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Mike Pekovich holds degrees in both furniture making and graphic design from California State University at Long Beach, and has been building commissioned work for over 30 years. He is the editor and creative director at Fine Woodworking, the leading print and online resource for passionate woodworkers everywhere. He has authored two books, The Why and How of Woodworking, and most recently Foundations of Woodworking.
Dave Richards has been a SketchUp user and teacher for more than 15 years. He is an authorized SketchUp trainer and uses the drawing program for a wide variety of projects, from tiny medical devices to architectural projects. He also draws project plans for Fine Woodworking and is a contributor to the blog "Design. Click. Build". He is the author of the SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers (The Taunton Press).
Roland Johnson has been involved in the woodworking business since 1976, when he started refinishing furniture, building furniture, and repairing and building all kinds of other stuff. Rollie is a self-confessed “gear head,” and not just around woodworking machinery and tools. With his extensive knowledge of machinery, Rollie is one of the go-to tool experts for Fine Woodworking and has been a contributing editor for the brand since 2002.
Bob Van Dyke
Bob Van Dyke has been a woodworker for most of his life and has been teaching the craft for more than 25 years. A contributing editor to Fine Woodworking, he has written dozens of articles and appears in some of the most popular videos on FineWoodworking.com. Bob owns and runs the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, where his hands-on teaching approach is centered around building student mastery of hand tools, power tools, and machines.