Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Doug Stowe - Woodworking Education - A Symposium for Hands-on Learning

  • 21 Mar 2016
  • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Catlin Gable Conference Room, 8825 SW Barnes Rd, Portland, OR 97225
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Teaching Woodworking to Children and Adults – Doug Stowe’s “Wisdom of the Hands”

ATTENTION ATTENDEES:  IF YOU DIDN'T RECEIVE THE EMAIL WITH FINAL DETAILS ABOUT LOGISTICS FOR CATLIN GABLE SCHOOL , CALL LARRY WADE AT 503-312-7745 AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.  IT WAS SENT LAST TUESDAY BUT MIGHT NOT HAVE GOTTEN TO YOU. The meeting will be in the building called THE BARN, which is the cafeteria.  Bear to the right when entering the campus, park in the Main Parking Lot, and look for the posted map to find the building, which is about a half block north of the lot, and there should be a sidewalk sign pointing in the right direction.

Doug Stowe is an expert teacher as well as an expert woodworker. This professional development seminar is a unique opportunity to learn from him, and from other woodworking teachers, how to teach woodworking to children and adults. It is open to practicing public and private school teachers, to Guild instructors and to any considering becoming one, and to all supporting institutions who care about and practice hands-on learning.

For adults, Doug has been writing books and articles, creating videos and lecturing for over 15 years and is well known in these roles. For children, he has also been researching, writing and teaching for years, and practices what he preaches in his local Arkansas community, as well as publishing his work on his blog and in articles.

This seminar will be part lecture and part discussion. Doug will communicate what he knows, thinks and believes and share his experiences with teaching children and adults. He will explain his philosophy of “Wisdom of the Hands”, describe the deep history of teaching woodworking going back to the mid-1850’s in a system known as “Educational Sloyd” and how it evolved to our mostly abandoned system of industrial arts education, and summarize his visits to important practicing schools in the US. Doug also writes for MAKE magazine and has a perspective on the Maker Movement and Maker Fairs that will inform the discussion.

Practicing teachers in the seminar will share what they are doing and their challenges and wishes. There will be paper and web-based articles to read ahead of time so we can have a richer discussion. There will be opportunities to network and to figure out whether and how this community can strengthen each other through cooperation.

If you have questions, please contact class coordinator Larry Wade, by phone 503-312-7745 or email (enter Doug Stowe in subject line.)

Please pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. If paying by check please contact the Larry Wade



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