Fellows of the Woodwork Institute

Fellows of the Woodwork Institute2018-11-16T14:53:04+00:00

Our Newest Fellows

Photo of Byron K. Taylor

Byron K.  Taylor

Photo of William (Bill) Fenstermacher

William (Bill) Fenstermacher

Photo of Mike Hansen

Mike Hansen

Photo of Bruce Humphrey

Bruce Humphrey

Photo of Stanley R. (Rob) Gustafson

Stanley R. (Rob) Gustafson

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

The inaugural class of inductees were named in 2015.

“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,” Ray Cerulli, then-Chair of the WI Board of Directors, said of the first inductees. “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.”

Fellows below are volunteers, directors, officers, and staff who have been major forces in the creation and development of the Woodwork Institute.

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FOUNDING OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

L.J. Woodson *
Nicolai Door Sales **

  • President 1951-2
  • Director 1951-3

J.L. Pierce *
Pacific Manufacturing Co. **

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

Rex Sporleder *
Hollenbeck Bush Planing Mill **

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

Jim Moore *
Long Bell Lumber Co.

  • Treasurer 1951-4
  • Director 1951-4

Arthur Bernhauer *
Fresno Planing Mill **

  • Director 1951-3

Stanley Gustafson *
Sierra Mill & Lumber Co. **

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

Jack Little *
Union Planing Mill **

  • 1st Vice President 1958
  • Director 1951 -1960

Richard Cox *
Peerless Built In Fixture Co.

  • Director 1951

Robert Hogan *
Hogan Lumber Co.

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

Kenneth J. Shipp *
California Builders Supply

  • Director 1951-2

Byron K. Taylor *
Taylor Millwork & Stair Company, Inc.

  • President 1956, 1967, 1968
  • 1st Vice President 1954, 1955, 1966
  • 2nd Vice President 1965

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.

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

Reginald “Reg” Taylor *
Taylor Millwork & Stair Company, Inc.

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

C.E. “Ed” Bernhauer *
Fresno Planing Mill

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

Ralph B. McClure *
Union Planing Mill

  • Ralph B. McClure Craftsmanship Award established 1994
  • President 1973-5
  • 1st Vice President 1972, 1978-9
  • 2nd Vice President 1984, 1987
  • Director 1970-1983, 1986-1990, 1992-5
  • Technical Committee Chair 1993-2003, MM Editions 9-10
William (Bill) Fenstermacher
Wood Connection, Inc.
  • Director 1994-2015, 2017-2018+
  • Vice President 1997-2001, 2004-2007
  • President 2001-2002, 2005-2008
  • Executive Committee 1998-2011, Chair 2004-2011
  • Technical Committee/Chair 2002-2018+
Mike Hansen
S&H Cabinets & Mfg., Inc.
  • Director 1991-1996, 1999-2005, 2006-2012, 2013-2018+
  • Vice President 1996, 2001-2002
  • President 2002-2003
  • Executive Committee 2001-2008, 2010-2018+
  • Technical Committee/Chair 1998, 2002-2018+
Bruce Humphrey
Caseworx, Inc.
  • Director 1995-2007
  • Vice President 1997-2001
  • Treasurer 2001-2018+
  • Executive Committee 1998-2018+
  • Technical Committee/Chair 1997-1999, 2002-2018+

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

Stanley R. (Rob) Gustafson
Sierra Mill & Lumber Co. **

  • CEO 1994-2016
  • President 1986-1989
  • 1st Vice President 1983, 1985
  • 2nd Vice President 1981-1982
  • Director 1978-1993

* Deceased

** Founding organization