Tis the season to sit down with good company over dinner and drinks…and then contemplate the coming year. That great pondering about what the future will bring. For some of us it is a worrisome occasion, for others there is a sense of impending good fortune. I suspect the perspective is all based upon your internal optimist or pessimist. Nonetheless, there is a means of adding a brighter spin to everyone’s outlook.Read More
Here’s one of the little-known secrets of being caught up in the world of woodworking: a trip to the lumberyard is akin to taking an automotive buff to the used car dealer.Read More
There is little so satisfying as receiving a gift that was hand-made by the bestower.Read More
Working with the wood in such an intimate manner and learning from our incredibly knowledgeable instructors has been just the foundation I was looking for.Read More
I've pursued a selection of media, including ceramics, painting, glassblowing, and photography, but I've decided to dedicate myself to woodworking because of our species' rich heritage with the medium, and because I appreciate the collaborative aspect of working with a dynamic material like wood.Read More
Tools are the essential of our tradecraft. Sharp chisels, perfectly squared planes and the odd collection of power toys will get you through almost everything. I thought.Read More
How do you build 40 pieces of white oak porch furniture in three months? Step one, set up shop! Find out more about what's happening with the Porch Furniture Project in collaboration with Fort Worden State Park.Read More
I will drop everything and go sailing at any opportunity. Blowing about in the wind delivers the same psychological equilibrium as two hours in the wood shop.
Join us on Thursday, December 10 from 4-6:00pm for the first public tour of our new workspace in Building 304.Read More
Benches are stacking up in the production shop! Come by and check out the progress on the Fort Worden porch furniture project during our open house December 10th from 4pm-6pm. Work by the foundations course students will also be on display. Hope to see you there!Read More
There is an elegance in simplicity not evident to the idle bystander.Read More
A new crop of eager Foundations of Woodworking students is hard at work! Find out what inspires these carpenters, artists, boatbuilders, furniture makers, community builders, and dog lovers to dive head first into 12 weeks of woodworking...Read More
Wandering through the displays and docks one cannot but help overhear conversations that begin with, “great lines,” followed up by, “but it’s not a real ‘woody,’ check out the epoxy finish...."Read More
One of the pleasures one quickly discovers in woodworking is the wonder of “scrap” material.
Oh, we are all familiar with the wooden spoon and rolling pin. But have you seen a Swede or Norwegian wield a wooden butter knife?Read More
There is an old saying in the carpentry community, “measure twice, cut once.”
Seemingly obvious observation, but often lost on the newcomer or hasty craftsman...Read More
There is a calling to craftsmanship. It does not come with age, education or wisdom...Read More
Here's the current version of our 2016 Schedule. We're still working on details and will be opening registration at the end of October.
We're expanding - we're adding a new machine room and bench room. This will allow us to teach more classes and to more fully teach the use of woodworking machines - for example you'll see a new 12 week furniture making intensive in Fall.
Other new courses
- Design / Build Studio (April) - your chance to take four weeks to focus on designing and building a piece of furniture
- Building a Tiny House (April / May) - a four week program to build a solid wood tiny house. More details soon
- Just Joints (July and August) - a five day focus on joinery techniques
- Beginning Relief Carving and Open Studio (June) - two week long classes from Mary May
- Intermediate Digital Design and Fabrication (July)
- Spoon Carving (August) - week long and a weekend class with Jarrod Stonedahl