Shaun Devine

Experience: Shaun, a graduate of Northern Illinois University, taught in the Chicago Public Schools for eight years. Tired of that, she quit to compete on the U.S Kendo team. She worked for two years as a photographer. After that she spent about five years as a restaurant manager. She saved her money so she could quit her job and complete a one year unpaid apprenticeship at The Chicago Bauhaus Academy. Upon the death of the founder, Berthold Schwaiger, she cashed in her retirement, emptied her savings account and opened The Chicago School of Woodworking with her business partner Mark Hamester.


Experience: Mark, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, served for 23 years in the United States Marine Corps where he held a variety of instructional billets. Following his retirement from the Marine Corps, Mark taught basic woodworking at the Chicago Bauhaus Academy.


Mark Hamester

Guest Instructors

Nick Artemakis

Nick has been building custom speakers for over 40 years. A woodworker and hopeless audio electronics tinkerer, he established Electric Woods in 1986 in the Ravenswood neighborhood.

A somewhat “eclectic” woodshop, Electric Woods has offered a wide range of quality custom cabinetry, furniture, finishing, and furniture repair, but always specializing in custom speakers and entertainment centers.

Mike Tipp is an award winning scroll saw craftsman and artist whose work is admired and appreciated wherever it is shown. Although he has had a lifelong interest in woodworking, he first started scrolling about ten years ago after seeing a scroll saw demo at a home center. Now he can be found most weekends and evenings in his home workshop “making sawdust” on one of his two scroll saws. Currently president of the Chicagoland Scrollers chapter of the Scrollsaw Association of the World (S.A.W.) the title he is proudest of is “Grandpa”, but only when so named by his four direct and six exchange grandchildren, offspring of Japanese exchange students he and his wife hosted in the seventies and eighties. Mike is thankful to his wife, Karen, for supporting his woodworking and to his dog, Beau, for teaching him about love in its purest form.

Lake Bluff artist Carole Floate has the background of teacher and principal.  She has been turning wood since the mid 90’s and has been teaching since the late 90’s at the local Woodcraft stores in northern Illinois, has taught at the Campbell Folk School in North Carolina, the Clearing in Door County, WI, has demonstrated at many woodturning symposiums throughout the United States. She is an active member of the Chicago Woodturners, Wisconsin Woodturners, Collectors of Wood Art, on the Foundation Board of the College of Lake County in Illinois and participates as an active volunteer in the arts community. She has been published in several major wood turning magazines. She had taken many hands on classes with many of the major wood turners and at the present time has been embellishing her work with marbling and texturing. In her classes you will learn the workings of the lathe, safety, and the skills for using the various tools needed to create turned wood pieces. As an artist Carole will help you with the design and shapes of your pieces. You can see some of her work found on her website at: 

Clint Stevens is a woodturner who has had a passion for wood since before graduating Utah State University. After a career in engineering, he opened a woodturning studio and gallery in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood where he tackles architectural and artistic woodturning projects. Over the years Clint Stevens has benefited from regular studies with woodturners from around the world.  He has years of experience teaching woodturners in safe low stress environments where his students learn the joy of the lathe. Clint is an active member of the American Association of Woodturners and the Chicago Woodturners.

Wayne Barton is a professional woodcarver living in Park Ridge Illinois. His interest in woodcarving first kindled at the age of five by his Norwegian grandfather, he has had a love for woodcarving all his life.

Mr. Barton took his formal training in the woodcarving center of Brienz, Switzerland, and his carvings can be found in private collections in Europe, Asia and North America. He is the only American to have his chip carvings in special exposition at the Swiss National Museum in Zurich, Switzerland. For the past 22 years he has been a columnist for  Chip Chats, Fine Woodworking, Woodcarving Illustrated, and other magazines.  He has written five popular books on woodcarving and has made a number of appearances on The American Woodshop with Scott Phillips and The Woodwright Shop with Roy Underhill.

Larry Anderson

When I was in High School I bought my first table saw and began making small jewelry boxes and other small wood items. I bought a larger table saw after I graduated from High School. My wife and I bought an old house in Lake Zurich, Illinois and my tools soon became very handy. We remodeled the house and sold it for a profit after living there for 7 years. We built a brand new house on the next block. Once again, my tools came in handy. I built the garage large enough to hold most of my equipment. In 1987 we went to the Madison Art Fair in Wisconsin. I saw a woodworker making wooden boxes. At this point, I knew I had the skills to design and build my own wooden boxes. I bought some exotic woods and tried making small boxes. They did not turn out very well, so I burned them in our fireplace. In spite of this, I went ahead and bought walnut and maple and tried again. This time, I was satisfied with the results of my design and creativity. I started doing mostly elliptical shaped bottoms with sculptured tops. My first art fair was in Chicago near Water Tower Place. A Scandinavian Airlines pilot stopped and examined one of my boxes and purchased it. I was delighted. Since then, I have made and sold over 2000 boxes. I mainly sell them at high-end craft stores throughout the United States. I have been published in a book called “The Art of The Band Saw” written by Mark Duginske.

Patrick Pryor studied classical guitar making under Anthony Huvard at the Northwest School Instrument Design in Seattle, Washington. In 2003, he graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a BA in Interior Architecture. In November 2008, he opened Pryor Craftsmen Inc. He now designs and builds custom furniture and cabinets and also repairs and restores furniture and musical instruments.