Ever have a problem with finishing? I’m probably alone in this. Or I’ve been sniffing too many fumes. Finishing is chemistry plus alchemy. Plus one more thing. This item is an attitude. An attitude that finishers have but furniture mak...
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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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|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #38: Sanding is Evil||12-15-2014 03:55 PM|
|added project||Ruby's Knees||12-08-2014 04:16 PM|
|added blog entry||The Shape of Things||12-08-2014 04:14 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #37: The Right Saw for the Job||12-01-2014 04:30 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #36: Discontent||11-24-2014 04:09 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #35: Work||11-10-2014 04:17 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #34: Benched||11-04-2014 09:42 PM|
|commented on||China Cabinet||11-04-2014 06:31 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #33: Simple is Complex||10-27-2014 02:25 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #32: Finishing up||10-25-2014 05:12 PM|
|added project||China Cabinet||10-20-2014 02:40 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #31: Slow Furniture Movement||10-20-2014 02:38 PM|
|added project||Bass carving||10-16-2014 02:52 PM|
|added blog entry||A Strategy for Woodworking #30: Quality||10-16-2014 02:49 PM|
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By conservative estimate, over my 40 years of woodworking I have sanded several hundred miles of wood. My sanding odometer broke one day and I never fixed it so this is just a guess. I figure that I sanded enough wood for a line that went off as f...
How many ways are there to shape a leg? To follow a line down to solid earth or to take a sinuous climb up its curve. To have the grain follow the line with careful choice of material and to accentuate the flow. Or to give it the role of foundatio...
Choose your tools wisely for the job. For a plumber, the sawz-all is king because demo can be fast and messy. Not so much for dovetailing. That requires a different touch. I have many tools at hand. Which one I grab depends upon many factors. W...
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 ...