Wood Technology

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Wood Technology Faculty

Ron Mackrodt, Department Chair

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My name is Ron Mackrodt, and I look forward to meeting you, whether prospective student or employer. My passion, as well as my prior experience, is in professional, high-end woodworking. I hope to help you attain your own goals, be it the beginning of a new career, or the hiring of a great new employee. I’ve include below a brief biography to introduce myself. Please contact me if I can be of service to you.

The Life So Short, The Craft So Long To Learn

Bio
Education: BA, MA in Humanities, San Francisco State University

I began my formal training as a woodworker at Laney College in 1978. On completion of the Wood Technology program, I joined Carpenters Union 2236 in Oakland as a journeyman cabinetmaker, and began a career in the Architectural Millwork Industry. I have worked in most aspects of the trade, specializing in high-end corporate offices, retail stores and private residences.

In 1980 I began teaching woodworking at Laney College in the evenings. As instructor in the Mill and Cabinetmakers Apprentice Program, I have had the opportunity to assist many young professional woodworkers in attaining stable and well-paid employment in the local industry.

In addition to my professional interest in woodworking, I have been, and remain, an enthusiastic hobbyist. Over the years I have restored and furnished two Craftsman Bungalows from the confines of my garage-based shop in Alameda.

In August of 2003, I took an early retirement as a professional cabinetmaker and became full-time instructor and department chair in Wood Technology. My first order of business was to bring the wood shop at Laney College in to the 21st century. With the advice of our industrial advisory committee, and with State and Federal funding, we have acquired state of the art equipment for training new and working professionals in the skills the modern industry requires.

Our vocational classes regularly construct projects that are donated to local, non-profit organizations. Our work in the classroom benefits both the student and the community.

We have also added advanced courses for the professional furniture maker, taught by a working professional. We are currently upgrading the facility to better serve our hobby-oriented classes and look forward to providing ongoing education for the local community.

Contact Info
rmackrodt@peralta.edu
510-464-3446

 

Rosendo Del Toro

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Myron Franklin

mfranklin@peralta.edu
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Alan Keezer

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akeezer@peralta.edu
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Saul Montoya Gonzalez

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smgonzalez@peralta.edu
510-464-3446

 

Raul Poblete

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rpoblete@peralta.edu
510-464-3446

 

Deborah Torrey

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dtorrey@peralta.edu
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Jay van Arsdale

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Jay van Arsdale apprenticed early on with his father and grandfather in his family’s blacksmith shop in Kentucky. After graduating from Centre College, Danville, KY, in 1970, he came to the Bay Area where he attended Mills College in Oakland, (MFA in Art, 1972).

Jay was inspired to become involved with Japanese woodworking in the mid 1970’s after seeing a demonstration by Japanese Daiku Makoto Imai, who he learned from for a number of years. Jay has worked and taught in the Bay area since the early 1980’s. He has given demonstrations, lectures and other presentations for many organizations including the Japan Society, San Francisco Asian Art Museum, Exploratorium, Academy of Science, UC Berkeley, School of Architecture, and others. Jay is the author of Shoji: How to Design, Build, and Install Japanese Screens (Kodansha, 1988); Introduction to Japanese Woodworking (video, 1987), and a contributing editor of The Complete Japanese Joinery (Cloudpress 1989). He also has written numerous magazine articles and appeared on Japanese and US television.

Jay is a licensed building contractor that lives and works in a bamboo grove in Oakland with his wife and daughter. Jay currently teaches Traditional Japanese hand tools and joinery at Laney College in Oakland and at the Arques Boat School in Sausalito.

Contact Info
510-464-3446

 

Laney College Wood Technology Advisory Committee

Industry Advisory Board Members

Steve Nicholls, Owner, Mueller Nicholls Cabinets
Scott Pew, Manager, Berkeley Mills
Brian Simmons, Carpentry instructor, Laney College
Keith Nason, Professor Emeritus, Laney College
Larry Percivalle, Sales manager, Earth Source Forest Products
David Fay, Furniture Maker, David Fay Custom Furniture

Role of the Industry Advisory Board Members
Members of board are involved in current and future technological innovations in the local wood working industry. They have a vision of how the industry is changing and understand the current and future needs of its employers. Our recent upgrades in curriculum and equipment are a result of their experience and advice.

  • Wood Technology Brochure (PDF – 1.5 MB)

    Wood Technology Brochure