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Woodworking School | Furniture Classes

Woodworking classes designed to teach students
fine furniture making skills and woodworking techniques.
New Class! Build a Blanket Chest or Keepsake Box

You'll benefit by taking any of our woodworking classes. Here's why:

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., SC

Small class sizes — We're not the largest woodworking school in the U.S.--and that is a big advantage for you! (Remember those huge, impersonal college classes that met in an auditorium?) Instead, we accept only nine people in our Woodworking Essentials Classes to ensure that you'll receive plenty of personalized attention and instruction. In fact, many of our advanced woodworking courses, such as our block front chest, are limited to just six people.

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 will plane the lumber for your project before your class begins. This is an blockfrontdec2013important 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. Lonnie personally custom-designs each 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.


Woodworking Instructor:

Master Woodworker Lonnie Bird

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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