The Woodpeckers Guild

A Guild of Passionate Woodworkers

The Woodpeckers Guild is a club of passionate woodworkers. Our members are mainly located in Northern Baltimore County, although we have members from Baltimore City, Harford County and Carroll County. Woodpeckers members are heavily weighted towards furniture making although our member's abilities run the full spectrum of the fine woodworking craft.

Phil Briscoe

Member Since 1986

Member Since 1986

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Kenny Stevenson

Member since: 1996

Member since: 1996

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Don McInnes

Member Since: 1997

Member Since: 1997

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Bill Mackey

Member Since: 1999

Member Since: 1999

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Norm Molter

Member Since: 2001

Member Since: 2001

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Bob Weimer

Member Since: 2001

Member Since: 2001

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Mike Moriarity

Member Since: 2004

Member Since: 2004

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Howard Butz

Member Since: 2007

Member Since: 2007

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Dick Hollingshead

Member Since: 2007

Member Since: 2007

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Mark Hochstein

Member Since: 2008

Member Since: 2008

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I began woodworking in 1997 and was immediately bitten by the bug! I started at the base woodshop on Ft. Meade. I was living in an apartment at the time and the experience of sharing a shop and lugging my tools both ways quickly drove me to buy my first house so I could have a shop of my own. My first project was mission style blanket chest out of red oak. I really didn't know anything about woodworking then, but I was several books into the Time Life series on woodworking. One was a book on joinery which had nice drawings of all kinds of different joints but didn't really say when or how to use them. As a result I built a chest where every joint was a cross-grain glue joint. If you believe what you read in woodworking literature today about cross-grain glue joints that chest should have fallen apart years ago, but it's still as solid as a rock. I see that chest in my bedroom every day. It's a constant reminder to me that "perfect" in the enemy of "good enough". While I am constantly striving to improve my craft, sometimes you just have to jump in with both feet.

I enjoy building furniture with clean lines that is inspired by classic forms of American furniture - especially Queen Anne and Shaker. I also really enjoy studying early american craftsmanship and period furniture. I also enjoy making my own tools. My primary choice of wood is Cherry.

I am a pilot for Southwest Airlines and previously spent 13 years flying the A-10 Warthog. Although I live my life now in the gentile world of air transportation I am still a fighter pilot inside.


Ralph Brown

Member Since: 2010

Member Since: 2010

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Charlie Edwards

Member Since: 2010

Member Since: 2010

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David Blois

Member Since: 2012

Member Since: 2012

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“What got me interested in woodworking?” is probably a great question for every Woodpecker.  In my case, I’m not sure if there is a quick answer.  I grew up in central Massachusetts and had the great experience of living close to two great-grandfathers who were woodworkers.  When I was twelve, sensing some interest, one of them gave me a lathe and a scroll saw.  Was it the interest or the tools that got me going??  With these tools, I was off and running in my quest to make things and acquire new knowledge – and of course new tools.

My professional career was in pharmaceutical research and development and I was able to maintain a wood shop throughout my 35 work-years, albeit with limited amounts of time.  I was always a self-taught woodworker.  After retirement, I enrolled in an Associate of the Arts (AA) program in Fine Woodworking at the Bucks County Community College in Pennsylvania.  After three years, I graduated with a much greater knowledge and appreciation of furniture design and techniques including veneering, bending, carving, chair making and architectural woodworking.  

Although I have made some period pieces, I mostly use my own designs, frequently inspired by Shaker pieces.  My favorite project, and one that I look at every day, is an elliptical dining table 7’ x 4’ made from a beautiful set of figured cherry from Pennsylvania.


John Reed

Member Since: 2012

Member Since: 2012

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Bob Aaron

Member Since: 2013

Member Since: 2013

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Don Keefer

Member Since: 2013

Member Since: 2013

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Duncan Keir

Member Since: 2013

Member Since: 2013

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Elmer Kreisel

Member Since: 2014

Member Since: 2014

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Pat McCabe

Member Since: 2014

Member Since: 2014

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Paul Leuba

Member Since: 2014

Member Since: 2014

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I worked in the IT industry for 40 years in a variety of endeavors from computer operations, programming, systems engineering and general management.  Throughout my day job career I nurtured, as time would allow, a gradually developing skill set in woodworking by designing and building a variety of furniture pieces for the family's use at home.  I selected pieces to build for their utility to Pat, my wife, and our two boys.  Examples include a dining room table, bathroom vanity, entertainment cabinet, end table, night stand, shutters and a variety of shelves. My initial complement of power tools was a 9" Craftsman table saw and a 14" Delta drill press.  After I retired from full time work my interest was drawn to building Windsor chairs when I closely examined a hand crafted model on display at the Woodcraft store in Towson.  The chair was on display to advertise a forthcoming weekend class in Windsor chair construction taught by Mike Herrel from Columbus, OH.  I took the class, and have since built about a dozen chairs for use at home and as gifts to the family.  I continue to build Windsor chairs, and after recently purchasing a jointer and planer I plan to also design and build cabinetry and other household furniture.


