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Willie Wolf

Wood Instructor


I am the principal of WolfWorks Fine Woodworking. I design and create hand-crafted, free-standing furniture with a critical eye to detail. I have been making custom furniture for over 40 years.

The majority of my professional career has been working for high tech companies as a communications and project manager.

I have studied woodworking techniques at the Krenov School of Fine Woodworking in Fort Bragg, California, with Ernie Conover in Parkman, Ohio and many other craftsmen.

I had my own shop in Ashland, Oregon for 18 years making fine furniture for local, Portland, Oregon and San Francisco Bay area clients.

Each piece is made to order after extensive consultation with the client. The result is an heirloom piece.

Only the highest quality domestic hardwoods (cherry, walnut, maple, ash, and white oak) and sustainable exotics are used. Woods are hand selected for figure, color and grain match.

Rough sawn lumber is milled to the desired specifications. Veneers are hand cut from highly figured thick stock to ensure visual impact and continuity.

No stains or dyes are used to alter the natural beauty of the wood. Each piece of furniture is finished with a durable hand rubbed clear varnish.

A wide selection of fine hardware is available to complement each piece.

What do you like most about teaching at the Crafts Center?

The wood studio has the best woodworking machines available, and they are exceptionally maintained. The studio has the best woodworking benches made. The shop is always organized and clean.

The class size is kept to a manageable number of students. The wood studio management is exceptional.

What classes/workshops do you teach?

I have taught skills classes as well as project classes. The project classes include Hall Table, Contemporary Bench and Small Trestle Table.

How long have you been teaching at the Crafts Center?

Since 2019