Saturday, April 24, 2010

Building Handsaws with Mike Wenzloff

Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Mike Wenzloff is teaching at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking this weekend. Five students are customizing Mike's exquisite handsaws to their own hands. They've been working in either American Black Walnut or Swiss Pear to make the handles.

The class has been a delightful romp through the materials, history and techniques of making handsaws. I dropped in a few times during the day and caught tantalizing snippets about  Disston, Kenyan and other makers.

You can catch a sense of what it is like to be in class room from the slideshow. Tomorrow (Sunday) they'll be plunging into the challenges of filing the teeth on the saws. There's some real trepidation there. In the afternoon they'll be learning the theory of sawing and practicing with their new saws.

Governor Gregoire uses Lawson's Lectern

Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire visited Port Townsend on April 22nd. The Governor visited the NW Maritime Center to unveil a plaque commemorating Captain Vancouver's charting of the West Coast of North America. The plaque was placed by the American Society of Civil Engineers in conjunction with the Canadian and Spanish counterparts.

All the speakers presented from Tim Lawson's Winged Lectern which he presented to Centrum (the arts organization at Fort Worden) and was loaned to the NW Maritime Center for the occasion. The lectern has been flying around locations in the City!

Here's a picture of Governor Gregoire at the Lectern on an amazingly sunny afternoon.

(We're not sure who took the image but will be delighted to give credit if they'll own up!)
Update 4/28/2010: Scott Wilson - publisher of the Port Townsend Leader took the picture. Read the full story here.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Darrell Peart's Greene and Greene Details II - April 2010

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Darrell Peart just taught another great Greene and Greene Details II class at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking.

Here's the graduating photo. I got there just a hair too late - they'd packed away most of their sample pieces for the journey home.

From 2010-04-19 - Greene and Greene Details II

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Windows and Wheeler - Article in The Leader - Port Townsend

Port Townsend School of Woodworking
There's a great article in the Port Townsend Leader about Fort Worden and the School's involvement in historic preservation projects at the Fort.

Read all about it:

Windows and Wheeler - The Leader - Port Townsend, Jefferson County & Olympic Peninsula's news website - Port Townsend, WA

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Really sharp students!

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Ten students - twenty or more razor sharp tools. We just finished up another great class (a little difficult for me to really say as I taught it) -but I really enjoyed teaching the class. There was a great attitude from all the students, good insightful questions, and plenty of laughter!

Here are the pictures I took during the class. Doesn't show everybody but should give you a pretty good sense of what it was like in class. Please feel free to leave comments.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Congressman Norm Dicks visits the School of Woodworking

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

We were greatly honored to have Congressman Norm Dicks visit the School today. School founder Tim Lawson presented the mission of the school and, especially, it's Historic Preservation program. In 2009 the school taught two courses to members of the Washington State Conservation Corps. The one week class in March focused on the theory of Historic Preservation and the assessment of old buildings. The second course in June 2009 completed the restoration of the eastern facade of Building 365 at Fort Worden.

Building 365 is 5,000 sq ft facility that we hope to transform into a teaching facility for the practical skills of historic preservation with a millwork shop, a metalwork shop, a paint shop, classroom, library and office space. We hope to complete the restoration of the building by training teams of veterans and others in skills that will enable them to find jobs in restoration projects across Washington state.

Our thanks to Kate Burke, Mayor Michelle Sandoval, Thatcher Bailey and Dave Robison for making the connection with Congressman Dicks. Plus a big thanks to Mark Fischer, Roxanne Clark and Ed Bowen of the Veterans Conservation Corps for their early faith in our Historic Preservation program.

You can find more details on our historic preservation program here

Friday, April 2, 2010

Woodworking for Women - March 2010

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

What a bunch of happy people! John, Jim and I checked in at various times during the week. These women were working hard and clearly having a great time!

I also really appreciated the feedback that they really enjoyed that the class was just for women. One of the questions at the end of the class was "When do we get a second week with Martha?".  We'll work on that!

We also really appreciate that folks traveled from Boston and Iowa to take the class.

Thanks everybody for coming and thanks to Martha Collins for being a great teacher.