Fall & Winter class schedule now available.

Week-long Classes

Take some time for yourself!

Spend a week with some of this country's best woodworking instructors.

Lunch break is approximately one hour. A refrigerator is available as well as local restaurants and convenience stores. Lodging assistance is available should you need it.

Fundamentals of Furniture-Making with Bob Van Dyke and Steve Kain

thumb 041 shaker hall tableThis popular five-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top. This class takes the place of Woodworking I & Woodworking II and provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects.  Tuition: $725.00 plus materials


Section 010515A:  Monday - Friday,  January 5 - 9, 8:30am - 5:00pm


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Build a Strip-built Kayak and a Canoe with Nick Schade


A guide to constructing small boats with wood strips and epoxy


Nick Schade kayak 2013If you want to build a lightweight, rugged and beautiful small boat then this is the class for you. These two boats utilize the strip building method which combines thin strips of wood with epoxy and fiberglass and will make a car-top-able, low maintenance, and gorgeous vessel. Nick Schade has been building strip-built boats for over 25 years. He has written two of the standard texts on the subject, Building Strip-Planked Boats and The Strip-Built Sea Kayak and his efforts have guided thousands of people through building their own boats using the popular strip-planked method.                  

In this five-day course, students will explore this method of construction while building two very different boat designs created by Nick. Mystic River Tandem is a classic wood strip canoe suitable for lakes and quiet rivers. microBootlegger, is an elegant tandem recreational kayak which is nice for large lakes and harbors. These two boats will provide an excellent overview of the strip-planking process.

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This will be a busy week with students learning to shape and fit the cedar strips, learn how to handle fiberglass and epoxy.

Throughout the week, Nick will take time to discuss the many variations on the strip-building process that students can use on their own boatbuilding projects. After a week of fun work, we will step back to admire two stunning boats and then get on to the drawing! We worked all week making two boats- now who gets to bring them home (after paying materials of course!)? Two lucky students will bring home the boats we worked on all week and will have the pleasure of paddling them for years to come. Tuition:   $725                                                                                                               

Section 011715A:  Saturday - Wednesday,  January  17 - 21, 2015,  9:00am - 5:00pm

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I want to take the time to thank you for the experience of working with you this past weekend at your school.




Really enjoyed the class and the chance to get to know you a bit.  With my very limited skills I was more than a little concerned about how I would do and the reception I might get.