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Splinters with Gary Rogowski

63 EpisodesProduced by Gary RogowskiWebsite

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

63 Episodes | 2018 - 2020


March 23rd, 2020


How do we find balance in a world that has gone topsy turvy? How do we find balance in our work at the bench?

Slow Down

February 24th, 2020


The best way to move quickly is to move slowly with purpose. Fast work of things usually makes mistakes.


February 10th, 2020


Restraint refers to so many things in our life. But also to breadboard ends.


January 27th, 2020


A chat about the Mastery Program at the Studio. Its values and value.

The Bandsaw

January 13th, 2020


Bandsaws are the most versatile machine in the furnituremaking shop.


December 30th, 2019


You know it when your tools hide from you, resist your efforts, thwart your progress.

The Nature of Quality

December 16th, 2019


To be involved with one’s work is not just a question of what gets produced but how it gets produced. This is in the nature of Quality.

Gathering Inspiration

December 2nd, 2019


Our muses can be difficult to locate on some days. Pay close attention to them.

The Screwdriver

November 18th, 2019


The screwdriver. One of our most indispensable tools.

On Creativity

November 4th, 2019


Molly Major, metalsmith, and Gary discuss creativity.


October 28th, 2019


You can handle a mistake in several different ways. Choose the one that yields the most for you.

On Beginning

October 21st, 2019


Starting out can be a challenge. Keep an eye on the prize.

Starting Out

October 14th, 2019


There is no shortcut to learning skills. It’s just like taking a hike. All the steps have to be made.

ReCo Bklyn Lumber

September 30th, 2019


Roger Benton runs a wood resource center in Brooklyn, New York. His sawmill saws up tons of wood every year rescuing these trees from the …

The Jointer Revealed

September 16th, 2019


The jointer is as sensitive a piece of cast iron as exists in the shop. Learn how to tune and use yours to get the results you are after.

My Top Five Hand Planes

September 9th, 2019


These hand planes I find indispensable at the bench. They are time savers for me.

Get On With the Work

September 2nd, 2019


There are a lot of tools one needs at the bench. Being able to bounce back from a mistake or two is one of them.

Glue Changes Everything Too

August 26th, 2019


A reprise of a favorite episode, our Season Two opener.

Which Wood Why, Rewind

August 19th, 2019


Picking out your lumber and milling it makes a difference in the look and longevity of your piece. Learn some of the qualities of wood to watch for.

Accuracy Too

August 12th, 2019


Slow down, I’m in a hurry.

Sharp, Dull, Sharp Again

July 29th, 2019


Time to sharpen again. Not because I’ve been using so many of my tools and made them dull. No, it’s our summer break now and this is a podcast …

Chiseled Twice

July 22nd, 2019


Chisels, the wedge, the most important hand tool in the shop.

The Top 5 Machines Not Named the Table Saw, Once More

July 15th, 2019


This is a list of the top machines that a furniture maker needs in the shop.

Splinters Again

July 8th, 2019


This podcast came out in Season One. During a short summer break, please listen to this story of not paying attention and the cost.


July 1st, 2019


A recorded DESIGN: Open House chat about Intention with John Eisemann, choral master, and Gary Rogowski, furniture maker. Two very different perspectives on considering the creative process.


June 24th, 2019


Forgetting your last mistake.

Best Books

June 17th, 2019


Encyclopedia of Furniture Making Ernest Joyce

Cabinetmaking for Beginners Charles Hayward

Understanding Wood Bruce Hoadley

Sharpening Leonard Lee

Hand …

Blade Geometry

June 10th, 2019


Tear-out when hand planing can be a frustration. There are simple techniques you can use to change the cutting angle of your blade or your chipbreaker. These will eliminate tear-out in the nastiest of grains.

Sawstop Saws with CEO Matt Howard

June 3rd, 2019


This is a fascinating chat with Matt Howard, CEO of Sawstop Saws. They have blade technology that shuts off a saw before it can cut through a …

Problem Solving

May 27th, 2019


Problem solving, planning, strategizing: these things take up the time at the bench. And when done well, the results make that investment of time …

The Mastery Program

May 20th, 2019


At The Northwest Woodworking Studio, we offer a school of thought and practice in the skills of design and woodworking.

The Nature of Workmanship

May 13th, 2019


The very act of building/ creating/ making furniture is an act filled with implications about you and your goals.

Models and Design

May 6th, 2019


Front end load your design work and you will feel better at the back end when you finish a piece. Sketching, full scale modeling in cardboard, …

Getting Directions

April 29th, 2019


Few of us end up where we had imagined ourselves from the start.

Pad Sanders I Have Known

April 22nd, 2019


I know plenty of pad sanders. But I’d trade them all away for a sharp hand plane. Hand planes can be time savers when it comes to smoothing surfaces. They also fight that perfectionism that pad sanders lead you to.

10 Things to Know about Wood

April 15th, 2019


Wood doesn’t just sit there. It’s alive. It moves, it changes dimension, it colors over time. Learns some essential facts about wood so you can …

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, …

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, …

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 …

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? …


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 …


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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …


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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