Instructors/Staff

        Since 1996, we have been providing the power tools, materials, knowledge, and space to help realize your dreams in wood. Enjoy state-of-the-art equipment and the camaraderie of other woodworkers in our 5000 square foot DIY Woodworking Facility. We have everything you need to take you from idea to finished product. Click on Membership to see our flexible options.

Staff


Amy Bender
Amy is a displaced Chicagoan who has come to woodworking via the opposite end of the tree’s life-cycle, having been in landscaping in various guises for the past seven years. An inveterate traveler, Amy has spent time observing, working with, and learning from woodworkers of various global traditions, from American chainsaw artists to African wood carvers who first must fashion their carving chisels and gouges out of silverware with rudimentary hand tools. She is in charge of making sure the bills get paid on time, and that there’s goodwill enough to go ‘round.

Stan Green
A virtual institution, Stan has been here since the beginning, but no one but Stan can remember that far back.

Instructors


Matt Nauman
Matt Nauman is the Woodworkers Club Director of Education. He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Fine Art, with concentrations in Furniture Design. Matt also has an extensive list of commissioned works, exhibitions, and publications to his name. He has worked with noted contemporary furniture makers and wood turners including Chris Weiland, Steve Loar, Alphonse Mattia, Andy Buck, David Ellsworth, Betty Scarpino, and Michael Hosaluk to name a few. Matt resides in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Emily. www.matthewnauman.com

Mark Sfirri
Mark Sfirri has been a professor in, and coordinator of, the Fine Woodworking Program at Bucks County Community College since 1981. Mark was trained in furniture design under Tage Frid at Rhode Island School of Design where he received both his BFA and MFA. Although that experience was mainly in the area of furniture, he also developed an interest in wood turning at that time. In 2010 he was awarded a Distinguished Educator Award from the James Renwick Alliance. In 2012, Mark received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Collectors of Wood Art.

Chris Johnstone
Prior to joining the staff at The Woodworkers Club, Chris worked as a contractor and sub-contractor in the building trades in MD, DC and VA. Over the last thirty years Chris has been involved in a variety of building projects in residential as well as commercial markets, most recently he ran high-end remodeling projects. Chris has a well developed knowledge of building practices, architectural renderings, cabinet making, hardware, power tools, large equipment and most construction materials. He has enjoyed working with wood in one form or another since childhood and finds sharing what he knows, and learning what he doesn’t, at the club immensely gratifying.

Les Henig
Les Henig has been making sawdust and woodworking projects for over 40 years. Never formally trained, he learned to use tools by watching his Dad make household repairs. With a lot of reading and practice, he has become fairly proficient in many areas of woodworking. That reading led to a fine appreciation of the spare designs of James Krenov and the organic work of George Nakashima. Over the years, working from his own designs he has built projects ranging from large storage sheds to a small jewelry box. His work has encompassed rough carpentry to fine woodworking. Les currently teaches Bandsaw Techniques & Fundamentals of Woodworking. Les is also a professional photographer. www.leshenig.com

Scott Dixon
Scott has been instrumental to the development of the kits, tool selection, the teaching program for stores and the Teach the Teacher program. He studied with Tom Knatt from Concord, MA and has taken that experience to help build in the expertise as a consultant for U.S. Guitar Kits. With over thirty years playing guitar and many years involved in woodworking, it just made sense to put the two skills together. www.usguitarkits.com/scott-dixon

Christopher Schwarz
Christopher Schwarz is the editor of Lost Art Press, a publishing company that specializes in producing books and DVDs on hand woodworking. He was an editor at Popular Woodworking magazine for almost 15 years where he worked to rebalance the scales of media coverage of handwork and machine woodworking. He is now a contributing editor for Popular Woodworking and The Fine Tool Journal. Chris is the author of six books on handwork including “Workbenches: From Design & Theory to Construction & Use” and “The Anarchist’s Tool Chest.” Along-time woodworker, Chris built his first workbench when he was 11. blog.lostartpress.com

David Fersh
David received a BA in Studio Arts at the University of Rochester and a Masters of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Raised in Bethesda, he has returned to the area. David teaches Furnituremaking 101 and also serves as the technician for the shops CNC machine.

Mary May
Mary, a professional woodcarver located in Charleston, SC, has been carving for over 20 years, and after all these years, still absolutely loves her job. Her work has evolved over the years from being mainly shop-focused and completing carvings that go on custom furniture, fireplaces, sculptures, and antique furniture reproductions to a variety of opportunities to share my work through teaching. www.marymaycarving.com

Charles Neil
Charles claims that, first off, he is one of us, a woodworker - he’s just been at it a long time. Charles has worked as a profession woodworker for about 30 years or so and has been finishing since he was 13. He started finishing by painting cars and later got into doing all the customized stuff. He has always had a love for wood and finds furniture and construction in general to be fascinating. Ever since he was a little kid, he would tie, or later nail “stuff” together….just loved creating. As he got older he really started looking at antiques and very fine furniture and it just captivated him. www.cn-woodworking.com

Clif Poodry
Clif, a master turner, teaches our Beginning & Advanced woodturning classes. If he doesn’t know the answer to a turning question, there is no answer.

Michael Hosaluk
Michael Hosaluk is recognized internationally as one of the world’s most creative wood “turners”. Born in 1954, in Invernay, Saskatchewan, Hosaluk is self-taught. His work covers a wide range of objects and materials including functional vessels, furniture and sculptural pieces. His work is humorous and elegant, possesses character and gesture and is full of reference to architecture, nature and culture. Hosaluk’s work has been exhibited throughout Canada, in Europe, China, Japan, Australia and the United States. www.michaelhosaluk.com