Frequently Asked Questions

Looking for the Best Value in Woodworking Education?

Here are some FAQs to help you make your decision:

How Does Your Woodworking School Differ From Other Woodworking Schools?

We limit the class size. In fact, our woodworking classes are typically half the size of other schools. This means you’ll receive much more personal coaching and instruction, and you’ll take home many more furniture making skills. Sure, we could run large classes like some woodworking schools do, but it wouldn’t be to your advantage.

We have experienced instructors. Lonnie and Jason are talented at both woodworking and in instructing others in the craft.  From your standpoint, it is extremely important that the instructors aren’t just excellent at building furniture–you need teachers who can impart woodworking knowledge and skills in a way that makes sense.

We have beautiful furniture designs. The furniture is heirloom-quality and designed using classical proportions.

We maximize your learning experience by milling the lumber for you. This helps maximize your instructional time: You can focus on learning valuable woodworking skills instead of standing in line at the planer.

We emphasize fine craftsmanship. Nothing beats the personal satisfaction of having built a professional-quality piece of furniture with accurate tight-fitting joints, precisely-fit drawers, and a hand-rubbed finish.

I Really Want to Get Systematic, Hands-On Woodworking Training.
What is the Best Course Sequence for Gaining Woodworking Skills?

You should begin by taking Woodworking Essentials. New woodworkers find that this course is a great introduction to woodworking as they learn key skills in a safe and enjoyable manner; experienced woodworkers have found this course extremely valuable in “filling in the gaps” in their background and learning a wide variety of essential woodworking techniques. Rest assured, this course will challenge you–no matter what your previous experience entails!

During the Woodworking Essentials Class, Lonnie will also give you guidance about which courses you may want to take next–those that fit your interests and abilities. If you’re already taken Woodworking Essentials, and you have questions about which course is best for you, give Lonnie a call at 865-484-1145. He’ll be happy to help you custom-design a sequence of classes.

How Do I Sign Up for a Woodworking Class?

It’s easy! Just go to the Registration Page and print two forms: The Registration Form and the Class Schedule. Send these, along with your check or money order (made out to Lonnie Bird, Inc.) to:

Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking, 1145 Carolina Drive, Dandridge, TN 37725.

We’ll notify you as soon as we receive your registration and provide you with lumber and tool lists for your classes.

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What is Your Cancellation Policy?

We have a generous cancellation policy, which is outlined on the Registration Page.

When Will I Receive Tool and Lumber Lists?

By the end of the year we’ll email you a copy of the tool and lumber lists for your class. We find that this is the best way to provide you with information about the class. However, if you typically have difficulty receiving attached files via email, please let us know and we’ll send you the lists by US Postal Mail.

Can I Buy Lumber From You?

Although we don’t sell lumber, you can conveniently purchase a lumber kit for your woodworking class from lumber suppliers, such as Jason Bennett, who mills and prepares it at his shop. Jason sells the lumber already cut to size and packaged for each of the classes. If you’re interested you can contact Jason directly at 423-431-8492. Jason will also ship the lumber to the school so that it will be here when you arrive. What could be easier?

What Are Class Hours?

Class meets from 8:00 am – 5:00 pm. The shop is open at 7:45 am.

What about Lunch?

To maximize woodworking instruction time, we provide lunch. Of course, if you have special dietary needs, you are welcome to bring your own lunch or snacks.

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