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Woodcraft of Woodcraft of Phoenix


Woodcraft of Phoenix

3002 North Arizona Ave.
Suite 12
Chandler, AZ 85225
Call Us: 480-539-9663
Fax Us: 480-539-7856
  • Sunday: 10 AM - 4 PM
  • Monday: 8 AM - 7 PM
  • Tuesday: 8 AM - 7 PM
  • Wednesday: 8 AM - 7 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM - 7 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 8 AM - 6 PM

Matthew Monaco
My love for this craft has been a fortunate accident, in that my direction has stemmed from other areas of interest unaware of woodturning's existence. Before gaining any interest as a woodturner, I was both a jazz drummer and drum maker in possession of the machinery necessary to create what are now my products. Having the interest and skill level developed over time, I decided to venture into this craft full time. I'm primarily a production woodturner, utilizing mostly locally sourced trees from the Sonoran region. I make a range of products in either dedicated sets, or as stand-alone singular items for homes, businesses, and craft galleries the country. My influences stem mostly from objects and forms found in other mediums such as ceramics, and metal. Also Mexican, Southwestern, and African culture. Many are also influenced by my interpretation of the world's architectural structures and my understanding of line and volume. I sell my work mostly through wholesale buyers at trade shows, who distribute and sell my products nationally. I'm also the Woodturning instructor at Yavapai College in Prescott, and am endorsed by Glaser Tools.
Mark Heywood
I started woodworking when I was in my young teens, Jr.High and High school. In my senior year I started working professionally at a small custom architectural woodworking shop and from there I moved into the restoration business. After 10 years or so doing that I went back into architecural woodworking with a company that had a worldwide clientel base. More than 20 years later, I retired and moved to Phoenix, discovered a Woodcraft store (whom I had been buying tools and supplies from for decades) and settled right in.
Dwayne Ernest, Owner
Dwayne describes his ownership of his Woodcraft franchise as the completion of a "40-year plan."

Mr. Ernest is a well-rounded woodworker who speaks intelligently on nearly every aspect of woodworking. Retired from the United States Army, he is one of the store's Festool experts, power tool experts and an overall good resource for great advice. Dwayne is actually a former employee who will be familiar to many of the store's "regulars."

Dwayne is also a poker player, has been to more countries than he has fingers (yes, he still has ten), and enjoys the full support of his wonderful wife, Barbara.

FAVORITE WOOD: Anything that is different and will standout

CURRENT PROJECT: Building a dream.
Kurt Weber
Kurt has been with Woodcraft since this store opened. His woodworking experience spans several decades. He has owned a furniture company where he designed and built custom pieces for clients. He also has extensive experience with finishing, cabinet work, furniture repair and refinishing.
Kurt is one of our instructors teaching a number of varied classes.
Janet Bolyard
I joined the Woodcraft family in 2008 after "retiring" from the healthcare
industry for over 25 years. My speciality is woodcarving. I started over 30 years ago,
and just can't get enough of it! My other interests in woodworking continues to grow
day by day in wood turning, scrollsawing, pyrography, and other disciplines.
Sam Moore
I was born and raised in Hawaii on the island of Oahu. I have always worked in the construction business, but was introduced to the fine side of woodworking when I was hired at Woodcraft in Hawaii. My first day of work, I took a pen class and was immediately "hooked". Turning is my strongest part of woodworking. I enjoy doing it at home with my father and grandfather who were also addicted to turning after their first pen class. Although pens are what I specialize in, I also love turning bigger projects such as bowls, pepper grinders, lidded boxes etc.Safety and technique are always my main focus both in my classes and when I'm turning by myself. But...let's not forget it's all about having fun and making chips!!!!!
Eric Hamilton
I am a relatively new member of the Chandler Woodcraft team, but I am not new to woodworking. I have been in general carpentry for over 10 years and fine woodworking/furniture making for the past 5 years. I have made unique projects of all types from Japanese Soshi doors to chess boards made of exotic woods. My speciality is live edge furniture of all types. My favorite woods are walnut and juniper species. Using the nautral shapes and curves of the tree , to create one of a kind slab top table and legs.