Roger Buchanan founded Landenberg Pottery in Landenberg, Pennsylvania, in 1974 and Strawberry River Woodworking in Jonesboro, Arkansas, in 1993. He holds a BA and a PhD in cell biology from the University of Delaware. He set up shop in Quitman, Arkansas, in 2013. After a career in medical research, he became devoted full time to woodworking in 2017.
Thomas Dunn was born in Ohio. He moved to Arkansas in his 30s and started turning wood in the early 1990s on a homemade spring pole lathe. Over the next few years, his equipment improved, as did his turning skills.
Dunn is a member of the American Association of Woodturners, Diamond State Woodturners, Central Arkansas Woodturners, and Segmented Woodturners. He also teaches beginning woodturning classes.
I am a retired IT manager, and I live in Jacksonville, Arkansas. I have been woodworking for about twenty-five years and woodturning for twenty years. My hobby started out as building telescopes, but I found I enjoyed woodworking more. A friend and I built furniture and church fixtures. I also like to make my own tools. I enjoy turning hollow forms (vases), platters, boxes, pens, and kaleidoscopes. I also paint, dye, and put texture on some of them. I make some of my own lampworked glass for my kaleidoscope cells. I like to use mixed media in my pieces.
I have a David Lindow rose engine (ornamental lathe) that I use to enhance my pieces with ornamentation and guilloche. My shop also includes the usual woodturning and woodworking equipment.
Doug Stowe began his woodworking career in 1976. In 1977, he founded the Eureka Springs Guild of Artists and Craftspeople. In 1995, he started writing books and articles about woodworking. In 1998, he was one of three founders of the Eureka Springs School of the Arts. In 2001, Stowe started the Wisdom of the Hands Program at the Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Eureka Springs, to show the value of wood shop and hands-on learning. In 2006, he began his blog, Wisdom of the Hands. In 2009, the Arkansas Arts Council named him an Arkansas Living Treasure for his work with wood and in education.
Gary White has always been a woodworker. During high school and college, he refinished antiques and built furniture. While flying USAF C-130s, he studied woodworking techniques and collected wood samples from craftsmen around the world.
Jackie White has always been a needle worker. She began with counted cross-stitch, then progressed to sewing then piecing and quilting for the kids. While Gary collected wood, Jackie collected quilts.