Traditional Woodcrafts
Preserving Traditional Skills



Wood and Woodworking is one of the great candidates for the oldest profession or at least the oldest worked material. The evolution of twig technology (as Douglas Adams so memorably termed it) has been one of the drivng forces of civilization.

Wood has been used to as fuel; to build homes, boats, wagons, bridges, furniture, tools, weapons etc - the list is long. Battles have been fought over forested land.

The love for wood and working with wood is deeply embedded in the human psyche. Furniture made of glowing polished wood draws the hand to caress it. Old wooden buildings inspire awe at the skiil of the artisans who built them.

Working wood by hand is an old set of skills that in the last 50 years has been displaced by the increasing use of machines and an high volume production / engineering approach to manufacturing furniture and homes. The traditional skills of woodworking (and historic preservation) are steadily being lost.

The School's goal is to preserve the values, skills, standards and insights of the traditional ways of working wood.

We also acknowledge that one of the deep traditions of woodworking is innovation - finding creative solutions to building quickly and efficiently with wood.

We're not stuck in the past - we're rooted in it. We draw sustenance and inspiration from the traditional methods of woodworking.

Wide variety of traditional woodworking topics:

Carving Green Woodworking

NW Coast Arts

Coopering     Gypsy Wagons

Furniture Making

Classes for Beginners:

Basics of Woodworking
NW Coast Arts

Gypsy Wagons

  Green Wodworking   
Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

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