Staff & Instructors Bios

John Matchak
started his professional life as a fire protection engineer. He turned his hobby of woodworking into his career when he opened the Woodworkers Club in 1997. His first lathe- his wife's grandfather's 1937 model-is still in the Club, although he doesn't have time to do much of his own turning anymore. He is far too busy waiting on customers, teaching and scheduling classes, ordering products for the store, and generally sovling all the problems that crop up in any day.
Bill Rogers
has a love of woodworking that began in 8th grade shop class
and has been going strong ever since. He first worked as a carpenter while living in Colorado after moving there to finish school. During many years working in Telecommunications there were always woodworking projects on the side. Although he had sworn he wouldn't, Bill ended up moving back to Fairfield County and for thepast fifteen years he has earned a living as a woodworker. Moving from finish carpenter to cabinet maker, he focuses now on quality furniture pieces. Bill has been an instructor at the Woodworkers Club for almost ten years and he likes nothing more than to see students get excited about woodworking.

Dan Heubeck
is a local cabinet maker with over 18 years of woodworking experience. Originally from Darien, CT, he started carpentry in Colorado during his college years. He moved back to the Fairfield county area 10 years ago and began his study of cabinetry, and all things woodworking. I have done everything from framing to furniture. I really enjoy the challenge of woodworking, especially cabinet making.
Dan has owned and operated a large cabinet making facility, employing as many as 5 people at one time. He designs, fabricates, and finishes all of his cabinetry projects in house, and services the Fairfield county and surrounding areas. He teaches class at the Woodworkers Club, and provides many of our demos.
Stephen Romano
began woodworking when he was 13 years old during a summer course at Staples High School in Westport, CT. His first project was a log cabin bird house and after building it perfectly the first time- and showing the teacher something he didn’t know- he thought there must be something here. Stephen has been doing woodworking for 9 years now, he has done cabinets, furniture, helped remodel a selection of homes, and much more. Stephen is a salesperson in our store and you will often find him upstairs, in our shop, working on his many projects.
Gary Wood
has been a professional finisher, furniture maker and restorer for 35 years. He is a graduate of the University of Vermont with a BA in studio art. He has a shop in Canaan NH, which offers a broad range of services including custom table bases, furniture restoration, wood turning and carving for the antique and interior design trade. He focuses on detail, color coordination and fine finishing. He also sells a complete line of products for decorative arts and restoration, many of which you will find at the Woodworkers Club.
Al Miller
is a retired Industrial Arts teacher who specialized in woodworking and now carves professionally. He received Connecticut's Celebration of Excellence award for his innovative teaching style and has won several ribbons for his carvings in Connecticut and nation wide competition. Al has been teaching carving to adults for the the past 12 years at Woodcraft Supply store in Norwalk, Ct and at Fletcher Farmcraft school in Ludlow, VT and John Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. Al has been carving the acanthus style since 1989 and has studied in Norway and in the United States at Fletcher Farms and at “Vesterheim” (the Norwegian-American Museum in Decorah, Iowa) under Hans Sandom, Rolf Sogge, Knut Arnenson, Arve Mosand, Alf Stronen, Rolf Taraldset, Torgeir Lirhus and Grete Rudningen. Al received his BS form Oswego (NYSUCO) and his MS from Central Connecticut State University.
Tom Turgeon

What boy or girl hasn't imagined shooting a bow while playing in the "wilds" of their backyard? I have never let loose of my fascination of watching an arrow soar off a taut string from a bent stick. That same fascination, spanning 4 decades, has inspired my commitment to honing my skills to perfect the ancient craft of long bow building.

Over the past 15 years I have been fortunate enough to have shared this passion with more than 300 students throughout the United States. Having learned to "teach" wood to bend with the most basic of hand tools has been invaluable to me. I am qualified to instruct my Wilderness Class students to build bows with only a knife while my students in more traditional workshop settings enjoy the luxury of using rasps and scrapers to more easily tiller their staves. The finishing variables of these bows are endless and covered extensively in my Long Bow Finishing Class.

For additional information, a downloadable brochure and photos of actual classes please visit my website at