Thursday, November 29, 2012

Join me in Joinery!

I've mentioned this before, but here it is again: I'll be in Port Townsend, WA this winter/spring for the Woodworking Foundation Course. While this should nicely complement my experience of working through the Joiner and Cabinet Maker, it is indeed pushing that chest of drawers project out a bit, but for a good reason. Being able to spend such a concentrated amount of time focusing on the craft and practice of woodworking is going to hugely benefit my mastery of the tools and techniques themselves. Additionally, I have been working 99% alone up to this point; having not only gifted instructors but other peers to work alongside is going to be a welcome change.

I've heard from Tim Lawson that there are still a couple spaces available in the course. So if you have wanted to dive head-first into the deep end of the pool, now is your chance! Enthusiastic Beginners are welcome but seasoned pros will also have much to learn. All tools are provided, so all you have to do is show up each day and pay attention. I am really looking forward to being able to spend some more time with Tim Lawson and Jim Tolpin, both of whom have worked quite hard to create this amazing school, and both of whom have personally been very helpful to me in my attempt to bootstrap my journey towards understanding traditional woodworking.

I'll be blogging my experience in the course as I can, although the more intense the course becomes, the less time and energy I may have for writing.

I am in the process now of packing up my shop and this is why there has not been much to post about woodworking itself on this blog recently. However, the blog is not going anywhere, and if the occasional silences bother you, I strongly suggest using a rss reader such as Google Reader, which allows you to "subscribe" to this blog and automatically receive the updates.

I hope to see some of you in the course, I am pretty stoked for it!


  1. I really wish I could join you, I've always looked at the class. But it would be too much time off I can't afford.


  2. OK, super jealous. I go over there for class as often as I can, but am not able to swing the time off.

    I'm excited to live vicariously thought you and your posts.

  3. Badger, where are your priorities, man??, I am happy to share the experience to the degree that I can.

  4. Thanks very much for posting about this...I'm just starting my "joiners apprentice" journey myself and have been a little discouraged at times in trying to learn traditional woodworking from the internet, books, blogs and such. Prior to your blog entry, I wasn't aware of this school and now I find that its a mere 12-14 hours south of where I live...I'm now hoping to attend some of their classes over the summer!

    Keep writing when you can, I really looking forward to hearing about your experiences there!

  5. Tango02, if you haven't seen it, check out Jim Tolpins New Traditional Woodworker. It makes learning on your own much simpler, and gives a good idea of what the philosophy of the school is. Hope you come down for a class, but hurry up since they fill up quickly. I'd love to take one of the courses with Peter Follansbee, but they all look great.


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