Gary Rogowski, Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction
We welcome Portland woodworker and author Gary Rogowski to the store on Wednesday, February 28th at 7 pm to read from his book Handmade: Creative Focus in the Age of Distraction.
In Handmade, master furniture craftsman Rogowski tells his life story of how he became a craftsman and how years of persistent work have taught him patience, resilience, tolerance for failure, and a love of pursuing beauty and mastery for their own sakes. In the tradition of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance and Shop Class as Soulcraft, the book is a profound meditation on the eternal value of manual work, creativity, human fallibility, and the stubborn pursuit of quality – part autobiography, part guide to creativity, and part guide to living. This book is for craftspeople, artists, and anyone who seeks clarity, purpose, and creativity in their work.
Rogowski grew up outside of Chicago and moved to Portland in the ‘70s to attend Reed College. Since 1974, he has built public and private furniture commissions for clients and galleries nationwide. He was a contributing editor for Fine Woodworking Magazine for fourteen years and has written hundreds of articles and several books. He is also a playwright, novelist, and essayist. Rogowski is the founder and director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio and in 2015 founded a nonprofit organization, Woodworking Ideas Northwest, to mentor high school students at the bench