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Marc Adams

 
 
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

 
 
Kevin Boyle

With more than 35 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.

 
 
 
 

Jim Heavey

 
 
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 12 years presented educational programs nationally at The Wood Working 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.

 
 
 
 

Bob Hunter

 
 
Bob Hunter

WOOD Tools Editor Bob Hunter learned his woodworking skills from an early age on an Indiana farm. One of three sons of a farmer/carpenter, Bob helped build houses—even designing two of them—and later began to build small furniture pieces. After getting a degree in journalism, Bob worked as a newspaper sports editor and farmer before joining WOOD, all the while remodeling two old homes and further developing his woodworking skills. Bob’s primary responsibilities at WOOD revolve around producing tool-related articles and videos for the magazine and website. In his spare time Bob likes to build Shaker-style furniture and small boxes for gifts, and turns bowls on a lathe.

 
 
 
 

Tom McLaughlin

 
 
Tom McLaughlin

In his 20s, Tom McLaughlin, a Massachusetts native, found himself in eastern North Carolina, learning to make furniture from P.A. “Pug” Moore, a renowned craftsman of 18th-century reproductions. Later, he settled in New Hampshire and began making commission furniture. In 2003 he began offering woodworking classes to the public. These days, Tom teaches about 12 classes a year at Epic Woodworking, his 3,600-square-foot, three-level shop built into a hillside shaded by maples, birches, and oaks. Tom says he loves to design and build chairs more than anything else. and has designed more than 20 different chairs, including an elegant side chair in the May 2011 issue of WOOD Magazine. But Tom’s also renowned for making tables, beds, dressers, and other furniture—usually from stunning figured or exotic wood species. He is a member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, has won numerous design awards from the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and has appeared as a guest on the PBS woodworking show “Rough Cut,” hosted by Tommy McDonald.

 
 
 
 

Jeff Mertz

 
 
Jeff Mertz

Following his successful career as a project manager for a major construction company, Jeff scaled down the size of his projects in 2002 when he joined the staff of WOOD magazine as a designer and builder. Though no longer a regular in the WOOD shop, he still designs and builds woodworking projects at Meredith for Lowe's Creative Ideas. A passionate woodworker and a dedicated student of the craft, he has also taught furniture making as a guest instructor at Marc Adams School of Woodworking.

 
 
 
 

Terry Moore

 
 
Terry Moore

Newly arrived in the US from Wales, Terry Moore tried his hand at—what else?—rock music. When that gig ended however, he found himself working in one of the fine furniture capitals of the world, New Hampshire, as a maintenance man. Not satisfied to stop at making kitchen cabinets, Terry pushed his skills to master museum-quality furniture pieces. A founding member of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters, Terry works out of his one-man shop producing beautiful pieces of furniture. Additionally, he finds satisfaction in teaching fine woodworking to prison inmates in the state prison system, using woodworking as a vehicle to teach the life skills of patience, mindfulness, and gratitude.

 
 
 
 

John Olson

 
 
John Olson

John Olson started woodworking nearly 25 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 a 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.

 
 
 
 

Craig Ruegsegger

 
 
Craig Ruegsegger

A woodworker for more than 20 years, WOOD Deputy Editor Craig Ruegsegger has been writing and producing woodworking content since 1999. As a long-time WOOD subscriber before joining the editorial team, Craig understands the attachment readers have to WOOD and enjoys creating content that keeps them looking forward to the next issue. Craig manages WOOD’s production schedule, keeping articles moving through the creation and editing process. In addition to instructing readers through the pages and web site of WOOD magazine, his teaching experiences include presenting numerous live how-to seminars, and developing and producing a woodworking TV show.

 
 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
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, and Johannes Rieber, among others. Although he makes reproduction and architectural turnings, gift items, and one-of-a-kind pieces regularly, his real passion lies in teaching, giving his first formal demonstration at age 15. Brian has written for the American Woodturner and is also the Woodturning Consultant for WOOD magazine. There he tests products, designs projects, and produces turning how-to videos.

 
 
 
 

Jan Svec

 
 
Jan Svec

You might say Jan has sawdust running through his veins. A lifelong woodworker from a family of lifelong woodworkers (his dad had a woodworking shop in the basement and two brothers earn their livings in the wood shop), Jan wood-worked his way through college while studying architecture and perfecting his design eye. In 1994, he joined the WOOD magazine team as a project designer and builder, and later traded his marking knife for a keyboard as Projects Editor at WOOD. He currently designs packaging at Kreg Tool and spends his free time building furniture in his home shop.

 
 
 
 

George Vondriska

 
 
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. George has had numerous magazine articles published, from projects to techniques tool reviews.

 
 
 
 
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