their studio is in Hildesheim, Germany.
GENE WENGERT a.k.a. The Wood Doctor, has been involved with solar heated dry kilns for lumber since 1961. He has written texts including Drying Hardwood Lumber, Drying Southern Pine, and Sawing, Edging, and Trimming Hardwood Lumber and conducted innumerable short courses on lumber manufacturing, especially drying. Gene is well known for his ability to translate complex concepts into practical ideas and procedures. With degrees in meteorology, forest products and forestry and with over 30 years experience in practical wood manufacturing, Gene is well equipped to teach anything wood. His solar kiln design was developed in 1978, called the Virginia Tech Solar Kiln, has been successfully used for drying lumber for over 35 years. The design continues to be the best solar design for small woodworkers needing only a few loads of lumber per year.
KATHY WISE has always had a strong love for animals along with a talent for sculpture. In 1983, giftware company Enesco contacted her to sculpt her first animal figurines in the giftware industry. She has worked with many other companies including Simson, Westland, United Design, and Encore Group. Kathy has designed & 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 1st 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.