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About Florida School of Woodwork

Mission

The craft of designing and making furniture is a physically, mentally and emotionally fulfilling process. It brings artisanal skills and vibrancy to communities we live in .  The heart of  the Florida School of Woodwork’s mission is to nurture and sustain this creative spirit of woodworking craftsmanship by  proving the best possible education and environment for people who want to engage in intrinsically soul satisfying craft where “thinking” and “doing” come together.

History

Executive Director Kate Swann founded the program in 2004 to meet the requests of local aspiring woodworkers. The School began as a one on one program in a small 600 square foot shop under the auspices of Franklin St Fine Woodwork. The school then moved to its present location in 2010.

Over the years, student enrollment and class offerings have steadily increased and today the School offers year-round classes to national and international students on a broad array of woodworking topics.

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Students and Faculty

Our students are hobbyist, amateur and professional woodworkers with diverse backgrounds and interests who come to study woodworking traditions combined with modern technologies. We encourage our students to design their own projects and build to their aesthetic as they develop their skills and competencies.

Our instructors are professional woodworkers with exceptional technical expertise and patient, open teaching skills. We seek out teachers who have demonstrated significant design and technical skills in their own body of work.  Our instructors come from across the United States, England and Canada.

“Woodworking is a most satisfying pastime, so varied and multifaceted you will never complete the twin processes you have undertaken: acquiring tools and learning how to use them.” Michael Dunbar


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