LEARN FROM THE MASTERS
With more than 250 collective years of woodworking experience, you’ll learn techniques, tips, and tricks from the best woodworkers in the business. Meet the masters who will teach you at Weekend With WOOD.
With more than 30 years of experience, Kevin’s passion for woodworking ignited in a 4-H woodworking class with his dad. Even through college, he helped pay 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. In his spare time, he is in his shop designing and building furniture for his home and others.
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 and teaches a technique in every issue. Jim has also hosted a popular series of woodworking how-to videos, and for more than a dozen years has 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.
WOOD magazine 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 include producing tool-related articles and videos for the magazine and website.
A self-taught woodworker (he never set foot in a shop class) Steve learned the ropes as a trim carpenter specializing in Frank Lloyd Wright design. That worked into a gigs in cabinet shops and as a furniture maker’s apprentice before breaking out on his own. His shop, Natural Elements Woodworking specializes in custom furniture and cabinetry, and Steve is a prolific builder of sculptural rockers inspired by the late Sam Maloof.
While 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 McLaughlin Woods, 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.
When he first arrived in the U.S. 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 content with just 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 inmates in the state prison system, using woodworking as a vehicle to teach the life skills of patience, mindfulness, and gratitude.
Don’t let his baby face fool you: John Olson cut his teeth in woodworking 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 in Urbandale, Iowa, 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 often be found making planes, laminated chisels, and back saws, or milling his own lumber for woodworking projects.
Mario comes to the Weekend With WOOD with more than 30 years of woodworking experience; as a builder/maker, teacher and writer. After graduating with an Art and Applied Design degree from H. H. Lehman College, and a four year apprenticeship with the Carpenters & Cabinetmakers Union in New York City, Mario established his own shop in Brooklyn, NY, serving the area's leading architects, designers and collectors. His work has been featured in Architectural Digest, Country Living, House Beautiful, Metropolitan Home, McCalls, Fine Woodworking and the New York Times. In addition, Mario has written two books: Traditional Woodwork and Building Fireplace Mantels [Taunton]. And he regularly teaches woodworking classes at Philadelphia Furniture Workshop.
A woodworker for more than 25 years, Craig has been writing and producing woodworking content for print, online, and video since 1999. As Deputy Editor, he writes and edits how-to articles while overseeing the production of WOOD videos and WOOD magazine. His teaching experience includes presenting numerous live how-to seminars, and developing and producing a nationally aired woodworking show on public television.
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 where he 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, Dave Barriger, Chris Stott, Johannes Rieber, Soren Berger, George Hatfield, and Bob Rosand, among others. Although a skilled craftsman, his real passion lies in teaching: Since his first formal demonstration at age 15, Brian has taught at local, regional, and national conferences as well as at Highland Hardware, and John C. Campbell Folk School. Brian has written for American Woodturner and is the woodturning consultant for WOOD magazine, where he tests products, designs projects, and produces how-to videos.
George Vondriska was in the sixth 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, earn 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 nearly 30 years. In addition to classes at Vondriska Woodworks, George teaches at woodworking shows and guilds across the country, 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 and tool reviews.
Bob is Franklin International’s Technical Service Manager for the Construction Division, handling all technical aspects of the Titebond-branded line of wood glues, construction adhesives, wood flooring adhesives, and sealants. At Franklin, Bob manages the team at Franklin that answers customer questions, as well as the technicians tasked with testing of competitive products and new substrates. Bob has worked for more than 30 years in the adhesives and sealants industry with experience in the development of emulsion polymers, adhesive technologies, and development of breathable technology for organic and inorganic fabrics.
Early in his career as a professional musician, Sam realized that was no way to raise a family. After marrying a “blond with her own tool box,” Sam got his start in woodworking through his father-in-law, John, a custom furnituremaker. Sam’s love for the craft grew and after working a few carpentry jobs (mostly as a trim carpenter), Sam decided to open his own professional furniture shop, often taking commissions for which he lacked experience. With occasional advice from John, Sam gained the experience to be able to build virtually any project. After hurricane Andrew hit Florida, Sam realized that cabinetmakers would be in greater demand than furniture makers. So he retooled his shop to the more production-oriented methods necessary to build kitchens. This shift in his direction has lasted more than 30 years. As technical service advisor for Wagner Spraytech and Earlex, Sam travels the country demonstrating HVLP systems and teaching spray finishing.
Steve and Jeremy Stevenson
After 10+ years of experience within the CNC (computer-numerically controlled routers) woodworking industry, working with companies such as Oliver Machinery and General International, this father/son duo took a leap of faith. They left their respective full-time jobs to begin manufacturing CNC routers for educational facilities and small wood shops. Currently, Steve & Jeremy are the only two employees of Iconic CNC, working out of their home offices and garages. Their specialty is providing all of the training resources necessary to help anyone, regardless of previous CNC experience, learn the technology.
A veteran of the Canadian Army where he served for 14 years in the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, Vic then completed the Nine Month Craftsman program at Rosewood, then went on to serve as Resident Craftsman at the school creating fine furniture to commission and working part-time as an instructor. From there he took the helm at Canadian Woodworking magazine as editor. Currently Vic is the Woodworking Technical Advisor at Veritas/Lee Valley Tools. He still designs and builds furniture in a modest shop in his home in Carleton Place, Ontario. Vic authored “The Minimalist Woodworker” (Spring House Press), which deals specifically with the needs of woodworkers that only have a small space at their disposal. Vic truly enjoys sharing his woodworking knowledge and has an infectious love for hand tools and their use. A prolific writer with many published woodworking articles, you can follow him on his blog.