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Welcome to the Florida School of Woodwork


In a time when many are seeking fresh ways of problem solving, seeing differently and communicating effectively, the School of Woodwork offers an opportunity for people of all skill levels to spend a weekend, a week or several immersed in the craft of designing and making furniture, wood carvings and woodturnings on the lathe.

For some, it is the opportunity to study with leading, nationally-recognized makers who travel to the School to teach specific workshops and serve as the School’s foundation in ensuring the highest quality of innovative instruction.

For others, it is the exceptional, well-equipped workshops where students can work safely and confidently in a professional-level environment.

However, for many, it is the daily engagement among a diverse group of people, coming together to learn and work.


The heart of our mission is to nurture and sustain this creative spirit of woodworking craftsmanship.  We do this by proving the best possible education and environment for people who want to engage in soul satisfying crafts. A place where “thinking” and “doing” come together.

On behalf of all of us at the School who wake up each day thinking about enriching lives through art, I invite you to take the opportunity to experience Florida School of Woodwork.

Welcome home.


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. Student come from across the country and from abroad to learn a broad array of woodworking topics.

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Students and Faculty

Our students are hobbyist, amateur and professional woodworkers with diverse backgrounds who come to study woodworking traditions combined with modern technology. We encourage 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.