~ UNIQUE Workshops,
MASW originally started with a curriculum based specifically on woodworking. Within five years the curriculum shifted to woodworking with additional workshops ancillary to woodworking. Ten years ago, we started to include workshops that had very little to do with woodworking. This allowed MASW to expand the curriculum in new directions, which opened the door for innovative craft opportunities.
Here is a glimpse of the incredibly talented people who will be sharing their gifts at MASW this summer.
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.
Nick Agar has become one of the most sought after instructors/workshop leaders and seminar presenters on the world woodturning stage. Specializing in surface enhancement and renowned for his wall sculptures, his award winning work often incorporates carving, airbrushing, ceramic and metal effects. Nick specializes in hollow forms, large diameter work, and surface enhancement. His work has been exhibited around the world and is in the collections of HRH Prince of Wales, Dukes, Duchesses and the Royal Jewelers. He has been featured on BBC and ITV lifestyle television programs. Nick is a member of the Worshipful Company of Turners and has recently been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in recognition of his services to the world of woodturning. He is a Patron of the Max Carey Woodturning Trust and co-author of the book Woodturning Evolution. Nick is an elected member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and a Registered Professional Turner and is a member of the AWGB and AAW. He has also been made an honorary member of several woodturning clubs at home and abroad.
Tim Alsup is a retired Army Helicopter Pilot. He currently works as a Department of the Army Civilian at Fort Campbell, KY as the 101st Airborne Division Deputy Safety Director. He has been woodworking for the past 30 years. After taking the Acoustic Guitar Building Class with John Ressler in 2009, he has been helping with classes and building guitars ever since. When not at work, Tim does woodworking projects, plays golf, and builds high end guitars. He resides in Clarksville, TN with his wife Sherry, who is an elementary school teacher.
Reid Anderson is Wisconsin raised and Massachusetts trained. His work is a mix of classical wood furniture and modern influences and interpretations. He always focuses on functionality, beauty, and the interaction between person and piece. Reid has had work in galleries across the globe and in the permanent collection at the Museum of Wisconsin Art and was voted in the Top “40 Woodworkers Under 40” by the Woodworking Network.
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.
Nick Artemakis has been a custom woodworker for almost 40 years and lives in Glenview, IL. His woodworking career started rather indirectly through an intense interest in high fidelity audio and more specifically, high quality loudspeakers, which require considerable woodworking skills. He studied electronics at DeVry Technical Institute, but ultimately became a professional woodworker. In 1986 he founded Electric Woods, a rather eclectic custom shop in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago, offering a wide range of innovative quality cabinetry, furniture, finishing, and furniture repair, but always specializing in custom speakers and entertainment centers.
Stuart Batty is a third generation apprenticed woodturner, who started turning at the age of 10 under the expert tutelage of his father, Allen Batty. Stuart became a professional production turner and woodturning teacher at the age of 16. Stuart has taught around the world for over 37 years in 12 different countries and all 50 states in the USA. Stuart also creates a limited number of art pieces, one of which is in the White House.
John Beaver began experimenting with the lathe in 2009. His quest to add motion and rhythm to a turned piece led to his signature “wave” design. The success of that design convinced him to leave his previous profession as a motion picture cameraman and pursue woodturning full time. Through further experimentation John has invented multiple woodturning techniques. While John feels the “wave” design is his signature, the true genesis of his work is his ability to turn a vessel, cut it apart, add to or modify the elements and reassemble the piece keeping the walls and grain aligned perfectly. John’s work has been featured in magazines in the U.S. and abroad and he has won numerous awards, including two time winner of the prestigious Niche Award for contemporary craft. He has participated in many top craft shows and he has demonstrated and taught at the American Association of Woodturners National Symposium, New Zealand Woodturning Symposium and many other regional symposiums, clubs and schools. When he’s not in his shop, you can find John in the ocean, on the golf course, or in the mountains hiking, biking or skiing.
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 manufacturers. He has starred in three videos 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 book Scroll Saw Basics was published by Schiffer Publishing.
Graham Blackburn has been making furniture for more than forty years. He has written over twenty books on woodworking, including the recently published Furniture Design & Construction. He has also contributed to many woodworking magazines, including Fine Woodworking, Popular Woodworking, and Woodwork— of which he was also the Editor — as well as having taught and lectured extensively across the United States. Graham is also a musician (having played and recorded with many Woodstock artists), an avid sailor, a plate illustrator, and a championship tango dancer. “Furniture, like everything else, is all about balance and rhythm.”
Herman Bueno has been an assistant at MASW since it opened in 1993. He has attended countless classes and assisted more than 80 different MASW instructors over the years. He teaches junior high science at Southport Middle School, as well as a high school Cross Country and Track coach. 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.
Alan Brittingham is a retired VP of engineering for a large exhaust and emissions company. He started woodworking 65 years ago when his father bought him his very own workbench with real tools to put in his Dad’s wood shop. He has unique wooden pieces across the country from North and South Carolina to Whidbey Island, north of Seattle. After taking John Ressler’s “Making an Acoustic Guitar Class” in 2012, he’s been assisting John with his guitar classes every since. When not consulting on engineering or management issues, Alan does woodworking projects, plays golf, and builds stringed instruments. He resides in Seymour, Indiana with his wife Carol.
Sally Burnett is a designer-maker in green wood, based in the UK, creating bespoke decorative vessels for galleries, collectors, architects and interior designers. She initially trained in 3D design and for nearly 25 years worked as a ceramic designer and manufacturer, for both private and commercial clients. Six years ago, she began her journey designing in wood and has rapidly established herself as a maker with a unique style. Her decorative vessels with wide tops, small bases and distinctive elegant curves, are usually rich in texture created with pyrography and carving, embellished with acrylic color and precious and metal leaf. In 2015, Sally was the recipient of a Bursary from the Worshipful Company of Turners and that same year she was invited to participate in the UK Crafts Council “Hothouse” scheme for emerging makers. Her work is now in several collections in the U.S., Europe and the Middle East. In 2017 she was selected as a Showcase Artist, exhibiting and demonstrating at the AAW symposium in Portland.
MATT BURNEY is the creative mind behind SO Metal, a metal fabrication business specializing in functional art made from recycled metal, located in Springfield, OR. He has been involved in mechanical engineering, manufacturing, automotive restoration, and metal fabrication since 2002. By day he fabricates everything from 4×4 roll cages to spiral staircases, and by night forms scraps into unique recycled art that inspires the imagination. His array of knowledge and experience in metal is well-rounded and in depth. His creativity, combined with his sense of humor, and tales of adventure, will leave students inspired to take on their next metal project with enthusiasm, optimism, and confidence. When Matt ventures out of his shop, he can be found unicycling the Continental Divide or backpacking across the desert, or rescuing heavy, rusted machinery from the scrap yard.
