Monday, November 8, 2010

Port Townsend Woodworker's Show 2010

The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is proud to be a sponsor and organizer of the Port Townsend Woodworker's show. The show is held annually on the first weekend in November and attracts up to 30 exhibitors from the surrounding area. Many of the local faculty display their work.

It's a great chance for us to catchup many alumni and friends from the region. We encourage students to enter the show - either at school's booth or at their own booth. Entries for the 2011 show will open on June 1, 2011.

Enjoy the show:

See other galleries of the show:

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Woodworker's Ball 2010

Just to give you a taste of the Woodworker's Ball 2010. We held it at the NW Maritime Center on November 6th, 2010. Arran Stark's Shepherd's Pie and Farmer's Pie (vegetarian) were filling and sublime; a creme brulĂ©e to die for; wonderful service. Airstream Traveller were the perfect accompaniment keeping toes tapping and the dancers whirling.

At the Ball we launched ourselves as a non-profit. We're transitioning the operation of the school to "The Port Townsend School of Woodworking and Preservation Trades". The new name reflects our goal of teaching woodworking, historic preservation; and our intention to also become a vocational school.

Our deepest thanks to all our supporters, donors for Silent Auction. I don't have the list at hand - we'll list them fully on the School's website.

Finally a huge thanks to Shelley French who took the notion of going above and beyond to new heights. Thanks Shelley - it was a fantastic night.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Totem Pole Raising at Peninsula College

I was proud to attend the Totem Pole Raising at Peninsula College in Port Angeles last week. Steve Brown accompanied Darcy McNamara, Teresa and I to the ceremony.

The pole was carved by Jeff Monson and some apprentices from the Jamestown S'Klallam tribe. The totem is in a S'Klallam style (North Coast Salish) of a woman welcoming visitors.

The pole was carried from the carving place to the House of Learning - a contemporary longhouse on the Peninsula College campus. The procession was accompanied by singing and dancing by members of the local Tribes: the Hoh, the Makah, the Jamestown S'Klallam, the Port Gamble S'Klallam; the Lower Elwha Klallam and the Quileute. Listen to the videos rather than watch them.....

Jeff and his father, Jerry, offered a knife-making and carving class in our first year of operation. We hope get them to come back to the school and teach.

Woodworking For Women - Fall 2010

Once again Martha Collins inspires and enthuses new women woodworkers. The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is delighted to host classes for Women taught by a very accomplished woman. The variety of project and materials is always impressive; as is the demand for more classes. We're adding a Woodworking for Women 102 in 2011.

As ever our thanks for Martha teaching these classes.

And Elizabeth is going to hate me but.....