We’ve got a great team here at Woodworking Masterclasses, this page will help you get to know us a little better.
The perfection of hand tool woodworking techniques has been Paul’s life’s work. His enthusiasm for the craft is highly infectious and his skill is second to none. Having made his living as a furniture maker for many years, Paul has latterly turned to teaching as a means to bring the benefits of the craft to the lives of people around the world. Presenting on video comes with its challenges, and Paul has had to learn how to make complicated pieces to camera in such a way that the processes are easily visible to the viewer. Working this way sometimes involves making things back-to-front. You can find out more about Paul on his blog.
Paul is an amateur woodworking enthusiast, who enjoys photography, walks in nature and wood-based architectural archaeology.
An accomplished craftsman himself, and being very familiar with Paul’s approach to teaching, it was Joseph who picked up a camera(phone) and got the ball rolling on our current mission to provide clear woodworking instruction, where the form follows the message. Joseph’s first video of Paul, recorded on a now severely outmoded iPhone, can still be seen on YouTube. Nowadays, Joseph’s professional life consists of equal parts of corralling the rest of us into order and maintaining a vision for the clear communication of a practical approach to woodworking.
When not working, Joseph enjoys thinking about work, keeping abreast of the latest developments in technology and teaching his cat, Felix, how to be British.
Katrina works tirelessly to take care of all of our customers, fielding the many queries that pop into our inbox and bending Paul’s ear as necessary. She also keeps Common Woodworking lively and informative, and updates the wider world on Paul’s latest activities using a whole range of complex social-media-tootle-horns. Katrina has been a strong proponent of the continued rewilding of our office through the application of pot plants.
When she isn’t working, Katrina enjoys knitting, gardening, baking and forever banishing her husband Joseph’s unsightly clutter to the storage nether realm.
Natalie works to bring Paul’s tutorials to you with beautiful framing and an utterly seamless edit. Natalie can often be found behind the camera or editing together footage of Paul’s escapades. She also works on our motion graphics and makes sure that the colour balance is right for every shot, keeping each scene readable to the audience.
Natalie loves the cinema and enjoys editing film from a range of sources, especially when music is involved. She has been described as a crazy cat lady, although, having never met any of her cats, we are in no position to corroborate this statement.
Mark creates and utilises a wide range of spreadsheets to keep track of almost everything we do that can be quantified, from customer’s orders, to stock, to bookkeeping. In order to work properly, each of these spreadsheets must be pleasingly colourful. Or so he says. Each week Mark sends out friendly reminders that videos are ready to view and makes sure that he deals with any issues swiftly.
Mark is an accomplished cartoonist and fills his lunch breaks, evenings and weekends creating fantastic worlds filled with friendly monsters and accident prone pirates.
Rosie is a special little pup, who loves to explore the office and workshop, trailing shavings around as she goes. She will occasionally stop for a cuddle, or nap if she’s tired, and then it’s back to work!