Gary Rogowski, Director of the Northwest Woodworking Studio opened the doors to the public in 1997. The Studio is a center for woodworking classes located in the Southeast Portland, Oregon, the city's heart of creativity and craft. As Director and teacher, Gary focuses on traditional hand tool techniques but emphasizes contemporary design strategies. This combination offers more advanced students tremendous creative leeway as well as the skillset to hold it all together.
Gary has spent much of his adulthood in Portland having migrated from Chicago to attend Reed College. He earned a degree in literature but found a career in woodworking. His work has made its way into galleries throughout the country including the Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Artquake in Portland and The Real Mother Goose. He also participated in the Table Lamp and Chair Show series and the Oregon biennial in the Portland Art Museum. He has worked with clients for private commissions and built public work for Temple Beth Israel as well as building library tables for the Oregon State Archives.
Gary has established himself as a force within the woodworking community. Not only has he has been building furniture since 1974, he is also frequent contributor to a number of woodworking magazines. His acclaimed book The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery was released by Taunton Press in 2003 and still remains a valuable resource for woodworkers. Other publications include the DVD Router Joinery and a number of videos on Mortise and Tenons, Plywood Drawers, and Router Joinery.
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