Marc Adams School of Woodworking Instructors
MARC ADAMS has been woodworking professionally for more than 30 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 just completed 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. 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)
- Basic Woodworking With Marc Adams
- The Wonderful World of Veneer With Marc Adams
- Marquetry With Marc Adams
- Laser Marquetry: an Introduction to the Future of Veneering With Marc Adams
- Joinery With Marc Adams (June)
- Details: Taking Your Work to the Next Level With Marc Adams
- Sculptural Rocking Chair Ii With Marc Adams
- Veneering: a Course of Action for Making Furniture With Marc Adams
- Sculptural Rocking Chair With Marc Adams
- Joinery With Marc Adams (Aug.)
- Joinery II With Marc Adams
- Getting the Most From Your Router With Marc Adams
- Cabinet Making With Marc Adams
- Apprenticeship With Marc Adams
- Joinery With Marc Adams (Nov.)
MICHAEL ASHFORD apprenticeship at a local boat yard and learned how to build boats. During this time he picked up a copy of Gustav Stickley's "More Craftsman Homes" and he has never been the same since. Michael started out building Stickley furniture in 1988, and found he really liked working with copper and soon abandoned furniture making for copper smithing. He is one of a very few craftsmen building hammered copper lighting in the US and has lectured on building hammered copper lamps at the Grove Park Inn National Arts & Crafts Conference in Asheville, NC and at the Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend in Pasadena, CA. He has written on the subject in Style 1900 and his work has been featured in a number of magazines including American Bungalow, The Arts & Crafts Home, Architectural Digest, Mountain Living and Old House Interiors, to name a few. He was also featured on HGTV's Modern Masters. His studio and home are located on six acres where he lives with his wife Cathy and their two dogs near Olympia, Washington.
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 manufactures. He has starred in three video's 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 new book Scroll Saw Basics was published by Schiffer Publishing.
ALAN 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 New York. 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, New Hampshire, where he teaches period cabinetmaking and carving.
HERMAN BUENO has been an assistant at MASW since it opened back 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.
JOHN BURT has been operating his own woodworking/blacksmith shop for 31 years. Located in San Jose, CA, his shop produces custom furniture, liturgical commissions, and decorative hardware. His interest in ironwork began in college, which led him to train under Frank Turley from Santa Fe, NM. John first operated his own forge in rural New Hampshire, where he repaired antique farm equipment and forged tools for local timber framers. His woodworking began as an adjunct to the forge, but has now become his mainstay. Woodwork magazine did an in-depth profile on John in October 1998. He has taught workshops throughout America and recently lectured for the Furniture Society Conference in California. John's work can be viewed at Gallery M in Half Moon Bay in California.
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 20 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 wood turner who loves sharing his talents with others. As a lifelong admirer of all things wood, Andy learned the basics in turning over a dozen 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 ten 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. When Doug is 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.
Mark Del Guidice
MARK DEL GUIDICE has maintained a woodworking studio just outside of Boston for the last 27 years where he has been making one of a kind and limited production furniture. A graduate of the Program in Artisanry at Boston University, Mark has developed his unique furniture style by combining fine woods with carved and painted surfaces that highlight his signature hieroglyphs. Published in many books and journals including Bespoke Furniture and 500 Cabinets, Mark has also taught furniture making at the California College of Arts and Crafts, Suffolk University in Boston, MA and the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee. A recipient of the Gold Award at the Smithsonian Craft Show his work is in the collections of Yale University, Smith College, Duxbury Art Museum and the Fuller Craft Museum.
MIKE DUBBER has been a hand engraver since his first year as a high school art teacher in the late 60's. His current major concentration is on vintage Colt Firearms, although his days are filled with hand engraving on a variety of subjects from antique and modern firearms to jewelry and inscription plates. Mike is a Founding Member of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) and served in many FEGA offices over the years, including FEGA President from 1998 to 2004. He is recognized as a FEGA Master Engraver and Colt Master Engraver. He has been honored by the Colt Collectors Association (CCA) 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, Nevada. In 2012 he served as "Artist In Residence" for five weeks during the Pistols: Dazzling Firearms Exhibition at the Eiteljorge Museum in Indianapolis, Indiana.
