Our Instructors

Alan Mitchell

Alan is the founder and director of the Homestead Woodworking School. He is a state certified Industrial Education Teacher and taught cabinet making and construction in the public school system for nine years. For the past seventeen years Alan has owned and operated both a construction business and a cabinet shop.

Alan Mitchell & Owain Harris

Brian Miskinis

Brian Miskinis received his undergrad from The College of Santa Fe, NM in 1997 with a BA in Theater and a minor in Entertainment Management. From 1998-2002 he was a master framer for the Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco, CA.; framing works from Picasso and Ensor to Yozo Hammaguchi and MC Escher. In 2002 he moved to Marblehead, MA where he spent 4 years apprenticing with Marblehead Restorations in antique furniture restoration. From 2003-2005 Brian attended North Bennett St School in Boston in which he received a two year intensive degree in period furniture building. For six years he ran his own custom furniture design business out of Deerfield, NH before becoming a teacher. For the past 8 years Brian has worked as a Tech Ed teacher at Longview School in Deerfield, NH and serves on the board for the New England Association of Technology Teachers. For the past 3 years he has guest taught at Homestead Woodworking School and now teaches project classes.

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Garrett Hack

Garrett is a professional furniture maker and writer from Thetford, VT. He is a regular contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine and has taught seminars all around the country. He is also the author of The Hand Plane Book and Classic Tools Book published by the Taunton Press.

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Jon Siegel

Jon specializes in wood turning, and has been a professional woodworker for over 30 years. As head of industrial arts at Proctor Academy, he taught woodworking and metal working. Jon's business, Big Tree Turnings, creates parts for furniture and architectural use. Jon has served as President of the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, holds patents on woodturning tools, and has been published in American Woodturner magazine.

Kevin Gelinas

Kevin has been working at Homestead Woodworking School part-time for many years. He teaches our Scroll Saw Seminar and assists with many of our other classes. An expert at using a scroll saw, he has lots of great tips to share with students in that class. Kevin is currently a student at Keene State College.

Marcel Durette

Marcel is a ten-year alumnus of the Homestead School. Beginning with Andy Motter's Intro to Woodturning class, he went on to attend all of the subsequent one-day workshops that were offered as well as workshops with Ellsworth, Michelson, Martel and other renowned people in the field. An avid woodturner, he has demonstrated at the Wood Days in Canterbury Village, the Sunapee fair, the Big E and many other small venues. He is an active member of the Guild of NH Woodworkers, and the American Association of Woodturners. Expertise in technique and enthusiasm for the craft come together in Marcel's approach to learning the basic skills as well as the subtleties of woodturning.

Matt Newton

Matt Newton is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen. His turning journey started in 2008 with a second hand lathe and a cherry tree that had come down in an ice storm. In 2010, he participated in the club challenge at the AAW symposium in Hartford, CT with the Granite State Woodturners. The nested spheres display won best artistic. Matt has demonstrated at the annual League of NH Craftsmen fair at Mt Sunapee as well as the Woodcraft in Portsmouth, NH. When the Woodcraft store opened its classroom, he became the resident turning instructor. Matt believes you never stop learning new things in the turning craft. To that end, he has taken classes at Homestead Woodworking school, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship as well as other classes with the aim of expanding his knowledge base. Matt lives with his wife, son and dog in Hampton, NH. He spends as much time as possible in his shop turning which is never enough.

P. David Richards

David is self-employed, and has extensive woodworking experience. Accomplished in many of the trades, his real love is restoring and building mid 16th - 19th century buildings. While working on old houses, Dave always takes into account the techniques used by the historical carpenter. He believes in the tradition of passing on to his apprentices the skills of the past.

Paul DeCarlo

Paul DeCarlo has been a professional woodworker for more than 30 years. Growing up in Sandown NH, he always had an interest in working wood and was fortunate to have great exposure to the craft at an early age. Paul graduated from the Furniture Design Program at the Worcester Center for Crafts in 1992 and went on to attend as an Artist in Residence in 1994. After moving to Florida in the early 2000’s, he had a decade long career at Walt Disney World beginning as a Woodworker, moving into Manufacturing Management, and finally as a Fabrication Designer with Walt Disney Imagineering. After 20 years in Florida, he returned to NH where he operates his own woodworking business. Paul is currently building custom architectural millwork, furniture, cabinets, and specialty woodwork on commission and speculation.

Robert J Lacivita

Robert has been in the woodworking field for the past 27 years. He attended Leeds Design Workshops in East Hampton, MA where he honed his skills as an artisan, using traditional techniques for his contemporary style. He studied industrial design at Rhode Island School of Design. Upon graduation, Robert returned to Leeds Design Workshops where he spent two years as a resident/instructor. His work ranges from fine furniture with delicate details to massive architectural woodwork used at King Kaliad International Airport in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He has worked most recently on period millwork projects in the Portsmouth, NH area.

Roger Myers

Roger Myers is the founder of StrathamWood Studios, a designer and producer of custom furniture and decorative accessories. A graduate of the acclaimed North Bennet Street School's full time program in furniture Roger started his furniture business following a 30+ year career in the corporate world during which time woodworking and furniture making was his means of relaxing. Roger also received his MBA from The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and that background in business and marketing is beneficial in his own business and with those with whom he consults.

Roger is the chair of the board of trustees of the New Hampshire Institute of Furniture Making and a past president of The Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers. He is also a juried member of The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen.

Scott Goodell

Scott has been a woodworker for 30+ years. He has taught industrial arts at the high school level as well as having his own construction business. Scott enjoys encouraging others to try new things and learn new skills. When he is not teaching he enjoys being creative in his own woodshop coming up with new projects all the time.

About Homestead

Homestead Woodworking School offers a variety of classes for novice, intermediate, and advanced woodworkers who are eager to improve their skills. Our enthusiastic instructors are professional woodworkers with different areas of specialization, but with a common dedication to helping others learn the intricacies of their craft.


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