The 360 WoodWorking Team

Founders

~~CB_360Charles (Chuck) Bender began woodworking (seriously, prior to that it was just a hobby) at the age of 12 in his parents’ basement making pieces of furniture for friends and family. He studied under Werner Duerr at the Central Chester County Vocational Technical School (now called the Center for the Arts and Technology in Chester County, PA) throughout high school. Werner taught his high school program exactly like his apprenticeship in Germany. The students were taught to blend hand tool use with power tool use. Chuck teaches that same philosophy today.

After graduation from high school, Chuck began working for other cabinet makers in order to hone his skills. After having spent nearly ten years working with Irion Company Furnituremakers, and having worked his way to heading up their chair and casework production, Chuck decided to branch off on his own. Since 1991 Chuck has been building a reputation for making the highest quality 18th Century furniture in the country. His work can be seen in museums, private collections and at some of the finest juried craft shows in the country.

In 2007 Chuck added the title “woodworking mentor” to his list of accomplishments by starting the Acanthus Workshop. He’s received numerous woodworking awards throughout his career and has appeared in local and national magazines, newspapers and even appeared on several episodes of the nationally syndicated PBS show: Rough Cut Woodworking With Tommy MacDonald. Also in 2007, he began sharing his knowledge publicly by writing for Popular Woodworking Magazine and joined the editorial team in 2013. He has taught skill and project driven classes at woodworking shows and clubs across the country. Chuck was a presenter at the Woodworking in America Conference numerous times. In 2010, he’s added a new line of instructional DVD’s which will be available through this website. In 2014, with Bob Lang and Glen Huey, he helped form 360 WoodWorking – a new concept in woodworking education.

You can reach Chuck by clicking here.

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~GDH_360Before Glen’s sixth birthday, his father (Malcolm) became a homebuilder in Cincinnati, Ohio area, so he grew up in woodworking. When Glen was 12 years old, Malcolm began building reproduction furniture as a hobby – Glen’s career path was set.

1A Sheraton Field BedBefore turning 14 years old, Glen was turning at the lathe, then moved on to build a Sheraton Field Bed with many hours of help from his father. (That bed is still around today.) During later years he finished high school while working on his father’s job sites during his summers, doing all stages of work in home construction.

While attending the University of Cincinnati, and with intentions that he would one day run his own business, Glen completed his education with degrees in finance and accounting. After graduation, he decided to open and operate a homebuilding business, dragging his semi-retired father back to work.

Cold winters and mud-laden springs forced Glen to look at other opportunities. He began building stairs, fireplace walls, paneling and built-in units for homebuilders, all in the comfort of a woodshop. A decision was then made to begin a new career building reproduction furniture, so he closed the doors on one business to open another. This was full-circle back to building reproduction furniture; a place Glen knew he was meant to be.

BooksAfter a meeting with the editors of Popular Woodworking, he began to have articles published on pieces built for customers. Along with the articles, Glen authored four project-based woodworking books (one of which is a compilation of 18th-century designs) and one book on carpentry. In late 2005, Glen joined the magazine staff as a full-time editor. After a short hiatus to build high-end furniture for a single patron, Glen returned to Popular Woodworking as the magazine’s managing editor. He was then made editor and content director of American Woodworker until the parent company closed the title.

In 2014, Glen joins Charles Bender and Robert W. Lang in a start-up media company destined to change the way woodworking information is delivered.

Contributors

Ron_head_shotIn his 100+-year-old family company, Ron specializes in restoration of historic and antique properties using period methods and tools. Much of Ron’s woodworking knowledge comes from his progression through a formal apprenticeship to attain the rank of Master.

Ron has done everything from pit-sawing trees to hand-building log cabins with mule teams to creating and aging historic restorations to match the existing structures, as well as building multi-million-dollar new-construction homes. He is credentialed to meet the strict standards for working on houses registered with the National Historic Trust, and has performed several period restorations.

The company mill is stocked with an extensive tool inventory, arranged and sorted by type. Ron can work as early as 1830, using period tools and methods. He maintains an extensive library and knowledge of tool catalogs, research and patents, dating back more than 100 years, and can type, catalog, and give details on hundreds of tools. But the mill is also geared for production with a full complement of modern and antique power tools, and Ron is well versed in their use and instruction.

Imparting knowledge is one of Ron’s special skills. He’s been instructing in one form or another on many different topics for more than 30 years. His delivery is engaging and fun, and he makes sure attendees go home with their heads and hands full!

