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Nick Cioni Contact CU Woodshop
About Nick Cioni: Singer, songwriter, and luthier Nicholas Cioni began building stringed instruments while an undergraduate at the University of Illinois. Nick's passion for guitar drove him to study the Spanish tradition of classical guitar construction. Spanish style classical and Flamenco guitars are considered by many to be the most challenging guitars to build and demonstrate mastery in the art of luthiery. In addition to the classical guitar, Nick builds various acoustic and solid body instruments on commission.

Cioni explores various techniques & ideas about traditional & modern instrument making. He first apprenticed with Luthier/Guitar Maker Gary Bray in Germantown IL. Gary owns & operates Bray Guitars and specializes in creating custom hand-made classical and steel string acoustic guitars. After completing his two year apprenticeship with Gary Bray, Nick studied guitar construction with Pepe Romero Jr. and worked with Eugene Clark studying French polish and traditional Spanish guitar construction.

Nick is currently focused on designing, building, and creating fine handmade instruments under his own name "Cioni Guitars". His designs include Classical and Flamenco guitars based on traditional designs, steel string acoustics, electric, bass, arch top guitars, and custom ukuleles. Cioni's instruments exemplify master quality craftsmanship, superior attention to detail, and a refined French polishing technique. Nick takes great pride in his instruments and is rewarded by putting his guitars in the hands of musicians who need professional quality instruments for personal enjoyment, recording, and live performance.


Paul Cobb Contact CU Woodshop
About Paul Cobb: Paul Cobb has spent many years building furniture for his family and friends. Upon retirement he attended Marc Adams School of Woodworking studying solid wood furniture construction.

In 2000 he became interested in wood turning using segmented design construction to build bowls similar to the southwest pottery designs. He has been a member of the AAW, the Central Illinois Woodturners Club, and the Peoria Area Woodworkers Club for many years. Paul also teaches woodturning in Sun City, AZ during the winter months. Favorite woods are Cherry and Lacewood.


John Garrison Contact CU Woodshop
About John Garrison: John began his woodworking career in 1976 as a cabinetmaker in a custom shop, then went to work building homes for a large national builder.

In 1983 he became self employed as a cabinetmaker and interior trim carpenter. He and his wife Bonnie worked together trimming houses for 15 years.

John has been building furniture and instructing for the last 7 years. He taught classes for several years at The American Sycamore Retreat, and now offers furniture building instruction at John Garrison Woodworking, located on a small farm in Southwestern Indiana.

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David McDonnel Contact CU Woodshop
About David McDonnel: I am the sole proprietor of McDonnel Fine Woodworking (www.mcdfww.com). I am an engineer turned woodworker who started building things out of wood when I was in 7th grade woodshop. I started to get serious about woodworking some 15 years ago when I could not find good enough quality furniture for the house. I have been building custom furniture for customers and friends for about 10 years. I have also taught woodworking for those same 10 years both formally at a woodworking school and informally to friends and acquaintances. I've found that I really enjoy passing on what I have learned to fellow woodworkers, passing of the craft as it were.

I am a very detail oriented woodworker so all my pieces are rich with details such as raised panel bottoms in drawers, perfect mitered mouldings, and hand turned knobs. I love the time spent laying out a project on paper and then on the lumber it's to be built out of considering color and grain matching before cutting the first board. Hand tools are an integral part of my woodworking but not to the exclusion of power tools. I call myself a Hybrid woodworker. I use power tools to do the rough work and break out the hand tools to refine the joinery and finish surfaces. I have been doing this long enough that I even enjoy the finishing of a project, making it look and feel just right. Woodworking is no longer a means to get furniture for my house it has become a journey that will last the rest of my life and I truly look forward to all the things I am going to learn and share along the way.

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Jon Morrison Contact CU Woodshop
About Jon Morrison: Jon Morrison is a life-long woodworker, starting work with his father's hand tools and power tools long before he was allowed. Following metal and wood shops in Jr. High, and continued design projects in High School, Jon decided on his chosen career in Industrial Design at the University of Iowa, graduating with the honors degree, BFA in ID. After serving in the USAF at Chanute AFB in Rantoul he resumed his formal education at the University of Illinois, fall of 1971, where he taught various courses in Basic Design, Interior Design and after graduating with a MFA in ID, taught Industrial Design as a visiting professor.

