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Testimonials About Our Woodworking School


We're always honored by the quality and enthusiasm of students that come to our woodworking school. Some of you have taken time to write us about your experience here--and we'd like to share a few of those letters

Read also: Reviews of Lonnie's Mastering Dovetails DVD 



Dear Lonnie,

I just wanted to write you a letter to thank you for the wonderful week that I had at the recent Woodworking Essentials class. I am just now coming down from a "Lonnie Bird High." If we could package this feeling up and sell it we would have a gold mine! I consider this one of the best learning experience that I have ever had—NO EXCEPTIONS. To be able to teach students to understand how to do something and then do it is truly a gift and you have it.

It seems that everything we did was to benefit our learning experience and there was no busywork. I feel that I certainly got MORE than my money's worth. The facilities at your school are first rate and that just added to the learning experience. The patience that you showed and the praise that you showed, when deserved, went a long way to enhance my confidence in my ability. I cannot wait to take more classes.

Again, thanks for everything and especially the newfound confidence that I can someday build fine furniture.

Yours very truly,

George Wynn


Recently you asked me to report to you on how I found the "Woodworking Essentials" class at Lonnie Bird's School of Fine Woodworking.

In a nutshell, it was superb. When Lonnie advertises six full days of instruction, he doesn't mean stopping at noon or so on the last day, and he doesn't stop work for "bushwa sessions". Each day was filled with demonstrations, hands-on work with hand tools, and technical discussions on style, tools, wood finishing, etc.

At nine people, the class is small enough for Lonnie to move from student to student, answering questions and providing one-on-one instruction and demos.

One day during the week, we went on a tour in Lonnie's house where he showed us examples of his work. The case pieces are breath-taking - not only for the fabulous wood but for the superb craftsmanship. The tour truly helps certify Lonnie's credentials as a woodworker. The man knows what he teaches, and proved it time and again.

If I had to pick one word to describe what I got out of Lonnie's class, the word would be "precision". He taught us we could good work, beautiful work, but more importantly, precise work. Tenons that fit like a hand in a glove. Dovetails that are clean and gap free - made by sawing to a line and with minimal fitting. Planed surfaces that are dead flat and which require no sanding, unless you prefer the feel of the sanded surface. You will leave with a sense of confidence that you can reproduce the high quality of work you have done in the class.

As you can tell, I am still very up from this class. I recommend that you email Lonnie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and ask him to put you on his email list and to send you a brochure.

Have a great day!

Alexander Steel


I want to take a minute and thank you once again for the great time I had last week in the Woodworking Essentials class. I felt more like a guest in your home than a student who took a class at your school. I have already told several of my friends about the school. Also please pass along again my sincere thanks to your family. I appreciate so much the good food and great atmosphere. J I haven't been able to put the books down for long since I have been home. They answer a lot of my questions, and were well worth the money.

Well, thanks again so much for everything, and I look forward to attending a class next year, either the spice box or blanket chest, so please don't forget me. Next time I am bringing my wife along. She won't be in class, but she will love the beautiful country.

Art Overmyer

Hi Lonnie,

I want to say again how much I enjoyed the Woodworking Essentials class. I learned a lot in those six days. My newly found skills will forever change both the way I approach woodworking, and the way I perform my craft. Thanks for the experience.

Timothy Neal, PA

PS: The website looks great...the best class photo I ever saw! I was honored to see several other photos of myself on the site also. Thanks.

Hi Lonnie;

I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful learning experience. I learned more in one week at our class than in the past twenty years of being self taught. Looking forward to next your class.


Phil McConnell


Thanks again for a great week! I learned an incredible amount in a short time and had a wonderful time doing it.

Thanks, Charlie Holt


Billy and I had an unforgettable experience last week in Dandridge. We're going to enjoy woodworking for a long time to come. We'd like to set up our own little shop and develop our skills over the next few months and return next year for the joinery class. I know demand is great so I'll watch closely for next year's schedule.

Lonnie, I want to thank you again for your patience and for your hospitality. Thank you for letting us see the pieces in your home. Thank you for your high standards and for such a quality experience.


Hi Lonnie,

Thanks for a great week I could not have been happier the way my dovetails turned out. I was thrilled with the first fit on Friday of the actual drawer – thanks for your direction and words of encouragement.

I plan on cutting a bunch of dovetails in the upcoming months to prepare for the next class. As I prepare for my upcoming projects, I will look for ways to include the dovetail joint.

The week was everything I expected and more. I will now expect a higher level of perfection in my woodworking. During the week, I gained a great appreciation for hand tools. Before last week, I thought you needed a motorized piece of equipment to obtain the perfection we achieved in the class.

Thanks again and I can not wait until the next class!



I really enjoyed our class on Woodworking Essentials last week and am very glad I attended. I know I will be much better prepared for any future classes with you.

Many thanks for a very interesting and fun week.

Jim Barton

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