Ron has created several videos for Popular Woodworking; authored several articles for magazines such as Popular Woodworking and American Woodworker; presented at national seminars such as Woodworking in America and the Northeastern Woodworkers Association’s Fine Woodworking Show, as well as being selected as a judge for their woodwork competition; delivered seminars to many woodworking associations, with the most recent being the Michigan and Alabama Woodworkers Guilds, the Long Island Woodworkers Club and the Woodworkers of Central Ohio. He has also presented to the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and has performed consultations for the National Historic Trust as well as other state and local historic societies.

To learn more about Ron and his woodworking school (Woodworking with Ron) click here.

Mike Mascelli has been a student and practitioner of the upholstery trade for over 40 years. He divides his time between the worlds of classic cars and classic furniture. Mike has provided upholstery for cars that have reached the status of National Champion, and reupholstered furniture that’s on display in the US House of Representatives. In addition to instructing hundreds of students in basic upholstery techniques, he specializes in creating period-upholstery treatments for both antique and reproduction furniture pieces.

Mike has an essay on classic French upholstery techniques in “Roubo on Furniture,” by Don Williams (Lost Art Press), and contributed a chapter on traditional upholstery for “With Saw, Plane & Chisel,” by Zach Dillinger (Popular Woodworking). He also has published a number of articles on various aspects of upholstery in the Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, and is a contributing editor to the Society’s e-magazine Pins & Tales. Additionally, Mike has two instructional videos on upholstery through Popular Woodworking.

Mike is also the Co-Director of the Professional Refinisher’s Group, a national organization founded in 1998 to connect professionals in the refinishing and conservation trades.

Snodgrass_bioAlex Snodgrass started his woodworking career at a local tool store in Honolulu, Hawaii. The owner, Mark Olsen, was an inspiration to Alex, teaching him about hand and power tools. After seven years with Olsen Tools, he left to pursue positions with several woodworking companies as district sales manager in the southeast. As he moved from company to company, his interest in bandsaws grew.

Taking advice from everyone he could find on “proper” bandsaw setup, he began to realize there were nearly as many methods as there were saws. It wasn’t until after he had designed, and patented, the Bandsaw Stabilizer that he realized all setup should start with blade placement. Once he began placing the deepest part of the gullet in the center of the wheel, it became easy to setup a saw that provided consistent results.

Alex holds several patents for bandsaw accessories and has taught bandsaw tune-up across the country, in Europe and Australia. For more than 20 years he has worked for the “bandsaw accessory king”, Carter Products. During this time he has taught bandsaw seminars at The Woodworking Shows, guilds and clubs nationwide.

Alex is still actively designing, and patenting (click here to view one of his patents), accessories for the bandsaw in hope of making them the #1 tool in every shop.

You can find several of Alex’s patented accessories on the Carter Products website as well as many of his videos on tuning and using bandsaws.

JoeDelucaJoe DeLuca has been bending nails, making sawdust and cutting his fingers for the majority of his life. He tried to combine the love of working with his hands with the engineering courses he was taking at the time, which led him to the field of engineering model making. The premium placed on close tolerances and precision demanded in the model shop served him well as he moved into woodworking. A number of years in a prestigious restoration and conservation shop in Lancaster County Pa., further prepared him for life as a self employed furniture maker.

While windsor chairs and period dining tables are his bread and butter, Joe has done everything from architecture millwork to Conestoga wagon restoration.

When not working wood or applying bandaids to his fingers, Joe coaches youth lacrosse and looks for arrowheads in beautiful Lancaster County, PA.

6 DH head shotDavid Heim grew up a non-skier in Denver. Traveled east for college and stayed. Worked for Consumer Reports magazine for 28 years, then for Fine Woodworking magazine for four. Now officially retired, but he’s still up for editing the occasional woodworking book. David spends time working with SketchUp, drawing plans for “furniture he will probably never build.”

David demonstrates SketchUp at The Woodworking Shows nationwide and has edited three books about SketchUp for The Taunton Press. He often says, “One of the sharpest woodworking tools lives in your computer. It’s SketchUp – a popular, easy-to-use free program that will make you a better woodworker.”

David likes to spend lots of time in his shop at the lathe and is an accomplished turner. The fruits of his labor can be seen on Etsy. And, although he’s retired, he never seems to find enough time to be in the shop turning. David is also an active member of the American Association of Woodturners and is currently for the board of directors.

rp_Dwayne_Siever_Bio-293x300.jpgDwayne Siever’s woodworking career began in high school where he was a student of Werner Duerr. Throughout his years at the Central Chester County Vocational Technical School, he had a burning interest in period furniture. Securing an after-school job with a prominent antique dealer doing minor repairs and touch-up was a dream come true.

