Two weeks ago I left stormy Port Townsend wondering what I would do with myself after wood school and how I would put my education to use. Now I'm excited to be embarking on the next seasonal chapter of my life in a new state, using my woodworking and related life skills in true homesteader fashion--repairing farm structures, sharpening garden tools, and turning into the capable handywoman I've always wanted to be.Read More
For the past several years, I've been focusing on how to build with simple, earthen materials: clay, sand and straw. I'd like to continue working with sustainable materials whenever possible. I believe in a built world that's non-toxic.
Foundations, Winter 2017Read More
After a stint in the U.S. Marine Corps, Brandon Denning is using his G.I. Bill funding to attend the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades at Fort Worden State Park.
Brandon Denning took the long way to arrive at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades, but his G.I. Bill helped him walk through the door.
The sun has finally returned, at least for a mid-March morning, bringing light and love off the snowy Olympics down to the sound and through the large window beside me. As a student in the inaugural run of the school’s Furniture Making Intensive, it is easy to feel like a beaver stowed away in his lodge chewing bark as winter rages outside, paying mind only to their design drawings, cutlist and project schedule. But a morning such as this calls one to poke their head out of the woodpile and take-in that which inspires and guides (at least for this beaver).
Colin Kaferle, Furniture Intensive, Winter 2017Read More
"Every day I could feel my brain expanding into uncharted territory, opening up pathways for new information to trickle down like water seeping over dry ground. I noticed patterns about myself and how I related to this skillset--first: struggle, second: slowly but surely get it, third: take off and run with it. I saw myself steadily improving each time I repeated a technique and employed it in projects as they increased in complexity."
By Jennry Monfore,
Foundations of Woodworking Winter 2018
Do you remember the first time you admired the smooth, clean lines of a new workbench? How the weight and stability were ready to hold the work for any project you could dream of? And the feeling it inspired that you could build anything? Today, we ask for your support to help us build 10 student workbenches, a teaching bench and to fill the benches with high quality hand tools.Read More
After a lot of thought, and more than a little inspiration, I've decided that next year will be a year of transition for me. I’ll be moving on from the role of Executive Director in the Spring and returning, like Jim and John, to the role of maker and instructor...Read More
Raphael Berrios is one of our Foundations of Woodworking scholarship students in Spring 2016. He also took our Timber Frame Tiny Home course and brought home one of the structures to finish for himself (you can follow his progress on his blog! Here’s what he had to say about what led him to PTSW, his experience so far, and thoughts for the future:Read More
Back in April, our Introduction to Cabinet Making class redid the cabinetry in the workshop bathroom. Now that mirrors are in place and painting finished, here are a few photos of the process & final product.Read More
Photos of Matthew Straughn-Morse's sturdy, compact & beautiful workbench. Folks in the Build a Workbench class will be building their own- with entirely hand cut joinery- July 18-23...come join us!Read More
Last week, students in Steve Brown's class carved a Tlingit style mask from blocks of green alder. Many of the students had taken his tool making class the week before and were able to use their newly made carving tools in the process! Here are some images captured on the final day of class.Read More
Big thanks to Dean Sinnott for sharing these photos he captured during Steve Habersetzer's recent weekend coopering class. Steve will be teaching another coopering class August 13th-14th if you missed out this time around!Read More
Take a look inside the shop during the Chisel Cabinet course! Part of our Joinery Essentials series, participants in the Chisel Cabinet course build a shop cabinet while working on their hand joinery skills.Read More
This week, students in Steve Brown's toolmaking class crafted carving tools typical of the Northwest coast carving tradition. Students forged and mounted the blades to create adzes and carving knives. Take a peek into the shop on the final day of class!Read More
Last Friday, our team of students & instructors said farewell to the traditionally framed structures they had spent the past month working on as the Tiny Homes Building Class drew to a close. For those who want to follow the next steps in the process, Raphael Berrios and Amy Sleeper (builders/owners of one of the structures) have a great blog where they are documenting the experience of building their own "tiny timber frame" home. Check it out and follow along!Read More