Comprehensive education for the construction industry.

Gary M. Katz A career of encouraging craftsmen to master their craft.

Gary Katz is a licensed general contractor based in California. For more than 30 years, he has specialized in finish carpentry working on a wide range of projects -- from tract housing to expansive custom homes; from office tenant improvement to schools and hospitals.

During that time Gary has trained many carpenters on everything from basic techniques to advanced design and joinery. Gary is a popular presenter at national trade shows and lumber yards where he demonstrates finish carpentry techniques, and leads carpentry seminars and hands-on workshops. For more information on lumberyard shows, see the Katz Roadshow.

Gary has also shared his expertise for more than a decade as a frequent contributor to The Journal of Light Construction, Fine Homebuilding, Fine Woodworking, Tools of the Trade, and other leading trade magazines. He is moderator of JLC's online finish carpentry forum, he moderates two forums on Woodweb, and is author of the The Doorhanger’s Handbook (Taunton) and Finish Carpentry: Efficient Techniques for Custom Interiors (JLC/Craftsman). He is also a professional photographer who combines words and images in articles, catalogues, and instructions for the construction industry.

Gary's Mastering Finish Carpentry DVD series sets the standard for professional video instruction in the construction trades. The Doorhanger's DVD is the most recent program in the series, released in 2010. This new, two-disc set covers Hanging a New Door in an Old Jamb and Installing Prehung Doors.

More recently, Gary launched THISisCarpentry.com (TiC), a dynamic, interactive journal written BY carpenters, FOR carpenters. TiC offers detailed, well-illustrated articles about construction techniques, new tools of the trade, improving carpentry skills...and much more.

Sponsors Supported by corporations who care about edcuation in the construction industry. Sponsorship Information

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The construction industry suffers from a critical shortage of technical education.

We encourage craftsmen to master and honor their craft.