George Vondriska was given a scroll saw when he was nine, and a router and lathe shortly after. That was the beginning of his love for woodworking and working with his hands. He turned a baby carriage and lawn mower into a go-cart, disassembled and reassembled (generally successfully) anything he could get his hands-on, and built a shop in his mom’s garage before he was in high school. George’s love of making and creating lead to him becoming a Technical Education (shop) teacher. His first teaching job was at a Shopsmith store, which lead to his career of teaching adults. He opened his own woodworking school in 1998, the same year he became Tools and New Product Editor for American Woodworker magazine. In addition to AW George has written for Woodworkers Journal, Fine Woodworking, The Family Handyman and WOOD magazines. He also co-wrote a book: CNC Essentials. George has taught woodworking in Africa for the U.S. Peace Corps and has done training for Andersen Window and the Pentagon. As the Managing Editor of the Woodworkers Guild of America, he has produced over 120 DVDs and countless YouTube clips. In his spare time, George enjoys camping, riding his motorcycle, teaching himself to weld, or shooting his bow.

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!