Robert Van Norman
Resident craftsman & teacher
Taught by James Krenov, Robert is the founder and resident craftsman and teacher at the school. Robert teaches Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as required. After the afternoon lecture can be found at his workbench. When not at the school, he can be found walking in the woods, or in his workshop, home to Jim's original bench, hand tools and machines, where he continues to enjoy the many subtitles of the craft.
Robert completed a traditional apprenticeship under master cabinetmaker Erich Janisch, further refining his skills at the College of the Redwoods under the direction of James Krenov. In 1991 he co-founded a small woodworkers cooperative where he began to make commissioned and speculative pieces of his own design. Robert’s work has been exhibited throughout North America, Europe and Japan. He has taught and lectured internationally.
Yvonne Van Norman
teaching assistant & admissions
Often the first contact our students have with Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking is with Yvonne. As her title suggests she looks after everything from correspondence, registrations and assisting our students with their transition to life on the beautiful Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. Yvonne is a graduate of our Impractical Studies program. In the afternoons, she assists with the program and maintains our machines.
Yvonne has developed a close network of locally available services and accommodations specific to our student needs. She has been with the school since its inception, and with Robert throughout his life as a craftsman. Yvonne lives in Roberts Creek with her family, a short walk from the school. When not at the school she can often be found on her bike, in her garden, in her sewing room or spending time with our grandchildren.