JOHN ECONOMAKI is the founder and president of Bridge City Tool Works, Inc., the premier manufacturer of woodworking hand tools in the world. He is arguably the world's foremost expert in non-powered woodworking hand tool design and holds patents and patent pending status on many of his tools, including the Jointmaker Pro and the amazingly accurate Kerfmaker. Prior to Bridge City, John was a designer/craftsman whose work was featured in numerous periodicals, including Fine Woodworking, American Craft, Architectural Journal and most recently Craft in America. In addition to appearing in many books and reviews, his furniture is in numerous private and public collections worldwide. One of John's creations, a palm-sized nutcracker, is on display at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. He is a past president of the Contemporary Crafts Gallery (the nation's oldest craft gallery). John is a degreed educator who brings boundless energy and insightful enthusiasm to his courses. By the way, he prefers to be addressed as "hey, dude."
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, 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 and 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 & Craft.
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 Queens 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.
- Bow Front Chest with Michael Fortune
- Turned and Twisted with Alan Lacer & Michael Fortune
- Developing the Idea with Michael Fortune
- Making a Living as an Artist, Designer, & Furnituremaker with Michael Fortune
- Apprenticeship with Michael Fortune
- Photographing Your Work with Michael Fortune
- Mastering the Curve: Bending, Joinery, and Shaping Wood with Michael Fortune
- Getting the Most From Your Band Saw with Michael Fortune
- It's All in the Details with Michael Fortune
- Making Straight & Curved Waterfall Edges with Michael Fortune
DAVID FRANKLIN began carving model totem poles at an early age. He had some success selling his work but was fortunate enough to spend time with Seattle-area Master Carver Duane Pasco who began to teach David to make tools, carve, design, paint and draw. Over several years of apprenticeship and then partnership with Duane, David began to establish his own projects and career. 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. 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 23 years building custom furniture in Salt Lake City, Utah. 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.
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. Scott maintains his own studio in downtown Rochester, New York, where he has worked for Wendell Castle as his studio director. He has won three Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards: 2010 Grand Prize as well as Honorable Mention, and the 2013 Award for his pioneered veneering methods and design. 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. He has 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 & Garden's HGTV Network. He recently authored a book on advanced veneering and alternative techniques for Schiffer Books.
- Apprenticeship: Diversify, Expand & Broaden Your Skills with Scott Grove
- Power Carving with Scott Grove
- Plaster: Making Architectural Moldings with Scott Grove
- Veneering, Inlay & Pattern Edge Applications 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 & 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.
- Building a Shenandoah Valley Tall Case Clock with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Secret Compartments: Hidden Treasures with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Making a Pair of Serpentine Sofa Tables with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Making a Federal Executive Document Box with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
STEPHEN HATCHER showed an aptitude for realistic drawing at a very early age. Upon finishing high school he earned income painting murals in homes. 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 Stephen was an Artist-in-Residence at Denali 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 State 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 & 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.
- Building a Shenandoah Valley Tall Case Clock with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Secret Compartments: Hidden Treasures with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Making a Pair of Serpentine Sofa Tables with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
- Making a Federal Executive Document Box with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton
Mack Headley Jr.
MACK HEADLEY JR began cabinet making in the late 1960's working in his father's small custom shop. His grandfather and great grandfather started the business in the mid 1920's in Winchester, Va. Mack has recently retired as supervisor of the Anthony Hay Cabinet Shop for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has appeared as a guest on several episodes of Roy Underhill's Wood Wright Shop and contributed to The American furniture magazine, Historic Trades Journal, Fine Wood Working Magazine and The Tool Chest of Benjamin Seaton, 2nd Ed. Mack's work is heavily influenced by the product of hand tools, the structure and decoration characteristic of 18th century English and American furniture. Mack currently works independently in Dendron, Va.
MARK HEDIN is no stranger to woodworking, having been self-employed in the trades for the last 13 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 there. 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 1980's while working as a cabinet maker. By the year 2000 he was turning and teaching turning full time. Matthew's work has appeared in many national shows and galleries such as Under 40, Turned Wood Small Treasures, the del Mano Gallery, Put a Lid On It, SOFA and Containing Human Experience to name just a few. Matthew has pieces in the permanent collections of the Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Contemporary Museum in Honolulu as well as in many private collections in the United States. Matthew was a presenter at the 2009 AAW Symposium and has taught at MASW for almost 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 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.
