Here are the 2019 Presenters:
The Herbie Project (Friday evening session)
All About Dovetails
Biography: Chris has more than five decades of experience in forestry, wood technology, joinery, and design, and his pieces are featured in collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan. He has been doing restoration work at the last Shaker community at Sabbathday Lake since 1976. He’s also the author of The Shaker Legacy (The Taunton Press, 1998), With the Grain, A Craftsman’s Guide to Understanding Wood (Lost Art Press 2015), and most recently Shaker Inspiration: Five Decades of Fine Craftsmanship (Lost Art Press, 2018). His work can be seen at chbecksvoort.com.
Hollow and Round Molding Planes
Biography: Matt began working wood as a hobbyist with a special interest in period furniture. Very soon, he grew intrigued with molding planes—specifically hollows and rounds—as a means to copy or create specific profiles. After spending some time with antique planes, he started making his own. This ultimately led to his career as an 18th-century British reproduction plane maker (msbickford.com). In his writings (Mouldings in Practice, Lost Art Press, 2012), video (Lie-Nielsen Toolworks), and classes across the country, he illustrates the process of creating any molding profile with a simple set of tools.
Creative Bandsaw Techniques
Biography: Ever since he started as a chairmaker 35 years ago, Brian has been building this generation’s future heirloom furniture. With each new design, he experiments with ways to make his joinery stronger while allowing for more fluid forms. He currently works with his team in his workshop at Brian Boggs Chairmakers (brianboggschairmakers.com) in Asheville, N.C., where they make a broad variety of furniture.
DANIELLE ROSE BYRD
Making a Shrink Pot
Biography: Danielle Rose Byrd is a woodcarver and artist from Bar Harbor, Maine, whose carved bowls, shrink pots, and sculptural objects frequently explore imaginative ways of using texture. After carving her first spoon in college almost 15 years ago, she began to slowly build her skills, eventually spending three years as as a member of the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event Staff teaching hand tool skills around the country. She now writes, teaches, and sells her work through her website, daniellerosebyrd.com.
Shaping Wood by Hand and Machine
Biography: One of Canada’s most acclaimed contemporary furniture masters, Michael has designed and built furniture for clients across North America for more than 40 years and has taught woodworking all over the world. In 1993, Michael became the first furniture maker to receive Canada’s prestigious Bronfman Award for excellence in fine craft. He was inducted into the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2000, received the Award of Distinction in 2007 from the Furniture Society, and the Mather Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016.
Building a Bar Stool
Biography: Peter hand crafts chairs in the Windsor tradition. He is an active teacher, writer, and toolmaker who enjoys sharing his knowledge of the trade. Peter writes the Chairnotes blog, has developed multiple tools, and published his first book, Chairmaker’s Notebook, with Lost Art Press in 2015. He operates a school in Rollinsford, N.H., dedicated to teaching chair making to students of all levels. His website is petergalbert.com
(Dealing with Figured Woods)
Taming Challenging WoodS
Biography: Chris started his woodworking career in his grandpa’s basement, where he built custom skateboards to sell to local board shops. After getting his degree in English literature, he started building handcrafted furniture, a vocation that has now comprised nearly 35 years. He says he learned much of his craft from the pages of Fine Woodworking. Chris also teaches woodworking at Salt Lake Community College, the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, guilds around the country, and in his studio in Salt Lake City (chrisgochnour.com).
MIGUEL GOMEZ-IBANEZ (Keynote)
Restoring a Handplane
Biography: A nationally recognized designer and maker of studio furniture, Miguel was the first graduate of North Bennet Street School to become president of that venerable Boston institution. During his tenure as President, North Bennet Street School established partnerships with numerous cultural and educational institutions in the Boston area and expanded the school’s full time and continuing education programs. In September 2013, NBSS completed a $28 million development project that moved the school from its home of 132 years on North Bennet Street to a new facility on North Street in Boston’s North End, bringing all eight professional training programs under one roof for the first time in a decade. In 2018 the school completed a $20 million capital campaign to establish an endowment to support student scholarships. He currently serves as North Bennet Street School’s first President Emeritus.
On Design (Morning auditorium session)
Making Curved Doors
Biography: Garrett has been a furniture maker, teacher, writer and farmer in Vermont for what he describes as “a very long time.” He is the author of The Handplane Book (The Taunton Press, 1997), Classic Hand Tools (The Taunton Press, 1999), and has taught throughout the United States and extensively internationally. His website is garretthack.com.
