Instructors

William Ng

William Ng comes from an engineering background and uses a similar approach in his woodworking. Precision, accuracy and efficiency are emphasized in his teaching. His sense of humor, combined with his passion for woodworking makes for an enjoyable learning experience. William was an instructor of furniture making at Cerritos College. Many of William’s students have won numerous woodworking awards. In addition to being an instructor and the director of our school, William continues to make custom furniture in his studio. – Go to Instructor Profile

Dale Barnard

I teach woodworking on a part time basis. As I age it has been my plan to go full time. I have been involved in woodworking all my life and for my peace of mind, after attending Indiana University majoring in Mathematics, I had to choose woodworking rather than teaching math as my career. I am completely satisfied with the choice I made. I learned the carpentry trade from my father, and have built houses from the foundation up, running crews, as well as working in the office – specializing in the interior trim, stairways, & kitchen cabinetry. Then I entered into restoration and period design, always looking for a challenge and more advanced projects. Throughout my career I restored and repaired antiques, which is my “college training in furniture.” Making furniture from scratch was an easy transition and a favorite occupation. After getting a website and marketing on a national scale I began building entire interiors consisting of house doors, cabinets, built-in furniture, chairs and other furniture, mostly in the Arts & Crafts Style and Greene & Greene design. Then I was featured on Modern Masters for HGTV. Soon after this I was asked to teach at a woodworking school that was looking for furniture making instructors. I agreed to do one class to see how it went and I have loved teaching ever since. It is a great joy to pass on to others the hard earned knowledge and tricks of the trade learned from a life time of experience. I am returning to my first career choice of teacher, only in woodworking. I am the son of a Traditional Master Carpenter whose father was a Master Carpenter as well. I have over forty-five years experience. Our woodworking business is on 89 acres of beautiful woods in Southern Indiana. Mary, my wife of 30 years and I run our small business together and enjoy it. – Go to Instructor Profile

Yeung Chan

Yeung Chan is a furniture maker and instructor from California. Born in China, he came to United States in 1973. Yeung studied under James Krenov at the College of the Redwoods in 1997. He has taught woodworking courses at the College of the Redwoods in California and Carleton College in Minnesota, he also gives seminars and demonstrations in numerous woodworking shows in the US. Yeung is the author of the book “Classic Joints with Power tools.” – Go to Instructor Profile

Jimmy Clewes

Jimmy is not your ordinary woodturner. Upon a first meeting one would think of him as a renegade, a free thinker and not within the stereotypical image of a woodturner. His charming British style, unending wit, creative mind and magnetic personality are only some of the attributes that make him popular in 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 and teacher has taken him all over the world including his homeland of the United Kingdom, Europe, Canada, Norway, Finland, New Zealand and now his new home in the United States. It was not long after leaving school at the age of 16, Jimmy attained an apprenticeship in engineering and decided to further his studies by attending Manchester Polytechnic. He received a 2:1 Honours Degrees with special emphasis on learning 3-Dimensional Design. With that focus, he began to specialize in designing and making furniture which was influenced by Japanese tools and design. It was during his time in college that his interest in woodturning was rekindled. The combination of his college education, his limitless imagination and his professional skills was a perfect fit for Jimmy to pursue his creative abilities as a woodturner and to take that ability to the next level. – Go to Instructor Profile

David Frisk

David Frisk has been creating his art for over 40 years. Starting his business in 1968, he has grown over the years to be a world-renowned artist. His art resides all over the United States as well as in Japan, Moscow, and England.

Hand carving in heavy relief is David’s specialty. He has revived the lost art of woodcarving. David uses only traditional joinery that has been used for hundreds of years. It is quite rare to find anyone who still uses these age-old techniques. He uses contemporary glues and finishes, and kiln-dried solid hardwoods that are ecologically responsible. He also utilizes his skills in glass arts, metal arts, stone carving, iron forging, and bronze sculpture.

Most of his designs are inspired by nature, as he combines the practical (architecture) with the impractical (art). David’s one-of-a-kind creations range from entryways to furniture to staircases for private homes as well as offices, restaurants, country clubs, and public works. Any style can be seen coming out of his studio: Neoclassic, English, Spanish, French, Italian, Contemporary, Oriental and Craftsman, to name only a few. David Frisk builds his entryways and furniture to last hundreds of years, furniture that will be handed down from generation to generation. When you purchase a piece from David, you are receiving a piece of architectural art.

