Featured Demonstrators are

Doug Stowe, Bob Van Dyke, Ernie & Susan Conover

Doug Stowe

  Doug Stowe began his woodworking career in 1976. In 1977 Doug 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 he started the Wisdom of the Hands Program at the Clear Spring School, a small independent school in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, to prove 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 Doug an Arkansas Living Treasure for his work with wood and in education. Doug is also a Milan Fiske Lecture Award recipient for 2013.

He has published 90 articles in various woodworking magazines and educational journals and has written 11 books on woodworking techniques with two translated into German.

Doug continues to teach woodworking grades 1-12 at the Clear Spring School, to work daily in his own shop, and to travel around teaching adult woodworking classes for schools and clubs.

He lives in a hardwood forest at the edge of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, with his wife, Jean.

Demonstrations by Doug Stowe



Bob Van Dyke

  After 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking in Manchester, CT. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking in Manchester, CT. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. His writing has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine, Woodshop News and American Period Furniture. He has also done a number of videos for finewoodworking.com.

Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn "by doing rather than by watching". Successful furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that promote mastery of both handtool and machine woodworking techniques. He is also an active member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers.

Demonstrations by Bob Van Dyke



Ernie & Susan Conover

  Ernie Conover is a highly published author in the woodworking field with nine books, dozens of videos and hundreds of articles to his credit. His work has received numerous awards and been the subject of several one-man shows. He lectures widely for clubs, trade show groups and woodworking stores and is frequently called upon as a consultant and expert witness in the woodworking field. When not writing, lecturing or consulting, he is active teaching at Conover Workshops, a craft school founded by the Conover family. 

A turner since boyhood, he was part of the focus group that formed the American Association of Woodturners during "Woodturning: Vision and Concept" the 1985 symposium at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He served on the Founding Board on the AAW as Treasure and still holds membership number 004. In Ernie’s own words, "I am a cabinetmaker with a turning problem." Through his books, articles videos, lectures and hands-on workshops he has taught thousands of people to turn.

Demonstrations by Ernie Conover



  Susan Conover began spinning and weaving in 1980 and spent the next two decades studying under numerous international teachers. Her focus has always been on the historic aspects of the craft.

Since 2000 she has offered courses in spinning and weaving from her studio. It is a premiere teaching environment with six Schacht Equipment floor looms and a "herd" of Schacht and Louet spinning wheels.

Her expertise has included being Operations Manager at Vavstuga Weaving School in Shelburne Falls, MA for five years. She specializes in lectures and workshops for guilds and other craft schools throughout the country.

Susan currently operates out of a newly remodeled studio that augments the original Schacht and Louet equipment with six Glimakra countermarch and counterbalance looms. She offers two to five-day workshops in her studio which include Weaving with Linen, Swedish Rag Rugs, Double Width Weave, Twills, Overshot Jamtlandsdrall, Comprehensive Basic Weaving, Basic Spinning, Spinning on a Great Wheel, Spinning Flax and Hemp, and many other topics. She is always willing to share her passion for weaving and spinning with her students!

Demonstrations by Susan Conover



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