Board of The Krenov Foundation
Ron Hock: President
Ron Hock is the owner of Hock Tools, manufacturers of blades for woodworking tools since 1982, the year he met James Krenov. Ron had been designing and hand-crafting kitchen and hunting knives but his career changed course when JK and his students asked him to make blades for their wooden hand planes. It’s been woodworking tools ever since. Ron is known to say that, “Jim Krenov was responsible for the careers of many woodworkers, but maybe just one metalworker. I am forever grateful.”
Win Bowen: Secretary
Retired after 21 years with Pacific Bell, Winston and his wife Becky moved to the north coast in 2003. He has long been involved with non-profits, serving 18 years on the board of Friends of the Observatory (Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles), five years as president and helped lead a major renovation and expansion of this iconic building. He recently served nine years on the board of the Mendocino Land Trust, six years as president and 4 1/2 as acting executive director. He graduated from the Fine Woodworking program at College of the Redwoods in 2007, and in his spare time builds furniture in his shop in Caspar.
Taimi Barty: Treasurer
Native to Sweden, Taimi Barty landed in the United States for attend Harvard University. She made her way to the west coast after graduation and specifically to Fort Bragg in 2000. The turning point in her life happened as she studied woodworking with James Krenov during his last two years of teaching and College of the Redwoods. Since that time she’s been owner and operator of Wood Joint Studio, a woodworking shop in Fort Bragg, CA, along with her husband.
I was born in Palo Alto, California in 1942 and have lived and worked in northern California my entire life. I graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in art; studied sculpture at the Valand Art School in Sweden; and completed the College of the Redwoods Fine Woodworking program in 2003. I have operated a small woodworking studio in Mendocino for the past 15 years, where I work on custom furniture, small cabinetry, and specialty woodworking.
Bob is a retired engineer born and raised on the East Coast. After college he took a took a job at Sandia Labs in the SF Bay Area planning to stay for 3-5 years. He retired from Sandia after 32 years and now splits his time between his home in Pleasanton and Sea Ranch on the North Coast where he has a vacation home and recently completed woodworking shop. His interests include adventure travel, photography, an occasional game of golf, and woodworking.
Michelle is the designer behind Noe Designs - a graphic design business here on the coast since 2008. She works with businesses developing branding and identity, website design, annual reports, marketing, information graphics, in-store signage, illustrations, as well as forms and print work. She has an art background an continues to use pen and ink, block print, and watercolors in her designs. Michelle has many friends and colleagues that are woodworkers who studied with James Krenov, which makes sense, since she is a lover of fine craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Laura is an Irish furniture designer and maker, now living in Caspar CA. Since 2011 she has been the Program Director of the Fine Woodworking program at the College of the Redwoods in Fort Bragg CA. She makes furniture with her partner Rebecca Yaffe, under the name Yaffe Mays.
Tina is the younger daughter of James Krenov. She was born and raised in Sweden, joining the family in Fort Bragg in 1984. Tina has been a teacher in the Fort Bragg Unified School District since 1996, and is currently the Site Coordinator of Services for English Learners at the Fort Bragg Elementary Schools. Tina cherishes the opportunity to contribute to JK'S continued influence on the fine woodworking community through The Krenov Foundation, as well as the ability to remain close to the people who continue to make beautiful fine furniture with awakened hands.