English Arts and Crafts Furniture
Biography: Nancy is a professional cabinetmaker (nrhillerdesign.com) who trained through the City & Guilds system in Great Britain, then worked for two English shops before returning to the United States. She drew on her academic background in classical languages and religious ethics, along with her longtime interest in Arts and Crafts design, in writing her book English Arts & Crafts Furniture (Popular Woodworking Books, 2018), which Mike Pekovich calls “thorough,” “engaging,” and “a must-read for any woodworker endeavoring to work in the style.”
Offset Wood Turning
Biography: Beth has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking, since 1983 (bethireland.net). Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic wood turning. She has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010 and an instrument-making project called The Strum Factory (strumfactory.com) since 2016. She also teaches the Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship.
Biography: Rollie got his introduction to woodworking when he built an 8-ft. Class C racing boat as a teenager. It sank, repeatedly, but it taught him many of the basics of woodworking and helped him secure a job at a lumberyard, which whetted his appetite for woodworking. Rollie got his professional start in woodworking by furnishing a house he was renting with antique furniture he bought at farm auctions and garage sales. His neighbors started to notice decrepit furniture disappearing into his garage only to reappear restored, and were soon beating a steady path to his door with their own finds. Rollie has two guiding principles, learning and teaching. He spends his winter months on the road with The Woodworking Shows helping folks find solutions to woodworking problems, and during the rest of the year guides the Paramount Woodworking Studio in St. Cloud, Minn.
JOSHUA A. KLEIN
Cutting-Edge Technology: A Journey into Pre-Industrial Woodworking (Morning auditorium session)
Biography: Josh is the founder and editor of Mortise & Tenon Magazine and has also written for American Period Furniture and Popular Woodworking. He is the author of Hands Employed Aright: The Furniture Making of Jonathan Fisher (1768-1847), (Lost Art Press, 2018). Josh has been selected for the Early American Life Directory of Traditional American Crafts (2015-2018) for his hand-tool-only approach to period furniture making. With his wife and three sons, he’s currently restoring a 200-year-old cape while homesteading on the coast of Maine.
Table Joinery: A Surgical Approach
Biography: Steve makes both contemporary and traditional furniture while educating the next generation of woodworkers at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, Pa. He has released several videos on inlay and furniture construction, and has shared his knowledge at the Milwaukee Museum of Art, Colonial Williamsburg, The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and Winterthur Museum as well as numerous other schools and guilds around the world. Working in conjunction with Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, he helped develop and market a set of modern day inlay tools. Although known for his Federal style furniture, his work straddles the worlds of traditional and contemporary design.
Making Fine Tabletops
Biography: Beginning with a rare three-year apprenticeship alongside master craftsman P.A. “Pug” Moore in North Carolina, Tom has enjoyed designing and making commission and custom furniture full-time since 1990. His designs have received recognition and numerous awards during his 20-year membership with the prestigious New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association. Since 2001, Tom has also been teaching furniture making from his shop in Canterbury New Hampshire, and currently online through his website, epicwoodworking.com. Most recently he has been featured as host of Fine Woodworking’s show on public television.
Flex Your Design Muscles (Friday advance session)
Get More from Your Block Plane
Biography: Author of The Why & How of Woodworking (The Taunton Press, 2018), Mike is the creative director at Fine Woodworking as well as an avid furniture maker and frequent contributor to the magazine. In his spare time, Mike also teaches at a number of schools and guilds throughout the country. Whether it’s making furniture, writing, teaching, or life in general, Mike’s philosophy is that simple is usually better.
Compound-Angle Joinery, Minus the Numbers
Biography: Chris is a furniture maker and writer who works from a German barroom built in 1896 in Covington, Ky. He is one of the founders of Lost Art Press, a book-publishing company that specializes in handwork, and Crucible Tool, a company that makes hand tools for woodwork. Chris is the author of several books, including Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use (F+W Media), The Anarchist’s Tool Chest, Campaign Furniture, The Anarchist’s Design Book and Ingenious Mechanics (Lost Art Press). In addition to his publishing efforts, he builds casework and Welsh stick chairs for clients all over the world.
BOB VAN DYKE
Dovetail Boot Camp (Friday advance session)
Tablesaw Jigs and Fixtures
Biography: After 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants, Bob left that business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. After seven years as operator of the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking in Manchester, Conn., he formed a business partnership to open the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in 2000 (schoolofwoodworking.com). Bob’s school offers a variety of classes taught by himself and by many of today’s top woodworking instructors. His approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn by doing rather than by watching. His classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that promote mastery of both hand tool and machine woodworking techniques.
Learn from the masters!
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