The summer here at Wowser promises to be a blast. We’re proud to offer a wide range of classes from community experts. Each class is one week long. Choose which classes you want to go to, one week, all eight, or somewhere in between. The full schedule has been released already. Now check out the quality of the instructors we have lined up for you!
Wowser Summer Workshop Series Instructors
Bret Newberry: USAF avionics technician, marketing degree, 20+ years sales and finance. Renewable energy technician. Bret will hold workshops in basic auto maintenance and solar power.
Phillip Stewart: Has constantly honed his skills regarding all aspects of the planning, design and creation of sculpture. In 2002 fulfilled a desire to bring cutting edge technology and science to the field of sculpture fabrication. I hope to carry this primary goal forward through collaborations with artists and arts institutions allowing them to follow their visions without being told “not possible”. Where there is a will, there is a way. Stu will be running a workshop on Bismuth and metal working safety.
Sally Smith: She is a published writer. She was asked in 2000 to have her poem “Virginia Child” be included in the publication America at the Millennium: The Best Poems and Poets of the 20th Century by the International Library of Poetry. In 2012 she published AM I MY BROTHES’S KEEPER? and is currently on Amazon.com This is a gripping mystery written in the voice of a small town Virginia storyteller, which alone is a genre worth exploring. Sally will run a workshop on storytelling based on current events, with your imagination added.
James Wilson: Certified TIG welder, experienced in all forms of welding and metal fabrication. James also had made several prototype bicycles. James likes to make something new every day. He hangs his Welder at Wowser, and is an artist in residence.
Susan Proctor: Has been sewing most of her life, and is well versed in both costume and fashion clothing production. She will be able to help you learn the machine and work on a project.
Michael Hackleman: He has written seven books on alternative energy. Currently he is making a prototype electric Rail Bus at Wowser. He lives off grid and his extensive knowledge of alternative energy along with the experience of making off grid systems is invaluable. Michael will run workshops in both electric cars, and another workshop on solar hot water systems.
Tifany Leigh-Logan: Master’s program Public Health, American University. Jewelry maker and basic craftsman. Tifany has been with Wowser since its inception. Tifany will have several workshops this summer: Making shopping bags from feed bags; jewelry; and some surprise demonstrations.
Tara Logan: Driver of Espresso Yourself coffee house at Wowser. This all started with the fact we could not make decent coffee at Wowser, so Tara took it to the extreme. She brought an idea to life at Wowser, and will be teaching barista work.
Founder: Richard (Dickey) Wienkle: Retired business owner. Former elected county official responsible for water, sewer, and power production. Rotarian, and Interact (high school Rotary) sponsor and leader of many years. . Community builder through shared projects. Dickey will hold workshops on Entrepreneurship.
Mike Burgess: Electronics Research Engineer. Electronics Engineers high speed analog and digital (DC – 20GHz) low power, spacecraft module development. Me Certified in bonding, and soldering. Mike will be running workshops in Solar, Electricity and rebuilding an antique diesel engine over the summer.
Cyndee Logan: Making costumes, and creative items for over 30 years. She has also been making jewelry for many years off and on. Cyndee will run several workshops over the summer.
Roger Wilson: Skilled designer, Architect, General contractor, computer expert and teacher who has developed many tutorials and instruction-sets. Known also as a computer animation instructor, U.S. and abroad. Who worked both on the original Tron movie and Night Rider. Roger will run several workshops over the summer.
Phillip Frase: He is a retired contractor, and finish carpenter. His finish work is top of the line and he knows how to bring the beauty out of wood. Philip will run a workshop on making wooden signs.
Bill White: Retired, and a long time student of livable spaces. He has studied what makes people congregate in public spaces, how they look, what is inviting and what is not. He will work with a class on designing a new entry area for Wowser that is both inviting and beautiful. He has also made a beautiful tiny home on his property.
Jeff Judson: He is retired and has been ‘making’ for most of his life. He loves to keep busy and is going to share his knowledge of wire jewlery making, which I had never seen done before, with Wowser students this summer. He will also be showing wood burning on gourds.
Chris Hardaker: Chris has his MA in Anthropolgy. He has studied ancient geometery and has developed a math free way of explaining geometry. He will run a workshop on sacred geometry this summer, and it’s fun to learn.
Kevin Moore: He has a B.A. in Dramatic Art from UC Santa Barbara and an M.F.A. from University of New Orleans in Drama and Communications. He has worked 12+ years of University or College level teaching experience and 17+ year of Community and Regional theatre production experience.
Kevin has worked design and/or tech for over 250 productions at various theatres around the country including: University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Anderson College in Anderson, SC; Fayetteville State University in Fayetteville, NC; Cape Fear Regional Theatre in Fayetteville, NC; Spring Lake Little Theatre in Spring Lake, NC; Carolina Civic Center in Lumberton, NC; Spartanburg Little Theatre and Youth Theatre in Spartanburg, SC; and more locally at Ukiah Players Theatre, Willits Shakespeare Company and at Willits Community Theatre, and has done consulting and installation on technical upgrades to lighting and sound at two local churches.
Beyond woodworking, Kevin has experience with various software including editing for audio, still and motion video, and CAD. He is experienced with both film and digital photography, live sound mixing, and various electrical, electronic, and mechanical devices. Kevin has worked with assorted hydraulic and pneumatic tools and devices. He has even worked with a broad array of unusual materials including casting resins, expansion foam, styrene foams, celastic, assorted fabrics.
Ron Cole: Maintained shipboard radar systems in the Pacific Fleet. Maintained & operated shipboard nuclear power systems -USS Bainbridge. Taught electronics at Navy Schools Command. Began promoting Magnegas as a renewable replacement for Natural Gas. Magnegas now listed on the NASDQ. Replacing Acetylene world-wide as a welding fuel. Ron will be running a workshop on “Free Energy” using a new method of collecting energy.
Tim Rice: Computer guru, builder of large systems and networks. Tim will be running a workshop on building your own computer.
Steven Levin: Entrepreneur, hacker, builder. Steven will be running a workshop on basic robotics.
Lily Mitchell: Lily has been sewing most of her life. Lily also is a recognized photographer. Lily will be running workshops in both basic sewing and digital photography.
Caelan Creekmur: Caelan has been trained as a barista at Thanksgiving Coffee in Fort Bragg, and will co-teach how to be a barista with Tara Logan.
Pretty great, right?
Here’s the complete Wowser Summer Schedule.
So join us for the summer. Come one week or all eight. You choose.
See you on the 15th!