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Woodcraft of Orange County
10770 Talbert Avenue
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Call Us: 714-963-9663
Fax Us: 714-963-9611
  • Sunday: 11 AM - 5 PM
  • Monday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Tuesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Wednesday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Thursday: 9 AM - 9 PM
  • Friday: 9 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday: 9 AM - 6 PM

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Instructors
 
Art Fitzpatrick
 
Following a career in the aerospace industry, Art Fitzpatrick turned to wood turning which had been an early curiosity. He has practiced the art of woodturning professionally for four years and has studied under David Ellsworth, Allan Batty, Stuart Batty, Vic Wood, Julio Marcolongo, Dick Sing and others. He teaches here at Woodcraft as well as at a local woodworking school, giving private instruction and demonstrations for various groups. Art enjoys experimenting with various woods, from the exotic to the more common. He favors simple lines that allow him to reveal the 'personality', beauty and character of the wood with which he is working. Art’s work is displayed in the Del Mano Gallery in Westwood California and has won first prize in the Art Woodturning division for several years at the Orange County Fair, as well as awards in other competitions. See some of Art's work on his website at www.turnedwoodart.com.
 
 
 
Bill Blackburn
 
Bill has been wood working most of his life. Some his earliest memories were learning to work with wood. Combining his passion for art and woodworking has carried him through his academic and professional life. Bill has hand made and used many wood working tools, so he has a lot of practice sharpening them. Most of these tools have been specialized hand planes that he has used on his bike frames. In the future, Bill plans on making woodworking planes for sale. He will be making planes in the Japanese traditional style, cut from a solid block of hardwood and using a single iron. Bill has worked a professional picture framer for seventeen years, as well as being the production manager for the Printworks Gallery and Picture Framers. Some of his many custom frames can be seen at The Long Beach Museum of Art, and the Southwest Museum. Bill is currently using his many wood talents to design and produce custom wood bike frames. You can see his work at www.woodbike.com. He is a graduate of California State Long Beach.
 
 
 
Jim McWilliam
 
Jim’s involvement with woodworking has spanned the past 50 years. As a young boy growing up in Canada, his grandfather instilled the passion for woodworking in him. Samuel S. McWilliam was a master craftsman, learning his trade in Belfast Ireland. Prior to his immigrating to Canada one of his many projects included working on the U.S.S. Titanic. Jim says “ I feel quite fortunate that he was able to complete his work before the ship sailed to New York. Had he not completed his work I most likely would not have had the opportunity to come to America and pursue the American Dream.” Jim became an American Citizen in 1963, after completing high school. He began taking woodworking classes in junior high and high school. After high school Jim continued his education taking classes with an emphasis on teaching Industrial Arts Woodworking at Fullerton College. In 1969 Jim received a teaching credential and in 1978 a Master’s degree from California State University, Long Beach in woodworking. Jim also holds a Designated Subjects (Woodworking) Credential from University of California, Long Angeles. During the past 33 years Jim has taught woodworking classes at Brea Olinda High School, Saddleback College and the North Orange County Community College District. “While I was in the Army, I was fortunate to be able to teach Army Personnel woodworking skills while stationed at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Currently, I am the Vocational Education Director, and the Career Guidance Specialist at Brea Olinda High School. I have been in this position for the past 17 years. I have had the opportunity to address many aspects of woodworking during the past 36 years and am continually learning about new techniques, processes and materials. I enjoy teaching woodworking to every age level; helping to instill the passion in everyone I have the opportunity to teach.”