JLC LIVE Clinic Instructors

Our exhibit hall building clinics put the LIVE in JLC LIVE. And we can't do it without our awesome instructors–industry experts that you've seen in trade magazines or online!

Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson comes from a long line of carpenters and contractors in Indiana, and his grandfather and other relatives built grain elevators across the Midwest. Before he took up the family trade as a second career, Bill was a commercial diver on deep-water oil rigs. Bill and his wife, Kathy, spend their free time in New Orleans, where they enjoy the local music, food, and culture. 

Gary Striegler

Gary Striegler is the President of Craftsman Builders Inc., in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has over forty years of experience as a home builder, trim carpenter, and occasional furniture maker. Gary has been a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding, The Journal of Light Construction, Tools of the Trade, and This is Carpentry, as well as starring in several how-to videos on trim carpentry, and teaching classes at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking.  Each year, he travels to Honduras and volunteers for construction projects with Mercy International.

Jon Namba

Jon Namba is an independent industry consultant, trainer and speaker. He is a past president of the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) Certified Professionals. His background includes roles as an installer, former World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) director of technical services and former Certified Flooring Installers (CFI) executive director.

Kim Katwijk

Kim Katwijk is an internationally known deck designer and builder with 45 years of construction experience ranging from heavy commercial building to log home construction. However, his true love is designing and building decks—which he has done for the past twenty years. Kim is known for his articles in Professional Deck Builder Magazine as a contributing editor for the past 11 years. Kim and his wife, Linda have also published feature articles in The Journal of Light Construction and Fine Homebuilding. 

Mike Guertin

The only thing Fine Homebuilding editorial adviser Mike Guertin likes better than building new homes is remodeling old ones. After more than 35 years, he’s still challenged every day to find more-efficient ways to build things better. Like a true Rhode Islander, he doesn’t take jobs farther than 15 minutes from his home in East Greenwich. Mike’s written over 100 articles for JLC Magazine and Fine Homebuilding and appears in dozens of videos.

Mike Kennedy

Mike Kennedy of Mike Kennedy Carving.com specializes in hand-carved tangent handrailing and custom stairs. His work can be found in some of the finest homes in New England. When not building fine stairs or carving handrail Mike enjoys building guitars, creating art and music, gardening, horseback riding, hunting, and just running around in the forest. Mike lives in Foster, Rhode Island with his wife and various animal friends.

Mike Sloggatt

Mike Sloggatt has more than 40 year's experience in the trade starting
right out of high school in 1972, Mike  specializes  in high-end,
challenging remodels near his home on Long Island. He is a  contributor to
the Journal of Light Construction magazine and writes for Fine Homebuilding and
Tools of the Trade, , Mike has been the Frame-to-Finish (Rough) Carpentry
presenter for the Katz Roadshow. He teaches seminars and clinics in all aspects
of carpentry and remodeling and is a regular presenter at JLC Live for the past
 18 years , The Remodeling Show and International Builders’ Show. When not
on the Road or enjoying his grand children , you might find Mike & his wife
Laura  enjoying the countryside on his Harley Davidson. 

Myron Ferguson

Myron is a fourth generation NYS Building Contractor, with 30 plus years as a drywall contractor. He is author of the bestselling book (400,000 copies sold), Drywall; Professional Techniques for Great Results,(4th Edition), as well as a 1 hour companion video. When he is not getting his hands dirty with his drywall contracting company he travels the country teaching drywall and related topics at trade shows, lumberyards, tech schools and construction companies.  Myron is BPI certified in building envelope and as a building analyst. He is also a green building verifier.  Myron is a regular contributor to Fine Homebuilding, Journal of Light Construction, and Walls and Ceilings magazine.

Peter Heard

Peter Heard is the owner of North Country Carpentry & Restoration, Inc. operating on the east end of Long Island, New York. For 25 years Peter has been restoring homes from the mid to late 19th century. Peter has built a solid reputation by satisfying the design and finish needs of purist homeowners. 

Rick Arnold

Rick is the owner of R Arnold and Sons Construction. His introduction to the trades was his 8th grade shop class. As Rick himself states, he didn’t really choose construction. He first went into the military and after that went to college. His college went on strike, so he got a job and never looked back.

Steve Demetrick

After graduating from Georgetown University in 1995, Steve DeMetrick went to work for Habitat for Humanity in Washington DC as an Americorps volunteer. That’s where he caught the building bug that led him to become a carpenter and builder. Two years later he moved back home to southern Rhode Island, where he still resides, now with his wife and four children. Steve’s company, DeMetrick Housewrights, focuses on high-performance residential building with an emphasis on meticulous woodwork, craftsmanship, and customer service. Two years ago, Steve’s company completed the first certified Passive House in Rhode Island. He’s completed a second certified Passive House as well as several net-zero and net-zero ready homes.

Tom Brewer

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