KIP CHRISTENSEN PhD, is a Professor in the School of Technology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. His primary teaching areas include wood prototyping, furniture design, manufacturing, and supervising student teachers in Technology and Engineering Studies. While Kip is best known among turners for his lidded containers, he is also comfortable working with bowls, vessels, spindles, and production turning. He has co-authored five books and co-produced eight instructional DVD’s about woodturning. Kip has also authored several articles regarding woodworking and technology education for: American Woodturner, American Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Journal of Industrial Teacher Education, Journal of Technology Studies, Tech Directions, The Technology Teacher, Wood, Woodcraft magazine, Woodworker West, World of Wood, The Router (UK), Woodturning (UK), and Drechseln (Ger.). From 1998 to 2007 Kip served as Director of the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the longest running woodturning symposium in the world.
BILL CLARK has been working with wood for over 40 years. He honed his skills designing and making “Queen Anne” style furniture for his home. Many of his furniture pieces required turned parts, which was his first introduction to turning wood on a lathe. Looking for a new challenge, he joined a woodturning club in 2006 and attended his first American Association of Woodturners symposium in 2007. While there he was exposed to a new level of wood turned art pieces, not the utility work he had been familiar with. His turning took a new direction with the goal of creating fine signature wood turned art. Today his work is often surface enhanced by pyrography, color and dyes, texturing, piercing and threaded lids. His work has been published in numerous national and international magazines, exhibited in juried exhibits, galleries and found in private collections.
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.
JOHN COLLINS, The Paper Airplane Guy: John holds the current Guinness World Record for paper airplane distance. A former television professional, who directed and produced live broadcasts for several decades, John now spends more time in front of the camera, sharing his love of paper airplanes with the world. After studying origami and aerodynamics, he broke the world record for distance flown by a paper airplane in 2012. He shares his passion for planes through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) programs across the country, making both public and private appearances at schools, science museums and public libraries. John is the author of four books of original paper airplane designs and has presented at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Carnegie Mellon, and Stanford University. He’s appeared on Conan, Discovery, ESPN, Nat Geo, Science Channel, has been featured on the cover of the Wall Street Journal, and designed one of the stars of the 2014 movie “Paper Planes.” WIRED’s recent story about John has received more than 7 million views.
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.
DOUG DALE has worked at MASW for 18 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 at the school 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. He has starred in five videos with Popular Woodworking: The Table Saw, The Bandsaw, The Router, The Drill Press and Mortiser, and The Jointer & Planer.
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.
MATTHEW DWORMAN is the owner and Chief Gadget Officer at QLine Design, where he designs and builds custom furniture, specializing in the art of concealment. He has been an avid woodworker and inventor his entire life. In 2004, he founded the Archangel Woodworks Cooperative in Worcester, MA. He spent several years working part-time for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, traveling the country and demonstrating hand tool use. Matthew is a contributing author for Popular Woodworking magazine. He holds five patents for his hidden compartment designs. Matthew’s QLine workshop is in an old church in Kingston, NH which he renovated, transforming it into an ideal workspace for developing his ideas. He designs and builds custom furniture for clients across the globe.
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.
THEODORE (TED) ELLISON studied art and apprenticed in a glass studio before starting his leaded glass and mosaic company in 1998. Honoring the artistic integrity of the Arts & Crafts tradition, he’s created original glass, mosaic and lighting designs for new construction and historic homes all over the country. His work has appeared in Fine Homebuilding, Old House Interiors, Style 1900 and Old House Journal. He’s written on the history of glass for American Bungalow and presented on the history of mosaic at the National Arts & Crafts Conference in Asheville and the Pasadena Heritage Craftsman Weekend. His work is based on the firm belief that thoughtfully designed and carefully crafted artworks enhance the lives of those who encounter them.
J PAUL FENNELL has focused primarily on turning hollow forms for the last 30 of the 45 years that he has been a woodturner. Paul was first exposed to woodturning in 1970 through an adult education woodworking class at a local high school, intending to improve his skills at furniture making. However, that idea ceased immediately when he began working with the woodturning lathes there, and he has never looked back. Today, his work has been featured in nearly every major magazine and book with respect to woodturning. His work is in major private collections nationally and internationally, and in several museum collections, including the Smithsonian; Detroit Institute of Arts; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Cincinnati Art Museum; Museum of Art & Design, New York; the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Paul is a 32-year member of the American Association of Woodturners and has been a featured lecturer at their annual symposium numerous times.
ADRIAN FERRAZZUTTI is a maker of fine furniture residing in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. 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 and Chicago. His work has been published in books and magazines, and he is a contributing writer for Fine Woodworking.
DAVID FINCK has been making and seriously enjoying using wooden hand planes for over 30 years. It all started as a student of James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking Program in 1984 and has only gotten worse since then. He wrote a book titled Making and Mastering Wood Planes, first published in 2000, which is still in print. His work, furniture, lighting, acoustic guitars, altars, etc., has been in galleries and shows around the county. One of his many works is in the permanent collection of the state of West Virginia. Lately David has gotten absurdly interested in building violins and violas and makes them for professional musicians and advanced students. David lives and works in the mountains of western North Carolina.
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. He has written for both Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking magazines. 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.
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 20th year teaching at MASW.
DAVID FRANKLIN started creating public art in his teens as a member of a graffiti crew, cutting stencils and painting them in abandoned rail yards near downtown Denver, CO. His art career began when he moved to Seattle, and became inspired by the Native Art of the Northwest Coast. He studied the art form and learned how to carve alongside a noted NW artist. He spent nearly a decade as his apprentice, gaining not only the graphic and sculptural skills, but first-hand experience with large-scale art production. Today, David aspires to be a viable contender in the public art arena and has completed public works in Washington, Oregon, California and Colorado, and has current projects in Maryland, Portland and Alaska. Most recently David completed the “Drift Inversion” commission in Denver, a 23′ x 128′ installation that turns the original sand dunes landscape upside-down. In 2013 and 2015 he completed two three-month Arts/Industry Residencies in the pottery department of the Kohler Factory in WI. One of his projects is set to be installed in the new Kohler Experience Showroom in Hollywood, CA. Today David lives in the small town of Indianola, WA with his wife and three children.
