Noteworthy at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Tribute to Binh Pho

Years ago, Binh shared a special story with me about how he got his start in woodworking.

In the late 1980’s his wife bought him a new table saw as an anniversary present.  He really didn’t do much woodworking at the time so he decided to take a workshop.  His very first woodworking workshop was with me at the Odeum in Chicago.  Yep, I can take full credit for Binhs success…actually that’s not true.

Honoring an Indiana Legend

Michael Dubber is a true “Living Treasure” in the state of Indiana.  His lifetime work as an engraver is legendary.

He is a Founding Member of the Firearms Engravers Guild of America (FEGA) and is recognized as a Colt Master Engraver.

Mike has won the CCA Howard Dove Award for Best Engraved Colt on five occasions and in 2016, the NRA Awarded Mike with a Silver Medallion.  His piece entitled “The Greatest Generation Colt” is shown on the front and back covers of C. Roger Bleile’s 2014 book, American Engravers, III.

At MASW on May 16, 2017 Mike was awarded the Sagamore of the Wabash, which is the highest honor presented by the Governor of the State of Indiana.

This accolade was awarded by, at that time, Governor Mike Pence and was presented to Mr. Dubber by 14th District State Senator Greg Walker.  MASW is proud of Mike and his lasting work and dedication to his craft.

Recognizing Exceptional Students

Gratitude is finding the time to stop and thank the people who have made a difference in our lives.

A Decade of Dedication

MASW is proud to recognize 33 instructors that have taught for ten years.

Special Event Workshops

Calvin Coolidge once said “No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward of what he gave”.

 I believe we were all born with the ability to change someone’s life.  We see it here at MASW every day.  The difference we can make through working together, making items, and supporting our craft can, and will, make a phenomenal difference in the lives of others. 

This summer, MASW will be offering four workshops specifically geared at making a difference in the lives of others.  This series of workshops has become an incredibly well received part of our curriculum, proving that woodworkers/artists/craftspeople realize it’s not what you have, but what you give that makes a difference.

One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness will make a lasting difference. 

NEW   The David Worrell “The Young Apprentice Program”

This year we have added a new scholarship in the memory of David Worrell.  David was an Indianapolis based attorney who attended workshops at MASW for over 20 years. 

In 2004 he completed his Masters and was working on his Michael Fortune Fellowship when cancer became too much and on January 25, 2017 MASW lost another very dear friend and supporter of the school.

Before he passed, David and I would often share our concerns for the future of education in today’s world.  We agreed that in time history will look back at the educational system that now exists and realize the horrible mistake of replacing the industrial arts program with CORE classes.  David often noted the typical MASW student as being a perfect example of why applied education worked so well.  

Thanks to David’s wisdom and his wife Laura’s generosity, I am thrilled to introduce the David Worrell Scholarship which will be awarded to two students each year. 

Thanks to David’s wisdom and his wife Laura’s generosity, I am thrilled to introduce the David Worrell Scholarship which will be awarded to two students each year.  Students must be between the ages of 16-25 and have a desire to learn, a creative spirit and an aptitude of self-reliance.  The scholarship includes the class of choice and hotel expenses.  Applications are available through the school and must be submitted before June 1, 2018.  

     Remember the expert in anything was once a curious beginner. 

NOTE: How can you help? This new foundation needs YOUR help to become a reality.  If you know a young person who can benefit from this opportunity, please take the time to guide them through the application process. You can also help this cause through your kind, tax deductible donation, made payable to the RCMF, make sure to write on the memo line “David Worrell Scholarship.”


Roger Cliffe was a family man, college professor, author, avid pool player, woodworker and a very dear friend.  Roger died suddenly from a heart attack in 2001 while riding a bike.  He had a doctorate degree in Industrial Arts and was a teacher with distinction at Northern Illinois University.  Each summer during break, Roger would teach as many as 5 workshops, which almost always sold out.  He was a born teacher who had a great impact on all he met; so much that a group of our alumni wanted to start a foundation in his memory.  Today the RCMF has provided help to well over 125 students and interns to the tune of over $250,000 worth of aid. 

Through generous and unselfish gifts, the RCMF continues to support woodworkers of all ages, race and nationality in ways that help students fulfill their dreams and improve their lives as woodworkers, which will continue to improve our craft.

The RCMF is a public charity organized as a 501c(3) corporation. All donations to the RCMF are tax deductible to the full extent as allowed by the law.  If you know someone who could benefit or if you would like to help the cause, please contact:

Johnson County Community Foundation

Attn: Stephanie Fox

PO Box 217

Franklin, IN 46131

Or call the school at 317-535-4013 and ask for Paula Bueno.



John C. Coolidge attended MASW from 1996 until his death in August 2003 and was well known for the rubber chicken that adorned his shop apron and the jester hat that he wore nearly every day. John was from a well-established eastern family—a family that included a president of the United States. He was an attorney from Orange, MA and worked very hard in local charities. John was a great friend, a great leader and a true torchbearer for MASW. It is with great honor that back in 2004 several of the MASW Masters (many were close friends of John) banded together to present an annual award to someone who has completed the Masters program and/or has excelled in the craft or overcome adversity/personal challenges or gone beyond the norm to help make MASW the leader in the world of craft schools.

Recipients are chosen based on perseverance, effort, attitude and ability and receive a crystal plaque. This year we are fortunate enough to present this special award to George Porter.

Special Thanks

The following companies have assisted the school through their dedication to education: Thomas Lie-Nielsen; Festool, Marc Berner with Marsco Marketing; Nate Miles with Franklin International; David Hughes with Peachtree Tools; Custom Service Hardware, Jon Howland with DeWALT, Carl Booth with Carl Booth Veneers; the guys at Woodmaster Tools; Lance and Jim at Indiana Architectural Plywood, and David with MacBeath Hardwood.

Special thanks to the following individuals for their support and assistance over the last year: Zane Powell, Herman & Paula Bueno, Doug Dale, Don Metcalf, Mark Sterner, Mark Hedin, Nicholai Turner, Tina Stewart, John Adams, Markee and Patrick Murrin, Jerry C. Forshee, Tim Puro, Chris Laschinger, George Porter, David Reilly, Michael Fortune, Mitch Kohanek, Gary Striegler, John Ressler, Steve Latta, Scott Grove, Bob Lang, David Svenson, Alan Lacer, Dick Wilkins, Shelly Wells, Alan Brittingham, Tim Alsup, Suzanne Dunham, Janet Keller, John Knight, Andy Dick, Barry Reiter, Eric Key, Carl Brown,and all the instructors, our interns, and each and every student with a creative spirit.