TODD HOYER was first introduced to the lathe in 8th grade wood shop in Phoenix, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University majoring in manufacturing engineering and design technology from 1970-1975. In 1976 he moved to Bisbee to set up his studio where he still works. Todd has been invited to over 100 group and solo exhibitions. His work is included in many museums including the National Museum of American Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Detroit Institute of Art and the Yale University Art Gallery, along with many private collections. He has taught extensively over the last twenty years in the US, Canada, Ireland and Australia, sharing his knowledge of wood and its visual uniqueness
BILL HULL was first exposed to woodworking as a child through his father's woodworking shop, then later in a school shop program. After college he started learning various trades such as masonry, carpentry, and cabinetry. In the early 1980s he started his own business that evolved into finish woodworking, furniture making, and veneering. In the early '90s Bill started teaching furniture making at Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech, and started a business with two other woodworkers building furniture for the designer market. In 1993, he left that business to co-found Patternwork Veneering Inc., which specializes in high-end patterned and inlaid veneered panels. Bill has lectured throughout the nation for "The Woodworking Shows", "Woodworks", the IIDA, guilds, and woodworking clubs. He also teaches furniture-making classes and woodworking skills classes at Moore-Norman Technology Center in Oklahoma.
JOHN KNIGHT's 35-year career in machine controls began while still in high school building relay panels and custom electronic controls for his father. Once he turned 18, he could enter manufacturing facilities and assist with installations. Following high school, he went to work full-time for his father and expanded his skills to include creating electrical drawings and learning Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). John's experience with CNCs started in 1982 when he went to work for Cincinnati Milacron's Electronic Systems Division. His work at Cincinnati Milacron was to help embed part program post-processors into Milacron CNC controls. After his time with Cincinnati Milacron, John returned to general automation, applying relays, PLCs, CNCs, microprocessors, computer controls, and custom electronics to a variety of equipment. Later John began to specialize in custom CNC applications. His CNC experience includes applications for routers, profilers, vertical machining centers, horizontal lathes, vertical turret lathes, and horizontal boring mills. John currently works at a small controls company near Dayton, Ohio, providing custom CNC applications for both the new and rebuilt machine markets.
JOHN KOCH has been a practicing companion animal Veterinarian since 1970. Woodturning is one of several hobbies that include building Kentucky 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 recently completed the requirements for the woodturning fellowship offered at Marc Adam's School of Woodworking.
MITCH KOHANEK has been an instructor for the Dakota County Technical College in Minnesota for the last 34 years, where he runs the National Institution of Wood Finishing. His graduates become the best professional finishers in furniture restoration, spot repair artists, and pre-finishers this country has to offer. His program is 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 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.
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek (April)
- Hands-On Finishing with Mitch Kohanek (July)
- Taking Control of Color: The Next Step in Finishing with Mitch Kohanek
- Decorative Finishes: Distressing, Ageing, Glazing, Fuming, Crackle & Faux Inlays with Mitch Kohanek
- Shellac: The Forgotten Finish with Mitch Kohanek
ALAN LACER has been involved in the turning field for more than 36 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."
STEVE LATTA makes both contemporary and traditional furniture and teaches woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He is a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine and has published extensively in related journals and magazines. He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds. He has worked with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks to bring modern inlay tools to market and produce instructional DVDs on the subject of inlay. He serves as Conference Coordinator for and is a long-time member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. Steve lives with his wife, Elizabeth, and their three children - Fletcher, Sarah and Grace - in rural, southeastern Pennsylvania.
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.
MIKE MASCELLI has been a student and practitioner of the upholstery trade for 35 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 SAPFM Period Furniture Journal.
MARY MAY is a professional woodcarver in Charleston, South Carolina. 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 out of her studio in Charleston. 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. She has made several instructional DVDs on how to carve classic elements in period furniture.
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 almost 30 years and has participated in numerous juried shows in galleries and museums across the country. Jeff's most recent book is The Foundations of Better Woodworking (Popular Woodworking Books). His three previous books are Chairmaking and Design (Linden Publishing), Beds (Taunton Press), and Children's Furniture (Taunton Press). 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.
JOHN MORGAN has spent over 30 years researching forms of kinetic woodwork. Early emulations of folk art whirligigs and animated toys evolved smaller, hand cranked, automata designed to fit on the corner of an executive's desk. This pursuit, funded primarily through Morgan's vocation as a professor of graphic design, is the passion that drives his creative research. His narrative product springs from a unique marriage of art, design, woodwork and engineering. Pieces from his limited editions produced in the past 17 years have been shown in American Craft and American Woodworker Magazines and have been exhibited in craft galleries and museums in the US, UK and Japan. He was awarded the Best of Show by the Wharton Esherick Museum's Toying with Wood exhibition and has received numerous purchase awards from the Arkansas Arts Center's Toys Designed by Artists. His automatons are held by individual collectors across the US and is represented in corporate collections in the US and Japan.
