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The Northwest Woodworking Studio trains WIN high school students* to be confident in their ability to think clearly as they learn to design; build fine furniture. Through the study and practice of furniture making, we teach high school students how to use their hands and their minds to learn problem solving and to think critically.These skills will help them throughout their lives no matter where their paths may lead them.

*Aloha High School, Franklin High School, South Albany High School, and Crescent Valley High School only at this time.



Letter to the Albany Democrat Herald, 2014

What was great was to see how excited these kids were to learn. They listened to me talk about geometry and physics. They asked questions about these subjects. They listened to me talk about joinery and cutting angles. They were to a person all interested in learning. And thats what education should be about: curiosity and the excitement of discovery. Add on that you get to put your hands on tools and it's a slam dunk for just about every demographic. But certainly it is of vital importance for our kids. Please let all our educators know that hands on education needs to be back in every school. From the arts to music to shop class, we need to train our kids in the broadest possible way. This is called a liberal arts education. I'm a fan of it.

Gary Rogowski

Letter from the mother of a WIN Program student:

Dear Gary,

Thank you for offering the woodworking "apprenticeship" to the high school students. Ryan has enjoyed the monthly trips to Portland, working in your shop with you, and learning some advanced techniques. He comes home happy and eager to tell us about what he's learned.

He doesn't realized it yet, but the lessons he's learned, e.g. patience, attention to detail, creativity, etc. will have applications beyond woodworking.

Thanks again, Barb



Join us October 14th from 6-8pm for our 2016 Fund Raiser. This program was so successful this past year, we will be doubling enrollment. You can be a part of this effort to mentor high school students. It makes a difference to put these students at the bench learning how to work with their brains and their hands. We will have a party and celebration of the WIN students' achievements at The Northwest Woodworking Studio, 1002 SE 8th Ave, Portland, OR. Food by Pambiche, beer from Base Camp Brewing, and your presence there would be super.

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The Northwest Woodworking Studio, 1002 SE 8th Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97214, (503) 284-1644