Woodworking School | Furniture Classes

New — The 2016 Woodworking Class Schedule is Available!

Our students are doing some of the best woodworking in the USA
See our new Serpentine Chest Class as featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine

You’ll benefit by taking any of our woodworking classes. Here’s why:lonnie-bird-school-woodworking-details-SM

Great instruction — Lonnie is a master woodworker and a master teacher as well as a published author, known for his many woodworking books and articles. Lonnie has been woodworking for nearly thirty-five years and teaching for over twenty. In other words, Lonnie has a background of woodworking skills to teach from. He’s not simply a magazine editor or tool salesman that works wood occasionally and teaches a few days each year; he has made woodworking and teaching woodworking his full-time passion (take a look at Lonnie’s work).

Because of his years of professional woodworking, his knowledge is broad. As a long-time professional woodworker he has built countless examples of fine dovetailed casework and drawers, carved tables, delicate inlay, sculpted chairs and elegant turned post beds. You’ll benefit from both his vast knowledge of woodworking and his many years of teaching experience. He’s also written six woodworking books as well as numerous articles for Fine Woodworking magazine.

“I learned more in one week than I have learned in 30 years of attempting to teach myself. Having a master craftsman offering woodworking hints and tips makes a huge difference.”–Ed W., Woodworking Student from South Carolina

Small class sizes — We’re NOT the largest woodworking school in the USA–and that is a big advantage for you! You’ll received plenty of personalized attention and instruction because we only accept nine people in our Woodworking Essentials Classes. Many of our advanced woodworking courses, such as our block front chest, are limited to just six people. Additionally, we have some of the most motivated and best woodworkers in the USA here –which makes the class composition fun as well as inspirational!

When you take a class with Lonnie you’ll receive lots of personal attention and instruction. You won’t get lost in a large crowd and you won’t have to “take a number” to get the help that you need (and let’s face it, isn’t that why you’re taking a woodworking class—to receive instruction?). Whether it’s carving a claw-and-ball foot, sawing a dovetail, creating decorative inlay, or sharpening a plane, Lonnie will demonstrate it personally to you at your bench. As a result of our small furniture making classes, you’ll learn more skills and have a more enjoyable experience.

We do the busy work — Instead of standing in line to use one of our planers, Lonnie and his assistant plane the lumber for the Woodworking Essentials project before your class begins. This is an important difference between our school and the others: because we plane the boards you’ll spend more of your valuable time learning the enjoyable and important stuff—such as cutting dovetails, learning to sharpen and use hand tools effectively, bandsawing and carving a leg or precisely fitting a drawer.

We offer great projects
— Our projects are beautifully-proportioned, attractive designs that you’re sure to be proud of as you create heirloom furniture. In fact, many people say that we offer some of the best woodworking projects in the USA! Lonnie personally custom-designs Serpentine Chesteach furniture project to combine classic good looks with time-tested mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joints. These joints are considered the hallmark of fine craftsmanship. Lonnie also designs each woodworking project to maximize your learning experience so that you take new home techniques and skills.

We have a great location — Our woodworking school is located near Knoxville, Tennessee. We are very accessible (within a day’s drive of 70% of the population in the USA!) for USA woodworkers. While many of our woodworkers come from Southeastern USA locations such as Atlanta, we also have woodworkers who come from further-away places such as Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Maine — 43 states so far and counting!  We’ve even had woodworkers come from other countries  — as far away as Australia! Additionally, our location near the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlingburg ensures that there is an abundance of fantastic activities for you or your family to experience as well.

Woodworking Instructor


Woodworking Classes
With Master Craftsman
Lonnie Bird

30+ years professional experience
in furniture making
and woodworking instruction;
author of six woodworking books.

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