In his Friday evening talk, Doug Stowe will talk about his work and experiences as a box maker. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, January 19 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College.

Doug will teach a demo workshop on Saturday January 22, were he will introduce the attendees to principles and elements of design that he is so well known for in the boxes he designs and makes.

Workshops Registration

Doug Stowe began his career as a woodworker in 1976, making custom furniture and small boxes. In 1995, he began writing how-to articles for a variety of woodworking magazines. He is the author of 13 woodworking books. His book Making Elegant Custom Tables won the 2003 Golden Hammer Award for the best how-to book. His boxes and furniture have been featured in Woodworkers Journal, Woodwork, American Woodworker, Woodcraft, Popular Woodworking and Fine Woodworking. His most recent book is The Box Maker’s Guitar Book, published in 2017. In 2001, he began a woodworking program at the Clear Spring School, designed to integrate woodworking activities to stimulate and reinforce academic curricula, restoring the rationale for the use of crafts in general education and demonstrating its effectiveness. In 2009 he was named an “Arkansas Living Treasure” by the Arkansas Department of Heritage and Arkansas Arts Council for his contributions to traditional crafts and craft education. He maintains a strong advocacy for hands-on learning through his blog, Wisdom of the Hands.

Here is a short documentary done by the Historic Arkansas Museum:


Prior to the meeting, we will hold a silent auction where you can sell items that are no longer needed. Please fill out this  Silent Auction Form with the minimum price and incremental bid amount and bring it with your items on Friday, one form per item. The silent auction will begin at 7 p.m. (Note: 10% sellers donation to RWS is appreciated).