Reclaiming The Lost Art of American Woodworking

by Thomas A. Johnson

VA

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I arrived in the United States many years ago from my native country of Ghana with $20 in my pocket, a skill set, and a dream. I dreamed of starting a woodworking school that would train large numbers individuals to be master craftsman that could compete in the global market place and advance the rich legacy of American woodworking to new heights for years to come. Since the time America was settled through today, the trade of woodworking has richly impacted the lives of individuals from all walks of life. Unfortunately, this legacy is in jeopardy as more and more Americans are moved to purchase imported furniture and cabinetry, instead of furniture made by woodworkers in America. Moreover, there is a shortage of Americans today who are skilled in the woodworking arts. All of these things contribute to what many deem to be the end of American woodworking.

"When we were born, a woodworker welcomed us into the world by way of a cradle. When we die, a woodworker sees us off by way of a coffin. In between life and death, a woodworker builds our homes and furniture. The buildings we frequent and work out of, all are built by woodworkers- the carpenter, joiner, and cabinetmaker. Therefore, it is imperative that we restore the lost art of woodworking in America."

                                                                     -Thomas A. Johnson

Three years ago, I purchased a lumber yard on 31 acres of land with a 135,000 square foot facility with the goal of transforming it into a state of the art woodworking school that would train individuals in the fine art of woodworking. The program will equip students with the necessary skills and experiences to create exceptional new work and foster a greater appreciation and desire for American made woodworking in America and throughout the world.

With your support, the Thomas A. Johnson School of American Woodworking will be able to provide the necessary training and experiences needed to produce highly skilled master woodworkers that will work to reclaim the lost art of woodworking in America. Your contribution will be used to purchase equipment and materials for classes, for student recruitment, to convert the existing structures found on the property into classroom buildings, studios, and an exhibit hall, as well as to design and construct new classroom facilities and woodworking studios.

Please consider making a tax deductible contribution to USA Projects towards the establishment of the Thomas A. Johnson School of American Woodworking.  Join me as I work to raise funds during this 8 week campaign for the second phase of this much needed project. I can not do it alone. With your help we can make the Thomas A. Johnson School of American Woodworking a reality and revitalize the trade of woodworking in America. Thank you again for your support in this important endeavor.

    • May 18, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Thanks for showing us some love this morning Rae and an anonymous donor! Your contribution will take us steps closer to achieving our goal! Please join Rae and make a contribution today towards the establishment of TAJ School of American Woodworking? We can't do it with out your help. Please show your support today! #crowdfunding #ReclaimAmericanWoodworking http://www.mayflowerlanding.org/

    • May 17, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Thanks Janet and Stan for your contribution and for bringing us closer to our goal! Every bit counts and your support means so much! 24 days until the close of our crowdfunding campaign. Will you join Janet and Stan in making a contribution of $25 or more today! #ReclaimAmericanWoodworking #crowdfunding www.mayflowerlanding.org

    • April 28, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Thanks for your contribution Traci! Thanks for helping us get one step further towards our goal of $1million by June 10th for the Thomas A. Johnson School of American Woodworking . Together we can reclaim the lost art of woodworking in America! If you haven't already , make your contribution today and be entered in a drawing for a reclaimed oak bedroom suite. Visit the following link for details and to contribute today: http://www.mayflowerlanding.org/contests.html

    • April 27, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Visit the following link to listen to the first episode of our podcast: www.mayflowerlanding.org/podcasts.html

    • April 22, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Thanks for your contribution Nathan!Together we can reclaim the lost art of woodworking in America!

    • April 22, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      James, thanks for you contribution!It means a lot. With your help we can reclaim the lost art of woodworking in America!

    • April 22, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Become a charter member of the Thomas A. Johnson School of American Woodworking by donating $100 or more through our USA Projects Page today! Together we can reclaim the lost art of woodworking in America!

    • April 18, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Thank you Chad for your contribution! We appreciate your support! Together, we can reclaim the lost art of American woodworking!

    • April 18, 2013 Thomas A. Johnson Artist

      Thank you Edward for your contribution! It means a lot. 53 more days to the close of our campaign. With your help we can reclaim the lost art of American woodworking!