Video: “Craft as a Committed Practice”

Many of you have offered personal anecdotes and insightful replies to the previous videos in which we discuss the ways people can learn woodworking these days. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We’ve enjoyed discussing your comments.

In this final video, Mike and I talk about the necessity of committing to a daily practice and the struggles to do this in our own lives. No one starts out with the ideal setup. Instead, we get started with make-do situations and discover what we actually need only once we’ve begun to develop the foundational skills.

This past year, Mike and I have been discussing the importance of a structured, committed practice coupled with the guidance of a mentor. We’ve been developing a new online educational opportunity: The Mortise & Tenon Apprenticeship Program. This program is designed to be a “middle way” between video and in-person instruction. Videos are great at providing clear tutorials and offer flexibility to re-watch the lesson in order to proceed at your own pace. But most “online schools” are typically nothing more than a library of videos – they don’t provide structure, accountability, or mentorship in any sense of the word. The Mortise & Tenon Apprenticeship Program is our way of offering the benefits of video instruction along with the benefits of mentorship.

We need camaraderie. We need the help of others.

We will be opening enrollment for our first 8-week term of The Mortise & Tenon Apprenticeship Program this coming Monday (July 19th).

Although this program expands our capacity to help more people, we have to limit the class size so that we can give each student the needed attention.

So, if you’re tired of bingeing on YouTube videos but find a week-long, in-person class out of reach, this might be the program for you.

Check out the new website here: 

Stay tuned for enrollment opening on Monday.

– Joshua


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