The history of Rockler Woodworking and Hardware goes back to 1954, when Norton Rockler started the Minnesota Woodworkers Supply Company in north Minneapolis. It was a small mail-order business with a big aspiration – to become woodworkers’ go-to resource for everything they need to complete their projects.
Since then, we’ve grown into an industry-leading woodworking and hardware source with a nationwide chain of stores and international reach through our catalogs and website. In many ways, a lot has changed. We’ve continuously added to our offerings as woodworking technologies have advanced, and we’re constantly working to bring the industry’s most innovative products, thinking and education to our stores and website.
But in other important ways, much has remained the same. Throughout our history, Rockler has been a family-owned business – and in business, as with family, relationships are important. We still work with many of the same vendors whose products appeared in our catalogs decades ago. And we still strive to establish connections with you, our customers, that extend well beyond mere financial transactions. We want you to know that we’re invested in your success. You can count on us for the products, advice and encouragement you need to finish your projects, and you can count on us to stand behind the things we sell. As our founder wrote in the introduction to a 1988 catalog, “Our commitment to you doesn’t end when the package arrives.”
We’re also committed to the future of woodworking, DIY, and the natural resources that make woodworking possible. That’s why we strive to provide “green” products, to emphasize recycling and to support sustainable forest growth through the Hardwood Forestry Fund. We’re particularly gratified that Rockler has been named the 2014 recipient of the Forestry Fund’s Gifford Pinchot Award in recognition of the company’s “significant effort to plant hardwood trees in America.”
So as we celebrate our rich history, we look forward to many more years in the shop with you. Our goal still is to be your go-to DIY resource – for everything you need to build both your projects and your confidence.