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Marc Adams has been woodworking professionally for more than 36 years. In 1991, he became a technical consultant to the WWPA, SFPA, AHEC, and the U.S. government, representing the United States on International Quality of Furniture Making. His work has appeared in Design Book Six and Design Book Seven, and his shop was featured in The Workshop by Taunton Press. In addition, his work has appeared in many national publications and has been featured on the front cover of Woodshop News and Fine Woodworking. Marc has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair and AWFS trade shows. He has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times and periodically does TV and radio talk shows on woodworking topics. He co-authored the book Working With Plastic Laminates and authored The Difference Makers — The 4th Generation to be released in the spring of 2019 by Lost Art Press.His Technical Techniques video series was awarded four Telly awards and in 2013 he made a video on The Table Saw for Fine Woodworking magazine. Marc has written numerous articles including an eight-part series on workshop safety for Popular Woodworking magazine. He has been a judge for the 2008 and 2016 Veneer Tech Craftsman Challenge Awards and the 2009 AWFS Fresh Wood Student Competition. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds and trade shows. In 1998, he was chosen as one of Indiana’s Top 40 Under 40 in the local business community and in May of 2017, Marc received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Indianapolis. The Governor of Indiana awarded Marc with a Sagamore of the Wabash, which is Indiana’s highest civilian honor.
Tracy Anderson has always been fascinated with innovative woodworking tools and machinery. He was given his first set of wood carving tools at the age of 12 and started purchasing his own woodworking tools and machinery while still in high school. In 1991 he co-founded Legacy Woodworking Machinery and introduced the Ornamental Mill, a router based five axis milling machine that specializes in machining between centers. In 2008, Legacy launched a line of multi-station CNC machinery designed specifically for building furniture. Tracy has taught CAD/CAM programming for woodworking since 2008. He teaches a weekly CNC training webinar, has produced hundreds of training videos and designed dozens of custom cutting tools. In 2010, he designed CAM software specifically for CNC machining and turning between centers. Tracy is currently working with high school shop teachers, students and industry leaders to develop a website designed to assist shop teachers which implements CNC technology into their programs, preparing students for high tech careers in cabinet making and woodworking.
MICHAEL COOPER has been fooling around with wood and metal-working since he was a kid and hasn’t grown up much since then. After finally graduating from San Jose State College and U.C. Berkeley with some sort of degree in the 60’s, he was shown the door. For 34 years, he faked his way as a college art teacher, teaching sculpture, 3D design, furniture design and drawing, before being purged from the system. He has somehow won numerous awards and has been encouraged to leave the United States (quite officially) many times to make things elsewhere. He bends wood well and often joins wood with odd bits and pieces of other materials and has shown his work around the world. Michael’s work is remarkable and definitely worth checking out at www.michaelcooper.us for examples of his art and his unique way of thinking and working.
DAVID DELAGARDELLE has been studying the art of European swordsmithing for over 15 years and has been working as a full-time bladesmith and artist since 2009. He focuses his work on crafting “mythopoetic” Northern-European styled swords, knives, axes and other edged weapons, and is inspired by sources of both historical and fantasy context. He has crafted swords for films such as Marvel Comic’s Thor, and has sold his work to customers around the world. He is passionate about sharing the craft of bladesmithing with others, and hopes to help each of his students find their unique voice through the medium of fine blade-crafting.
MIKE DUBBER has been a hand engraver since his first year as a high school art teacher in the late 1960’s. His current major concentration is on vintage Colt Firearms, although his days are filled with hand engraving on a variety of subjects from antique and modern firearms to jewelry and inscription plates. Mike is a Founding Member of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) and served in many FEGA offices over the years, including FEGA President from 1998 to 2004. He is recognized as a FEGA Master Engraver and Colt Master Engraver. He has been honored by the Colt Collectors Association (CCA) with commissions for the 2003, 2006, 2009 and 2014 “Show Guns”. In addition, Mike has also won the CCA Howard Dove Award for Best Engraved Colt on five occasions, including “The Greatest Generation Colt .45 Auto”. At the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings in Louisville, KY, Mike was awarded the NRA Silver Medallion Award for his entry into the “Ten Best Arms” competition. His Master Project, “The Greatest Generation Colt” is shown on the front and back covers of C. Roger Bleile’s 2014 book, American Engravers, III. In 2016 Governor Mike Pence awarded Mr. Dubber with a Sagamore of the Wabash, which is Indiana’s highest civilian honor.
