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Teachers

Not only are they at the height of the woodworking craft, they're also world-class instructors.

We've scoured the country (and our own shop) to find top teachers. With more than 250 combined years of woodworking instruction between them, you're guaranteed to come away enriched, challenged, and excited to apply your new skills at home.

Here are just some of the woodworkers you'll learn from.

 

 
   

Marc Adams

Marc Adams founded the Marc Adams School of Woodworking 20 years ago, has been woodworking professionally for more than 30 years, and in that time has won the Indiana Artist/Craftsman of the Year award three times. A leading authority on woodworking topics, he frequently appears on TV and radio talk shows. His Technical Techniques video series is the largest-selling video series in the history of woodworking. He lectures nationally for universities, guilds, and trade shows and does train-the-trainer programs for today's biggest tool manufacturers. He has worked with the EPA in Washington on current woodworking issues and has been a panel commentator at the prestigious International Woodworking Fair.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Kevin Boyle

With more than 30 years of woodworking experience, Kevin Boyle's passion for his hobby ignited in a 4H woodworking class with his dad. Even through college, he helped pay the bills by building furniture for clients. After college he spent a few years in the home-building industry before landing in publishing. As Senior Design Editor at WOOD magazine, Kevin is largely responsible for the project selection, project designs, and ultimately the construction of those projects, making sure they are not only timely and stylish but also incorporate techniques and processes that will enhance and increase the skills of our readers. He also spends time at WOOD helping to develop and produce woodworking how-to videos. In his spare time, he is in his shop designing and building furniture for his home and others.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Andy Chidwick

Andy has been working with wood for as long as he can remember. His mother sewed his first shop apron for him when he was only six years old and he has not strayed far from the shop since then. His early woodworking career included helping to build the original Disneyland Toon Town, remodeling cruise ships, and providing high-end finish work in both residential and commercial applications. Andy's real love was furniture, however, and he gained a name for himself as a chair builder in the early 1990's. Eventually, his love of teaching grew to the point where he opened his own school, Chidwick School of Fine Woodworking, in 2008. Andy is also a seminar speaker at the nationally touring Woodworking Shows, where his "Woodworking Coach" sessions are always well attended. He enjoys inspiring others to learn from their mistakes and push beyond their own perceived limitations, breaking down advanced skills into manageable parts and finding innovative ways to use common tools.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Jim Heavey

Jim Heavey has been a woodworker for more than 40 years and a contributing craftsman and educator for WOOD magazine since 1997, where he has had his projects featured. Jim has also hosted a popular series of woodworking how-to videos, and for the past ten years presented educational programs nationally at The Woodworking Shows on behalf of WOOD. In his role as educator, Jim strives to make woodworking fun for both novice and seasoned woodworkers by teaching techniques and providing information that will help them to produce a quality project at any level of expertise. Jim has taught both individual and group woodworking classes in his shop in Northern Illinois where he also produces furniture for his family. Through his work with 4-H, Jim enjoys giving back to the community while mentoring future woodworkers.

 
 

 

 

     
   

John Olson

John Olson started woodworking 23 years ago when he started hanging around his grandfather's shop after school to begin what would become an informal but intense 11-year apprenticeship. After college he worked for nine years in the 1875-era blacksmith and cabinetmaker shops at Living History Farms before joining the WOOD magazine staff as Design Editor. His educational background has taught him the value of using both hand and power tools in his work. And John has a passion for tool making and forestry; in his free time he can either be found making planes, laminated chisels, and back saws, or milling his own lumber for woodworking projects.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Lucas Peters

Following his father's footsteps into the construction business, Lucas put himself through journalism school remodeling houses and building cabinets on a small construction crew. Diving straight into a career in textbook publishing as well as on and offline multimedia, he maintained woodworking as a hobby, building small furniture and cabinetry. Joining WOOD in 2007, Lucas has served as the How-to Editor and now the Digital Content Manager where his responsibilities include overseeing the woodmagazine.com and woodstore.net websites, WOOD's line of digital article compilations, as well as regular articles in the magazine.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Brian Simmons

Brian Simmons is a nationally known teacher, writer, and turner noted for his versatile use of the bowl gouge and proficient use of the skew chisel. He grew up woodworking with his father and, after seeing a magazine article on turning, became interested in woodturning. Shortly after that he began an informal yet cherished apprenticeship with internationally renowned turner Nick Cook. Since then he has studied with David Ellsworth, Willard Baxter, Dave Barriger, Chris Stott, Johannes Rieber, Soren Berger, George Hatfield, and Bob Rosand, among others. Although he makes reproduction and architectural turnings, gift items, and one-of-a-kind pieces regularly, his real passion lies in teaching. Since his first formal demonstration at age 15, Brian found teaching to be rewarding for him and his students, and he has taught at local, regional, and national conferences as well as at Highland Hardware, and John C. Campbell Folk School. His teaching strategy utilizes simple rationale to make tools work effectively and understand how they perform their specific functions. Brian has written for American Woodturner and is also the woodturning consultant for WOOD magazine. There he tests products, designs projects, and produces turning how-to videos.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Marc Spagnuolo

Podcaster, video producer, author, and woodworking enthusiast, Marc "The Wood Whisperer" Spagnuolo started woodworking as a hobby and was immediately sucked into it, watching every DVD and reading every book and magazine he could get his hands on. After leaving the biotech industry, he started his own woodworking business called "Marc's Wood Creations," focusing primarily on studio furniture, but most of his time was spent on standard cabinetry, commercial work, and refinishing. Through an interesting turn of events, he had the good fortune of working with his good friend and mentor David J. Marks. The "Wood Whisperer" web site started as a way for him to share his experiences as he built projects for clients. Today, creating videos for this website is his primary job. Although he is mostly self-taught, Marc considers himself lucky to have some incredible learning experiences and continues to be influenced by the thousands of woodworkers he communicates with every day.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Keith and Mark Stephens

Keith founded Woodworkers Source, an online "lumberyard" filled with exotic hardwood lumber as well as North American hardwoods and sheet goods, in 1978. A lifelong woodworker himself (his favorite projects are boxes, furniture and turnings), he often travels overseas in search of exotic hardwoods. Over the course of his travels he has accumulated a wood-sample collection of about 1,500 different wood species, which are on display at their main office in Phoenix. Mark has been deeply involved in the family business all his life and oversees the company's ever-growing mail-order operation.

 
 

 

 

     
   

Doug Stowe

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, and two years later, his first book was published. He has since published six more, as well as three woodworking DVDs. In 2001, he began a woodworking program at the Clear Spring School, designed to integrate woodworking activities to stimulate and reinforce academic curriculum, restoring the rationale for the use of crafts in general education and demonstrating its effectiveness. He is actively engaged in writing and speaking about the need for hands-on learning in all areas of school curricula, while continuing to produce furniture, small boxes, and dozens of woodworking articles.

 
 

 

 

     
   

George Vondriska

George Vondriska was in 6th grade when he had his first shop class. He decided he wanted to be a shop teacher, so George went on to take every shop class he could, get his teaching degree in Industrial Education, and teach junior and senior high school. George has found his niche in teaching adults, which he has done for more than 26 years. In addition to classes at his own Wild Earth Woodworking School, George teaches at woodworking shows and guilds across the country and has taught woodworking for Andersen Window, Northwest Airlines, and the Pentagon. And you may also recognize his name and face from more than 60 full-length woodworking videos he has hosted for the Woodworkers Guild of America website, presented by WOOD magazine. George has had numerous magazine articles published, from projects to techniques tool reviews.

 
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