The Woodwork Institute has inducted the inaugural class of honorees for its Fellowship Award. The inductees include those who founded and built the Institute as it is known today.

The WI Fellowship Award was created to honor individuals for their lifetime of significant achievements and service to the woodworking industry.

“Since we’re working on the future of the Woodwork Institute, It’s appropriate to honor our past and those early volunteer industry leaders that contributed so much,” said Ray Cerulli, Chair of the WI Board of Directors. “These leaders and their vision to make the Woodwork Institute the industry leader in standards with assurance through certification, are the foundation of our future vision and work.”

The following volunteers, directors, officers, and staff were major forces in the creation and development of the Woodwork Institute of California, now known as the Woodwork Institute:

FOUNDING OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

L.J. Woodson *

Nicolai Door Sales **

  • Director 1951-3
  • President 1951-2

J.L. Pierce *

Pacific Manufacturing Co. **

  • Director 1951-5
  • 1st Vice President 1951-3, 1956
  • President 1957

Rex Sporleder *

Hollenbeck Bush Planing Mill **

  • Director 1951-8
  • 2nd Vice President 1951-3
  • Treasurer 1956-9

Jim Moore *

Long Bell Lumber Co.

  • Director 1951-4
  • Treasurer 1951-4

Arthur Bernhauer *

Fresno Planing Mill **

  • Director 1951-3

Stanley Gustafson *

Sierra Mill & Lumber Co. **

  • Director 1951-8, 1962
  • 2nd Vice-President 1958

Jack Little *

Union Planning Mill **

  • Director 1951 -1960
  • 1st Vice President 1958

Richard Cox *

Peerless Built In Fixture Co.

  • Director 1951

Robert Hogan *

Hogan Lumber Co.

  • Director 1951-6, 1959
  • President 1953-5

Kenneth J. Shipp *

California Builders Supply

  • Director 1951-2

VOLUNTEERS

Sherman “Sherry” Karns *

Hollenbeck Bush Planing Mill

  • Visionary and Editor of the Manual of Millwork, first published 1953
  • Technical Committee Chair 1953-1966, MM Editions 1-4

Erick Ahlbom *

Sierra Mill & Lumber Co./ Nor-Cal Millwork, Inc.

  • Director 1967-1972
  • 2nd Vice President 1968
  • 1st Vice President 1969
  • President 1970-1
  • Technical Committee Chair 1967-1976, MM Edition 5

Reginald “Reg” Taylor *

Taylor Millwork & Stair Company, Inc.

  • Director 1959-1962
  • President 1961
  • Technical Committee Chair 1976-1984, MM Edition 6

C.E. “Ed” Bernhauer *

Fresno Planing Mill

  • Director 1967-1972, 1975-1984, 1986-1990, 1992
  • Treasurer – 1967-1992
  • Technical Committee Chair 1984-1993, MM Edition 7-8
  • Honored “WI Treasurer Emeritus” 1993
  • E. Bernhauer Scholarship Foundation established 1998

Ralph B. McClure *

Union Planing Mill

  • Director 1970-1983, 1986-1990, 1992-5
  • 2nd Vice President 1984, 1987
  • 1st Vice President 1972, 1978-9
  • President 1973-5
  • Technical Committee Chair 1993-2003, MM Editions 9-10
  • Ralph B. McClure Craftsmanship Award established 1994

 

STAFF

Bernie B. Barber, Jr. *

Woodwork Institute of California (WIC)

  • WI CEO 1956-1993
  • Honored “WI CEO Emeritus” 1994
  • Bernie B. Barber, Jr. Award of Excellence established 1965

Wilbur L. Johnston *

Woodwork Institute of California (WIC)

  • Director of Architectural Services (DAS) 1968 – 1994
  • CSI Fellow 1984
  • Wilbur L. Johnston Award of Excellence established 1995

* Deceased

** Founding organizer