Patrick Molzahn, Program Director
Credentials: B.I.A., School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL; B.F.A., School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL; Vocational Certification, Northwest School of Wooden Boat Building, Port Townsend, WA
Patrick has had a lifelong love of working with wood. He joined Madison College in 1998 after running his own Woodworking business for several years.
Originally trained as an architect, he has a strong interest in Architectural Millwork. His pursuits have led him around the world in search of how other cultures train their craftspeople. After living in Japan for 2-1/2 years, he returned to the US to study traditional Wooden Boatbuilding. Although he is boat less, Patrick employs the curved and circular techniques he learned in much of his work.
Richard Burditt, Instructor
Credentials: B.S., Construction Administration, University of Wisconsin, 1979
After graduating from UW Madison in 1979 with a degree in Construction Administration, he started with a local contractor building homes in the Madison area. He then moved into commercial construction and served his apprenticeship in the carpentry trade. Jeff comes to us from Findorff Construction, where he has worked for the last 20 years on projects ranging in size from a few thousand to hundreds of millions of dollars. After talking to Jeff, you will come to know that he has a passion for woodworking and a love for construction.
Bob Niemeyer, Instructor
Bob Niemeyer is a Technical Specialist for ICA North America and consults with both the distributor and end user on product recommendations and use. Bob has over 26 years of wood finishing experience and comes from a family of finishers dating back to 1910. As vice president and lead finisher of the family business, he was responsible for the high end finishing that included both urethanes and polyesters, estimating and touch up work. He has been a Woodweb.com Finishing Forum Technical Advisor since 1997 and has done consulting in the USA and Asia as well as in Europe.