W. PATRICK EDWARDS began his career in physics by building an atom smasher for the science fair and taking top honors. After graduation from UCSD with a degree in Applied Physics, he realized that his true passion was with antiques, not high energy particles. He had established a business in 1969 which specialized in restoration of pre-industrial antiques, and in 1973 he “retired” from his full time physics career to devote all his energies to that business, Antique Refinishers, Inc. Countless trips to the East Coast visiting historic houses and museums, research at Winterthur, and attending “ecoleBoulle” 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.
STEVE HAMILTON, one of Virginia’s native sons, is responsible for building many of the most magnificent pieces of our generation. He has participated in the building, finishing, and restoration of furniture found in some of the most prestigious private collections in the country. His work can be seen at Colonial Williamsburg, Carlisle House, Mt. Vernon, The White House and the U.S. Parks Service, to name a few. He apprenticed with Mack S. Headley, Sr., and has been a master builder with Mack S. Headley and Sons for over 30 years. During that time, Steve has taught building, restoration and finishing of fine furniture to four apprentices and has recently acquired the nickname of “Browndew” but you’ll have to attend his workshop to find out exactly what that means.
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 1820’s. 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.
ALAN LACER has been involved in the turning field for more than 40 years as a turner, teacher, writer, exhibition coordinator, demonstrator and past president of the AAW. His work has appeared in a number of regional and national shows and exhibitions. As a demonstrator and instructor, he has appeared in all 50 states and five foreign countries. His writings (over 150 published articles, tips or columns) have covered technical aspects of woodturning and finishing, numerous specific projects, the history of woodturning, and the turning traditions of Japan and Germany. He has published one book with another near completion. Alan has also produced five videos on his own, with three of them winning a total of five national awards. In 1999, the AAW selected him for their Lifetime Honorary Member Award for his contributions to the field. He was a regular writer for American Woodworker, and after his appearance on the PBS program Woodturner’s Workshop, he became known to all his fans at MASW as the “TURNminator.”
STEVE LATTA makes both contemporary and traditional furniture while teaching woodworking at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA. He is a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking magazine and has released several videos on inlay and furniture construction. He has lectured at Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds. Working in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, he helped develop and market a set of contemporary inlay tools. Steve is an active member with the Furniture Society, The Society of American Period Furniture Makers and the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen. He lives with his wife, Elizabeth, in rural, southeastern Pennsylvania.
RUDOLPH LOPEZ began his relationship with wood over 40 years ago as a craftsman of fine furniture and cabinetry. With an education in drafting and design and many years working as a professional photographer, the transition into woodturning has been a seamless flow into another creative endeavor. He has demonstrated at regional and national symposia across the country as well as teaching at clubs, schools of arts and crafts. Rudolph’s work has been featured in several American Association of Woodturners juried exhibitions at national symposiums and the AAW Gallery of Wood Art in St. Paul, MN. He received the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Award in 2009, and chosen by the AAW as one of four international emerging artists of 2012.
BJORN RETTIG is a MASW Master and is working on the Michael Fortune Fellowship. He has been making sawdust for 20 years, but has been using computers for 40. Even though initially woodworking was his way to get away from computers, it was only a matter of time until a “computer numeric control” (CNC) became part of his woodworking repertoire. Bjorn is a member of the School of Visual Philosophy in San Jose where he has a private artist studio in which he works on 3D forms in a combination of CNC and hand tool woodworking. Bjorn is also a member of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard where he teaches computer science classes.
KATHY WISE has always had a strong love for animals along with a talent for sculpture. She has worked with many companies including Simson, Westland, United Design and Encore Group. Kathy has designed and sculpted over 1000 different items in over 40 lines that have been sold worldwide. She started working with wood in 2002 when she began designing custom patterns for her father-in-law’s Intarsia craft business. In the fall of 2004, ScrollSaw Woodworking & Crafts published the first article by Kathy and she has been in over 56 issues. Kathy was the winner of five Intarsia first place awards (2006-2011) and people’s choice award (2011) in the Design in Wood show, San Diego. She is the author of three books: Intarsia Birds: Woodworking the Wise Way, Intarsia Woodworking Projects and Intarsia Woodworking for Beginners.