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Woodcraft of Woodworkers Club of Rockville


Woodworkers Club of Rockville

11910-L Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Call Us: (301) 984-9033
Fax Us: (301) 984-8125
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 5 PM
  • Monday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Tuesday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Wednesday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Thursday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 10 AM - 9 PM
  • Saturday: 10 AM - 6 PM

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Mark Gardner
Mark has been working with wood since he was a teenager. Since taking his first wood turning class in 1996 with John Jordan, he has been working toward the goal of supporting himself through his woodwork. Much of his turned work is carved and textured once it comes off the lathe. His influences include Clay Foster and Kristina Madsen as well as Oceanic and African art and artifacts. Mark has taught at craft schools around the country and has been a demonstrator for many clubs and regional wood turning symposia. His work is found in public collections including the Museum of Art and Design in New York and the Asheville Art Museum in Asheville, North Carolina. Mark lives and works in Saluda, NC.
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.
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.
Mike 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.
Ernie Conover
Ernie Conover is a highly published author in the woodworking field with seven books, four videos and hundreds of articles to his credit. His work has received numerous awards and been the subject of several one-man shows. He lectures widely for clubs, trade show groups and woodworking stores and is frequently called upon as a consultant and expert witness in the woodworking field. When not writing, lecturing or consulting he is active in providing academic oversight and teaching at Conover Workshops—a craft school founded by the Conover family.
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.
David Ellsworth
David Ellsworth’s first experience with the lathe was in a woodshop class in 1958. He continued to turn through high school, then spent three years in the military and eight years in college studying architecture, drawing and sculpture, receiving a masters degree in fine art from the University of Colorado in 1973. He started the woodworking program at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado in 1974, and the following year opened his first private woodturning studio in Boulder, Colorado. It was during the mid-1970’s that David developed a series of bent turning tools and the methods required for making the thin-walled hollow forms of which he is known worldwide
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. Since June of 2010 Matt has been working diligently enhancing every square foot of the Woodworkers Club. Matt resides in Frederick, Maryland with his wife Emily.
Tony Perry
Tony teaches our scroll saw classes. In one of his former lives he restored antique furniture. If Amy had her way he would be here every day.
Clif Poodry
Clif, a master turner, teaches our Intro and Advanced woodturning classes. If he doesn’t know the answer to a turning question, there is no answer.
Chris Johnstone
I have lived most of my life in the area and prior to joining the staff at The Woodworkers Club worked as a Contractor and Sub-contractor in the building trades in MD, DC and VA. Most recently I ran high-end remodeling projects for Joseph Klockner & Co. out of Takoma Park Maryland and over the last thirty years have been involved in a variety of building projects in residential as well as commercial markets. I have a well developed knowledge of building practices, architectural renderings, cabinet making, hardware, power tools, large equipment and most construction materials. I have enjoyed working with wood in one form or another since childhood and find sharing what I know and learning what I don’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. Appreciating good design and putting it into practice in his own work, however, has been a struggle. Over the years, working from his own designs he built projects ranging from large storage sheds to a small jewelry box. His work has encompassed rough carpentry to fine woodworking. He has built roof trusses and has hand cut dovetails both things he is glad to experienced, but may never do again. Recent work has included a “simple” chess board, clip boards and cutting boards. Most of these recent projects have used wood pieces small enough to be discarded by others. Les currently teaches Bandsaw Techniques. Fundamentals of Woodworking and Picture Framing at both The Woodworkers Club and VisArts.
Pete Schlebecker
Pete Schlebecker has been designing and working in wood for 27 years. Pete earned his MFA in furniture design at the Rhode Island School of Design in 2004, and was the staff instructor and facilities manager at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Maine for 7 years. He now teaches at the Woodworker’s Club, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, and the Penland School of Craft in North Carolina. He also is a contributor to Fine Woodworking Magazine, and has exhibited his work nationally. He lives in Kensington Maryland with his wife, Judi, and operates his own studio furniture design business.
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 Furniture making 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.
Peter Gedrys
For Peter Gedrys a short stint working in a furniture restoration shop led to a passionate interest in the decorative arts, resulting in a career change. His restoration of American and continental furniture developed a deepened appreciation for the broad range of architectural woodwork and its artistic elements. In 1987 Peter opened Architectural Finishes, allowing him to focus on new decorative challenges and explore his own creative process. Opening his own studio enabled Architectural Finishes to offer the same quality of finishing usually reserved for furniture. When not in his shop or on site, he can be found in one of his many gardens. This allows Peter to continually practice a favorite subject, the infinite study of color. As the seasons change, he relaxes by stopping pucks as a goaltender in senior hockey at Yale’s Ingalls Rink.
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.