Springtime in the West

Springtime in the West

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.  

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Woodworking School Enrolls a First

Woodworking School Enrolls a First

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.

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Beavers, Beauty, and Bicycles

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 2017

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Poplar & Pearls

Poplar & Pearls

"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

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New Work Benches

New Work Benches

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.

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Profiles in Woodworking: Raphael Berrios

Profiles in Woodworking: Raphael Berrios

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:

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