A global pandemic derailed William Brown’s 2020 plans for his new woodworking school, but he’s not giving up.
When I last spoke with William Brown, it was January 2020 and he was getting ready to launch a brand new woodworking school in Camden, Maine. He had a workshop, a great set of instructors, and a plan to create a great learning opportunity for traditional woodworking and hand tools. But as well all know, last year was not kind to plans of any sort, and William’s vision went unfinished when the world went into lockdown. He hasn’t given up though, and is optimistic that by this summer the first small group of students will be walking through the door of his shop to start learning.
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Outside of delaying the opening of your woodworking school, did the pandemic impact you in other ways?
Not too much impact. I continued to work in my shop and actually my output of high-end period pieces was quite high this year.