Archives: Team

Michelle Myers

Michelle Myers began her love for woodworking in high school.  After graduating form Penn State University, she trained at the Center For Furniture Craftsmanship in Camden, Maine. Since then, Michelle has collaborated on furniture for clients such as the Barnes Foundation and Tiffany Flagship stores. Since moving to Austin in 2018, Michelle has focused on her signature style: clean lines and dramatic curves. She enjoys dreaming up custom pieces to fit her clients’ style and space.


Ramon Valdez

Ramon’s creations are primarily one-of-a-kind pieces featured in galleries, exhibitions, and in the homes and offices of private clients.

These works of art are primarily contemporary – always drawing inspiration from nature’s graceful lines and gentle curves. Future heirlooms are created utilizing many exotic species of wood from around the world. Beautiful exotics, combined with domestic species are distinctive to Ramon Valdez Fine Furniture.


Eduardo Chávez

Eduardo Chávez, PhD, RN is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing. Dr. Chávez has been at the School of Nursing since 2019, teaching Child Health in the Alternate Entry Master of Science in Nursing program. His area of research examines leadership behaviors of frontline clinical nurses and…


Nathan Llewellyn

Nathan Llewellyn graduated with a degree in Technology and Engineering education with an emphasis in woodworking from Brigham Young University and is currently working on completing a master’s degree in instructional technology and learning sciences from Utah State University. He works as the director of product management and user experience design at Emmersion, an educational technology…


Nicole Reidinger

Nicole Reidinger is a furniture maker and educator based in Washington DC. She currently teaches Career, Technology Education with a focus in woodworking and design skills to her middle school students in Alexandria, Virginia. She values the opportunity to make woodworking more accessible to anyone who wants to learn it and is excited to join…


Ryan Stadt

Ryan is a hobbyist woodworker and experienced educator. He has degrees in philosophy and secondary mathematics instruction, and spent several years as a high school math teacher before joining an educational technology company, where he works in corporate learning and development. He came into woodworking as a hobby when he realized he could work with…


Michael Fortune

Award winning furniture designer and maker Michael Fortune passes on his knowledge and experience by teaching woodworking and design around the world.

Aspen Golann Artist and Craftwoman

Aspen Golann

Aspen Golann is an artist and a 17th & 18th century-style furniture maker living in North Carolina. Her furniture work blends contemporary art with classic American furniture forms to make subtle statements about power dynamics in the world of craft. Golann’s work has been exhibited nationally and is published in Fine Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture, Lost Art Press Blog, Luxe Magazine, Art New England, and artscope.

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Frank Strazza

Frank Strazza builds heirloom quality furniture one piece at a time in his small studio workshop in Central Texas. He uses traditional joinery throughout and utilizes handtools for much of his work. He has won multiple Awards for his work and has participated in building furniture for the White House in Washington D.C.