BRENDAN BERNHARDT GAFFNEY is a woodworker, teacher and writer based in Covington, KY. After learning cabinetmaking from his father (and a stint in academia designing and researching musical instruments), he attended College of the Redwoods (now The Krenov School) where he honed his talents as a designer and maker of fine furniture. Since attending school, Brendan has worn the hats of toolmaker, teacher, writer and furnituremaker, with articles published in Popular Woodworking and Mortise and Tenon magazines. Currently, he is researching and building vernacular chair designs from around the world and writing a biography of James Krenov to be published by Lost Art Press in 2020.
MARK GARDNER has been working with wood since he was a teenager. He has studied with great woodturners such as John Jordan and Stoney Lamar and has demonstrated and taught woodturning workshops throughout North America. His work has been featured in Woodwork magazine and the book New Masters of Woodturning. Mark’s work has been greatly influenced by African and Oceanic Art. He has a number of works in public collections, including the Museum of Art and Design in New York, Yale Art Gallery and Minneapolis Institute of Art. Mark lives in Saluda, NC, a small mountain town outside Asheville. In his workshop there he creates a line of functional bowls as well as one of a kind decorative works from green wood.
ANDREW GLANTZ holds a BA and a Master’s degree in the Teaching of Art from Wesleyan University and taught Graphic Arts and Photography for over ten years. Switching to construction, renovation and architectural detail in 1978, he founded Zenith Design and worked as a contractor until 1984. At this point, he retooled and reorganized his business to design and produce sculptural contemporary furniture, and has been making fine pieces in a one-person shop ever since. Andy served as a Trustee of The Furniture Society and is a past President. He has published articles in several of the well-known wood working journals and enjoys all aspects of creating fine furniture. An engaging teacher, dynamic presenter, talented maker and creative problem-solver, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the classroom, shop and lecture hall.
ANDREW GLAZEBROOK has made his living the past 20 plus years as a travelling woodturning instructor where he took equipment into schools, colleges and universities and taught both basic and advanced woodturning classes. In 2009-12 he and his wife built a state of the art shop and teaching facility on their own property. During this time he decided to use this new space to produce kitchenware by implementing some of the new and unique processes Andrew had developed. He has instructed at three AAW symposiums and lectured at several woodturning clubs. He continues to work with youth sharing his passion for woodturning. Andrew made his first spoon at the age of eight and truly believes that making a living at this craft is an answer to his childhood prayers.
CHRIS GOCHNOUR was born the son of a classical musician, where he learned from his father that if you pursue what you love as a career, you’ll enjoy a fulfilling life. While Chris played the French horn as a youth, he moved on to other endeavors because the horn didn’t move fast enough. He took to skiing, skateboarding and snowboarding, which led to his first job building skateboards and snowboards for the Winterstick Company. This love for building things transitioned in his college days from decks you could ride to furniture for his home. He’s been building furniture and teaching and writing about the craft for the past 31 years. A natural-born problem solver and innovator, Chris is a self-taught craftsman and credits the pages of Fine Woodworking, where he now serves as a contributing editor, for helping him develop his skills. When he’s not in his studio he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, cycling along the banks of the Jordan River, or boarding in the hills surrounding Salt Lake Valley.
ALEXANDER A. GRABOVETSKIY carves from early morning to late in the evening. But it was 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 six years old. By the time he was sixteen, 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. In 2015, Alexander received the Woodworking Excellence Award in Turning, Carving and Object d’Art award.
BARRY GROSS started creating his fine writing instruments 20 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 resins 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 five 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 four times and was 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. In 2014 -2015 he was accepted as a member of 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 of 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, The Robb Report and appeared on Home and Garden’s HGTV Network. In 2014 he did a Ted Talk on mixing technology and old world craftsmanship and has authored two books: Advanced Veneering and Alternative Techniques and Edges and Inlays for Schiffer Books.
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.
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 at the age of 21. 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.
STEPHEN HATCHER showed an aptitude for realistic drawing at a very early age. 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. He had his work acquired by notable collectors and museums, and had his artwork included in seven books and numerous magazines including being selected as the most innovative wood artist in 2007 by Southwest Art magazine. In 2013 and 2014, respectively, Stephen was an Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park, AK and Gates of the Arctic National Park, AK. 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, several pets, and a 1000 sq. ft. shop/studio woodshop.
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.
MARK HEDIN is no stranger to woodworking, having been self-employed in the trade for the last 22 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. Mark is now a full-time member of the MASW staff and continues to teach and lecture nationally. 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.
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 1980’s 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.
MICHAEL HOSALUK is recognized as one of the most creative woodturners in the world. He lives in rural Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in Canada, 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.
TODD HOYER has been turning wood for over forty years. His work has been collected by over 30 museums and institutions and he has been included in numerous books. He has taught at numerous symposiums and conferences in the US, Ireland, Canada, and Australia. He lives on 40 acres in a wooded canyon in the Mule Mountain sky islands in southern Arizona. Along with his wife, Hayley Smith, also an accomplished wood artist, they are in the process of building a new house with a studio. They share their property with coatimundi, rattle snakes, scorpions, deer, turkey and hummingbirds.
LYNNE HULL had her first experience on a lathe in the 8th grade when girls, for the first time (1969), were given the option of taking home economics or industrial arts. She registered for the shop class. This is where Lynne learned to turn wood, plastic and metal. She was mesmerized by the process and pursued it in undergraduate school at the University of Washington where she received a BFA in Metal Arts. In graduate school at the School for American Crafts (RIT) in Rochester, NY, Lynne was introduced to the metal spinning process, which involved working on a lathe but not in a subtractive process. Metal spinning is a forming process where sheet metal is stretched over a wooden pattern while rotating on the lathe. She found this process exhilarating and over the last 30 years has not tired of the infinite possibilities this process has to offer. Raised in the Pacific Northwest, her artwork is shaped by its natural beauty and diverse landscapes. Lynne enjoys contrast and comparison, and she uses the vessel as a sculptural format. Lynne says, “In my work I connect the old with the new, the east with the west and the technical with the artistic.”
RANDY JOHNSON started in woodworking in his dad’s shop, and expanded his knowledge and skills at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC, where he focused on building Chippendale and Queen Anne style furniture. Randy’s involvement with CNC started in the 90’s when he helped select CNC tooling for a start-up cabinet factory in Minnesota. He continued following the technology when he joined American Woodworker magazine, where he published a series articles on CNC woodworking techniques. Over the years he has worked with a variety of machines and software packages from hobby level to industrial machines. In 2018, Randy co-authored a book called CNC Router Essentials that covers all the basics of getting started in CNC. Randy still enjoys swinging a mallet and pushing a hand plane, since he believes success as a woodworker (hand or machine) is strongly related to a knowledge and practice of the fundamentals.
