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post #1 of 8 Old 03-03-2010, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Schools for woodworking

I am currently taking some classes at woodcraft just to
see if woodworking sparks an interest, and so far it has. I
designed and made my own bench and had a lot of fun doing
that and now I wanna explore different options that i can go to
explore careers with woodworking.

I talked to some of the teachers at woodcraft and pretty much
couldn't guide me in any direction. so now im here.

Are apprenticeship programs the way to go or are there any good schools
to go to learn?

How did you learn and start a career with woodworking?
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-03-2010, 08:14 AM
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Local community colleges often have courses. If you are looking at this as a hobby, an apprenticeship is not the way to go, and likely hard to find, anyhow.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-03-2010, 09:20 AM
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The FEB 2010 issue of Fine Woodworking on page 94 has a list of wood working classes, and schools. A web search show many others:
Another list by state:
There are many videos on You Tube.. pick your interests in a search there. Post your location and you might find someone close that's a member here? bill

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I've been drooling over the course catalog for the John C. Calhoun Folk School in NC for some time now. It's not cheap, but it looks like an awesome experience with some great classes.

Forgot a link directly to their site.

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There are some schools (mostly on the East Coast) that will do crash courses over a few days or a week. Most of them are focused on a particular product (for example, furniture). These are listed in magazines like Fine Woodworking that Woodnthings mentioned.
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hi slave2snow,

I don't know where you live ,but, I've been attending a woodworking school here in Philadelphia PA called the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop
They teach everything from beginners to advanced furniture making.

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See if there is a community workshop or woodworking guild in your area. I have learned a great deal from the craftsmen that are members of the one here. Many of them are retired cabinetmakers and they do some pretty outstanding work. Other than that I would say community colleges woulld be your best bet. Good Luck!


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Originally Posted by b00kemdano View Post
I've been drooling over the course catalog for the John C. Calhoun Folk School in NC for some time now. It's not cheap, but it looks like an awesome experience with some great classes.

Forgot a link directly to their site.
I was in N.C. several months ago celebrating my aunts 80th. She took us over to the folk school as she knew I had taught woodworking for about 20 years in CA. and thought I might be interested. Long story short, they had a class in session and I was more than welcome to stay and watch. The instructor and I got along like 2 old friends until the others in my group drug me away. Great setting, atmosphere, and some good woodworking and lots of sawdust.

They were doing marquetry and he told me about a real master in marquetry that he learned from, who lived in Santa Barbara, where my MIL lives....
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