Pat McMahon attended The University of Maryland Robert H. Smith school of business. Out of college he took a position with Old Town Editions. After a few years he negotiated a partnership position in the company. After 13 years in this positions Pat was longing for more out of his professional career.
During his years as a partner in Old Town Editions Pat has been collecting and building with salvage materials. His collection of materials fills his storage lot and a 30x100' barn. It became time to make a commitment to his true passion. McMaker studios evolved from this passion to build one off projects for himself, friends and family.
Proudly, From that the demand grew to be a sustainable income for him and his family. It was time to make the jump from one full time career to another.
McMaker Studios was born!
Pat sold his half of Old Town Editions and has transitioned to what has become his life's passion.
It all started in the woods for Tony Senerchia. Through camping trips and summers spent working at a Boy Scout camp - where he met Pat McMahon - Tony developed a love of nature and particularly trees. At home, he picked up a respect for gardening and a do-it-yourself attitude which fostered a sense of creative problem solving using whatever was available to produce something that was not just good enough but purposeful and - more often than not - beautiful.
Tony developed an interest in tools and machines as well as a deep curiosity about how things work. To pursue that passion, he earned a degree in Mathematics at Goucher College and proceeded to travel overseas to Switzerland to study Mechanical Engineering. After five years in Switzerland, Tony returned home somewhat dispassionate about the world of machines and metal.
It was then that Tony realized that woodworking could serve as the perfect marriage of his mechanical knowledge, love of tools and deep respect for nature and trees. He began to pursue this goal, doing small woodworking projects and otherwise working as a handyman to pay the bills.
Pairing his studies in math and engineering with his years working on renovations and fixing problems in homes, Tony uses his knowledge and the skills he’s honed to ensure projects go smoothly, quickly and to a high standard. His strengths are a deep knowledge of standards and practices, an ability to quickly learn new information and apply it to projects, creative problem solving, and an eye for detail.
Tony’s biggest joys in building are “reading” the wood - understanding how best to use a piece of wood and letting the individual nature of the wood guide its final use - as well as working with hand tools.