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An homage to a humble grasp


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Carl Stammerjohn utilizing a Krenov-style aircraft in a handplanes course at Cerritos Faculty.

Carl Stammerjohn is an engineer by coaching, an artist at coronary heart.

After acquiring a level in engineering, he labored in aerospace, as a race automobile mechanic, and as a math trainer, earlier than following his ardour and beginning a custom furniture business.

After about six years of working his personal store, Carl discovered himself taking lessons at Cerritos Faculty.  The school members have been so impressed together with his information and skillset that they invited him to take a place as an teacher.  He gained the respect and belief of his colleagues, and after just a few years turned chair of the Woodworking Division. He has labored tirelessly on this function, creating curricula and educating the high quality artwork of woodworking to numerous college students through the years.

Carl utilizing the jointer in woodworking class.

These of us who’ve had the nice fortune of taking a category with Carl fondly recall his signature, “Okaaaay, Come on up!” initially of an illustration or lesson.  We might all jostle for a spot on the entrance of the classroom, wanting to study from this unassuming grasp.  Carl is equally adept at conventional and trendy woodworking strategies, from hand-cut joinery and fine-tuning hand instruments, to energy instruments and computer-aided design.

Carl is understood for a depth of data, precision, and rigor in his woodworking.   He brings the identical stage of devotion to his educating.  He has excessive requirements, but balances this with an approachability and kindness. Carl would typically ship us again to the bench to refine our strategies or begin over, till it was proper.  That is rooted in a real concern for his college students, sharing his enthusiasm and dedication to excellence with us all.  He’s gracious and affected person, tolerating our fixed questions, and open to new concepts as effectively.

Carl is modest about his achievements.  A protracted-time colleague and good friend, Anthony Fortner, remembers a time when he was wanting via a guide of handcrafted tables.  One in every of Carl’s tables was within the guide.  When Tony requested why Carl hadn’t talked about this, Carl replied, “You didn’t ask.”

Carl Stammerjohn on the Orange County Truthful with a few of his furnishings.

Carl shouldn’t be the kind to self-advertise or search adulation.  Which is a part of why I needed to jot down this submit.  After years of sharing and educating tons of (1000’s?) of scholars, Carl is retiring in Might.  He plans on spending his well-earned retirement together with his spouse Lindsey, touring, mountaineering, and naturally woodworking.  Luckily, he has stated that he plans to submit on his web site and social media every so often to generously share his information even in retirement.

Instructing tablesaw calibration at Cerritos Faculty.

Carl, you could have touched our lives and impressed so many, pushing us to attain a excessive stage of excellence.  Thanks in your years of tireless and beneficiant service.  You’re a true mentor, nice trainer, and grasp of the craft…thanks!

Ben Baroncini has realized woodworking from Carl Stammerjohn at Cerritos Faculty in southern California.

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