KEITH NEER lives in Cincinnati, Ohio where he spent most of his career as a senior executive with the Kroger Co., and woodworking, while a passion, was only a hobby. That is until he retired in 2005 and started Clermont Woodworking and Design, Inc. Now woodworking is a full time business and as a one man shop, Keith designs and builds six to eight custom pieces of high-end furniture a year and teaches woodworking locally, in his own shop and, of course, at MASW. In addition, he has published in numerous woodworking magazines and holds both a Masters and Michael Fortune Fellowship from MASW.
DAVID ORTH operates a woodworking and metalworking shop in the rural hill country just northwest of Chicago. He is known for out-of-the-box techniques applied to residential furniture, small boat building, liturgical furnishings, sculpture and more. 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 many furniture commissions for Frank Lloyd Wright homes and ceremonial objects for synagogues, churches, businesses, and, yes, one for a zoo. David's wood and metal skills come bundled with a broad knowledge of depth psychology, Eastern and Western spirituality, and two degrees in philosophy. He believes that since art is about life, all of life (even the unexpected or difficult parts) can be included in our art. Author James A. Mangum describes Orth's work as " ...primal, ethereal, lyrical rock and roll, the blues, arias."
DARRELL PEART has been woodworking for nearly 40 years. He is widely known for his interpretive Greene & Greene work and his innovative woodworking jigs. He has written for Home Furniture, Today's Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, Woodworker West, Australian Woodworker, and Style 1900 magazines. In 2006 his first book, Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published. His second book, In the Style of Greene & Greene, will be available in the spring of 2013. He has taught and lectured on the subject of Greene & Greene furniture from coast to coast. In 2005 he was dubbed "The Guru of Greene & Greene" by the Robb Report. In 2010 Lee Valley Tools put his idea for a hollow square punch into production.
MICHAEL PEKOVICH 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 1980's, 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!"
GREG PENNINGTON for the past 11 years, has been building classical Windsor chairs from his one room timber frame shop in Hendersonville, Tenn. He has displayed chairs at the Tennessee State Museum, Knoxville Museum of Art, and won Best of Show at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, Tenn. Greg also travels the country teaching with other well known Windsor chair makers. Greg enjoys timber framing and runs a sawmill to help harvest his materials.
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.
KERRY PIERCE is the author of 19 books in the woodworking field, including the recently published Hand Planes in the Modern Shop. Eight of his books have been Main Selections of the Woodworker's Book Club. One was an alternate of the Book-of-the-Month Club. He is also the author of more than 150 magazine articles in the woodworking field. Most of these appeared in Woodwork, Popular Woodworking, Woodcraft, and Woodshop News. He served as contributing editor of Woodwork magazine 1995 to 2007. His furniture has appeared in a number of regional shows including "Ohio Furniture by Contemporary Masters" at the Ohio Center for the Decorative Arts. In the summer of 2009, he had a one-man show in the gallery of the Georgian, a restored Georgian-style mansion in Lancaster, Ohio.
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. 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, New York, 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, Minnesota, 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.
HARLEY REFSAL is the torchbearer of Scandinavian-style figure carving in North America, and has also played a central role in re-popularizing this nearly lost style in Scandinavia. In addition to teaching carving, he is the author of many magazine articles and several books, including Woodcarving in the Scandinavian Style and Whittling Little Folk. Harley is an Emeritus Member of the Caricature Carvers of America and holds the title Professor Emeritus in Scandinavian Folk Art at Luther College in Decorah, IA. In 1996 he was decorated by the King of Norway for his contributions to Norwegian folk art, and in 2012 he was named Woodcarver of the Year by Woodcarving Illustrated magazine
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.
JEFF SCANLAN is a professional magician by trade. As a magician, he enjoys puzzles and things that make you think. In 1996, he started thinking how to make Impossible Bottles (since he's a magician he calls his bottles "Bottle Magic"). In 2000, after almost four years of breaking bottles and ruining many decks of cards and other various items, Jeff finally conquered putting a deck of cards, still sealed and with the cellophane wrapping on into a Mistic Juice bottle. Since that time his bottle work has grown, and he has put in many other items such as bars of soap, tennis, golf and ping pong balls, padlocks, packs of cigarettes, baseballs, scissors and even a pair of gym shoes. Currently, there are twelve people in the world who have mastered this art form. Jeff is considered to be the best. His bottle work can be seen displayed in both the library of the Magic Castle in Hollywood, California, and the College of Magic in Capetown, South Africa. His work has been extensively written about, most recently in the Linking Ring and Games magazines. Jeff is continually working on new bottle creations. He's trying to follow in the footsteps of the most famous Impossible Bottle maker - Harry Eng. In fact, Jeff uses Harry's work as his inspiration and has already duplicated six of Harry's bottles.
