Discontent is the key to success, not satisfaction. To do more than you did before is what creation is about. To do the job better than the last time, to create something more special, or to walk new ground. This is what comes from our seasons of ...
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Location: Portland, Oregon
I have been fascinated with woodworking since I found a hand plane and a chunk of wood outside my house in Portland in the '70s. I still have both. After graduating from Reed College in Portland with a BA in English Lit, woodworking captured my heart and imagination. I started building in 1974.
Over the years I've built a few pieces and written some articles about tools and techniques for a few magazines. I have a couple of books published by Taunton Press. I wrote The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery which is in its 15th or 16th printing. It is still in circulation after 14 years and is a help to woodworkers, so I am told.
Currently I teach woodworkers of all abilities at my school, The Northwest Woodworking Studio, A School for Woodworkers, in Portland, OR. We teach folks how to make furniture with traditional skills using hand and power tools. We also offer one of the few Mastery and Distance Mastery Programs in the country for fine furniture making.
-- Gary Rogowski...follow my wit and wisdom on twitter @garyrogowski
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Work with your hands. As a result, work on yourself. Spend time alone with your thoughts away from the clamor. See what you can make of the time at the bench. I can think of no better elixir for the cacophony that makes up a day in the world today...
Benches can be practical or symbolic. They can hold us up at dinner or be our viewing spot for the entire game. They imply community and congeniality. Come sit next to me on the bench, is a friendly invite. Where is your head? Go sit on the bench,...
All projects need refinement, lightness, simplicity. I tell my Mastery students often in a critique to lose 10% of their design. Sometimes 20%. Mass is not always required for strength. Careful engineering is required. Where can you remove mate...
There is no better feeling in the world than wrapping up a project. Saying to yourself: Enough. They’re done. I can do no better than this. Go out into the world and hold people up. Feels good. The Northwest Woodworking Studio