Chair maker artist, teacher, author, Peter Galbert joins the show. Listen in as we hear how, with the focused and sharpened eye of a photography degree, along with a healthy pension for woodworking, he has sculpted a specialized career in chair making and the teaching of. No tacos or pizza on this menu, just fabulous woodworking goodness.
With a training in the past and an eye for the future, Evan Berding joins the show. We talk North Bennet Street School, clean lines and fair curves, and how the word transitional can not only represent a beautiful style, but also is a real word.
David Johnson weaves his way into the podcast and the pleasure is all ours. Hear how this woodworker, seat weaver specialist, and 1997 graduate of the College of the Redwoods has woven out a career through conserving and repairing Danish Modern chairs, along with designing and building his own work incorporating his many influences, from James Krenov, to the Danish Modern masters with whom, through his conservation work, he is so intimately acquainted.
Forty year studio furniture veteran, Michael Colca, joins us. Listen in as we hear how pursuing perfection has not only fueled a passion, but also, a humble adaptability. From the evolution of marketing one’s work to incorporating technology in an artistic pursuit of accuracy. All along the way incorporating a willingness to share, teach and learn from others with the never ending goal of always getting better.
Edmonton, Alberta’s own, curved and twisted, Brian Guenther joins the podcast. Listen in as we talk with the stair master and furniture maker about his start and continuing evolution in the craft, his fabulous stair and wreath work, interests in furniture making and transitioning from on site to more shop based work, along with a little tiny work to help keep things whimsical.
The incredibly talented, Laura Mays pulls up a seat on this latest episode. Listen in as we hear how her trainings as an architect and designer along with a chance cycling crossroad led to a path in woodworking. A creatively winding & interesting path that has led her from her home in Ireland to the northern coast of California, first as a student at the College of the Redwoods and then back again to her present day position as the director and instructor at The Krenov School.
Ben’s practice pickin’ a dueling compound tune on the Pantorouter. Ramon’s hard at work trying to prevent his big chest from sagging. And Phil’s giving away free Katana boxes while making cheap look good.
Los Angeles woodworker, Eric Ervin, joins the episode. We talk shop, how success has led to becoming an employer, white label work, fleshing out designs for designers, and the pulls between having plenty of work and the desire to create work of your own. Along with the joys of weekend rockstarring and how, every once in a great while and although not normally recommended, it can actually work in your favor to pull up alpha.
Craftsmanship of luxury conductor, David Boucher joins us. Listen in as we hear how an insatiable desire to be different and better, and a willingness to incorporate those who can do things better and different, along with the sheer tenacity to stay upright in the race for forty plus years have led to Boucher and Co’s brilliant success.
Incredibly talented woodworking agent, Frank Strazza, joins us for a top secret episode. Listen in as we discuss how his early interests in both woodworking and music culminated to shape and form his life, by using both to help create functional beauty with his hands. A beauty that can not only be seen, felt and heard, but also, one that lends itself to the creation of beauty within others.
AWFS, Maverick Abrasives, PantoRouter, camper restoration, Jellystone, Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Florida School of Woodworking, Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Austin School of Woodworking, live television, a little window work, an awkward pause and a stellar outro.
Jack Forsberg fills in for Phil, who’s off teaching and inappropriately desecrating Matt Kenney’s photo at Marc Adam’s. We talk views of trees from trains, RustFest and metal scraping, call cigar boxes cigarette boxes and tell tales of mythical woodworking creatures of the Pacific Northwest.
Mid-Coast Maine’s own, incredibly talented and ever entertaining teacher/furniture designer/maker, Tim Rousseau graces the podcast. We talk the song writing of furniture design and the never ending evolution of learning through 20 years teaching at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship. Along with, how those twenty years are now culminating into his new gig as the lead instructor for the nine month comprehensive program. And, just to keep things exciting, we also talk about glue.
The constantly creative & curious, Brendan Gaffney joins us for a sit down. Enjoy the listen as he whips up a woodworking influenced cocktail of equally sectored parts - James Krenov, Chester Cornett, and Jennie Alexander, along with a splash of electronica and just a few zesty grates of melted clown wig tossed in for spice.
Woodworkers Podcast turns one. Ben’s new door design looks oddly like a table. Phil’s hatching out a litter of lounges. And Ramon’s severely crooked walnut propeller stock is staying nice and straight.
Brisbane Australia’s own, Roy Schack (Mr. Blue Cheak if your nasty) joins us for a fun filled hour. Listen in as we talk lessons learned from a quarter century of woodworking, love of Japan, and running the successful Brisbane School of Fine Woodwork. All along with a laugh, a contagious smile and the occasional pieces of fine furniture thrown to the heavens.
Artist, furniture maker and pancake marquetarian, Aspen Golann joins us for a fantastic sit down. We talk North Bennet Street School, collaboration work with Pete Galbert, and her new gig at Penland School of Crafts along with how the heck she’s been able to accomplish all that she has in the last 2 years and 3 months of being involved in Woodworking.
Ramon’s awesome new jewelry cabinet looks just like him. Ben discovers just how far it actually is from South Dakota to Texas. And Phil forgets to mention some folks that were at the Texas Woodworking Festival.
From Jaguars to coffee cups, it’s a family affair at Texas Heritage Woodworks. Listen in as we have a sit down with the power couple behind the fabulous aprons, tool rolls, leatherwork and woodworking.
Phil’s still pissing off the audiofiles. Ramon’s getting out of speeding tickets by pleading he’s only hopped up on teaching marquetry. And Ben tries to recite his favorite Shel Silverstein poem, “A Spray Booth in the Attic.”
The Uber talented, Leslie Webb, graces the podcast. Join us as we talk beautiful timeless design, the importance of photography and marketing skills, Furniture school, internship, and making a hard earned go at it as a successful self made studio furniture maker. Toss in a derelict dust collector and few well placed pokes in the ribs and you’ll understand why we were so excited to have her on. Cheerio.
Woodworkers Podcast gets Jackified. Master woodworker and one of a kind character, Jack Forsberg, of Jack English Machines, joins us for a lively conversation about all things vintage British Iron and how you too can achieve 3-phase nirvana.
Podcast turns 6 months. Scrooge McValdez is recovering from some self-inflicted Christmas joy while doing his best to cut straight lines. Ben’s steeling veneer and giving overly complicated explanations for simple solutions. And Phil gets a new shaver in his stocking while making the in-laws sweat for Christmas.
Phil's bed makes the boat, Ramon’s stretching queens into kings, and Ben’s easily confused by podcast broadcasting. Along with a dull rubbed conversation on the virtues and confusions of Conversion Varnish.
Ben's got a big bit for the mortiser, Phil's teaching students to free hand to the line and Ramon is enjoying his new shooting plane almost as much as his Lil Wayne mic. Along with some abrasive conversation about sanding.