Fueled by a passion for woodworking, engineering and building, Paul’s career has included carpentry, cabinetmaking, timber framing, CAD/CAM, production design and teaching. After graduating from the George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, Paul ran his own cabinetmaking shop in his native Toronto. During a timber framing class at Bensonwood in 1987, Paul found the path to combine his love of large construction with fine woodworking. He and his wife immigrated to Alstead, NH, Paul joined the Bensonwood Beam Team, and he hasn’t looked back.
Paul has worn many hats at Bensonwood, including helping to establish and run both the millwork and building systems departments. He currently leads the timber framing shop. An experienced teacher, Paul still considers himself a student of woodworking, and is always interested in learning new techniques.
Tom is a writer, humorist, storyteller and lifelong carpenter and furniture maker. His love of woodworking and the 40 year pursuit of ever-elusive perfection have produced his most fulfilling creations. As he winds down his publishing and entertainment career the importance of craftsmanship, and the joy it adds to his life, compels him to make more dust and shelves and fewer dust-covered books on the shelf.
Jeff Bower brings a decade of turning experience to the HatchSpace. His work focuses on balancing the natural beauty of the wood with a crisp and elegant design aesthetic. In his personal development as a hobbyist turner, Jeff explores the interplay of technical experience with mindfulness of the relationship between the artist, the tools, the work, and the viewer. See some of Jeff’s work at www.orbitalworkshop.com
Gail Fletcher is a retired educator, having spent 23 yrs in public education teaching Information Technology programs at the high school level. A long time amateur woodworker, retirement has allowed Gail time to further pursue her love of woodworking. Combining computer based applications with woodworking has proven to be both interesting and fun.
Gail's undergraduate degree was Education in Industrial Arts from Keene State College. Her graduate degree, Teaching With Internet Technologies, was from The Graduate Center of Marboro College.
Gail Grycel, retired owner of Twin Birch Woodworking in Westminster West, Vermont, has been a custom cabinetmaker since 1984. The balance of beauty and function exists in her cabinetry and furniture throughout New England. For over twenty years, and in three states, Gail has empowered women and girls through her class offerings in adult learning programs, woodworking courses in her studio, at HatchSpace, the Claremont Makerspace, Rosie's Girls summer camp sessions, and one on one tutoring. Also teaching mixed gender workshops, she is dedicated to sharing her knowledge and experience to all who want to explore the love of making things out of wood.
Seth is professor of history and Asian studies at Emerson College. He teaches across a wide range of disciplines, from Daoist philosophy to Japanese aesthetics. Over the last decade he has studied at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, worked with Garrett Hack, and interned with Tak Yoshino of the Mt. Fuji School of Fine Woodworking. An overview of his work can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swNiyvGq8es&t=1s
Blake started his woodworking career in a teaching environment, at art college, and hasn’t let that learning/teaching thing go ever since. He has built scribed log playgrounds, museum casework and exhibits, furniture, and renovated houses. He appreciates making for himself, and loved ones, objects that evoke joy and character for years to come. He loves the process of making things, the mental machinations, the problem-solving, and the many discoveries that come while working with a natural material. Each project becomes a process of getting to know the work, the wood, and in some ways, a bit of himself. This sense of empowerment and responsibility to a personal environment is something he hopes to spread in every place where he works. Some photos of his work can be seen at www.heartsparkarts.com and on Instagram at @runeshai.
Martin is the owner of Martin Simpson Design a design/build studio for custom cabinetry, architectural, millwork, and furniture. He also does installation and fine carpentry for residential, commercial, and museum clients. He does historical renovation and reconstruction along with providing design and drafing services He has furniture shown in galleries and museums nationwide along with a bench in the permanent collection of the MUSEUM OF FINE ART, Boston, MA