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Carl Stammerjohn

Carl StammerjohnI am very pleased to be a part of the Woodworking Department here at Cerritos College as a full-time instructor.  My teaching career at Cerritos College began in 2000, when I was hired as a part-time instructor. I have been full-time since Fall 2004 and served as department chair from 2006 to 2019.

I graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in mechanical engineering. After graduating in 1982 I worked at Hughes Aircraft Space and Communications Group designing communications satellite mechanisms. I left there in 1995 for a short stint as a middle school math teacher. In 1997, I started woodworking/light construction business, and within a short period of time I was making custom furniture out of a shop in Torrance. I started woodworking as a teenager and have taken numerous classes at local schools and shops, including Cerritos College and the now defunct (and sorely missed) Cutting Edge store in West LA.

I enjoy combining the best aspects of power and hand tools, along with the knowledge gained in working thirteen years as a mechanical engineer, to make finely crafted custom furniture.  My inspiration is drawn from the simplicity of Shaker and Asian styles and the furniture and philosophy of James Krenov.

Cabinet detailI have received numerous awards for my furniture at the Orange County Fair, the Design in Wood Exhibition at the Del Mar Fair, and the American Woodworker show.  You can view more of my work and learn more about me at I have a blog there, in which I keep students and others informed about the goings-on in my home shop.

I teach a variety of courses at Cerritos College, including WMT 102 Introduction to Casegoods, WMT 103 Introduction to Tables, WMT 144 Jigs and Fixtures, WMT 201 Woodworking with Handtools, WMT 202 Advance Furniture Casegoods, WMT 204 Advanced Tables, WMT 205 Veneering and Marquetry, WMT 211 The Workbench Class, WMT 212 Routers and Router Tables, and WMT 221-224 Advanced Handtools.

If you have any questions, please email me at

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