Woodworking for the Blind

 man wearing sun glasses ripping a board on a table saw
The vision that creates is not in our eyes, it's the vision in our mind's eye that gives it life.

Our Mission

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

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 Offer

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, Wood smith 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 byCharles Neil Charles was a friend of WW4B and he 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: Ww4b+subscribe@groups.io

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.


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Membership is only required to access the magazine recordings and other copyrighted material

Current Events

April 2022
Enjoy this conversation with George Wurtzel, a master craftsman, exemplary teacher, competitive skier, and true visionary. George shares his insights about teaching and learning, adapting to change, rebuilding confidence, and the value of sharing oneís knowledge with others. Whether envisioning possibilities in his mindís eye, noticing the potential in a piece of wood, an open space, or in the skills and talents of others, George is always ready to learn and to connect with those who want to take the next step in whatever venture they are pursuing. George Wurtzel is a remarkable man who has made a huge difference in the lives of many people, blind and sighted, and he continues to look for ways to make an impact for good with the work that he does. You will be telling others about this episode. Donít forget to look at the show notes for some great resources and information.

Lead Learn Change Simplecast featuring George Wertzel

Congradulations to WW4B member Dan Parker for another driving speed record.

Read more about Dan's record here