Northwest Woodworking Studio Podcast

25 EpisodesProduced by northwestwoodworking

This podcast series is a look at furniture building from a veteran maker, designer, and author. The episodes are practical, philosophic, witty, and irreverent. Gary was a former contributing editor at Fine Woodworking Magazine, and founded The Northwest Woodworking Studio, A School for Woodworkers, … read more

25 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Beginner's Mind

April 8th, 2019


Everyone starts at the beginning. Yet our expectations rarely match our skills then. The hardest thing is to be patient as we learn.

The Total Body Work-out

April 1st, 2019


This April Fool’s Day lecture is on the value of working out with your woodworking.

Brian Boggs, Master Craftsman

March 25th, 2019


Brian Boggs is a chairmaker, artist, designer, and engineer extraordinaire. He is also quite a philosopher on the nature of work and workmanship, the …

Discipline and Practice

March 18th, 2019


Practice is what brings us first to competency and then to mastery. Listen to some stories of discipline that allowed practitioners to work through their own limitations. Quality doesn’t have a shortcut to it.

The Lowly Scraper

March 11th, 2019


The scraper is a small wonder. It is capable of cutting in most any direction without tear-out. How to get one sharp can be frustrating. Listen to one simple tip that will change your method and make sharpening a …

Hock Irons

March 4th, 2019


An interview with Ron Hock of Hock Tools, maker of plane irons and knives. This is a fascinating discussion about starting a business, metallurgy, …

Drilled and Screwed

February 25th, 2019


Drilling and screwing a box together. What could be simpler? But it often turns out to be a test of your patience, your dexterity, and your ability …

The Block Plane

February 18th, 2019


All block planes are not created equal, even ones with sentimental value.

Thomas Lie-Nielsen Interview

February 11th, 2019


Thomas Lie-Nielsen and Gary chat about tools and hand tools specifically. What drives his company to build quality tools in a throw-away society? And …


February 4th, 2019


Hardware should be bought like buying a tool. It should only pain you once and not every time you use it.

Hand Tools vs. Power Tools

January 28th, 2019


What tools do you always carry to work? Is it all in one sector or another? There is a middle ground for woodworkers who both seek quiet at the bench …


January 21st, 2019


The ease with which you produce work depends upon how smooth your flow is at the bench. The distractions you allow, the interruptions you permit or block, all contribute to your success. Achieving flow is the key to …

Purpose vs. Intent in Design

January 14th, 2019


An episode in which we discuss the idea of purpose vs. intent in a design. This difference is that between the absolute basic functional requirements …

Glue Changes Everything

January 7th, 2019


Glue changes everything in an assembly. An assembly that has gone together dry several times with no mishaps, no errant angles, no parts stuck in odd …

The Problem at the Bench

December 31st, 2018


Everyone starts at the beginning. But the hardest thing to learn is how to fail and how then to forgive yourself.

Gift Giving Guide

December 3rd, 2018


Here are some gift ideas certain to please every woodworker. Or ones that will make a great list to place where your gift giver can see and seize the Aha! moment.


November 26th, 2018


The chisel, the wedge in action, is as useful a shape as we can find in the shop. Every cutting tool shares this wedge shape in some form or another. …

My Top Ten Tools to Take to a Desert Island

November 12th, 2018


Which tools are the most necessary at the bench? There are so many choices and limiting it to just ten of them makes for hard decisions. Learn what …

The Woodworker in Captivity

November 5th, 2018


Come with us to observe the Woodworker in Captivity. They are a shy proud and circumspect beast. Approach with caution, perhaps with beer, but always with a healthy respect as we spy on their unusual behavior at the …

What Is Sharp?

October 29th, 2018


Learn about the methods for sharpening. Sharp tools cut better and cleaner. And if you cut yourself with one you heal up faster too.

Accuracy Drives Me Nuts

October 22nd, 2018


Everyone has standards of accuracy. What are the ones that you can adopt that won’t drive you crazy trying to be perfect? Give a listen to this podcast on being accurate and how it can affect your time at the bench.

The Top 5 Machines in the Shop Not Named the Table Saw

October 15th, 2018


A furniture maker needs several machines to build their work. But a table saw isn’t one of them.

Splinters I Have Known

October 8th, 2018


Splinters are a sad and pointed part of a woodworker’s life. Reminders of several truths to be found at the bench. There are the attractions of wood, its beauty, its luster, and its grain. And then there are the moments …

Which Wood, Why?

October 1st, 2018


Your choice of wood can make a difference to your happiness in the shop. Learn about the differences between hardwoods, ring porous vs. diffuse and semi-ring porous woods, and how grain will affect the look but also how …


September 9th, 2018


Our very first podcast opens with a chat about the new book by Gary Rogowski called Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction. Gary is a furniture maker, author, former …

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