DEREK JONES began his career restoring period furniture at the age of 15 in a small antique shop in Brighton, England. After running his own shop for several years he studied 3D Design at college before opening a small workshop to produce bespoke furniture for domestic and corporate clients in and around London. He’s built custom furniture for banks, boardrooms, boats and recording studios. When the chance came, some twenty years later, to try something new he took up the role as Editor at Furniture & Cabinetmaking magazine. With more than 250 articles to his name and three books on the subject of woodworking, he now enjoys passing on all the tips and tricks he’s learned over the years through teaching. “The biggest thrill for me now is not in the making, but instead helping students to acquire techniques for creating things by hand. The simpler the method the better.” His latest venture and one that completes the circle is helping to fill the gap in craft skills training for the next generation of craftsmen and women at the London Design & Engineering University Technical College where students begin their training age 14
JAMES (RAY) JOURNIGAN SR has been reproducing some of America’s finest period reproduction furniture for private collectors for over 35 years. The quality of his work has gained him recognition as one of the country’s top craftsmen by Early American Life magazine. Ray has traveled across the country presenting programs on period furniture making to woodworking guilds, museums, and antique groups alike. Ray is a long standing member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM) who awarded him their prestigious “Cartouche Award” for excellence and life time achievement in the field of period furniture reproductions. When he is not in the shop or classroom you can most likely find him on the lake searching for the next Virginia State record Largemouth Bass!
MATT KENNEY is a professional box and furniture maker living in Northwest Connecticut. Not too long ago, he spent a year designing and making 52 unique boxes. He undertook the project as a means to improve his design skills, but found that the woodworking community at large was interested in what he was doing, and they followed along intently as he wrote about the boxes each week on his website. After he completed the project, he wrote a book about his experience: 52 Boxes in 52 Weeks (Taunton Press). Matt teaches woodworking around the world, writes about the craft, and spent 10 years as an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, where he was featured in the magazine and instructional videos, and was a co-host of the popular Shop Talk Live podcast.
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 (PLC’s). John’s experience with CNC’s started in 1982 when he went to work for Cincinnati Milacron’s Electronic Systems Division. His work 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, PLC’s, CNC’s, 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, OH, 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 has completed both the Masters and Woodturning Fellowship at MASW, one of only three people to have that distinction. John 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.
MICHAEL J KRUZICH spent 30 years as a professional ballet dancer before coming to the art of Mosaic. His natural attraction to classical art led him to his mosaic training in Ravenna, Italy. His work has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning awards at the Ravenna Mosaico 2017 biennale, the annual “Mosaic Arts International” exhibits in 2010, 2011 and 2015 as well as appearing in several recent art and mosaic publications. A professional member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists, Michael is based in San Francisco, CA where he maintains his studio practice creating fine art mosaics, reproductions and commissions for private and commercial clients and teaching the classical Italian principles and methods of making mosaics. Michael teaches in a no-frills, no-nonsense hands-on way. Courses are composed of lectures and demos on the classic principles and methods, but the majority of the course will actually focus around “getting-to-work” and learn by doing.
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.”
DR. SAM LACINA started making nets under the tutelage of Ron Reinhold in 1994. Over the last 24 years he has refined and simplified that process for the home shop. For the last 18 years he has taught small group classes as well as demonstrating this craft at conclaves and fly fishing shows across the country. His nets have been featured as limited editions by Garden and Gun and the Orvis Company. In 2010 he produced a DVD to share these techniques with other woodworkers and fishermen. He continues to pursue his passion of sharing information and teaching. Sam has lived and fished in Michigan for the last 40 years. He is recently retired from his practice of Pediatric Cardiology, and with his background in medicine, he is always looking for safer and more efficient ways of work.
BOB LANG has been a professional woodworker since the 1970’s 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 and is currently the editor of American Period Furniture, the annual journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM). His work has also appeared in Woodworker West, 360 Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Woodshop News, and Woodwork magazines.
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.
DAVID LEE, studio owner, together with his son Brian, make up Hot Shop Valpo glass blowing studio. The three have worked together for years creating beautiful works of art from individual vessels, paperweights and marbles, cremation ash memorial art, to large architectural installations. Their work has found its way into collections across the country from California to Key West Florida. Permanent architectural installations reside in hospitals, municipal buildings, and universities across the Midwest. The duo has been juried into the prestigious Indiana Artisans. Both father and son are dynamic yet patient instructors. “Glass is an adrenaline charged medium. It is urgent in that once you start something you have to finish it. Glass has a mind of its own with many factors working against the artist, such as gravity and temperature but that is what makes it so exciting.”
WILLARD (WILL) LERUMS is a proud Hoosier and full-time staff member at MASW. Inspired by his grandfather’s love for woodworking, he began assisting in designing and constructing furniture projects at a young age. Attending Indiana University Bloomington, Willard developed a Design-Build Management major thru the Individualized Major Program. Graduating in 2014, he moved to Chicago and began working for a commercial design-build company as a project engineer. He collaborated with project owners, architects, engineers, and designers in order to manage a crew of in-house carpenters, fabricators, and outside contractors to deliver high-end design build solutions. Willard was introduced to the school in 2016 by his mother, a fellow student, and interned in 2017. He also loves sharing the outdoors camping with friends and family.
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.
JAMES MACDONALD is spending his life in play clothes, happily creating in wood. He began woodworking professionally in 1981 and before starting his own business in 1988, spent time working in various shops as a mold maker, guitar maker, cabinet maker, ship’s carpenter, and boatbuilder. Upon opening his own shop, James began building custom furniture which featured inlay work. In the early 1990’s he was taught the double bevel cutting style of marquetry by Silas Kopf, and has gone on to teach this technique and also uses it to embellish his electric guitar designs. In 2013, Macdonald returned to his love of guitars and started crafting his own instruments. He considers his guitar’s marquetry designs to be a form of storytelling about growing up in the ’60’s and ’70’s. Clients have included the Gibson Custom Shop, Petros Guitars, Circa Guitars and Hinckley Yachts. His goal is to make guitars that look, sound and play great.
MIKE MASCELLI has been a student and practitioner of the upholstery trade for over 40 years and divides his time between the worlds of classic cars and classic furniture. He has provided upholstery for national champion cars and furniture that is on display at the US House of Representatives, in addition to instructing hundreds of students in basic upholstery techniques. He has contributed an essay on classic French upholstery techniques in Roubo on Furniture by Don Williams and completed two instructional videos on Upholstery for Popular Woodworking. Mike has published a number of articles on various aspects of upholstery for 360 Woodworking, Wood magazine, and is a contributing editor for the e-magazine of the American Society of American Period Furniture Makers Pins & Tales. Mike is also the Co-Director of the Professional Refinisher’s Group which is a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the refinishing and conservation trades.
