Mike Pekovich studied furniture making, fine art, and graphic design, and he’s been putting those skills to use designing and building furniture for over 30 years. For the last 20 of those, he’s also been busy as the art director at Fine Woodworking magazine and most recently as the author of The Why and How of Woodworking, where his aim is to communicate woodworking how-to in a clear and inspiring way. His work has appeared on the cover of Fine Woodworking numerous times, and he has written several articles and appeared in several video-project series for the magazine. In Mike’s workshops he stresses fundamental woodworking skills and techniques, from sharpening to layout to cutting joinery, which individuals just have to know in order to do good work. By understanding the big picture of how a piece comes together, from wood selection to milling to joinery to finishing, students come away from his workshops with the knowledge and confidence to tackle projects in their own shop, and have more fun doing it.

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A special note about our photos:

We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!