Gary's new book is out: Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. It is part narrative and part discourse on the value of mastery, practice, and creativity in this time of attention disorder. The book argues for the need to create, for using our hands to help us engage with the world, and the value of failure and forgiveness in our work.
To order your book, please check out the link at LINDEN PUBLISHING.
"Dear Gary, Just a quick note to THANK YOU for your book, Handmade. I enjoyed it so much that I read it twice, and extracted even more wisdom on the second reading! The only other 2 books I have ever read twice are Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Catcher in the Rye! I have also gifted it to several friends and recommended it to many. Thank you for enriching my life!" Mary Ann Carmack
Handmade argues for the need for individuals and for cultures to remain creative, to stay curious, and to keep engaged with the physical world as a means of thinking more clearly.
DESIGN: GATHERING INSPIRATION with Jim Meehan, Barkeep, Journalist, and Author.
Please join us December 4th from 6-7:30pm for a fascinating chat with Jim Meehan. We will have a conversation about Gathering Inspiration from two different vantage points that are maybe not so unalike. The event takes place at the Studio and is free to all. Bring ideas.
Gary Rogowski: Master of Joinery
Our Studio Director Gary Rogowski has received much acclaim for his book The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery . Here's what the website "The Best Things" has to say:
There’s no more thorough and readable guide to joinery than this new book from expert woodworker Gary Rogowski. The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery uses full-color, step-by-step photo essays to show you how to make every practical woodworking joint. Over 1,400 color photos and drawings illustrate the methods, from simple butt joints to angled tenons and complex scarf joints.
UPCOMING MASTERWORKS CLASS WITH GARY
Build the bench that will become the center of your shop.
Masterworks: Work Bench Nov. 11-15, 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.
This is a great week of class time as we construct these sturdy mortise and tenoned work benches. This design takes the best of many others to create a rock solid work surface. This class will teach you about planning, construction methods, and router cut mortise and tenon joints. We will build our end trestles with beefy tenons and then connect them with long rails that will lock in place with a through wedge. This is one of the strongest joints around.
You will learn a ton of stuff in class as well as take home a great bench. This class counts as a prerequisite toward applying for our Mastery Programs .
Visit our WIN Program page to find out about our high school mentoring program. Woodworking Internships Northwest trains students to design, think creatively, and build fine furniture. Please note that our Registration Policy has changed with Paypal's new rules.
The Mastery Study Program
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Mastery Graduate Shea Vollstedt's Bench
The Mastery Study Program is your best opportunity to learn the art and practice of fine woodworking. Learn techniques for design and building that will last a lifetime. Join any of our Mastery Programs, spend time at the bench and invest in your education. Invest in yourself.