MARY MAY is a European trained professional woodcarver in Charleston, SC. 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 traditional architectural decorations. She has written several articles for Popular Woodworking magazine and The Society of American Period Furniture Makers yearly journal, and teaches workshops at a variety of locations throughout the United States and Europe. Mary has been a guest on “The Woodwright’s Shop” with Roy Underhill four times. She has just published her first book on Carving the Acanthus Leaf.
KIMBERLY MCNEELAN is passionate about engaging with the community through public art installations and woodworking education. She is a furniture maker, sculptor, author for Woodworker’s Journal, and instructor at Butler University as well as the Indianapolis Art Center. Kimberly received her BFA in 2005 with a sculpture and industrial design focus from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Seeking to further her study after graduation, she joined the team at Marc Adams School of Woodworking where she was assisting the best craftspeople in the world. Building upon that experience, Kimberly then moved to Petaluma, California to apprentice with master furniture maker and sculptor, Michael Cullen. After completing her apprenticeship, she opened her own studio in the self-built home and workshop of first generation studio furniture maker, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, in Bolinas, CA. During that time, she began her teaching career through the well-known Baulines Craft Guild. In 2016, Kimberly received her MFA from Herron School of Art and Design. Kimberly has been featured on HGTV, received several public art grants, has work in collections across the country, and believes that, “It’s not just woodworking. It’s a lifestyle.”
DAVE MEAD is not your standard “by the book” bowyer. Through experimentation, trial and error, and challenging what others have not, he developed high performance, highly efficient, fast, powerful, unique primitive bows out of bamboo. Dave approaches challenges from a very analytical perspective and makes bows which he can reproduce in multiples with great efficiency. His journey to “the perfect bow” began with a challenge to himself to build a lightweight bow (around 40lbs) that could do the job of a 60+lb bow…and do it better! His bows are in extremely high demand with hundreds being sold around the world. When Dave is not building or teaching, he enjoys spending time with his five young children and homesteading.
ROB MILLARD-MENDEZ has been teaching sculpture, woodworking, and design for over 20 years. His work has been published in many books and magazines, including 500 Chairs by Lark Books, American Craft and Sculpture magazine. His work has been shown in over 500 exhibitions, including shows in each of the 50 states and internationally, and he has won over 90 awards for his art and teaching. Rob makes complex, narrative objects out of wood and other materials, and his work can be found in a number of private and public collections.
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 Press’ Furniture for All Around the House and Storage Projects for All Around the House. Chairmaking and Design, and its companion DVD Chairmaking Techniques, together 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.
PETER H. MILLER has been involved in woodworking since the age of five hanging out in his father’s workshop. He started making picture frames for his own use in the early 1970’s and opened his frame shop originally known as Beaux Arts, Inc. in Connecicut in 1983 and soon grew interested in frame making and the gilding arts. As his interest in the gilding arts developed and his skills developed, Peter transitioned the business name to the P. H. Miller Studio, Frame-makers, Inc. He joined the Society of Gilders in 1992 where he became immersed in the gilding arts studying with the finest gilders in the United States. Peter served on the Board of Trustees, Society of Gilders, for approximately 17 years and served as its President for more than seven years. His clients include private collectors, interior designers, antique dealers and fine art conservators. His frames are in the collection of the Brandywine River Museum, The Two Red Roses Foundation, the Connecticut Supreme Court (portrait frame for Retired Supreme Court Justice Francis M. McDonald, Jr.) and the Honolulu Academy of Art. Peter was commissioned to make five frames which permanently hang in the George W. Bush Presidential Library Oval Office re-creation in Fort Worth, TX, which opened in 2014. He was part of the crew that regilded the exterior rooftop of the New York Life Insurance Building in Manhattan, which is the largest exterior gilded surface in the United States.
PATRICK MOORE has more than ten years of schooling from around the world and became the first, and currently only person from both American continents to be received as a “Compagnon Passant Charpentier” in France. He completed his masters with the esteemed “Association ouvrière des compagnons du devoir du tour de France” the most prestigious private university for carpentry in Paris, France. His master piece was on display at the “Compagnon Museum” in Tours, France and the “Musée des maîtres et artisans du Québec.” Patrick has two diplomas; one in heritage carpentry the other heritage masonry. He specializes in historical carpentry and has worked around the world on nationally and internationally classified historical sites. He wields an extensive portfolio; two UNESCO classified world heritage sites, numerous nationally classified historical monuments in Europe and North America, as well as new construction of luxury high-end private residences. He has written articles for multiple timber framing and woodworking journals in North America and Europe. In 2014 he founded and created The Professional School of Practical Stereotomy in Ottawa, Canada. Students are able to obtain up to a master’s certificate either online or on location.
JOHN MORGAN has spent over 34 years researching forms of kinetic woodwork. Early emulations of folk art whirligigs and animated toys evolved into smaller, hand cranked, automata designed to fit on the corner of an executive’s desk. Later projects have included an automated donations box and other motorized sculptures. His narrative product springs from a unique marriage of art, design, woodwork and engineering. Pieces from his limited editions produced in the past 24 years have been shown in American Craft and American Woodworker magazines and have been exhibited in craft galleries and museums in the United States, United Kingdom 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 automations are held by museums and individual collectors across the United States and are represented in corporate collections in the United States and Japan.
PHILIP MORLEY is a custom furniture maker located near Austin, TX where he resides with his four children and wife. Philip was originally trained at age 16 in carpentry and joinery under the City Guilds of London, England. His interest turned to furniture while working alongside a Rhode Island School of Design graduate. Philip quickly fell in love with the precision, craftsmanship, and creativity required in furniture making. After a six year apprentice with master craftsman Michael Colca, he started his own business which he has enjoyed immensely. In addition to building furniture, Philip has been teaching occasional night classes at Austin Community College in the Building Construction Technology Department, teaching Advanced Woodworking. He is very active on Instagram and has just recently begun working on a Podcast focused on woodworking: Woodworkers’ Podcast. Philip has won several awards for his furniture including “Best in Show” at the Texas Furniture Maker’s Show. He is a contributing author to Fine Working magazine and has appeared in several other publications.