After high school, Dwayne worked with another antique dealer who did more serious restorations before he moved on to one of the most prestigious conservation shops in the country. Eventually, Dwayne struck out on his own buying and restoring antiques and doing repairs for collectors and dealers.

Throughout his repair and restoration career Dwayne constantly ran into problems matching modern paint to the period pieces he repaired. In late 1993 or early 1994 his journey to finding his own formula for milk paint began. With more than a year invested in researching and testing formulas, Dwayne eventually came across the right mix. A hunch that other furniture and house restorers would face the same paint problems lead to the founding of the Real Milk Paint Company.

The company has grown from Dwayne making each and every container of milk paint in the back of his workshop in Bucks County, PA to a multi-employee enterprise outside of Nashville, TN. You can order Real Milk Paint directly from Dwayne and his company over the internet or you can find it at one of his network of dealers nationwide.

SamFor Sam, woodworking, like his first profession (music), is art. Early on he realized a musician’s life was not the way to raise a family. After marrying a “blond with her own tool box”, Sam got his start in woodworking through his father-in-law, John, a professional custom furniture maker. Sam’s love for the craft grew and he considered it as a potential profession. 

As a musician Sam worked with his hands and woodworking was just another extension of that ability. Throughout the years he noticed many musicians turned to woodworking for fun and profit. Sam, however, turned to it as a way to support his new family. 

After working a few carpentry jobs (mostly as a trim carpenter) Sam decided to open his own professional furniture shop and made sure it was located near his father-in-law’s in order to have access to his knowledge and experience. John gently guided Sam, but never did the work for him.

As a budding furniture maker, Sam often took commissions for which he lacked experience. He would immediately consult with John about the intricacies of building the piece in question. John would often limit his advice to a 30 minute session and then leave Sam to his own devices. In this way, after about a year in business, Sam had gained the much needed experience to be able to build virtually any project me might sell without consultation.

After hurricane Andrew hit Florida, Sam realized that cabinetmakers would be in greater demand than furniture makers. People simply needed kitchens. As a businessman he saw the opportunity to create a longterm business. Sam quickly retooled and geared his shop to the more production oriented methods necessary to build kitchens. This was a shift in direction that would last more than 30 years.

These days Sam likes to share his experience with younger (and older) woodworkers looking for answers to the same questions he asked his father-in-law. He travels the country with different woodworking trade shows and demonstrates HVLP systems and teaches spray finishing.

To see Sam in action, click here.

rp_Dale_profile_pic-218x300.jpgDale Barnard is a life-long woodworker. You could say it’s in his blood; both his father and grandfather were woodworkers. And the tradition of craftsmanship was handed down through the generations.

Working with his father from the time he was young, Dale (and his brothers) learned many basic carpentry skills and developed an intense passion for wood. And that persistent interest would have a profound impact on his entire life.

Dale developed an interest in mathematics and planned on becoming a math teacher. As he worked toward that goal in college, woodworking continued to tug at his heart. Eventually, he left Indiana University and decided the pull of woodworking was too strong. He gave up the idea of being a math teacher for being a cabinetmaker.

Like many who feel the call of teaching, Dale also felt compelled to share his ever-growing knowledge of woodworking with others. He started The Cabinetmaker’s Woodworking School where he teaches a combination of skill and project classes.

Dale continues to build furniture for clients countrywide and explore woodworking in all its splendor. Learn more about Dale, or check out his class offerings by clicking here.

Millard BioRob Millard’s journey to woodworking and furniture making was not a clear path. What began as an interest in a seventh-grade industrial arts class – an interest so strong that he purchased a Stanley #7 Jointer plane as his first tool – was almost derailed with a poor grade on a project three years later. It was then that Rob decided to move away from furniture and into carpentry where he worked after graduation.

After a freak on-the-job accident, Rob moved to a machine shop where he found he had extra time after his work was completed. Time for a hobby. He discovered, in 1996, a woodworking magazine that showcased a cherry highboy that inspired him to return to his earlier passion, and in 2002 he left his job to dedicate his efforts to building furniture. Today he specializes in museum-quality reproductions from the Federal period.

Rob began his woodworking career in a one-car garage. His tools are simple. While he uses a table saw, the majority of his work is with a bandsaw and hand tools. He says, “I don’t have a lot of tools because it doesn’t take many to make furniture.” Along with a few planes, including his #7, which he uses on every project, Rob uses Japanese chisels because the hollow-ground backs are easy to keep sharp and are well balanced.

