Beginning Woodworking Classes
If you are new to woodworking then there are various foundational skills you need to focus on first. These include topics such as design, power tool use, basic joinery, understanding wood, etc. All of these topics and skills are covered in our Beginning Woodwork classes. The Beginning or Foundation classes are organized to establish a strong skill set and get you woodworking competently, safely and with a growing enthusiasm.
Step 1 – Beginning Woodworking
This class lays down all of the knowledge you will need to either continue working in your own workshop or as a foundation for all the classes moving forward. We have also had highly experienced woodworkers take this class who have said that they wish they had taken it years ago.
There are two class lengths you can choose from:
- A weekend intro (fast paced, no projects)
- A week long Beginning Woodworking
If you take the weekend class, your next class will be a table making class. The weekend class is designed more for those who want to figure out if they are interested in woodwork, or as a refresher for those who have been away from it for a while.
If you take the 5-day long Beginning Woodworking class, the next step will be a Box Making class
Step 2 – Project Classes
Once you have some basic knowledge under your belt, the next step is to start designing and building projects. The best projects are those that stretch your abilities and challenge you, but don’t make you scream out of frustration or panic. We have found that projects centered around building small tables, boxes and smaller bookcases are the best building blocks at this stage. Each of these projects/classes will expand your knowledge in all areas of woodworking – design, milling, joinery, construction and finishing, as well as familiarize you with different kinds of woods and additional tools.
Note – If you only took the 2-Day long Beginning Woodworking Weekend Class, we recommend that you start with a table making class, otherwise the three classes (Table Making, Box Making, Bookcase Making) can be taken in any order
Step 3 – Electives
There are additional classes that you can take that will broaden your abilities. Any of the following classes can be taken after the Beginning Woodworking class. They do not have to be taken in any particular order.
- Tool Sharpening
- Handtools & Joinery
- Finishing Furniture
- Inlay and Surface Embellishment
- Introduction to Carving
- Introduction to Turning
Intermediate Woodworking Classes
Once you have established a solid foundation of woodworking knowledge, you can start designing and building pieces a little bit more independently, however there are still skills that you need to acquire that will help evolve your furniture work. The majority of the intermediate classes are center around projects and each have their own focus. The classes can be taken in any order at this point:
- Drafting & CAD for Furniture Makers
- Introduction to Cabinet Making
- Krenov Style Cabinet Making
- Nightstand Making
- Desk Making
- Carving Level II Classes
- Turning Level II Classes
Usually these classes run 5 – 14 days.
Advanced Woodworking Classes
At this stage in a students’ development they are expected to be creating portfolio quality pieces.
- Advance Design skills
- Making Curves and Angled Work & Advanced joinery
- Advance Class – Designing & building
- Multi-drawered cabinet Making
- Headboard Making
- Curved writing desk Making
- Chair Making
Usually these classes run 10 – 14 days.
The Intensives are blocks of classes that take place over a two, three or four week period. They enable you to really immerse yourself and focus on rapid woodworking skill acquisition. Some of the intensives are arrange to have a few days, sometimes a week of non instruction time, allowing you to work independently while still under supervision, we have found that for some students “doing it by themselves” helps to cement the knowledge they have been covering during the class and at the same time highlights areas they want to go back and work on with the instructor. During the intensives you will have your own bench for the duration and additional time with the experienced shop assistants. Taking classes in a grouped intensive reduces the individual price of the class by approximately 15%.
If you have a woodworker in your life a Gift Certificate makes a wonderful lasting present. They can be used in part or in whole towards any class – group or private.