David’s artistic works have been commissioned by homeowners, businesses and contractors across the United States. Homes in San Diego and Los Angeles boast his unique hand-carved entryways. San Francisco and Seattle clients enjoy his unusual works of art glass. Chicago and New York City residents show off his multi-talented creations in hand-forged metal and bronze. Arizona’s Tucson and Phoenix communities appreciate his contemporary and rustic themes, while homes in Hawaii love his nature and water scenarios. If you can imagine it, David Frisk can create it.– Go to Instructor Profile

Taeho Kwon

Iʼve always had a passion for designing on interiors and architectural works. However, after two years of studying on commercial art courses at East Carolina University, I realized that my passion for interior and architectural was not on designing. It was more of a making with my own hands. After realizing what I really wanted, Iʼve decided not to continue on my education and instead I have chosen to get an actual hands on experiences on all aspects of a different field of making. It has been about 19 years since Iʼve made the decision and since then, I have never looked back or regretted for my decision.
My first 8 years of working on a field was a more of questing for what I want to make most. I have been working and learning on remodeling homes, new construction on houses, restaurants, clubs and numerous of retail stores. Although even with 8 years of experiences and learning of modern carpentry, it still put me in to a limitation of my skills on what I want it to build. Although without having any doubt of my decision Iʼve continued to search for my goal. My next 5 years or so… Iʼve focused on more of a detailed work. Including fine carpentry, architectural mill work, custom based boxes and built-ins for retail shops and even an upholstery work for simple furnitures. During these five years, I think I have achieved in obtaining of many new skills and knowledge to detailed works and designing simple objects. However, after 13 years gone by, I still havenʼt found what I want it to focus on for my life time job. Which it put me into a frustration for the next couple of years of my journey, after couple of frustrating years, I finally find a path to come out of frustration and lead to my new journey by finding Mr. William Ng. He did not only level up my skills, by experiencing his knowledge and skills to woodworking really helped me to find a final destination of my journey and which path to take next to arrive at final destination.

My next 6years after I met Mr. Ng was like freeway to my destination. I got into School of Korean Traditional Building in S. Korea and graduated and achieved the certificate of maintenance and restoration for Korean traditional buildings. I also practiced on Korean traditional furniture, Chang-ho(shoji) and worked for couple of custom based and specialty building companies.

It took me 13 years just to find out what I really want it to focus on making for rest of my life. It took me another 6 years of practice of woodworking to take a first step into my goal and dream.19 years of wandering and learning experience to start on what you want to do seems like a too much of time of waist, but I would like to see it as 19 years of solid preparation for a Fine Woodworking.– Go to Instructor Profile

James McWilliam

My involvement with woodworking has spanned the past fifty years. As a young boy growing up in Canada, my grandfather instilled the passion for woodworking in me. Samuel Crawford McWilliam was a master craftsman, learning his trade in Belfast, Ireland. Prior to immigrating to Canada one of his many jobs included working on the U.S.S. Titanic. I feel quite fortunate that he was able to finish his work while on the shakedown cruise to South Hampton. Had he and his crew not finished their work they would have sailed to New York and I would not have had the opportunity to come to America to pursue the American Dream. I became an American Citizen in 1963 after graduating from high school. My formal training in woodworking began in Jr. high School, and into high school. After high school I enrolled at Fullerton College, completing classes in Industrial Education with an emphasis on teaching woodworking. In 1969 I received my teaching credential from California State University at Long Beach and a Master’s degree in 1978 in the field of Industrial Arts teaching. I also hold a Designated Subjects credential in woodworking from the University of California at Los Angeles. During the past 42 years I have taught woodworking classes at Brea Olinda High School, Saddleback College and the North Orange County Community College District. I also taught woodworking to Army personnel while stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina.
Currently I am retired from education and spend most of my time on various woodworking projects. I enjoy all aspects of woodworking and remodeling. I focus on the practicality of woodworking and sound proven construction techniques. Woodworking presents a variety of options to choose from, and I offer students the opportunity to explore as many as they are interested in. I have had he opportunity to address many of the aspects of woodworking during the past 42 years and am continually learning about new techniques, process and materials. Woodworking is a life long learning experience and there is always something new to learn. I enjoy teaching woodworking to every age level; helping to instill the passion of woodworking in everyone I have the opportunity to teach.– Go to Instructor Profile

Brian Miller

Brian’s career in wood finishing started in 1975. While attending college at night, he worked during the day at a family owned paint store for about 2 1/2 years. It was there that he learned more about color theory than anywhere else. After graduating from college, Brian decided he liked the paint & wood finishing industry. Brian then worked for various paint & finish supply companies until 1981, when he decided to learn the trade side of the industry.