Rob strives to make his furniture match the originals in form, construction details and surface texture. In order to achieve this goal, he relies on methods and tools that were available in the period. All surfaces are planed, scraped, or carved by hand. Joinery is executed by hand, following period practices. Full width boards are used where allowed by species, and dictated by appearance. Traditional hide glue is used to assemble the furniture.

Rob has contributed articles to Popular Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking, and the Journal of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers. A piece of his work was displayed at the White House in 1999.

Hunter_Head_7995Hunter Lang is a recent graduate of the University of Cincinnati, and currently works for Americorps before he heads off to graduate school.

Despite his young age, Hunter is no stranger to the wood shop (he is the son of Robert W. Lang) and while still in high school he authored two articles for another woodworking magazine, one on using a vacuum press to build a skateboard and the second on the construction of a knock-down desk.

For the free premier issue of 360 WoodWorking, Hunter built and wrote about “A Better Bookcase Design.”

Peart_HeadDarrel Peart builds custom furniture, inspired by the style of Greene & Greene in Seattle, Washington. He also teaches several classes a year in his shop. Before becoming an independent furnituremaker, Darrell worked in the custom cabinet industry. He is the author of two books, “Greene & Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop” and “In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker” in addition to numerous magazine articles.

Click Here to Visit Darrell Peart’s Website where you see examples of his work, purchase his books and sign up for a class.

Mark Arnold has been making furniture since he was 15 and his father filled up the basement with woodworking tools and walnut that he had harvested on his Ohio farm. Mark continued to experiment with woodworking throughout his high school and college years. During a study abroad experience in France in his junior year of college, Mark was captivated by the pieces he saw in The Best Craftsmen in France, an annual exhibition featuring the work of highly skilled cabinet makers, carvers, and marqueteurs. Upon returning to the U.S. and finishing his degree, he worked as a finish carpenter for two years, and then applied to North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture Making program from which he graduated in 1996.  Mark has been making furniture professionally ever since, cultivating a special interest in Federal furniture, inlay and veneer work. Although inspired by period furniture, he loves adding his own design elements to the mix to create truly original pieces. Mark has received several awards for his work exhibited at arts and crafts fairs. He has written articles for  Woodwork Magazine, Fine Woodworking and Popular Woodworking, and was also the editor of American Period Furniture for eight years. He has taught at Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, The Chautauqua Institution, and at his own shop in Central Ohio. Visit www.bostonwoodworking.com to learn more.

To see his portfolio of work online, click here.

SPKR_050Bob Lang grew up in the college town of Kent, Ohio and began working with wood shortly after high school. His professional career began building speaker cabinets for professional sound systems, followed by a few years repairing wooden boats on Lake Erie. An apprenticeship in a commercial cabinet shop in Cleveland followed a stint as lead scenic artist at an aquatic theme park. In the 1980s, he designed and created furniture and accessories, and exhibited his work at art shows and galleries across the country. He returned to the world of professional cabinetmaking in the mid-1980s, until he joined the staff of Popular Woodworking in 2004. Along the way he owned his own shop, worked in a number of shops creating high end work for the residential and commercial markets. He rose through the ranks and at the end of that phase of his career, he was managing and engineering projects that ranged in scope from individual pieces of furniture to multi-million dollar interior projects. His first magazine articles appeared in WoodShop News and Fine Woodworking in 1999.

CSDCF_6119BobLang-7His interest in furniture of the American arts & crafts period of the early 20th century began early on, and in 2001 his first book “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture” was published, followed shortly thereafter by “More Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture”, “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Interiors” and “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Inlays and Hardware”. After joining the magazine, he wrote “The Complete Kitchen Cabinetmaker” and “Shop Drawings for Greene & Greene Furniture”, published by Cambium Press (now Fox Chapel) and “Drafting & Design for Woodworker’s” and co-authored (with Glen Huey) “Furniture in the Southern Style” published by F+W Media. Bob began doing illustrations for the magazine in 2008 and was promoted to executive editor in 2010. Bob’s first self-published book in interactive PDF format  “Woodworker’s Guide to SketchUp” appeared in 2010, and a second interactive PDF book “Building Blocks of SketchUp” was published in 2013. Bob’s printed books are among the few woodworking books published in the last 15 years to remain in print. His philosophy in publishing is the same as it is when building furniture, make something of the finest possible quality, and build it to last.