We've had a lot of fun getting the School up and running. More importantly we've really enjoyed working with our students and getting to know them. Plus when we stand back and scratch our heads (not a pretty sight) we are kind of gobsmacked (a fine old British expression) at the great reception we have received.
A short summary:
We've had a whirlwind first year. Starting from a raw building filled with paint cans we have a functioning class / bench room and machine room.
We've had around 200 students attending a mixture of 1-5 day classes in 2008. Our lecture series has drawn upto 50 people on a Thursday evening. We've even had folks staying at the park for some of the longer courses. We've drawn students from the East Coast, Arizona, Kansas, Florida, California, Switzerland and Canada.
Our current course schedule for 2009 has us running classes for about 40 weeks next year - which if fully enrolled would have more than 450 students attend the school.We'll open our doors at 5:00pm. Please come and join us for a glass of wine or beer and some snacky stuff.
We're expanding our faculty to include nationally renowned woodworkers from around Puget Sound, and from California and New Hampshire.
Our mailing list grown from 150 to over 800.
And the Stump the Stooges challenge is still open.
We look forward to seeing you on the 11th.