In 1987, Brian decided it was time to venture out on his own, mind you with no foreseeable work on the horizon. He made it a point from then on, to concentrate on wood finishing, so that he could distinguish himself as someone other than just another paint contractor.

The majority of Brian’s work today is historical restoration mainly in the Pasadena area. Some of his projects have been, a permanent exhibit at the “Huntington Library” 1990, complete restoration of “Greene & Greene’s” the Robert R. Blacker House 1995-1997, complete restoration of “Charles Greene’s” personal residence, 1998, other “Greene & Greene” residences, & numerous pieces of furniture for private collections. – Go to Instructor Profile

Jeff Miller

Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of woodworking books and articles (he’s also a former classical musician, and a dad). Jeff’s furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, and has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum.

Jeff’s latest book is The Foundations of Better Woodworking, from Popular Woodworking Books. Jeff’s first book, Chairmaking and Design, was republished in December of 2006 by Linden Publishing. The companion dvd, Chairmaking Techniques, is available from The Taunton Press. Both won the 1998 Stanley Tools Awards for the best “how-to” book and video. Jeff’s second book, Beds was released by Taunton in the fall of 1999. And his third book, Children’s Furniture Projects was released in 2002. Jeff is also a co-author of Storage Projects for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2005), and Furniture for All Around the House (Taunton Press, 2007).
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Darrell Peart

Darrell started his woodworking career making and selling small wooden items at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. To broaden his experience, he then worked for several years in various high-end custom shops throughout the Puget Sound area. In 1989 he discovered the American Arts & Crafts Movement and in succession was captivated by the works of Charles and Henry Greene. With over 30 years experience in the woodworking field he has an extensive background in both commercial and custom furniture making. He has written for Home Furniture, Today’s Woodworker, and Fine Woodworking magazines. His first book; Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop is due to be published by Linden Press in February or March of 2006. His work has appeared in various galleries; has been featured in both local and national newspapers, magazines, and books; and in private collections throughout the US. Although Greene & Greene is Darrell’s primary inspiration, James Krenov, Thomas Chippendale, and Gothic furniture have also influenced him in one way or another. – Go to Instructor Profile

James Santhon

Born, and reared in the Los Angeles area James was conscripted at an early age for service in his brother’s woodturning business. He was taught to turn by his brother who learned from a German woodturner. James has been turning professionally for thirty-five years, and has probably logged more than twenty thousand hours on the lathe. He is an expert in face-plate work as well as spindle turning. The gouge is his weapon of choice, and he has been known to make it sing, or so we are led to believe. He is a veteran turner with a plethora of knowledge to share, and his class should be a fun experience. – Go to Instructor Profile

Christopher Schwarz

Christopher Schwarz is a long-time woodworker and writer who has spent the last 15 years encouraging woodworkers to embrace more handwork in their shops. He built his first workbench when he was 11 and was introduced to handwork when his family built its first house on an Arkansas farm without electricity.

After formal training as a journalist at Northwestern University, Chris worked as a newspaperman by day and studied woodworking at night at the University of Kentucky. In 1996, he was hired as managing editor of Popular Woodworking, where he helped resuscitate the magazine and introduced more handwork into its pages. He eventually became editor and began writing books and teaching woodworking classes.

In 2007 he founded Lost Art Press LLC, a publishing company devoted to one thing: reviving handwork. By 2011, Lost Art Press had grown so much that Chris stepped down as editor of Popular Woodworking (he’s now a contributing editor) to focus on his company full time.

