Gary Rogowski gained a degree in literature from Reed College, then took his training straight to the quiet of a craftsman’s bench. A self-taught woodworker, he has designed and built furniture for 40 years in Portland, Oregon, for private clients, galleries, and public commissions. In 1991, he won the Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship in Crafts. Six years later, he founded The Northwest Woodworking Studio, where he is the Director. Gary is a Contributing Editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine and the author of numerous articles, videos, and two books on woodworking. On a recent trip to Scotland, the Icelandic volcano exploded and his heart landed, by reason of a flight delay, in Paris. Gary travels there frequently now to breathe in fresh old ideas and forms. He recently gave the Ecole-Boulle’s first conference in English on the subject of purpose vs. intention. He is currently working on a novel about comedy and revenge. Follow Gary on Twitter at @GaryRogowski.