MARK HEDIN is no stranger to woodworking, having been self-employed in the trade for the last 24 years, both as a custom homebuilder and a maker of high-end cabinetry, freestanding furniture and multimedia commissions. 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. He has taught classes from furniture design to woodturning and from stain glass to concrete casting. His contributions to the world of woodworking have been noted in publications such as Fine Woodworking magazine and Popular Woodworking as well as several books on the subject. His work resides nationally in private collections around the world. When he’s not wrapped up in the world of woodworking, he enjoys spending time with his two young beautiful children.