Welcome to the PFW Blog

Mario and Alan selecting hardware

PFW is jumping! There’s always something going on here. Beside our classes, we’re constantly meeting with students, new and old, conducting private instruction, developing new classes, prepping for classes, writing articles, improving the shop, building new fixtures, cleaning the place up, and updating the website.

Student working on card table

When students  drop by and find us at our respective benches, they’re curious.  Keeping a respectful distance, they scour our studios for any signs of our latest projects. And we’re always willing to chat, explain, demonstrate, and share whatever it is that’s caught their eye.  We feel these impromptu exchanges are really at the heart of PFW. We love woodworking, and love sharing what we do with others likewise afflicted. I can’t recall any instance when we brushed aside an eager student with a burning question, for any reason.  However, we don’t connect with or reach all of our students. Some don’t want to impose on our free time; others can only attend workshops occasionally.  But there is always something percolating at PFW!

English Arts & Crafts Tool Chest

We thought that blogging would be a casual way to keep, those inclined to check on us informed about the shop. Not only about the classes, schedules, and tuition, but about everything else that makes this a fascinating place.   So, on a regular basis, we’ll be posting information, drawings, notes, tool reviews, pictures of completed projects, and activities that might be interesting and useful to our friends and students.  A blog is a format for conversation; an exchange of ideas. We might post, and someone reading it might respond with a comment or a question – or with a criticism. So, welcome to our blog. Read it, send along your comments, challenge us, curse us, but please don’t ignore us.

Good joinery,

Mario Rodriguez

Alan Turner


22 thoughts on “Welcome to the PFW Blog

  1. Mario, Allen. This is a wonderful idea. I think it describes my situation to a tee. I’ve taken a few classes over the years, and would love to take more in the future. Unfortunately, cost and distance are factors. Especially courses held during the week. But my next PFW class is always on my mind. The Blog will be a great way to stay in touch with what you’re up to!. I will check back frequently. Hope to see you soon!
  2. The blog is a great idea.Helps us guys who can’t get to the shop for a class as often as we would like a vehicle to stay in touch.Can’t wait to read your posts and keep up with whats going on with you guys and the shop.Hope to see you both soon.Have a Happy Holiday.
  3. Great idea Alan and Mario!!!! I have enjoyed all the classes I have taken with you and continue to work to becoming a better woodworker ( I couldn’t be where I am without your great instruction). I hope to join you for a class or two in 2012. Have a happy and blessed Holiday and a great New Year.
  4. Alan & Mario, Last Saturday I had a productive and eye-opening course experience (Sharpening) at PFW. Fantastic! You’ve initiated a blog! Now I can keep watch from a distance. While I would prefer to be one of your students who can drop by now and again, distance is a major obstacle. I am already planning my next trip back. With all the great course offerings it’s a bit of a challenge to decide what next.
    • Dave, Good to hear from you. Glad you’ll be visiting us regularly. We’ll be posting all sorts of stuff, from tool reviews/opinions and field trips to new classes and new toys. I’m just completing the shop drawing for the Sheraton Wall Mirror and will be ordering mahogany and veneer soon. I’ve seen your postings on google images of your card table. Very nice. You did a great job! Have a terrific X-Mas and we look forward to seeing you in January. Mario
    • Hey John, The lap desk is done! And I just completed the construction drawing. Now I’m waiting for an opportunity to photograph it. Then we’ll post the course page with all the details (exact dates, costs, related classes, etc). In the meantime, if it is convenient, you can stop by to examine the completed desk. It is beautiful and this is going to be a great class. Mario
  5. Hi Mario, Congratulations on the new blog. I’m reading and enjoying it very much. Read about your time at the Betsy House. It makes me want to visit the place. Great photo of Betsy by the window. Makes you feel you stepped back in time. Love all the comments from your students. Your blog is something I will visit regularly. Good Luck, Happy New Year. Wishing your school many, many new and returning students in 2012. Rose
  6. Excellent idea for a blog, guys. I will check back often. Quick question – is this blog okay for posting specific woodworking questions? Thanks a lot, Rick
  7. It is awesome to see you guys passing on your woodworking skills to others. I am one of the Cabinet Makers in Mackay and I am thinking about starting up classes to pass on my trade as well. Keep up the awesome work!

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