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Upcoming Classes: Summer 2020



Join us July 1st for our first On-line Lecture!
Milling Lumber: From Rough to Finish  Sign up to listen and watch from the safety of your home for this information packed two hours courtesy of Zoom. Watch an introduction Here
Please stay tuned as we start to post new content on YouTube for all to see.

Studio is Open!

There will be protocols in place for the Studio at large: daily disinfecting before and after classes, social distancing for each student at their own bench, class size limits, and a camera on the teacher's bench with a feed to a television screen so everyone can see close up work. Students will be required to bring a mask to come into the Studio.

The Northwest Woodworking Studio understands the concerns we all have about safety. No student or staff member with COVID-19 symptoms are permitted access to the Studio. We will do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe. We also hope that everyone uses good health practices not just in the Studio but elsewhere as well: twenty second hand washing, covering coughs & sneezes, avoiding personal contact, and plenty of rest.

Do what you can to be a model of calm in a stormy sea. Come and work at the bench. It will do you a world of good. Let's all get through this together.

Join Gary on a Question & Answer Session on YouTube
Methods for Taming Tear Out
Gary answers a reader and student's question about taming tear out by changing the angle on a chip breaker. Sometimes you have to also adjust your hand plane to accommodate this modification. Change your plane's frog position, file a wider mouth opening or file the chip breaker to adjust to the blade better.

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The Northwest Woodworking Studio Podcast!  If you like what you hear, please check out our Ko-fi page to lend your support. 
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 Shea Vollstedt Mastery Bench                                                                                 

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Matthew Kanomata Inlay Work

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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.

Please check out this link to our merchant site to order your signed copy of Handmade.

"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.

Gary Rogowski: Master of Joinery

Our Studio Director Gary Rogowski has received much acclaim for his book The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery . It is now in its 18th printing and translated into German, Korean, and coming in Chinese. Here's what the website "The Best Things" has to say:

GaryThere’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.


Joinery Concentration: Mortise and Tenons

 Joinery Concentration, June 15-19, 10am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. 

Joinery is a mixture of accuracy and patience. Come and learn how to design and lay-out and make great mortise and tenon joints. Get practice every day at the bench making hand cut joints. This will improve all of your work at the bench. Work with hand tools, band saws, and routers as you make a small table with leg and apron construction. This class counts as a prerequisite toward applying for our Mastery Programs 

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The Mastery Study Program


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Mastery Graduate Chair by Paul Barker               Signature Table by Peter Stevens

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.

Request a Prospectus for any of our Mastery Study Programs.

Kent Saunders

Mastery Program Graduate 

The Studio is located at 1002 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR 97214    503-284-1644

Meet Gary Rogowski

Trained as a writer and teacher, Gary decided right out of college to learn the craft of woodworking. His life had changed when he found an old hand plane and a chunk of fir outside his place in SE Portland. He made his first piece of furniture with that wood. You can see that hand plane sitting on top of one of his tool cabinets still. When he bought his first Yates American band saw, his work changed. Sharing his passion for the craft and his love of teaching, join us at the Studio to study with one of this country's finest educators.

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