We know it's been a long time since PSW has posted any news or updates. Like everyone else, we are trying to figure out what our current normal is and how we can move forward and keep our small business alive. We will continue to keep ours doors open for as long as we can, though operations, by necessity, have had to change.
Our students are the life blood of our business. We have been blessed with the best customers a business could want. Every one of you has shown up excited and eager to learn. It makes teaching a joy to have you in our shop.
Until classes can resume, we are expanding our availability and shop services for custom projects and commissions. Please consider us if you are looking for unique, quality furniture or cabinetry. We will also be placing a few items for sale on our website, and are considering a GoFundMe campaign. Please stay tuned!
In the mean time, we are taking this time to clean, organize, and do all of the million little shop tasks that get pushed onto the bottom of the to-do list.
Remember, take care of yourself and your loved ones. Wash your hands like you are trying to get wood glue off!
Ten years ago, Puget Sound Woodworking opened, with the vision to create a space to share our passion for the skills , creativity, and possibilities of the wood shop. Our family took a leap of faith on this labor of love, building our capacity and reputation through hard work, dedication, sacrifice, dexterity, community support, strong coffee, and more than a little luck. It's a unique business model in the best of times, and it's a very uncertain, stressful, present and future.
Our students are the life blood of our business. We have been blessed with the best customers a business could want. Every one has shown up excited and eager to learn. It makes teaching a joy to have you in our shop.
Covid-19 has brought our ability to hold classes and bring in revenue to an abrupt halt. Puget Sound Woodworking has been closed to the public since March 14, and must remain closed for an indefinite period of time. Out core service has always been in-shop classes. Unlike some restaurants and retailers, we are extremely limited in generating online sales or curbside pick ups. With a very limited way to generate income, our cash reserves are quickly dwindling.
We’re exploring every means of possible support, including federal and local grants and loans, but these funds are not guaranteed to come in, and they won’t meet the needs of our short-to-mid-term future.
For the first time in our company's ten years, we must humbly ask for your support. We know what a difficult and uncertain time this is for everyone, and we understand that there are many individuals and organizations in need. If you’re in a position to support us we’ll be extremely grateful to receive that help, and any donation to this campaign will contribute to the cash resources we need to address our immediate needs, and to create a future in which Puget Sound Woodworking can open our shop doors again. And, if you could let others know about this campaign, we’ll appreciate that immensely, too.
At Puget Sound Woodworking we strive to share knowledge, foster makers, and send skills out into the world to help make it a little better place. We’re passionately committed to our roles as teachers and craftspeople, and are doing everything we can to keep our shop going in what is for now a very uncertain future.
Our goal is to see through this difficult time, and even in the face of formidable obstacles, we’re feeling inspired. Please be sure to stay in touch with us, keep an eye on our website and various social media channels. We miss our students and our community, please drop us a line to let us know you’re out there. The messages of support and camaraderie are priceless.
Derrick and Lea Anne Burke
Our mission is to share our knowledge and provide world class educational experiences, in a fun, comfortable, and safe environment.
Our goals are to have our students gain fundamental abilities and appreciation for the processes of woodworking, that will allow them to build upon their confidence, skills, and creativity beyond our woodshop.
10 out of 10 would recommend. Had a blast every day i was there and learned more than enough to start woodworking on my own. The teacher is insanely knowledgeable and he really just wants to see people enjoy this craft as much as he does.
- Taylor C.
I took Derrick's introductory course early this year and it was worth every penny! He introduces you to all the critical power and hand tools with a focus on safety, efficiency, and deftly explains WHY you're doing each step at a digestible level that you just won't find watching youtube or reading articles alone. He really covers the bases well, remains easily approachable and open to all questions, and is great at turning minor mistakes into learning opportunities along the way. I'll definitely be back for the intermediate course soon and highly HIGHLY recommend you check this guy out if you're seriously considering getting into woodworking.
- Dustin H.
Derrick is a fantastic teacher!
What we learned in a week was incredible! Derrick has a great breadth and depth of woodworking experience and thus insight into the progression of woodworking. It is this insight and his enthusiasm that makes him great at teaching those who want to learn. Whether you are experienced or just beginning- Derrick and his woodworking school will make you comfortable around power tools and give you confidence to go and create on your own!
- Shelia V.
Just spent a week vacation at PSW. I took the Intermediate class with Derrick and made 2 night stands in one week. Derrick knew I was coming 9 hours for this class and agreed to run it as a one-on-one class and let me tell you, This was the best week vacation I have ever had. Don't get me wrong it was a lot of work but such an enjoyable, relaxing class. I want to thank Derrick for taking this on! I know it wasn't as profitable as normal but man we had a blast!! ohh and the BBQ was great!!! I will be back for more!!!
- Dave J.
I took a week-long class with Derrick, and it was amazing. I learned a TON from this master woodworker, and had a lot of fun doing it. Class sizes are small, so you'll get a lot of one-on-one time and clear instruction. If you are interested in woodworking, this is a GREAT class to take. I absolutely loved it, I learned a lot, and it gave e a lot to think about in terms of my own personal path as a woodworker. I give PSW my very highest recommendation -- it was a great week!
- Christopher P.
My husband and I just finished our first class with Derrick in Fundamentals of Woodworking. We learned about shop safety, how to correctly operate various machines, choices in buying and so much more, all in a week! We also came away with a stunning tool-carry box made of cherry wood that we made ourselves. Derrick Burke is extremely knowledgeable and a good, patient instructor. If you are seriously considering taking up woodworking, you will not find a better place to learn. Thank you, Derrick.
- Nancy Z.
I was looking to take my woodworking skills to the next level. With Puget Sound Woodworking, I was able to do that and then some. I continue to take more classes to improve my skills and be able to build a much better final product. I also discovered that I can save a lot of time by using the right tool to begin with. PSW gave me great advice on what to use and when to use it. This saved me not just money but a lot of time. The outcome of course, was that I am able to build far better projects on my own. I would recommend Puget Sound Woodworking to anyone looking to improve their woodworking skills in a great atmosphere or even a beginner just starting out. My time spent with PSW has been great and I always look forward to the next class.
- Brooke G.
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