Our Team


Michael Vogel

Michael Vogel

Founder and President of Philadelphia Woodworks

Our founder, Philadelphian Michael Vogel, conceived of a Philadelphia members woodshop and woodworking school in early 2011 after nearly a decade of searching for quality woodshop access and instruction.  Having had access to a professional grade wood shop in architecture school, Michael’s woodworking came to a stop after graduation, only able to build small and dusty projects in his living room.  Fully committed to the belief that artists, hobbyists and the general Philadelphia community should be able to enjoy fine woodworking without the cost and often impracticality of building a home woodshop, Michael left a 10-year career in finance the spring of 2011 and had the keys to a incredible facility by summer of the same year.

 


 Bernadette Moyer

Business Manager

Bernadette joined Philadelphia Woodworks in 2019. A lifelong Philadelphian and Certified Arborist with a diverse background and skill set, she brings a dynamic sense of experience and passion to our Business Manager position. Greeting our members and customers as they walk through our door, Bernadette is happy to help make your experience here a great one. She loves the possibilities of learning the ways of woodworking and is excited to witness the transformation process of the amazing projects crafted by all of the artisan woodworkers who come to work and play in our shop. A true Philly girl, Bernadette enjoys the diversity of our city, cheers on our sports teams (especially the Flyers), helps to care for our urban forest as a Tree Tender and spends time exploring, near and far, with her husband.

 


Jake Rosser

Shop Manager

Jake is a graduate of the the Wentworth Institute of Technology, with his Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design.  He used to tag along with his father on his construction jobs, and has spent a third of his life working in furniture shops. In his free time, Jake enjoys rowing, long walks on the beach, cooking, and motorcycles.

 

 


 Bruce Driscoll

   Instructor

After tiring of the travel that came with working as a magician, Bruce went into construction/cabinetwork. He has spent the last 25 years working in custom cabinet and furniture shops. Upon retiring and wanting to share some of his knowledge, Philadelphia Woodworks was a perfect choice. Bruce spends much of his “spare” time motorcycle riding, and pursuing a second magical career.

 

 


Jared Moore Jared Moore

Instructor

Jared grew up in a logging family in Oregon, and spent most of his adult life moving around the west pursuing a variety of careers, from bartending in Montana to teaching English in bush Alaska. He began woodworking as a boy, making projects with his dad and grandad, and developed a love for fine furniture. In Alaska, he spent four years working with only hand tools, and then moved to Washington where he earned an AOS in  Traditional Small Craft Construction and worked as a shipwright (building wooden boats). His two favorites jobs are woodworking and teaching, so he’s excited to be at Philadelphia Woodworks!

 


 Luke Ling

   Instructor

Luke has been with Philadelphia Woodworks since July 2015. He has worked with wood professionally as a furniture maker/finisher in North Carolina and continues to hone his craft in a life long pursuit of designing and constructing pieces for his home and family. Some of his more interesting projects include a complete structural remodeling of his daughters’ room, a cedar strip kayak and collaborating with his oldest daughter on their first skate board. Trained in the fine arts, Luke first became serious about woodworking in undergrad, where he spent most of his time in the woodshop or on the computer modeling parts in 3D. He currently works in the IT field but can’t wait to change outfits (literally) and pass on his knowledge and passion for woodworking.

 


Michael Ferrin

Michael Ferrin

Instructor

Michael has been surrounded by woodworking ever since he was a child. His father is a luthier, and Michael grew up helping him work on the house and later, repairing violins. He worked as a maintenance carpenter while studying printmaking in college, then as a cabinet member at an environmentally friendly design/build company before coming to Philadelphia Woodworks in 2012. Michael left for a year to attend the 9-month furniture making program at College of the Redwoods in Northern California. When he’s not woodworking, he’s likely to be found riding his bicycle, reading, or talking to his cat.

 

 

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