Mastery Programs

Distance Mastery

The Distance Mastery Program in Woodworking
David Corey Signature Chest
Signature Chest by David Corey , former Distance Mastery/Mentoring Student

This intensive study program in fine furniture making is designed for self-directed and motivated students who reside outside the Portland area. The goal is to teach people how to design and build furniture of the highest quality.

The Distance Mastery Program runs for a period of two years. Entry is during the  Fall term only. Each year starts with a four day seminar in early Fall. Approximately every 3 months after this, the small group meets for a three or four day weekend seminar. There is also on-line or telephone time with Gary Rogowski scheduled throughout the term during which projects, designs, techniques, and general concerns are discussed.

Students will design and build a total of 9 pieces over the two year period. Students will develop a signature style of their own while building pieces with the goal of producing gallery quality work after two years. Projects have been chosen to teach certain methods, techniques, and approaches while at the same time allowing each student room to explore his or her own style.

At the close of this two year period, the Distance Mastery Program finishes with a one day critique and graduation.

As a prerequisite, prospective students must take a week long Masterworks Level class before registering for the Distance or Local Mastery Program. These concentrations are a perfect introduction to the Studio, working with program director Gary Rogowski, the travel issues you may face, and the effort required to be a Mastery student.

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Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors have been generous enough to offer scholarships to students over 17 seeking career and technical education. The scholarships can be applied toward tuition at Northwest Woodworking Studio. More information about the PNTC scholarship can be found on their website.

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