JOE MROSS received his degree in 1993 from the University of Oregon in Fine and Applied Arts with an emphasis on metalsmithing and printmaking. He has spent his life intently pursuing artistic expression in many types of media including metalsmithing, sculpture, painting, set design, printmaking, furniture, ceramics and photography. As founder and designer of Archive Designs, Joe brings 25 years of experience in metalwork as well as many years of construction and residential design experience. Exceptional attention to detail, reliability and harmonious blending of influences from Arts & Crafts, Rustic, Modern and Steampunk have earned Archive Designs a reputation as one of the leading custom hand-crafted metal design and fabrication studios in the United States. His work has been published in many books and magazines over the years and is featured in high-end homes around the U.S. and Canada. His self-published book on copper work in 2009, Kitchen Hoods For The Arts & Crafts Home, was honored with a foreword by the late Arts & Crafts author and historian, Paul Duchscherer. In 2014, he received a coveted Burning Man honorarium for his installation: “Lost Nomads of Vulcania”, a 21’ tall gypsy wagon steam walker. In 2014, he was invited to establish a copper shop for the Oregon Country Fair, in order to make copper a more significant design element of the iconic 50 year-old festival.
TOM MUIR is a Distinguished Professor of the Arts at Bowling Green State University, where he is head of the Jewelry and Metalsmithing area in the School of Art. He received his MFA from Indiana University, Bloomington, and his BFA degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta. Tom has lectured and taught widely, holding positions at universities and craft schools around the country. His award-winning work has been published and exhibited extensively in art, craft and design exhibitions. Collections include the Art Institute of Chicago, Renwick Gallery of the National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution and The White House Collection of American Crafts, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution. He is the recipient of an Arts Midwest/National Endowment for the Arts Regional Artist Fellowship, Michigan Council for the Arts Fellowship, and numerous Ohio Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Awards. In 2009, Tom received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Ohio Designer Craftsmen for having made a major contribution to craft in Ohio.
JEFF NISHINAKA, from Los Angeles, has been a paper sculptor for more than 36 years. His handcrafted work is commissioned around the globe by private and public companies and celebrities. From ethereal lines in a mythical creature to geometric shapes in a cityscape, Jeff draws from fantasy and reality to create monochromatic objects in relief. His fascination with art started at a young age, as a fan of Norman Rockwell, 1960’s cartoons, Marvel comic books and the Japanese comic book “Astro Boy”. After attending University of California, Los Angeles, he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Illustration from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Jeff’s work has been featured in numerous galleries, public art displays, retail displays and ad campaigns for clients such as Museum of Modern Art New York, Microsoft, Starbucks, Cartier, Ralph Lauren, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Clinique, MGM Studios, Lexus, Johnnie Walker Blue Label, Qualcomm and HBO. He has created more than 40 custom sculptures for martial arts expert and actor Jackie Chan.
ROBERT (ROBBIE) O’BRIEN began his guitar building career in São Paulo, Brazil in 1997 under the tutelage of Antonio Tessarin. While still living in Brazil and after returning to the United States, he studied acoustic building under Kent Everett in Atlanta, Ga. He has also studied with renowned classical builder José Romanillos. In 2003 Robbie founded the Lutherie program in the Fine Woodworking Department at a college in Denver, CO. He developed the program into one of the largest lutherie schools in the United States. He has taught master classes and complete building courses in Brazil, Taiwan, Spain, Canada and the United States. Robbie has created online video instructional courses encompassing building and finishing of a variety of instruments. He has written articles for American Lutherie magazine and lectured at the Guild of American Luthiers convention in Tacoma, WA. In 2007, Robbie introduced his popular Luthier Tips du Jour video series on Youtube where he offers free advice on a variety of topics related to lutherie. Viewings by luthiers and woodworkers around the globe have topped 7 million. Robbie designs, builds and sells custom classical, flamenco, steel string and electric guitars one at a time to the specifications of his clients. He lives with his wife and children in Parker, CO.
DAVID ORTH is known for crossover techniques such as boatbuilding techniques applied to sweeping, hollow-form curves in furniture and sculpture – and his unique combinations of wood and metal. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Minnesota Woodworker’s Guild, and since 2005 at MASW. Commissioned work is seen coast to coast in homes, Frank Lloyd Wright buildings, synagogues, churches, and universities. David’s wood, metal, and design skills are bundled with a broad knowledge of science, philosophy and art. He believes that a life of craft expands our mind and spirit, and widens our understanding of the world. Author James A. Mangum describes Orth’s work as “primal, ethereal, lyrical.” Several times a year in partnership with Adventures in Japan, David leads trips with a focus on traditional and modern Japanese craft and architecture.
MARK OSGOOD is a life-long woodworker. His first major project was building a sailing dingy when he was 13. Growing up around water, he worked in boatyards in Florida, Ohio, and Chicago, doing extensive repairs. He had a long career in the Chicago futures markets and found woodworking to be a helpful stress reliever. His family’s interest in bicycling led him to merge the sport with woodworking. He has been building wooden bicycles since 2013, full time for the last three years. His award winning work has appeared in art shows and presentations to woodworker guilds and bicycle clubs. Mark won the 2016 Veneer Tech Challenge award and the Excellence in Woodworking award at MASW. Examples of Mark’s bicycles can be seen at RollingArtBicycles.com.
MATTHEW PARKINSON was inspired as a child watching a blacksmith work in a museum; this seemingly small moment stuck with him. Later, as a young teen under the direction of his grandfather, he made a knife from an old file which ignited a desire to make knives. He has been a professional knife maker since 1998. In 2005, Matthew along with Jamie Lundell and Peter Swarz-Burt, formed Falling Hammer Productions which designs, manufactures and installs high end custom interior and exterior ironwork. Under the Dragons Breath Forge name they market their swords, knives, axes and armor to clients from around the world. Matthew has taught at craft and art centers throughout America and has had his personal work featured in Blade magazine, Knives Illustrated and Pirate Quarterly. In 2015, Matthew was a contestant on the first year of “Forged in Fire” which ran on the History channel. He won by making a Katana in five days that split a bullet. In 2016, he returned for the championship round where he placed second with his Scottish Claymore which also split a bullet. That same year Matthew attained the rank of Journeyman smith from the American Bladesmith society, which is an exclusive group of the top 200 best bladesmiths in the world.
MICHAEL PEKOVICH studied furniture making, fine art, and graphic design, and he’s been putting those skills to use designing and building furniture for over 30 years. For the last 20 of those, he’s also been busy as the art director at Fine Woodworking magazine and most recently as the author of The Why and How of Woodworking, where his aim is to communicate woodworking how-to in a clear and inspiring way. 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. In Mike’s workshops he stresses fundamental woodworking skills and techniques, from sharpening to layout to cutting joinery, which you just have to know in order to do good work. By understanding the big picture of how a piece comes together, from wood selection to milling to joinery to finishing, students come away from his workshops with the knowledge and confidence to tackle projects in their own shop, and have more fun doing it.
