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.

Bill Thomas

Bill has been a woodworker for toughly 30 years, designing and building custom projects for a wide range of clients - from cabinetry to furniture, and from sail and powerboats to kayaks. He takes pride in designing functional and attractive pieces that enrich people's lives. Bill has taught woodworking and boatbuilding around the country, including at the Wooden Boat School in Maine, and he shares his knowledge through writing and photography for various magazines. More information is available on Bill's web site.

Bruce Hamilton

Bruce is a specialist in historical restoration. He studied finish conservation at the Smithsonian Institution, and he has given seminars on furniture care and restoration, spoken at industry conferences, and written articles for Professional Refinishing magazine.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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