Meet Our Team


Sam Beauford Woodshop instructors are professional woodworkers. We work together, share ideas, and provide the best woodworking education possible.


Patrick Estes 

Knife Making

Leather Work

Patrick is a knife maker and leather worker. He is the lead leather instructor at the SBWI. Patrick is a world class chef. 




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Gary Zimnicki

Guitar Making

Over the last 30 years, I’ve built my fair share of instruments. Each instrument has given me an opportunity to hone my craft and expand my skillset. Building completely unique instruments without any set models or guidelines has been challenging, but it has allowed me to offer something that most other manufacturers cannot: complete control over your instrument.


Luke Barnett

Green Woodworking
Windsor Chairs
Steaks and Scotch

Luke had been a professional woodworker and teacher for the past 5 years. He is an award winning Windsor chair maker and the owner of Barnett Chairs. He shares his passion for woodworking with students from all over the country. Luke said when he grows up he wants to be Theodore Roosevelt. Luke loves watching bare knuckle boxing fights and is a huge fan of MMA. He occasionally talks on the phone to DON FRYE. Boo-Yah.


Andrew Brown

CNC router
Youth Leadership
Recreational Construction

Andrew Is the newest member of our crew. He is passionate about woodworking and industrial arts education. He is the owner of Great Lakes Woodworks in the beautiful Blissfield, Michigan. He is very tolerant of Luke's sense of humor, and for that we are grateful. 





Rita Coudron

Class Assistant
No Bake Cookies
Ceramic Tree Lamps

Rita is the class shop assistant. She has taken every class we offer. She now is proficient in every tool in the shop. She makes Peanut Butter no-bake cookies that we believe are the best snack in the world. We would like to challenge Gordon Ramsay to a No-Bake cook off against Rita. Gordon: click the button below to accept. #BringitGordon



Dena Koehn

Spoon Carving
Internet Marketing                 Pinterest Projects                        Milk Paint Finishing  

Dena is a recovering ceramic artist. One day, when she was going to play in the dirt, she got lost on her way to the clay studio, and ended up in the wood shop. Now she makes killer Swedish style spoons. She also makes the best coffee mugs in the world (they are ceramic, but we can forgive her for that).