Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking is located near Knoxville, Tennessee. Although we regularly have woodworking students who come from worldwide locations such as Brazil, Canada, and even Australia, most of our woodworkers come from within the USA. To make it easy for USA woodworkers to come, we are conveniently located within a day’s drive of 70% of the US population. Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking is easily accessible via three major Interstates (I-40, I-81, and I-75), and serviced by the Knoxville Airport. The school is located approximately 4.5 miles from I-40 at Exit 417, and 2.5 miles from I-40 at Exit 424.
We have woodworkers who regularly come from Southeastern states such as Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, and Virginia–and further away locations such as Pennsylvania, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and Montana. In fact, woodworkers come from all across the USA!
The school is located next door to the historic town of Dandridge, Tennessee. Dandridge has recently been awarded the coveted “National Main Street” designation and is a National Register Historic District. This quaint town is situated approximately 20 miles east of Knoxville, Tennessee at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains and is surrounded by beautiful, rolling farmland with a backdrop of mountains. Dandridge offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, historic sites, and community events. Additionally, its location on the banks of Douglas Lake provides ample opportunities for boating and fishing. The town is also surrounded by several golf courses.
If you are looking for more recreational choices, the nearby cities of Knoxville, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville, and Gatlinburg provide ample opportunities for antiquing, shopping, dining, and entertainment. Pigeon Forge hosts a number of events throughout the year and is home to Dollywood Theme Park as well as several theaters.
Additionally, all the attractions of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are just a short drive away. Want more options? There are many other recreational opportunities close at hand, including hiking, golfing, horseback riding, fishing or attending a professional baseball game. To find out more about local attractions, you can access visitor information on the Web at the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce or the Office of Special Events in Pigeon Forge.
“I enjoyed the relaxed pace, dust-free atmosphere, and pastoral setting.”–David S., SC