2010 - Present - Two Pines Trading Co. - Cofounded the web based store for Japanese carpentry tools

1998 - 2013 - J. Speetjens Inc. - Custom studio cabinetry and furniture -

1992 - 1998 - Studio furniture sole proprietorship DBA The Art of Furniture


Piedmont Craftsman Guild

The Furniture Society

Piedmont Japanese Carpentry Club


Classroom instruction of cabinetmaking and general woodworking at Rockingham Community College Center for Creative Woodworking.

Head Instructor at Greensboro Kodokan Aikido -

Presentation on various topics of furniture design and woodworking technique for the Triangle, and Triad Woodworker’s Associations.

Publications / Media

2012 - Began blogging for the hand tools section of

2009 - Authored article on vacuum bag veneering in Fine Woodworking Magazine issue 208.

2008 - Authored an article of a French Country desk and credenza in Woodwork Magazine issue 109.

2006 - Authored article in Fine Woodworking magazine #186 “Jointer Techniques”.

2006 - Authored article in the April issue of Woodwork Magazine, “Fabricating Combination Miter/Mortise and Tenon Joints”.

2006 - Authored project article on a bow front chest in Woodwork Magazine issue 99

2006 - Authored article on sharpening chisels in Woodwork Magazine 96.

2005 - Authored article on carving classical brackets, Woodwork Magazine issue 94.

2005 - Authored article on fitting cabinet doors in the April issue of Fine Woodworking Magazine.

2004 - Flame Bench featured in the gallery section of Woodwork issue 89.

2004 - Authored article on the construction of a Garden Gate in Woodwork Magazine issue 85.

2003 - Furniture featured in the gallery section of the February issue of Woodwork Magazine.

1995 - Furniture featured in the gallery section of Woodwork magazine issue 35.


2002 - Awarded an Honorable Mention for a custom designed and fabricated dogwood dining table in CWB Magazine’s Design Portfolio Awards competition.

2001 - Awarded Winner of the Architectural Millwork category of CWB’s Design Portfolio Awards competition for a Biedemeier style home office.

2001 - Awarded Honorable Mention for a lingerie chest in the CWB Magazine’s Design Portfolio Awards competition.

1996 - Morning Sun Stool received the first place honors at the Davidson County Museum of Art’s Chair Show, as judged by Bob Timberlake “Craftsmanship and design are outstanding”.


2013 - Present - Managing the facilities and coordinating the programs at the Rockingham Community College Center for Creative Woodworking.

1988 - 1991 - Williams Custom Woodworking

1985 - 1988 - Roscoe Guitars - 1985 - 1988 - Roscoe Guitars - Responsible for the development of manufacturing systems for custom order electric guitars and bases. The production system was designed so that each instrument could be uniquely specified by the client, based on a wide selection of styles, components and ergonomic details.

1983 - 1985 - Kostas Kustom Kabinetry


1982 - Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery in Phoenix Arizona -

J. Speetjens