I recently reconnected with a couple of old friends. Glen Huey and Chuck Bender who I had met separately at various trade shows over the years. Last year, after having worked as Editors at Popular Woodworking, Glen and Chuck wanted to do something a little different. Feeling restricted by policies put in place by the magazine suits they had been working for, they decided to start fresh and launch a new magazine and website of their own. 360Woodworking.com is an informative website where "Tech meets Tradition." It offers a wide range of information, including woodworking techniques, online classes, and a host of other features. Its video content makes this site different from anything I've seen before, largely due to the considerable 'hands on' woodworking experience that its founders bring to the table. You can read about both Glen and Chuck below and take advantage of the link at the bottom of this section to check out their website. We at Micro Fence endorse joining their membership and feel the quality of their content surpasses any other woodworking publication we've ever seen.
Glen D. Huey
Glen was introduced to woodworking at a very early age when his father became a homebuilder in Cincinnati, Ohio. By the age of 12, his father began building reproduction furniture as a hobby. From then on, Glen’s career path was set.
After completing high school, he worked on his father’s job sites during his summers, doing all stages of work in home construction. He would go on to attend the University of Cincinnati. Glen culminated his studies with degrees in finance and accounting. After graduation, he decided to open his own homebuilding business, bringing his semi-retired father back to work. He began building stairs, fireplace walls, paneling and built-in units. Sometime after, a decision was made to begin a new career building reproduction furniture. This brought him back full-circle to the path and place where Glen knew he was meant to be.
In 1997, Popular Woodworking, (also located in Cincinnati), approached Glen to write an article on finishing tiger maple. He began having articles published on pieces built for customers. Along with the articles, Glen authored four project-based woodworking books and one book about carpentry. By the end of 2005, Glen had joined the magazine staff full-time and eventually became the senior editor.
Charles (Chuck) Bender
Chuck began woodworking at the age of 12 in his parents’ basement making pieces of furniture for friends and family. Throughout his high school years he was mentored by Werner Duerr at the Center for the Arts and Technology in Chester County, PA. Werner taught his students to blend hand tool use with power tool use which is a philosophy that Chuck still teaches today.
After graduation from high school, Chuck began working for other cabinet makers in order to hone his skills. He would spend the next ten years working with Irion Company Furniture Makers. There, he managed to work his way to heading up their chair and casework production. In 1991, Chuck decided to branch off on his own. He has been building a reputation for making as high quality 18th Century furniture as there is in the country. His pieces can be seen in museums, private collections, and have been shown at woodworking and craft shows all around country.
In 2007, the title of “woodworking mentor” was added to his repertoire when he started the Acanthus Workshop in Pottstown, PA. He has received a number of awards throughout his career and has been featured in local and national magazines, newspapers and even has participated on the nationally syndicated PBS show: Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy MacDonald. He also began sharing his knowledge by writing for Popular Woodworking Magazine. He would join the editorial team in 2013 as senior editor.
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