Frank Duff

Member Since: 2015

Member Since: 2015

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I enjoy 18th century Philadelphia chippendale pieces.  I enjoy the joinery, cabinetmaking and carving that style entails.  I do much of my work with hand tools and before starting a piece, spend time envisioning the processes a period cabinetmaker in Philadelphia or Baltimore might have used to produce the piece.  I have been building furniture for over 25 years. membership in the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and annual attendance at the Working Wood Conference in Williamsburg has afforded me the opportunity to learn a great deal of period processes and network with like minded individuals from all over the country. I have 40 years work experience as an engineer and program manager in the defense communications business.


Bill Marr

Member Since: 2015

Member Since: 2015

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In 1984 a friend of mine introduced me to woodworking. He showed me various articles he
made from wood he purchased at a lumber yard. I thought it was amazing what he could do
with his tools and immediately began learning how to make my own things. Little did I know
more than 30 years later my budding interest would turn into a long term passion for
woodworking. In the beginning I would see a need for a book case, or a vanity and figure out
how to make it and fit it into its final resting place (without any detailed plans). All the while
gradually buying the tools I needed to make the article of the moment. Over time I purchased
several books that broadened my horizon and began making things from plans. One such book,
Classics from the New Yankee Workshop by Norm Abram, included a classic blanket chest and
antique style rocking horse which I enjoyed making.
Over the years I’ve spent a lot of time learning about wood and how to use various tools to
make objects for our home and for my family. The various project experiences I’ve had have
given me the confidence to create my own designs and incorporate different joinery techniques
for various things from small keepsake boxes to children’s toys. In recent years I have been
learning how to use the lathe which has quickly become my favorite shop tool. Taking a piece of
would be firewood and turning it into a tool, box, toy or even a bowl in one day yields
immediate gratification. It’s almost equal to the pleasure I get in making the object and giving it
to someone as a gift. The best part about woodworking for me is that there is always something
to learn.
My wife Dukey and I live in Phoenix and have two children and six grandchildren that are the
recipients of many of my efforts from the wood shop.


David Parker

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George Adams

Member Since: 2016

Member Since: 2016

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 I retired in 2009 from Verizon/Bell Atlantic/C&P Telco after 32 years working various technical and IT positions. Working paid the bills, work a little wood, retirement allows me to work wood pay a little of the bills.
I think my woodworking extends back to the days of my childhood. Seems like ever since I could hold a hammer I was building something, as a boy it was treehouses and go-carts. Today my woodworking projects would furniture, timber framing, sculptures, toys, even a go-cart, for my grandson this time. Most recently I have gotten interested in turning bowls and vessels.
I prefer to build from my own design verses following the plans of others. I also work with stained glass and find it fun to add a little glass into the furniture that I build.
If I had to pick a favorite style of furniture, I think it would be Contemporary Arts and Craft. An example of this and two furniture makers that I admire would be of Kevin Rodel and Garrett Hack. Both take traditional style furnishings and embellish with inlays, glass or contrasting woods.
My favorite woods to work are Walnut and cherry.


Paul Sleeper

Member Since 2016

Member Since 2016

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Rob Weber

Member Since: 2016

Member Since: 2016

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Scon Boccuti

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Let me introduce myself: my name is Ascanio Boccuti.  Often my first name is shortened to "Scon" by my friends and colleagues. In my former life, I was a wills, trusts, and estates lawyer, practicing with a large firm in Baltimore. I've lived most of my life in Baltimore, and have been married for 55 years to my college sweetheart, Jean. We have 2 daughters and 3 grand-daughters, to whom I am officially known as "Mr. Fix-it." We have a family place in Garrett County, Maryland, which I visit year-round.  It's there that I have turned a 2-car garage into a wood workshop, the floor covered in chips.  I have loved making things out of wood since my initial experiences in high school shop classes.

My first major project, in the 1960's, was to put together and finish a teak "hi-fi" cabinet, right in the living room of our first apartment. It still sits proudly in a family rec room. It is difficult to choose a best project that I've completed over the years. It could be the building of my wooden kayak, which took 3 winter months, and which I now paddle frequently on Deep Creek Lake.  Or, maybe it's the cherry high-chair I made for the first grand-baby, which was used, without mercy for my craftmanship, by her and subsequent grand-girls. The "grands" also enjoyed being pulled along in the wooden slats wagon, or spending endless hours in the old-style chair swing.  Making children's gifts has provided me, and them, much pleasure.

One of my customs has been to make a birthday or Christmas present for family and friends, rather than to buy something for them. Last year it was wooden spoons, each one different. In previous years it was cutting boards and bagel holders for safe slicing.

Recently I've been making live-edged tables, from felled Western Maryland tree trunks. The slab I'm currently working on is from Meshach Browning's apple orchard. (He was a well-known Western Maryland hunter in the early 1800's.) Preserving the wood, creating the finish, giving new life to old chunks, and then giving the completed projects to others, provides me with great satisfaction.

I hope to keep on covering the floor with sweet smelling wood chips for as long as I can.  


Charlie Thomas

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