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Woodcraft of Ventura
3860 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93003
Call Us: 1-805-658-WOOD 9663
Fax Us: 805-658-9664
  • Sunday: 9 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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Employees
 
Mark Chandler
 
How can you not find endearing a man with another full-time career and a growing family who asks nothing of you but to use his woodworking skills to contribute to the success of your store? Mark pines to be around wood and woodworkers and to share his love of furniture making and picture framing with anyone who will listen. Oh, and did we mention he is a Festool junkie and aficionado who can give you masterful guidance on most tools that plug in? Add to the list the fact that he’s also a fearless intellectual who chomps at the bit for a challenge and teaches table saw, router, and just about any other classes we can think up. So if you have a question that needs some research, do not go into a funk. Go directly to Mark. He has a monopoly on inquisitiveness, is an agile researcher and problem-solver, and will get you the answers you seek! Try Mark’s Table Saw 101,Router Basics or Advanced Router classes, Hand Plane class and ask him for a demo on any Festool or Kreg product.
 
 
 
Fred Cockrell
 
There is only one thing that confounds our sensibilities more than a man who loves to read about the art and science of wood finishing (Fred’s library is massive!) and that is a man who also loves to apply that knowledge to museum-quality furniture and antiques. Well, Fred does it all, from research to application. He is an anachronism as well as an artiste. There is nothing he doesn’t know about finishing, both Old World and New, and he relishes the opportunity to share it with customers! In a world grown boring with mass-production finishing techniques, Fred will help you understand the beauty and magic of applying a unique and proper finish to your own heirloom work of art. Whether it’s free finishing advice, basic or advanced finishing techniques, faux finishing applications, veneering, furniture repair – Fred’s got the answer you’re looking for on Saturdays from 10:00 – 4:00! Take Fred’s “Finishing Fundamentals,” “Advanced Finishing, “ or “Faux Finishing,” classes, and look for his frequent free demos on other finishing techniques on Saturdays.
 
 
 
Chad Ishikawa
 
It doesn’t take a Ph.D. to be a woodworker, but sometimes it feels like you need one to overcome project stalemates! And while Chad’s doctoral degree is in something else, his practical woodworking skills qualify him for a double doctorate, in our opinion! Whether it’s joinery, furniture building, interior home finishing, cabinetry, or picture framing, Chad’s exacting skills and ability to communicate solutions are the right woodworking prescription for you. Take Chad’s “Box Joinery” classes to learn basic joint construction techniques like keyed miter, dovetail, tongue and groove, or box joint. Or take a pen turning class or picture framing class.
 
 
 
Al Plasch
 
How do firemen whittle away the time inbetween fires? We don’t know for sure, but we suspect retired fire captain Al Plasch may have just plain whittled – and become a talented woodcarver in the process! Al’s passion for carving is infectious and his competency is a much-in-demand resource for beginning to advanced carvers, particularly for caving in-the-round. Al’s enthusiasm for wood and tools and his generosity in sharing his knowledge is a great reason to seek him out next time you’re in the store. Since putting out fires just comes naturally to Al, he’ll also help you hose down your woodworking questions until you find an appropriate solution. Try Al’s “Sharpening Carving Tools” or “Carving a Whimsical Treehouse” classes. Or just say “Hi” next time you’re here and let his charismatic personality make you smile!
 
 
 
Bob Petersen
 
Next to woodworkers, boaters are the best people in the world in our opinion, so Bob is one of the tops on our list! He not only lived on his 48-foot boat (a Spray reproduction), he has artfully restored it to pristine condition. (All those compound curves! Good Grief!). Only a trained boatwright (which he is) or a masochist (which we presume he is not) could work on those curves all day long and still retain an even-keeled demeanor. If there’s anything you want to know about boat building and impossibly tricky joinery, steer a course straight for Bob! Not to mention, of course, his near-total mastery of our store’s inventory of over 15,000 products, their features, uses, and availabilities. As an manager whose area of emphasis is on inventory management, Bob can help answer most of your questions, so don’t be shy about asking him!
 
 
 
Rich Smith
 
Webster’s dictionary defines “smith” as “a person who makes things in metal.” Well, Daniel only got it partly right, because “our” Smith not only fashions precious metals into distinctively elegant jewelry, he is a woodsmith of many talents -- not the least of them as an accomplished luthier specializing in mandolins and guitars, both new and refurbished. Every component of Rich’s works of art (but eminently playable instruments!) is painstakingly made by hand out of exotic woods, beautifully inlayed, and finished with so many coats of lacquer that it would make a patient man weep merely to contemplate the process. But that’s not all. Rich knows our product lines inside out, is a very accomplished wood burner and turning instructor, and gives great product demos. Chat with Rich if you have questions about… well, just about anything! You’ll get rock-solid advice without frills and without pressure. Try Rich’s “Wood Burning 101” and “Pen & Pencil Turning” classes.
 
 
 
Ryan Warren
 
Oh, to have the energy to pursue two careers at once and a passion for woodworking as well! Ryan’s upbeat tempo would exhaust us if he weren’t so pleasant to be around! With a career in high-tech, metal-working CNC programming, Ryan is naturally a stickler for detail as evidenced in the beautiful exotic wood electric guitars he makes as a sideline activity. A curious mindset and a “never-say-die” attitude make him an outstanding researcher if you have a question about a tool spec or a hard-to-find part, and he has a solid understanding of finishing products and techniques. Ryan is knowledgeable about a broad range of woodworking tools and has an impressive workshop of metalworking and woodworking tools at home, so when he’s not working at one or the other of his occupations, you can bet that he’s playing at them! Ryan is working with our team to develop future guitar building classes, so stay posted.
 
 
 
Gerry Wilson
 
What happens when one of your best customers becomes an employee? Magic! We coaxed Gerry into joining our team part time after he retired, but that doesn’t stop him from committing to his interest in woodworking full time! Gerry has worked with woodworking equipment professionally and as a hobbiest for much of his life, and if he’s not researching a woodworking topic, he’s experimenting with a new technique or orchestrating a new class for us to offer. While he claims to be a “generalist” woodworker, his modesty is belied by the wealth of knowledge at his beck and call – as you’ll discover when you engage this very engaging fellow over just about any subject having to do with wood! Be sure to check out his turning classes, free demos on dust collection systems, dovetail box class, and more yet to come!