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Woodworking for the Blind

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The vision that creates is not in our eyes, it's the vision in our mind's eye that gives it life.
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Our Mission

To support visually impaired people get the most out of the wonderful pleasure of woodworking through out the world.

Whether you just want to get started or you are a journeyman woodworker we can provide information to help you.
Perhaps you have been woodworking all your life as a sighted person and for some reason you are losing or have lost your vision. You can still continue to enjoy your craft safely and successfully.
A blind or visually impaired woodworker uses the same tools and power equipment as a sighted person. The only real difference is how we mark and measure.

What We Offfer

Our Library:

Woodworking for the Blind Inc. provides free MP3 recordings of current woodworking publications exclusively for the use of blind and visually impaired woodworkers.

Our library contains over 2,100 recordings with over 600 hours of content for members.
This content includes;
Recordings of Fine Woodworking magazine, Woodwork magazine, Woodsmith magazine, Woodworking magazine, American Woodworker magazine and Woodcraft magazine and are recorded in MP3 format.
All recordings include the text of woodworking articles on techniques and design, how-to-build-it articles, tips, tool reviews, shop methods, finishing advice, woodworker profiles and other general features. Recordings include descriptions of the many photos and illustrations that accompany the magazine articles.
All articles are recorded individually and we have a searchable index. In addition we have made some compilations on a given topic as well as member favorites.
We also have some books not available from other sources like "A Splintered History of Wood by Spike Carlsen.
A Complete guide to Finishing by Charles Neil Woodworking Charles is a friend of WW4B and has generously let us post some of his content.

Woodworking Forum

The primary way members support each other is through our Group forum. From Novice woodworker to Nenja class craftsmen, everyone is welcome.
We can ask questions, answer questions and otherwise have a good time discussing woodworking.
To Subscribe to the forum, send an email to:

Woodworking Manual

The members of Woodworking for the blind are working on a manual to help a blind or visually impaired person get started in woodworking. It is a work in progress but we do have a few chapters finished.
The chapter on measuring and marking can be very useful for craftsman of all levels. The Introduction and first three chapters are both written and recorded. Just click on the WW4B manual tab from the navigation menu above.

Woodworking Work Shop

For the past six years we have hosted a summer workshop. The past two years it has been held in Napa California and will be held here again in 2018. Our instructor and guide will be master craftsman George Wurtzel who also happens to be blind.

2018 Schedule:
Beginner session will be the week of August 13 thru August 18.
Arrive On Monday the 13th and Leave on Saturday the 18th
Intermediate/Advanced session August 20 thru August 25
Arrive on Monday the 20th and leave on Saturday the 25th
Each week includes 4 full days of hands on instruction.
Each session cost $350 per person. This includes everything except transportation to Napa CA.
Reservations are made thru the San Francisco Light House.
Spouces or partners are welcome for a reduced rate.
Traveling alone? not to worry, we will help if needed.

Individual woodworking classes with George Wurtzel are offered through out the year. For more information contact:
George Wurtzel web site
San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired
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For further information or for a Membership Application to join Woodworking for the Blind contact us at
or simply click Here to become a member