Meet Our Team

 

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

 
 
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Patrick Estes 

Specializations
Knife Making Leather Work Sauerkraut

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

Specializations
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

Specializations
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 Greenwell at the Sam Beauford Woodworking Institute

Andrew Greenwell

Specializations
Safety Certification
Baseball Bats Riding Bikes

Andrew has been part of our crew since Day 1. He serves on the SBWI Board of Directors and as Volunteer Committee Chair. He is passionate about skilled trades education and teaching woodworking to our youth. Andrew is a former private investigator and also works in the HVAC and plumbing industry. He teaches spin class at The Center. He loves the baby shark song. He is not afraid of heights.

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Rita Coudron

Specializations
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

Specializations
Spoon Carving
Internet Marketing             Pinterest Projects               Milk Paint Finishes Shaker Oval Boxes Keeping Luke In Line

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). 

 

There’s also many many volunteers that help make the Sam Beauford Woodshop Institute possible. We couldn’t do it without their help! If you’d like to become a volunteer click here.

 
 

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