He’s the author of several woodworking books, including “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest,” “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use,” “The Workbench Design Book,” “Handplane Essentials,” and “The Joiner and Cabinet Maker.” He also has produced more than a dozen DVDs on handwork with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and F+W Media Inc. He lives in Fort Mitchell, Ky., with his wife and two daughters.– Go to Instructor Profile

Marc Spagnuolo

Marc Spagnuolo started woodworking as a hobby while working in biotech. After a few years of making projects for family and friends he realized he needed to follow his true passion: woodworking. To help further his education, he seized an opportunity to work with David Marks, which proved to be instrumental in cementing the shift from the world of science. In 2006, Marc came up with the idea for “The Wood Whisperer”: a web-based woodworking video series that would break the mold of traditional woodworking videos. With a focus on humor and the lighter side of the craft, TheWoodWhisperer.com has exploded in popularity and now gives Marc the opportunity to teach thousands of woodworkers world-wide, each and every day. Marc has been a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and is now a regular columnist for Popular Woodworking Magazine. – Go to Instructor Profile

Paul Schurch

Currently I own and operate a small custom woodworking shop specializing in marquetry, and I produce up to 30 pieces of fine furniture per year. For several years I have been teaching furniture making, veneer work and marquetry, and I am dedicated to the task of passing on the knowledge I have received from the many fine teachers and masters of the trade who have taught me. I have passed this knowledge on to over ten people who have successfully completed apprenticeships and advanced internships in my shop since 1979. Up until 1995, I had been traveling once per year to Northern Italy to work in a small shop doing production marquetry for the furniture trade. I would bring my own projects in the form of drawings and raw wood veneer, and work side by side with some of the finest craftsmen in the world. They gave me a workbench, help when I needed it, and techniques that I am still using today to create decorative veneer work. My experience with these masters and journeymen was incredibly inspiring. They gave so freely of themselves, their secrets and techniques so I could pursue the ideas and visions I had for my own furniture designs and my future as a teacher. When I started my internship in marquetry, there were about twenty businesses in this area of Italy producing marquetry, now I understand there are only two shops left. It is my hope that you will make good use of this information, techniques and tools that I have to offer. It is also my hope that I will be able to introduce you to the art of decorative veneering. I wish to instill confidence, and inspire students to explore this fine craft on their own projects, and to create works of art that will be handed down for generations to come. – Go to Instructor Profile

Malcolm Tibbetts

MALCOLM TIBBETTS has been a woodworker since childhood and has been a segmented woodturning artist for the past 20 years. His work resides in many prestigious collections and museums around the world, and he has won numerous awards for his art. As the author of the highly acclaimed book, The Art of Segmented Woodturning, and as the producer of seven “How-to” DVDs, he is recognized as one of themost innovative segmenters in the world. Malcolm was the driving force behind the first-ever segmented turning symposium that was held in 2008 and he currently serves as the president of the Segmented Woodturners (an AAW internet-based Chapter). He lives in South Lake Tahoe, California. – Go to Instructor Profile

Tim Vize

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David Wade

David started making furniture in the early 1980′s to furnish a new home. In doing so, he learned that making furniture by hand was not necessarily less expensive than purchased pieces, but vastly more rewarding. As his hobby evolved into a profession, his workshop evolved from a condominium balcony to a completely stocked industrial space. He holds a fondness for well-tuned hand tools and finds most of his inspiration in the works of Sam Maloof, Greene & Greene, and good old Mother Nature. Samples of his work can be found on www.davidowade.com– Go to Instructor Profile

Matthew Werner

My connections to the natural world are rooted in my childhood, when my family spent summers on the Delaware River, and I was free to roam field and forest. An internship with the Smithsonian during my college years paid me a stipend to walk in the Maryland woods with a notebook and pencil and observe ant communities. That led to graduate studies in entomology and soil ecology, and eventually I came to Santa Cruz, California with a Ph.D. to do research in organic farming.

During my academic career, I was always seeking creative projects, mostly through music and writing. But when my partner Michele and I purchased an old house in Santa Cruz in the mid-1990′s and began contemplating the work we wanted to do on it, the idea of working with wood took hold. I showed some early efforts to a friend, who suggested I read Jim Krenov’s books. His writings were such an inspiration that I spent a year studying Fine Woodworking with Mr. Krenov in Fort Bragg, California, and this work has been my full-time occupation ever since.– Go to Instructor Profile