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Ken Burton

Professional Development

Furniture + Cabinet Maker

Windy Ridge Woodworks and Woodcraft Magazine

Ken Burton

Ken Burton has been working with wood professionally since 1984. He holds several degrees in woodworking and related fields including an Associate of Arts degree in Fine Woodworking from Bucks County Community College, a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Arts Education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Woodworking and Furniture Design from the School for American Crafts at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Ken owns and operates Windy Ridge Woodworks (, a multi-faceted endeavor that reflects Ken’s ongoing interests in art and fine craft. At the heart of the operation is the design and construction of studio furniture, custom cabinetry, and sculpture. He is the author of five woodworking books and numerous magazine articles about the craft. He is currently a senior editor with Woodcraft Magazine (

Prior to signing on with Woodcraft, Ken spent 26 years in the classroom teaching Technology Education to high school students in Boyertown Pennsylvania. These days he teaches summer classes including chairmaking, furniture making, turning, and more at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School ( in Warren, VT as well as evening classes throughout the year at the Fab Lab ( in Bethlehem PA.


Instagram: @windyridgewoodworks

Topics/Strengths: Breaking into Magazine Publishing: How to prepare a pitch for a magazine article ( What magazines are looking for, Focusing a topic, Preparing Materials, What to expect when working with an editor, But what if I can’t write very well? How much will I be paid?)

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