Garrett Hack “Inspiring the next generation”

August 28, 2013

A common theme that keeps coming around on woodworking blogs is “how are we going to save woodworking?” or put another way “how do we encourage the next generation of woodworkers?

I’m not going to get into the whole discussion about whether woodworking is on a decline or how non-woodworkers can’t or don’t appreciate handcrafted furniture made by skilled craftspeople who many of us hope to be in the future.

Instead I want to share this short video produced by Artisan Media featuring Garrett Hack last year at the European Woodworking Show. In it he talks about “his work with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters Association, the difficulties of starting up as a furniture maker and what he’s doing to inspire the next generation“.

Even though it’s a short video what Garrett has to share about his advice to those he’s mentoring are solid ideas on what makes a piece something that can last more than a single generation…among other things.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  1. John Smith says:

    It is great to see a video like this because the message is great. That being said he is lying through teeth.

  2. Lynn Hewell says:

    Matt, I’m on android, and there are no links for the video…

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  4. Gary says:

    I don’t know anything about Mr. Hack other than he builds beautiful furniture. He is an artist.

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