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 15 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 Guide to Woodworking with Kids, 2020 and The Wisdom of Our Hands, 2021. 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.

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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!