Southwest School of Woodworking

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of our new Turning Center

FREE Grand Opening Celebration
Saturday, July 15, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Turning demonstrations and tutorials
  • Exhibition of turned items in the Barrkman Gallery
  • School tours
  • Refreshments
  • Demonstrators include: J. Paul Fennell, Gerard Merchant, John Weeks, Pete Beschenbossel and Jessica Ramirez


To further Celebrate

We will be offering a beginning turning class on Tuesday July 23rd at a 25% discount. This class is limited to six (6) students so sign up early.

Welcome to the Southwest School of Woodworking
The only comprehensive woodworking school in Arizona, we offer a full range of classes for woodworkers of all skill levels —from novice to professional. 

We offer Daytime, Evening and weekend classes. Our curriculum has two major paths; skill building and project workshops. The skill building courses have two components; traditional hand tool woodworking and machine woodworking. Among these two we offer beginner and advanced classes that will grow your skills with challenging exercises and projects. Although the weekend workshops focus an a particular project they also emphasize the techniques to accomplish that project.
Our school is conveniently located in the downtown Phoenix area we are located at 621 North 7th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85007, Ph: 480-734-0274

2017  Schedule/Calendar 

All listed classes are now open for enrollment. Click on the highlighted class names for more information, or email More courses will be added as they open for enrollment. (Note the schedule change for the Sharpening Workshop and the Joinery Basics class)

Start End Course Days Time Cost
24-Jul 28-Jul Joinery Basics F-T 9:00am-5:00pm $739
25 Jul 25 Jul Introduction to Wood Turning (sold out) T 9:00am-5:00pm $112
31-Jul 11-Aug Build a Classic Workbench (wait listed) M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $1,960
21-Aug 7-Sep Fundamentals I (wait listed) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $519
21-Aug 9-Nov Fundamentals Inclusive (wait listed) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,856
25-Aug 29-Aug Advanced Joinery F-T 9:00am-5:00pm $759
30-Aug 3-Sep Women in Woodworking W-Su 9:00am-5:00pm $739
9-Sep 10-Sep Repairing Your Finish S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $319
11-Sep 5-Oct Fundamentals II (closed) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $672
16-Sep 17-Sep Inlay Introduction S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $339
9-Oct 9-Nov Fundamentals III (closed) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $865
14-Oct 15-Oct Bending Wood S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $340
21-Oct 22-Oct Veneering Basics S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $265
30-Oct 3-Nov Chair Making Basics M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $779
4-Nov 4-Nov Open House S 9:00am-5:00pm $0
13-Nov 17-Nov Cabinetmaking Advanced M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $779
25-Nov 29-Nov Chairmaking Advanced S-W 9:00am-5:00pm $779
4-Dec 15-Dec Cabinet on Stand M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $1,499
9-Dec 10-Dec Veneering Advanced S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $349
11-Dec 15-Dec Chest of Drawers M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $799
2-Dec 3-Dec Cutting Board Workshop S,Su 9:00am-3:00pm $249
8-Jan 2018 29-Mar 2018 Fundamentals Inclusive  (bundles I, II & III) M,W,TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,896
8-Jan 2018 25-Jan 2018 Fundamentals I M,W,TH 6:00pm-9:00pm $533
29-Jan 2018 22-Feb 2018 Fundamentals II M, W, Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $690
26-Feb 2018 29-Mar 2018 Fundamentals III M, W, Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $888
  • a one time $35 registration fee applies to first time students.
    * The Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I-III is  designed to be one 12 week course, however, it has been partitioned into three courses for the convenience of those student who would find it difficult to commit to all three at one time. Fundamentals Inclusive bundles the three and is designed to encourage students to enroll in all three fundamentals courses at one time, a $200 discount is offered for those students who commit to all three Fundamentals courses. The price above includes the discount.

Shop Safety course: by appointment
Open Shop Time: by appointment

We have recently added two partial SCHOLARSHIPS to honor our veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. see details. As we grow we look forward to adding more scholarships to assist those students with a passion for woodworking.

Southwest School of Woodworking (SSW)

Gift Certificates

The Southwest School of Woodworking is now offering gift certificates in any denomination ($50 minimum). Gift certificates can be used toward any class, making this a perfect gift for any woodworker or aspiring woodworker.


We also have new Southwest School of Woodworking T-shirts and aprons. Tee shirts in men’s and women’s sizes and assorted colors. Men’s crew-neck pocket t-shirts are available in royal blue, sand, and heather grey in S, M, L, XL, XXL. Women’s fitted crew-neck t-shirts are available in heather grey and pink in S, M, and L. All t-shirts are just $18 each.

Aprons are one size fits all and are $25 each

Purchase gift certificates here or email

December Cutting Board Workshop
Our last class this year was the Cutting Board Workshop. This was a full class and things were really hopping.  Under the direction of instructor Doug Forsha, in just two days, we made 20 of these exquisite cutting boards. Many of these are destined for a really cool gift.



Display wall Cabinet

Also in December we held the Display Wall cabinet each student went home with a cabinet as shown in the photo below.