PETER FOLLANSBEE got his start in traditional woodworking in 1980 when he attended J. Alexanderís ladderback chairmaking course at Country Workshops. He continued as an informal apprentice and later collaborated when Alexander began to investigate 17th century joinery. Peter was the CW summer intern in 1988, helping to build our timber frame barn. He has been employed as the joiner at Plimoth Plantation since 1994. Peter has written about 17th century joinery for The Chipstone Foundation's prestigious journal "American Furniture." Peter was the featured cover story for the June 2005 issue of "Woodwork Magazine." He can be contacted by e-mail: His web site is:

DREW LANGSNER has been doing traditional woodworking since 1972 when he apprenticed with master cooper Ruedi Kohler in the Swiss Alps. He was introduced to Swedish spoon and bowl carving in 1977 under the tutelage of Wille Sundqvist. Drew began making ladderback chairs in 1979 (with John Alexander) and Windsor chairs in 1983 (with Dave Sawyer). He is the author of numerous articles that have appeared in "Fine Woodworking", "American Woodworker", "Woodwork" and other magazines. His five books on woodworking include Country Woodcraft and Green Woodworking. Drew's latest book, The Chairmaker's Workshop, is now out of print. Visit Drew's new Web site: His e-mail address is:

LOUISE LANGSNER is best known to Country Workshops' students as our hostess, gardner and the cook who puts so many fine meals on our dining table. One of Louise's other interests -- going back over 30 years -- is making functional baskets. Louise started working with white oak splints and this may still be her favorite material. But finding suitable small oak trees is increasingly more difficult. About 10 years ago Louise began growing coppiced willows, with the idea of having a continual renewable supply. The willows are ready for harvest by their second year, and are cut annually after that. Because they are round instead of flat, weaving willow is very different than using splints. Her e-mail address is:

OSAMU SHOJI is one of the most respected woodworking teachers in Japan. In 1974 he co-founded Oak Village, a multi-faceted woodworking center that emphasizes the importance of forest ecology in woodworking -- designing buildings, producing furniture and household furnishings. In 1991 Shoji-san started Shinrin Takumijuku woodworking school in Takayama, Japan. He is currently engaged by the woodworking department at Meiji Jingu, a prestigious Shinto shrine in Tokyo. He is the author of Takumijuku no Mokkou no Kihon, a technique book for beginning woodworkers.

CARL SWENSSON'S wide interests in woodworking include furniture design and construction, making shoji screens, post-and-rung chairmaking, and architectural work. Carl studied Japanese woodworking with Makoto Imai, a master tea house builder from Japan. In 1993 and 1995 Carl worked in Japan on the timber framing and entrance doors for a Buddhist temple. Carl's woodworking has been the subject of feature articles in "Fine Woodworking", "Home Furniture", and "Woodwork Magazine". He has taught courses at Country Workshops since 1983. E-mail:

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