ZANE POWELL has been a professional woodworker for more than 36 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 1994. 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.
TIM PURO has been restoring and refinishing furniture in Bloomington, IN since 2002. Tim 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 or an instructor in finishing and furniture restoration classes at MASW since 2004. Tim has published finishing articles in the Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and Fine Woodworking. Tim is a self-described “shellac-a-holic”, and he enjoys encouraging woodworkers to try a variety of finishes and finishing techniques.
PATRICK QUINN currently runs the forging program at the Center for Metal Arts in Johnstown,PA where he teaches the resident blacksmithing classes and coordinates the visiting artist workshops. Patrick has taught blacksmithing, fabrication, and tool making at Southern Illinois University, Hereford College of the Arts, The Penland School of Craft, The Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, and The Adirondack Folk School. Patrick is a 2015 Niche award winner, and has work in the Evansville, IN Museum of Art and Science permanent collection. His work has been featured in juried exhibitions such as “Transitions” (Belgium), and “Forge” Contemporary Forged Metal Design (UK), “Craft Forms”, “43rd Mid States Craft Exhibition”, “New York Silver, Then and Now” (Museum of the City of New York) and “Metal in Motion” (National Ornamental Metal Museum). Reliant on design and composition, his work combines clean forgings with carefully contemplated construction.
JOHN RESSLER is a former dairy farmer, brick mason, Bible college graduate who is currently a master stair builder and has an unquenchable obsession with guitars and other instruments that have strings. A partner at Designed Stairs, he has designed and built high end luxury stairs for 30 years in the Chicago area. When not building stairs, John tends his apple orchard, mows grass, and builds high end guitars for many talented musicians. John has taught this fine art to nearly 300 first time instrument builders. He is author of the book Pickin’ Stick: Building a Stringed Instrument. He resides in Sandwich, IL with his wife Roberta, who is also an avid supporter of all of the above activities.
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.
SERI C. ROBINSON creates art through spalting, the coloration of wood caused by a fungus. She is an Assistant Professor of Wood Anatomy within the Wood Science & Engineering department at Oregon State University, and is the lead researcher in the development of wood spalting. Seri is also an artist, and strives to blur the line between the two disciplines. She has contributed numerous articles to Fine Woodworking and American Woodturner as well as numerous scientific publications. Her book on spalting: Spalted Wood – The History, Science, & Art of a Unique Material, traces the history of spalted wood from the 1400’s to modern day.
TIM ROUSSEAU lives in beautiful Mid-Coast Maine where he builds fine furniture out of his home workshop, teaches furniture making at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and is an author for Fine Woodworking. His own work is a blend of Danish Modern, Shaker, and modern design with the work always showing a high emphasis on quality. He has been featured in many of the Fine Woodworking videos.
JEFF SCANLAN is a professional speaker, author, and magician. As a magician he enjoys objects that amaze and make people think. In 1996 he started to focus on the illusion and magic of “impossible bottles.” Jeff has learned how to put a whole variety of objects into bottles from decks of cards that are still sealed in their cellophane package to bars of soap, tennis, golf and ping-pong balls, padlocks, baseballs, scissors and even a pair of high-tip Converse gym shoes. Currently, there are about three dozen people in the world who have mastered this art form. Jeff is considered, by both the magic and puzzle communities, to be one of the very best. His bottle work is displayed in the library of The Magic Castle in Hollywood, CA, the museum of The College of Magic in Capetown, South Africa and in the Science Gallery Museum at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. His work has been written about in many newspapers and were featured articles in The Linking Ring magazine (the largest magic magazine), Games magazine and in Genii magazine.
JASON SCHNEIDER is an Assistant Professor of Woodworking and Furniture Design at Northern Michigan University. He received his MFA in Furniture Design from San Diego State University in 2005. From 2005 to 2014, Jason was the Studio Coordinator in the Woodworking and Furniture Design at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village, CO. His current body of furniture and turned sculpture explores the use of corrugated cardboard. He has exhibited his work extensively throughout the United States, including SOFA Chicago, the Museum of Craft and Design in San Francisco, ICFF in New York, and the Center for Art and Wood in Philadelphia, PA. Jason has lectured and demonstrated his unique process of working with corrugated cardboard for organizations such as Google, the Furniture Society, the American Association of Woodturners, Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Penland School of Crafts, and universities and woodworking clubs throughout the country.
PAUL SCHÜRCH is the proprietor of Schürch Woodwork in Santa Barbara, CA. 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 and art pieces and occasionally exhibits his pieces at selected galleries in the US and Europe.
CHRISTOPHER SCHWARZ is a furniture maker, writer and publisher who works from an 1895 storefront in Covington, KY. He is the author of 12 woodworking books, including The Anarchist’s Tool Chest and is the editor at Lost Art Press, which publishes books on hand tool woodworking. In addition to writing and editing, Chris builds commission pieces for customers and researches traditional woodworking techniques.
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 for eight years. He has been involved in the woodworking industry for over 27 years and has owned his own cabinet shop in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. He lives in Whitestown, IN.
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 The Southwest Association of Turners (SWAT), the Utah Woodturning Symposium, and at numerous woodturning clubs and craft schools across America. Curtis works full time in his company, TurnTex Woodworks, building vacuum chambers and providing technical support for craftspeople who are stabilizing and casting, and is world renowned in his field. He is married with a twelve year old daughter.
JEFF SHALLENBERGER has been building custom furniture for 20 years. A graduate of the College of the Redwoods, he began his custom drum business, Sugar Percussion, eight years ago. What began as a glorified hobby to replace his unloved adolescent drum kit has grown to a full time profession, producing some of the finest solid wood drums available. He and his daughter, the namesake of the drum company, live in Santa Cruz, CA with their dog, Caroline and a gaggle of partially restored cars, another hobby that’s got the best of him.
MARK S SMITH has been building furniture for the past 20 years, after graduating from the Fine and Creative Woodworking Program at Rockingham Community College in North Carolina. He has been teaching at the Center for Creative Woodworking for the last six years. In addition, he taught for Woodcraft for a few years, and sold hardwood lumber for eight years. Mark’s interest is in designing and replicating American furniture made from the 17th and 18th century. He is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association. In 2018 Mark completed his Masters at MASW.
