Mastery Programs

Local Mastery

The Local Mastery Program at the Northwest Woodworking Studio
Quilted Maple Walnut Entry Table

Quilted Maple Walnut Entry table by Jeff O'Brien, former Local Mastery/Mentoring student

The woodworking tradition in the Pacific Northwest lives today at The Northwest Woodworking Studio.

Encouraged and enlightened by the legacy and values of the Arts and Crafts movement, the Studio offers the best in hands-on experience for woodworkers of all skill levels. The Northwest Woodworking Studio offers a unique environment rich with the texture of history and accomplishment. The studio offers a break from the kind of demanding jobs where people work without really seeing the fruits of their labor.

Designed for self-directed students with their own shops who have day jobs they would like to keep, this one-on-one study program in fine furniture making focuses on design, joinery, and building skills. Students will design and construct a total of 10 pieces over two years as well as visit the Studio for a series of lectures, demonstrations, and critiques. The goal is to teach people how to design and build furniture of the highest quality.

Building these pieces will give each student a firm grounding in the basics of hand and power tool joinery, carcase construction and frame and panel work. Year one emphasis will be on hand tool skills, router use, carving, and basic construction and joinery skills. Year two will focus on furniture design, effective machine use & maintenance, carving, inlay, bentwood construction, and fine cabinetry including drawer work. Students will develop a signature style of their own while building pieces with the goal of producing gallery quality work after two years.

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.


Local Mastery Student Kent Saunders Talks about the program

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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