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.
Jeremiah developed a fondness for woodworking through the construction of simple 2×4 furniture with his father. That led him to pursue an Industrial Design degree from Syracuse University it 2008 and, following graduation, he returned to Philadelphia and began an informal apprenticeship with a local woodworker. He has since worked in local woodshops learning varied approaches and techniques by way of cabinetry, furniture construction, and architectural millwork. Outside the shop he spends time drawing, reading, cooking, gardening, and doing photography and web design.
After moving to Philadelphia in 2012, Shannon quickly fell in love with the unique, small town feel that Manayunk offers. She spent four years helping to manage a local dog walking business before coming to work at Philadelphia Woodworks. Shannon strives to put every member and customer at ease, and is happy to help make your experience here a great one. She loves learning new things and is fascinated by the labors of love crafted by all of the woodworkers who come through these doors. In her spare time, you can usually find Shannon either writing fiction or hanging upside down, as she also teaches aerial circus arts.
<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.
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.
Jake is a student at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, working towards 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.