Instructors

Fine Woodworking Program

Jim Altman
J. Paul Fennell
David Fleming
Doug Forsha
Rhonda Forsha
Michael Fortune
Andy Glantz
Frank Klausz
Gary McCaslin
Raúl H. Ramírez
Paul Schürch
George Walker

 

 


rRamirez_230aRaúl H. Ramírez
Director, Southwest School of Woodworking

Raúl has been a professional furniture maker since 1990. A member and former president of the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, and a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Raúl specializes in custom furniture and antiques restoration, and is particularly interested in traditional hand-tool techniques. He began to teach himself woodworking during the 1970’s while working in the aerospace industry and eventually changed careers to devote himself to the craft. In 2013, with the help of other accomplished woodworkers, he founded the School in order to bring the highest level of woodcraft education to Arizona and to create opportunities for the next generation of woodworkers to learn from some of today’s most respected masters. View selected images of Raúl’s work.

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jAltman_230Jim Altman
Owner, American Heritage Restorations & Conservation (retired)

Jim Altman is a furniture conservator, master finisher and restorer. He operated his Phoenix-based conservation and restoration business for over 30 years, and is expert in multiple woodworking and finishing techniques.
http://www.americanheritagerestoration.com

 

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J. Paul Fennell
Owner, J. Paul Fennell Studio

J. Paul Fennell is a master woodturner based in Scottsdale, Arizona. Largely self-taught, he specializes in hollow forms and art pieces and his work has been exhibited in over 50 galleries and shows around the world and has been featured in such publications as Woodturning, Woodworker West, Craft Arts International, and The Australian Woodworker. View selected images of Fennell’s work.

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dFleming_230David Fleming
Owner, David Fleming, Cabinetmaker LLC
David Fleming studied with woodworking icon James Krenov for two years (1984-6) at the College of the Redwoods. David lived in remote northwest Alaska for many years, relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 1993 and has made furniture there ever since. An expert in hand tool use, he has taught Krenov-inspired woodworking techniques to small classes and groups since 2009. Visit www.dfcabinetmaker.com

 

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DoudForsha_230g and Rhonda Forsha
Owners, De La Madera Studio
Doug and Rhonda Forsha established their custom furniture business, Del La Madera, in 1986. In the years since then, they have built their business into one of the most highly respected woodworking studios in the southwest.

Rhonda demo's brush technique

Doug is a master woodworker and technician, expert in both traditional and ultra-modern furniture design and construction.

Rhonda is a master finisher, creating complex finishes that satisfy the needs of the most demanding and discriminating architects, decorators, and individual clients. For more information, visit www.delamadera.com.

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mFortuneMichael Fortune
Owner, The Michael C. Fortune Studio
Designer/maker, teacher and mentor Michael C. Fortune is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. He is acknowledged for both his technical and design expertise, giving lectures and workshops across Canada and the United States. His work has appeared in numerous exhibitions worldwide. In 1993 Michael received the prestigious Prix Saidye Bronfman, Canada’s highest award in the crafts, and in 2007 he received the Award of Distinction from The Furniture Society. For more information, visit www.michaelfortune.com.

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Andy GlantzAndy Glantz
Owner, Zenith Design

Andy Glantz designs and builds contemporary sculptural furniture in his Scottsdale, AZ workshop. He is a member and past President of The Furniture Society, and has been active in numerous volunteer and non-profit arts organizations over the years. View selected images of Andy’s work or visit
www.zenith-design.com/

 

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frankKlausz_230Frank Klausz
Owner, Frank’s Cabinet Shop, Inc.
Educated in the Hungarian trade school system, Frank Klausz graduated as a journeyman cabinetmaker in 1959 and moved to the U.S. in 1967. Seeking to introduce Old World craftsmanship in the New World, Frank established his own shop in Pluckemin, New Jersey, where he continues to produce furniture reproductions, custom furniture, and architectural fixtures. Frank is a highly respected author and educator who has produced many books and DVDs and teaches woodworking seminars throughout the United States and Canada. Visit www.frankklausz.com

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Gary McCaslin
Instructor

Gary McCaslinIt’s safe to say that when Gary McCaslin isn’t actually woodworking, he is thinking about it. Whether he’s teaching or working in his shop, Gary combines his passion for the craft with his desire to demystify the process for others. “My biggest goal is to give woodworkers the information they need to turn out good work and have fun doing it.

 

 

 

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pSchurch_230Paul Schürch
Owner, Schürch Woodwork

Paul Schürch owns and operates a custom woodworking shop in Santa Barbara, California, where he specializes in high-end furniture with a special emphasis on decorative veneer and marquetry. Prior to opening his own business, Paul completed apprenticeships in Europe in church organ building, boat building, marquetry furniture, and antique restoration. His work has been exhibited around the world and he has written several books and produced two DVDs. Paul acts as a consultant to production and specialty shops and conducts seminars and classes across the country. View selected images of Paul’s work or visit schurchwoodwork.com.

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GeorgeWalkerGeorge Walker
Author/Woodworker
An avid woodworker and writer, George has written dozens of articles for Popular Woodworking, Fine Woodworking, Woodcraft, and the Journal for the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. He writes a regular column for Popular Woodworking Magazine titled “Design Matters” and hosts a furniture design blog with the same name. George has hosted a series of instructional DVD’s for Lie-Nielsen Toolworks covering furniture design basics. His latest project is the book By Hand & Eye co-written with Jim Tolpin and published by Lost Art Press. By Hand & Eye is about unlocking your ability to visualize using time-honored methods to train the eye. For more information, visit GeorgeWalkerDesign.

 


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