Robert Van Norman
resident craftsman & teacher
Taught by James Krenov, Robert is the founder and resident craftsman and teacher at the school, Robert teaches Thursday through Saturday and administers the program.
Robert apprenticed under master cabinetmaker Erich Janisch, further refining his skills at the College of the Redwoods under the direction of James Krenov. In 1991 he 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. Robert maintains a small workshop at home, which houses JK's original bench, hand tools and machines, where he continues to work at his craft.
Yvonne Van Norman
Admissions & Student Services
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 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 or spending time with our grandchildren Elijah and Elinor.
Resident Craftsman & Teacher
A three year graduate of Inside Passage School of Fine Cabinetmaking and the twelve-week program at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship, Caroline has developed into one of the finest Craftsman to come out of our small school. Caroline teaches Monday through Wednesday and maintains a bench at the school where she continues to work at her craft.
Taught by James Krenov, Gary has served as our relief teacher since our schools inception. A dear friend and kind soul, Gary is a graduate of the inaugural class at the College of the Redwoods in 1982 and has made a living as a craftsman on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia since that time. Gary is the author of two children's books Fishing with Gubby and Gubby Builds a Boat both published by Harbour Publishing.