Renaissancewoodworker.com is a project that I, Shannon Rogers, started started back in 2008 as an attempt to chronicle the goings on in my wood shop.  It started as a blog, added an audio podcast, changed to video, and now is a way of life.  On this site you will find a love of wood, hand tools, and 18th century period styles.  However, true to the name, I just can’t be tied down to one interest and you may run into many other styles, techniques, and eccentric oddities of woodworking.

The Hand Tool SchoolAfter spending so much time blogging and hearing great questions from so many of you, I decided to expand this site to include some extra features.  I am so excited by the volume of new woodworkers coming into the craft every day.  Even more thrilling is the love of hand tools and traditional techniques that is gripping woodworkers of all ages.  With this in mind I launched the Hand Tool School in 2010 where I have built up a library of over 100 hours of hand tool instruction and step by step projects. This is self paced, any time, any where woodworking instruction that won’t require you traveling, taking time off work, or getting spousal approval :)

Be sure to check out The Hand Tool School site for more information and join my email list to get a free preview of the very first lesson!

You can also find me chatting it up with my Wood Talk Online co-hosts Marc Spagnuolo and Matt Vanderlist every other week on Wood Talk, or learn more about wood by checking out my blog for my day job at the J. Gibson McIlvain lumber company, or sharing a love of hand tool woodworking as the Woodworking Shop Master (I love that title!) at The Steppingstone Museum in Havre de Grace, MD. In fact, I’m looking for more volunteers to help out in the shop. If you are interesting in learning about hand tool woodworking, or just hanging out and playing with tools, then let me know using the contact form below.

The pervading theme  of this site is a love of the craft and a passion for fine work.  If you like what you see, come back often.  If you want to see more, leave a comment below with a suggestion. I have plenty of ideas for future videos and projects and love to build things that you want to see.

Shannon posing with an in progress Queen Anne Table

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  1. Keith Kornacki says:

    Shannon: Like the look of the new web page , its much cleaner. I really enjoy watching and reading your posts on your site, Thanks. Continued success with everything.
    Keith Kornacki
    Windsor Ontario Canada

  2. Clay Dowling says:

    I Like the new site, but you need to tweak the RSS feed. It encodes the text as UTF-5, which I don’t think has been used by a computer since the 1950’s. The encoding you want is UTF-8

  3. Edl says:

    Hi, like your new website!
    I only have a comment to do about your show!
    There is always some classic music at the beginning or at the end but… You never say who is the author, it will be cool to write it at the end of the show

    • Shannon says:

      Etienne, the theme music is a podsafe version of Mozart’s Overture to the Abduction of Seraglio opera. Since it is podsafe there is no artist listed, but if you were interested in the composer…now you know. Thanks for stopping by and so glad you enjoy the show.

  4. Hi Shannon,

    I am a german “woody” running the hobby-woodworking website http://www.woodwurm.de for “woodies” like me.

    May I set a link to your website?

    Best regards

    • Shannon says:

      Of course Martin, I would be honored. I like your site and I need to go back there so I can dust off some of the Deutsch I learned in high school and college.

      • Philip Neuscheleer says:

        Shannon –
        Saw your msg to a German woodworker – looks like you may have trouble reading a lot of German. If I ever get to see you, I could probably translate all that deutsch for you on the fly. I’d probably have trouble with any words of art in there, but would like to try.
        Hoffentlisch wir treffen uns (hopefully we’ll meet eachother) Phil Neuscheler