Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition


Steve Habersetzer - Gentleman Woodworker

We are truly fortunate to have Steve Habersetzer in our community and on the Faculty of the Port Townsend School of Woodworking. Steve is both a woodworker and organic farmer. His woodworking is deeply rooted in the belief that all work should be sustainable and non-toxic. He does not use plywood or complex finishes.

As part of the foundation course we take the students to visit various woodworkers in Port Townsend, Bainbridge Island and Seattle. Steve was the first place we visited in our second tour. Steve has long collected wood and. as part of a small group, salvaged wood from local trees in the Port Townsend area.

Steve's shop is perfect, the octagonal shape, the layout of tools and the wonderful collection of hand tools invite questions and conversations. Steve also solved the question of how to make handle for the draws on the side tables by offering the class sections of Madrone that can be sawn to length and scribed to fit!

Steve teaches coopering at the School in the Summer and gave us a quick demo - as you'll see in the video.

Steve's Shop and Farm

Steve Habersetzer Demonstrating a Cooper's Plane