Materials and processes began to be a constant course of study in and out of the classroom for Jon as he applied it to a wide variety of consumer products from furniture to methane digesters to housing. During his 30 year career as a residential and commercial contractor he shared his first hand growing knowledge of Design/ Construction Technologies, teaching most courses in this curriculum for 12 years at Parkland College concurrent with his construction business. Jon introduced the Festool Track Saw System to his Parkland students after becoming a proficient user doing various remodeling projects and while using it for European frameless cabinetry. He produced several innovative kitchens in this very efficient space saving system of cabinetry.

Becoming a founding partner in CU Wood Shop Supply Inc. in 2008, Jon began the task of further educating himself in the unique and highly innovative tools in The Festool System that he had not yet used. Now, having taken two introductory and three advanced courses in Festool's dealer training program he has achieved the distinction of Festool "Specialist". He is an owner/ user of most Festool System tools. He shares his knowledge garnered from his 19 years of on the job and classroom training.

Jon avidly shares his many years of acquired knowledge of materials and processes in woodworking and cabinetmaking as well as his understanding of good tool design and application to woodworker needs, making his teaching a valuable asset to his students. His ability to articulate and demonstrate this precise, clean, compact, safe, and surprisingly affordable system, especially for modest sized shop or garage space owners, will introduce great value and precision into their total woodworking experience.


Jerry Rhoads Contact CU Woodshop
About Jerry Rhoads: Jerry Rhoads has been doing woodworking and woodturning all his life and has been a union carpenter since 1978. He became a serious woodturner in 2002 and a full-time woodturner a few years later.

He sought out professional organizations and training to improve his skills and began selling his work at area art festivals, receiving several awards. At the same time he began teaching others the joys of woodturning and has been teaching classes for CU Woodshop and Parkland College since 2010.

Jerry has been a member of the American Association of Woodturners and Central Illinois Woodturners since 2005. In 2008 he and a few other woodturners formed Flatland Woodturners, where he currently serves as President.

Jerry enjoys unleashing the beauty of the wood every day in his shop. You can see some of his work on his website at www.jerryrhoadswoodturning.com.


Michael Sargent Contact CU Woodshop
About Michael Sargent: Michael L. Sargent is a retired geologist who has been doing woodworking at some level for nearly 60 years. He is a charter shareholder in CU Woodshop Supply and has been an active participant in The DreamShop since its very beginning. Privately and at The DreamShop his broad experience includes making a rocking chair, a china cabinet, frames, tables, various cabinets, chests, book racks, drawers, boxes and turned pens. Mike has taught classes at The DreamShop making an Arts & Crafts book rack and a mission-style hall table. His first class at the CU Woodshop School will be to build frames for stained-glass projects constructed in cooperation with the FX Glass Studio.


Jeremy Taylor Contact CU Woodshop
About Jeremy Taylor: Jeremy began woodworking as a teenager, and went on to pursue a career building custom furniture. He was initially inspired during visits to the New England area, where he had the opportunity to study some of the finest original pieces of early American furniture. Through examining works from craftsmen past, years of thumbing through old woodworking books, and late nights spent in the shop, he has learned the time-tested ways and techniques of fine furniture making.

Today, his individual pieces display these honest methods of joinery, such as hand-cut dovetails or keyed mortise-and-tenon joints as well as a functional design. He has several modern machines, but his true passion is working with traditional hand tools.

Jeremy genuinely takes pleasure in his work, and it shows in the furniture that he makes. He has been invited to exhibit his original work in the Illinois State Museum Artisans Galleries in Chicago and Rend Lake, as well as numerous art festivals throughout the mid-west.