CHRISTOPHER SCHWARZ built his first workbench when he was 11 and was introduced to handwork when his family built its first house on an Arkansas farm without electricity. After formal training as a journalist at Northwestern University, Chris worked as a newspaper man 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 (he's now a contributing editor) to focus on his company full time. He's the author of several woodworking books, including "The Anarchist's Tool Chest," "Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use," "The Workbench Design Book," "Handplane Essentials," and "The Joiner and Cabinet Maker." He 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 Schürch 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 pieces and continues to exhibit at selected galleries across the US.
BRIAN SEDGELEY works as a Tool and Application Trainer at Festool North America in Lebanon, IN. Brian has been teaching Festool training classes at the Festool training center in Lebanon Indiana for 6 years. He has been involved in the woodworking industry for over 25 years and has owned his own cabinet shop in Ft. Lauderdale Fl. He lives in Whitestown, IN.
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 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. Recent work can be seen in the February 2008 edition of Woodwork magazine and in Studio Furniture Today's Leading Woodworkers, a Lark 500 book.
CODY SHEPPARD has been with BobCAD-CAM for 8 years. He has worn many hats at the company. Cody is currently in charge of our Product Demonstration Department where he demonstrates the full gambit of BobCAD-CAM products including but not limited to BobCAD, Machine Simulator, Solidworks, BobCAM for Solidworks plug-in and Predator Editor. Cody has completed hundreds of hours of software instruction for BobCAD clients on mills, routers and lathes. His instruction on routers has enabled BobCad clients to make signs, plaques, furniture and amazing artwork.
THOMAS STANGELAND has been crafting fine furniture for more than 25 years. 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 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 32 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 five summers. He has done teaching and consulting work for Dewalt, Kreg, White River, and Wood Master tools. He has taught nationally for The Woodworking Shows and JLC live shows and clubs around the country.
MALCOLM TIBBETTS has been a woodworker most of his life and has been a segmented woodturning artist for the past 20 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 seven 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 the president of the newly formed Segmented Woodturners (an AAW Internet-based Chaper). He lives in South Lake Tahoe, California.
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 band-sawn 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!
MATTHIAS WANDEL has been tinkering with wood since childhood. After a 17 year career with Blackberry, Matthias left his job as a software developer in 2007 to pursue other interests, including creating a woodworking website, woodgears.ca. Over the years, this website has grown to one of the most visited woodworking websites on the net.Matthias likes to take an engineering approach to woodworking, often building mechanical contraptions with moving parts out of wood. Matthias writes weekly articles and produces videos about his projects and other aspects of woodworking. The most popular projects focus around machines and things mechanical, including making a wooden bandsaw, joinery machines, and a 12" jointer.
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 travelling 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 apprentice with his father. The two currently work together but they both have their own styles and ideas. Their studio is in Hildesheim, Germany.
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J CHRISTOPHER WHITE lives in Loveland, Colorado but spends long hours in the rugged canyon lands of West Texas hunting for very specific shapes of dead standing wood, primarily West Texas juniper and aged Mesquite. Through his hands, these aged and weathered woods are transformed into a variety of subjects that flow into graceful movement. The message of each woodcarving is then amplified and refined by a poem. While the messages are drawn from scripture and his faith, the subjects that this Christian artist uses are as variable as nature. His studies in Wildlife Biology at Texas Tech University and five years of studying human anatomy at the National Institute of Fine Arts are both evidenced in his portfolio of birds, fish, mammals, and moving depiction's of men, women and children. His signature style of realism flowing into stylized forms and ultimately abstract bands of fluid twist and spins, has continually won him top honors at national and international competitions, including Best of Show at the International Woodcarver's Congress in 1994 and Best in World, Interpretive Wood Sculpture at the Ward World Champion Wildfowl Carving Competition 2006 and 2009. He has published two books Expressions In Wood and Parables: Wood Sculptures.
DAVID WRIGHT has been a professional furniture maker since 1986, primarily making traditional Windsor chairs. For 20 years he resided and worked in the well known woodworking town of Berea, Ky. He has since moved on to the Cumberland Gap area of northeast Tennessee. He has been featured most notably by Fine Woodworking, Home Furniture, Woodwork, and American Woodturner. David's chairs are in many private collections and have been shown in gallery exhibitions throughout the U.S. He has taught Windsor chairmaking over the past 25 years to numerous woodworking organizations, conducted individual instruction and recently headed a college furniture design program. Additionally David is involved with the Society of American Period Furnituremakers and is an exhibiting member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.