Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Port Townsend

Visit Port Townsend 

Since I started teaching woodworking six years ago I have seen many places that I’ve always wanted to visit: Germany, Maine and Portland, Ore., to name a few. But perhaps the most gorgeous setting for a woodworking school I have ever visited is the Port Townsend School of Woodworking in Washington state.
— Chris Schwarz, Popular Woodworking Magazine

Many people who come to the school for the first time wish they had scheduled more time to explore the area.  Port Townsend may be small, but we have a rich array of cultural events, artists, artisans, and natural beauty.  

In the summertime we're host to a long series of music, performing arts events, and festivals. 

You'll see many historic buildings built around the turn of the century when Port Townsend was expected to become the major port city.  The downtown area has been well preserved and is home to locally-owned businesses.  

Here is a rare opportunity to see an active ship yard open to the public that specializes in wooden boat maintenance and restoration.

The Olympic Peninsula is home to the Hoh Rainforest, Olympic National Forest, the rugged Olympic Mountains, miles of picturesque coastline, and many mycological wonders. 

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