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Allan Tuchman Contact CU Woodshop
About Allan Tuchman: Allan Tuchman is a life-long woodworking hobbyist. He is a charter shareholder in CU Woodshop Supply and has been an active participant in The DreamShop since its very beginning. He has built individual pieces for his own enjoyment including a fireplace mantel, book cases, rocking chair, and several tables. A particular favorite is his adaption of Gustav Stickley's #26 Poppy Table (1900).

After a professional career in computer software, he now finds a way to combine woodworking and technology with CNC tools. Allan's philosophy is to respect hand craftsmanship skill while integrating technology into the shop for precise and repetitive tasks.

Contact Allan Tuchman via email


Tom Turgeon Contact CU Woodshop
About Tom Turgeon: As the owner of Boise Bows and Arrows, Tom Turgeon is a master bowyer and wilderness survival expert — specialties that spawned from a youth spent in the Idaho woods. He started making his own bows when he was seven because He wasn't allowed to have one and now travels all over the country, leading workshops on long bow building and arrowsmithing.

Tom writes: "What boy or girl hasn't imagined shooting a bow while playing in the 'wilds' of their backyard? I have never let loose of my fascination of watching an arrow soar off a taut string from a bent stick. That same fascination, spanning 4 decades, has inspired my commitment to honing my skills to perfect the ancient craft of long bow building.

Initially being introduced to the bow and arrow by Lionel Therriault my first bow was made of sumac. Not the most powerful bow ever built but it sure shot cattail reeds pretty well! The natural progression from bending sumac as a wide-eyed 7 year old was to devote countless hours in my twenties carving out bows with heavier draw weights from hardwood saplings and hand-split logs. Bowyers John Strunk and Dean Torges were instrumental in my bow building growth during this time. Similarly was my progression of tools; from my Grandfather's WWII military knife and an antique folding-handle draw knife to rasps, files and spokeshaves.

Over the past 21 years I have been fortunate enough to have shared my passion by teaching over a 1000 students. These students included Wounded Warriors and active/retired military personnel throughout the United States and customers throughout the world. Having learned to "teach" wood to bend with the most basic of hand tools has been invaluable to me. I am qualified to instruct my Wilderness Class students to build their bows with only a knife while my students in more traditional workshop settings enjoy the luxury of using rasps and spokeshaves to more easily tiller their staves. The finishing variables of these bows are endless and covered extensively in my Long Bow Finishing Workshops. "

For additional information, a downloadable brochure, videos and photos of actual classes please visit my website at www.boisebowsandarrows.com.


Mike VanPelt Contact CU Woodshop
About Mike VanPelt: Michael Van Pelt is a woodworking and machinery fanatic who loves to share his knowledge with others. Michael has worked in the woodworking industry for over 30 years, beginning his career as a woodworking instructor at the Cutting Edge in San Diego, CA.

He has since worked in the sales of industrial woodworking equipment, as a demonstrator of Shopsmiths, as co-owner of a woodworking equipment supply store and as manager of a Woodcraft store.

In the early 90's Mike left sales to follow his dream of operating his own woodworking school. During his nine years as the operator of the American Sycamore Retreat, he also toured the country demonstrating Delta and Porter Cable tools at woodworking shows and expos.

Although Michael's woodworking school became a victim of the recession, he has returned to his calling of teaching the construction of Arts & Crafts furniture as an instructor at the CU Woodshop School of Woodworking.

Michael is engaged to a wonderful lady and shares his home with two boxers (Rocky & Stacy) and a spoiled rotten beagle named Charlie. Michael is thrilled to be back doing what he loves, teaching woodworking and would like to invite all woodworking, enthusiasts to stop in and see our new school.

Contact Mike VanPelt via email


Tim Yoder Contact CU Woodshop
About Tim Yoder: Tim Yoder is best known as the host of the Emmy Award winning Woodturning Workshop with Tim Yoder. The program has been carried nationwide on the PBS Create Network. Tim has been teaching woodturning for over 10 years, written articles for American Woodturner and in the last year has produced 4 instructional DVDs. Tim's easy going teaching style and his willingness to show his mistakes makes him a favorite among turners.

Watch some of Tim Yoder's videos on the Popular Woodworking magazine web site


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