Ben Strano is the web producer at FineWoodworking.com. As a youngster, he became engrossed in music, a passion that brought him to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a degree in music production and engineering. Soon after graduating, he began a career as a recording engineer in Nashville.
While expanding his woodworking and home-building skills, Ben also expanded his job skills, taking on video and audio projects for Lost Art Press, among others. He dove into web production and the social media landscape, connecting with all manner of woodworkers young and old.
Ben is an avid woodworker and starts every day off with an hour or so in the Fine Woodworking shop.
With its direct-drive three-phase motor, the Oliver isn't something that you can just plug into any old 220-volt outlet. In order to feed the beast, Mike outfitted his shop with a three-phase rotary converter, something he doesn't regret for a minute
Gary Franklin is a fifth-generation nailer at the Tremont nail factory in Mansfield, Mass. His great-great-grandfather started working there shortly before the Civil War, and he carries on the tradition to this day.