The vision that creates is not in our eyes, it's the vision in our mind's eye that gives it life.
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.
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.
The primary way members support each other is through our Yahoo 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: Subscribe
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.
Over the last five years we have had a summer work shop for members. In 2016 we were at Enchanted Hills, (owned by San Francisco’s LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired), in Napa California at their new large woodworking facility and master craftsman George Wurtzel was our instructor.
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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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