Instructors

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Jameel Abraham
Instructor
Jameel’s interest in woodworking began in both of his grandfathers’ shops. He’s also a painter, oud maker and carver, and co-founder (with his brother and father) of Benchcrafted.
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Dixie Biggs
Instructor
Dixie Biggs has been a full-time studio woodturner/artist since 1989. She grew up with a love of carving and a fascination for working in wood. Her interest in woodturning began in 1979 when she taught herself to use a wood lathe so she could duplicate a chess set her grandfather had made.
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Miriam Carpenter
Instructor
Miriam Carpenter began her career designing furniture alongside Mira Nakashima for more than seven years upon graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006.
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Tim Coleman
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Tim Coleman has been making custom furniture for 25 years since apprenticing in Seattle with Curt Minier and studying at the College of the Redwoods under James Krenov in the 1980s.
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Michael Cullen
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Michael’s interest in furniture design evolved from his background in mechanical engineering and love of art.
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Megan Fitzpatrick
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Familiar to fans of woodworking books and magazines, Megan Fitzpatrick has devoted much of her professional career to advancing the craft of woodworking and helping others to learn it.
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Michael Fortune
Instructor
Designer, maker, teacher and mentor, Michael is one of Canada’s most respected contemporary furniture masters.
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Mark Gardner
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Mark started working in wood at the age of sixteen when he enrolled in a furniture making class with his father at the University of Cincinnati. Furniture making is a slow process, and the immediacy of turning was very attractive to Mark. After struggling on his own for several years, Mark took a class with John Jordan. He credits John for giving him a firm foundation of turning techniques. John’s passion and commitment to his work continues to inspire Mark.
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Andrew Gibson
Instructor
Furniture maker and Luthier, Andrew Gibson has been woodworking since the age of 9. After graduating with a degree In History, Andrew has worked in most areas of woodworking.
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Alex Grabovetskiy
Instructor
Alexander Grabovetskiy was recognized as the 2012 International Wood Carver of the year, and his piece Wall Decoration was awarded first place. His work utilizes the same approaches used for centuries by master woodcarvers, including techniques employed by Grinding Gibbons.
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Aspen Golan
Instructor
Aspen Golann is an artist and a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker living in North Carolina. Her furniture work mixes art with classic American furniture forms to make subtle statements about gender and power in the world of craft. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and is published in Fine Woodworking, Lost Art Press, Luxe, Art New England, and artscope.
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Meredith Hart
Instructor
With a background in architectural design, carpentry, and woodworking, I strive to create furniture that is functional, beautiful, and adds personality to the space it occupies.
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Beth Ireland
Instructor
Beth is a Woodturner/Sculptor who draws upon a lifetime of professional, traditional Woodturning/Woodworking skills to explore sculpture, architecture and relational aesthetics.
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Dylan Iwakuni
Instructor
Since young, my dream had been to build my own house. Upon finishing school, I attended a carpentry trade school in Gifu, Japan, and learned the basics of Japanese carpentry.
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Jason Lonon
Instructor
Woodworker and blacksmith , Jason Lonon has studied, practiced, and taught traditional woodworking and blacksmithing in a variety of settings, from youth summer camps to community colleges. Currently Jason specializes in making traditional woodworking tools, and for fun he carves wooden bowls and spoons.
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Rudy Lopez
Instructor
Rudy is both a professional turner and a professional photographer.
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Mary May
Instructor
Woodcarving has been my joy and passion since 1991. I never tire of discovering new shapes in wood, and I love the challenges that come along every day.
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Randy Maxey
Instructor
Randy is a lifetime woodworker, author, blogger, teacher, and contributing editor for a major woodworking magazine.
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Philip Morely
Instructor
Philip Morley is a ​custom furniture maker located near Austin, Texas. His studio is a one-man shop in which he designs and builds one-of-a-kind furniture for clients across the United States.
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Kelly Parker
Instructor
Kelly Parker, born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1967, is a designer and maker of contemporary studio furniture and sculpture.
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Mike Pekovich
Instructor
Mike has 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.
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Kevin Rodell
Instructor
Kevin Rodel has been designing handmade custom furniture in Maine since 1986. The foundations of his designs are: architecture, Asian design and the International Arts and Crafts Movement. He is co-author of the the book, Arts and Crafts Furniture; from Classic to Contemporary, and occasionally writes for Fine Woodworking magazine.
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Peggy Schmid
Instructor
As a sculptor, I began working in wood during my college days and found the texture, versatility, and aroma almost hypnotic.
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Diane Shattuck
Instructor
Diane has been finishing for over 38 years. Growing up in Detroit, she operated woodworking business as well as having a custom finishing shop where she did restoration work in many historical buildings
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Frank Strazza
Instructor
Frank Strazza builds heirloom-quality furniture one piece at a time in his small studio workshop in Central Texas. He uses traditional joinery throughout and utilizes handtools for much of his work.
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Michaela Stone
Instructor
Michaela Crie Stone is an artist and designer in Rockport, ME. After receiving a B.A. in sculpture and painting from Skidmore College, she attended the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, first as a student, then as a Fellow.
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Kate Swann
Founder
Renowned for her exquisite textural and surface embellishment work, Kate Swann is a master craftswoman of fine wood furniture and sculptural works.
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