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Taunton Workshops Faculty

Gregory Paolini

Gregory Paolini began woodworking in high school and found that he had an affinity for the Arts and Crafts style. Originally from Buffalo, NY, today Gregory designs and builds furniture and cabinetry from a small shop in the Smokey Mountains, west of Asheville, North Carolina. He teaches and writes about the craft and is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.

Michael Pekovich

Mike Pekovich is the Executive Art Director for Fine Woodworking magazine. A long-time woodworker, he caught the hand tool bug when he came to the magazine 15 years ago. Growing up in California, he was inspired by the writings and work of legendary woodworker James Krenov. A visit to the Gamble House in Pasadena cemented his love for Arts and Crafts style furniture. Whether he’s teaching or working at Fine Woodworking, Mike combines his passion for the craft with his desire to demystify the process for others. He has conducted a number of video workshops and teaches regularly at the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking and the Marc Adams School of Woodworking in Franklin, Indiana.

Ed Pirnik

Ed Pirnik spent his high school and college years apprenticing as a timber-frame carpenter. After graduating college he spent over eight years in New York City as a photographer, writer, and editor. During that time he collaborated on stories on a variety of issues around the world including conflict, travel, and national politics. He returned to Connecticut in 2009 to become Senior Web Producer for Fine Woodworking magazine, where he has been able to combine his interest in media with his love for woodworking. Ed manages both Fine Woodworking Online and Start Woodworking Online, guides all the video content produced for the websites, and hosts and produces the Fine Woodworking bi-weekly podcast, Shop Talk Live.