Bauhaus Woodworking Chicago

Last spring I enrolled in the Bauhaus School of Woodworking in Chicago.  My class would be 3 hours long every Wednesday for about 3 months.  I would commute into the ghetto and enter into an unusual warehouse where I would be greeted by, what looked like, lost, bearded fishermen who mistook the Chicago River for the New England coast.  They must have concluded that there were no fish to catch and decided to build minimalist German furniture instead.

Whoever they are, They created a Gem in the middle of an otherwise dismal Roger’s Park neighborhood.

I was hoping that one of these lost fishermen would be instructing me  but, to my surprise, my instructor was Jermaine.

Jermaine sweat more than anyone I have ever met, and once when I asked why he didn’t take off his Cowhide Indiana Pacers leather Jacket, he responded, “why would someone want to take off a jacket like this?”

I said, “ok”.

Although the experience was not what I expected , I would never trade in those Wednesday nights at Bauhaus.  Jermaine told me, ” Let’s not get caught up on all that German shit, and lines and whatnot and let’s just build Shit”.  I don’t quite think he fit in with the whole philosophy of the workshop, but I don’t think he really cared either.

I said, “ok”.

So we started my first real piece of Furniture.  Hopefully it will be done soon.  I had to take it, half built, down to Nashville.

Final product….coming soon.


-Top piece of the storage bench.-3 Cut planks of Walnut, biscuit joined, planed and glued.


~ by samwessner on July 30, 2009.

One Response to “Bauhaus Woodworking Chicago”

  1. cool stuff sam! i’m glad i ran into your website. my wife is actually way in to this…she’s ‘restructing’ a kitchen table right now. very cool. hope you guys are doing well.

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