ALEX SNODGRASS has been working with bandsaws and bandsaw companies for 30 years. At 25, he became a manager of a hardware store in Hawaii. In the late 80’s he moved to Atlanta, GA to begin a career selling scroll saws, along with bandsaw blades. So began his real interest with the bandsaw. Alex wanted the bandsaw to be able to do what the scroll saw could do but on a bigger level, which lead to the development of the Stabilizer and his first patent. Soon after that he began his career with Carter Products. He developed and patented the Quick Release which is now standard on all Powermatic 14 saws and holds a patent on the ETG- Electronic Tension Gauge. His latest development is the FAST- Fence Alignment System Tool which allows easy alignment of the bandsaw fence to the blade. Alex has consulted with Jet and Powermatic and with numerous bandsaw blade manufactures testing and helping to improve products.
BILL SPENCER was raised in a small town in Northeast Missouri. Long attention spans were never his strong suit so his interests continually bounced from building to wrestling to cars to music. In the end, it was his love for music that took him away from his Midwest upbringing and landed him in Tennesse as a founding member of the singing group ‘Acapella’. His 15 years in music would ultimately connect him with Loretta Lynn as tour manager, band leader and backup singer, and ultimately as Publishing Director. In the end, it was his love for God and his gift of teaching that won out – even over music. In 2004, Bill and his wife, Stacy, launched Narrow Gate Foundation and have invited over 400 young men to live in their home and discover a life that matters. Whether it’s a gathering of five or five thousand, Bill’s passion for teaching the truth is always evident. When he isn’t teaching at the Lodge, Bill spends time making guitars, spreading the Gospel and traveling to promote the Narrow Gate Foundation.
MARK STERNER is a devoted computer geek and long-time woodworker who enjoys these passions in pursuit of the near perfect piece of furniture. Mark is the owner of the Couden Woodworks, a small woodworking business he shares with his wife. Currently his focus in on investigating the use of CAD (and CNC) in the small professional furniture shop.
ALAN STIRT has been a professional woodturner for almost 50 years. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Smithsonian, the White House, the American Craft Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. He has demonstrated and taught woodturning and design in Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand and Canada as well as throughout the U.S. He was the keynote demonstrator for the 2017 Association of Woodturners of South Africa symposium. In 1997, Al was awarded an Honorary Lifetime Membership in the American Association of Woodturners for his commitment and contributions to the field of woodturning. In addition to his functional bowls and platters, for the last 25 years he has been making ceremonial objects to try to address emotional and spiritual needs.
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 13 woodworking books. 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, Woodcraft, Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking. His most recent book is The Box Maker’s Guitar Book, published in 2017. 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 39 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.
MALCOLM TIBBETTS has been a woodworker most of his life and has been a segmented woodturning artist for the past 28 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 DVD’s, 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 projects. 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 BandSaw Projects. Jeff says working with wood is much better than having a job!
DON WARD is a retired high school mathematics teacher who started his woodturning career in 1996. Don’s woodturning includes all popular items but his passion is pens. Don uses polyester resin, urethane resin, and epoxy casting resin to make pen blanks and has been casting pen blanks for 20 years. He is the author of Turning Modified Slimline Pens: Beyond the Basics. Don has demonstrated at several local woodturning clubs, the Utah Woodturning Symposium, the Desert Woodturning Roundup, Turn On! Chicago Symposium, Craft Supplies USA, The Desert Woodturning Round-Up, and the SouthWest Association of Turners’ Symposium (SWAT). Don has written “The Penturner’s Corner” column each month since 2006 for More Woodturning magazine. Don has been married for 46 years, has two grown children and two grandchildren.
CHARLIE WHINNEY is the one of the world’s top experts in the dark art of steam bending. Sculptural furniture commissions and his enormous fine-art installations can be found in embassies, luxury hotels and private collections all around the world with recent work in Australia, China, Japan, Singapore, Ireland, France as well as the UK and USA. For the past ten years he has taught from his workshop at the heart of the UNESCO Lake District National Park in the UK, and this will his first teaching visit to the USA. Charlie is a genuine and passionate teacher that is keen to share his insights and knowledge.
CHRIS WHITE is a trompe l’oeil sculptor whose works are handmade predominantly from clay and rendered with acute attention to detail, often resembling decaying pieces of wood, rusted metal, and other objects in various stages of deterioration. These works explore the relationship between humanity and nature and how both are in a constant state of flux between growth and decay. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics from Indiana University in 2012. He went on to receive his Masters of Fine Arts in Craft/Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. He was the recipient of the Windgate Fellowship from the Center of Craft, Creativity and Design, and later was awarded ‘Most Environmentally Conscious’ at INLight 2014 hosted by 1708 Gallery. His work has been featured on several prominent art publications, including Juxtapoz, Beautiful Decay, My Modern Met, and This is Colossal. His work has been shown in galleries and museums internationally, including Daejeon Museum of Art and Suwon I-Park Museum of Art in South Korea, Abmeyer & Wood Gallery in Seattle, and Hartwick University’s Foreman Gallery in New York.
DICK WILKINS has been repairing machinery for over 50 years. In 1987, he bought an electric motor shop where he repaired electric motors and equipment. In 1997, Dick and his wife purchased an 1895 Victorian home in Lansing, Michigan. The Woodmaster has been invaluable in the restoration of this home. Dick also spends time making custom trim for buildings and furniture and assists Gary Striegler in architectural woodworking and furniture making classes. Dick received The Masters Award from Marc Adams School of Woodworking in 2012.
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.
RONALD E. YOUNG “Ronnie” has been building American Period Furniture for the past 40 years starting just after graduating from college. The retired nuclear power engineer has concentrated on furniture forms found in his native Tennessee. Using traditional construction techniques and local hardwoods, he has produced several hundred pieces of furniture including: desks, chests of drawers, beds, clocks, tables, and chairs. An active member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers (SAPFM), he has taught a number of woodworking classes to chapters of that organization, Woodcraft stores, and local furniture guilds in the southeast. His work was recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the Cartouche Award for lifetime achievement by SAPFM. His recent interests have been in the period furniture of Charleston, SC and American Federal Period furniture. Ronnie has a home workshop in Chattanooga, TN.
SCOTT ZELINKA began his serious woodworking efforts in 2011 at the Chicago School of Woodworking (CSW). With degrees of BSME from Valparaiso University, MSEE from Illinois Institute of Technology, and an MBA from IIT’s Stuart School of Business, he currently designs electrical schematics and applications for the manufacture of diesel-electric locomotives. He also enjoys the hands-on approach to learning while exploring the arts to develop new skills. His past experience in design for manufacturing, machine shop, stained glass windows, glass-blowing, and now a passion for woodworking provides a unique perspective. Always striving for perfection and attention to detail, Scott continues to explore techniques and develop his skills with primary focus on custom audio speakers and Arts & Crafts furniture.