Welcome and thank you for visiting the Southwest Center for Craftsmanship LLC.  School of Fine Woodworking.  We are proud to offer a woodworking curriculum that is structured to meet the needs of the novice woodworker, the hobbyist and the more accomplished woodworker.  The Fine Woodworking Program strives to teach not only woodworking skills, but the concept of craftsmanship.  All of our instructors are “Professional Cabinet Makers” both locally and nationally known.

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Our Schedule has been modified for the second half of the year, so please browse our schedule to see the changes that have been put in place.

Master Classes:  Paul Schurch will be back in October, Michael Fortune in November Jim Altman in December, George Walker in February, Frank Klausz in March and  Doug Forsha in April.The  SWCFC is indeed fortunate to bring these Master Craftsmen to our school. This is an unique opportunity for our students to meet, work and be mentored by some of the most respected Master Craftsmen of our time. See the Master Class pages for more details

(FFW100) Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking I
This class begins with a discussion of the properties of wood.  Students will be introduced to the medium in which they will work in order to gain an understanding of its behavior and the design challenges it presents.  Next a discussion of how wood is sold measured and graded.  This is followed by shop safety… read more
Sept. 3 – Sept. 13, 2014
Open to all

(FFW200) Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking II
This class begins where the Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking I left off. This class is more advanced than woodworking I.  The principles taught in Woodworking I are reinforced and built upon in this class.  The class will consist of lectures on more advanced woodworking principles with hands-on exercises for the students to gain experience that will reinforce the principles discussed in the lectures. read more

Sept. 15 – Sept. 25, 2014
Prerequisite:  FWW100 or demonstrated ability

(FFW300) Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking III
In this class the students will build a small one-drawer table, this course will employ all of the skills of the previous two courses. read more

Sept 27.  – Oct 11, 2014

Prerequisite:  FWW200 or demonstrated ability

(CM300) Cabinet Making Basics
Make a beautiful cabinet from scratch.  Beginning with surfaced lumber students will build a cabinet that will elevate their skills to the intermediate level.  Although the students will make a beautiful cabinet the main objective of the course is to attain the skill level to make a piece of furniture of this type. read more
Schedule:  This is a daytime class
Feb 2 - Feb 13, 2015
Prerequisite:  FWW300 or demonstrated ability

(Fin100) Finishing Basics
Finishing is a complex skill.  Some even call it an art.  You can take a perfectly good piece and ruin it with a bad finish conversely a mediocre piece can be redeemed with a good finish.  In this class we will explore finishes that can be produced by the novice woodworker.  read more…
Oct. 21 - Oct 28, 2014
Open to all

(Fin200) Finishing Intermediate
This course is more advanced than (Fin100) in this class we will reinforce the principle and begin to add more complex finishes and techniques.  Mixing stains, use of dyes and repairs will be explores.  read more…
Oct. 29 – Nov. 6, 2014
Prerequisite:  Fin100 or demonstrated ability

(Fin300) Finishing Advanced
This is the advanced finishing course.  In this class we will delve more into color, making custom stains and color matching.  More on spray gun techniques and multi layer finishes. read more…
Schedule:  TBD:

(CabPD300) Curved Veneered Cabinet (with Paul Schurch) Master Class
This class will begin with the building of a small wall cabinet with a curved front door.  Curved elements provide a challenge even for the more experienced craftsman. The cabinet will then be veneered and embellished with marquetry designed by the students. Paul will take the students from beginning to end and a beautiful cabinet will be the final product. read more
Schedule:  This class is offered:
Oct. 15 – Oct. 20, 2014

(WBMF300) Bending Wood with Michael Fortune Master Class
A table can be everything from a practical working surface to a piece of functional sculpture.  In this class we’ll cover basic table construction all the way to investigating unusual sources for creative inspiration such as puzzles, animal forms, architecture and the lesser known styles throughout the 6000 year history of furniture.  We’ll analyze ergonomics, structure, wood selection and finishes.  Students will be encouraged to incorporate veneer, inlay, wood forming techniques and woodturning.  read more
Schedule:  This class is offered:
Nov. 10 - Nov. 14, 2014

 (EdgeMF300) Straight and Curved Waterfall Edges with Michael Fortune Master Class
Simple, fast, and easy are adjectives rarely used to describe woodworking, but the techniques that students learn during this workshop are just that. During this workshop, Michael will demonstrate a wide variety of detail techniques that can be incorporated into your furniture to enhance and compliment the overall design. How to design and add decorative feet to tables, chairs, and cabinets will be included, as will several techniques to inlay contrasting woods, precious metals, and colored epoxies. read more
Schedule:  This class is offered:
Nov. 15 - Nov. 17, 2014

(WB300) Build a Classic Workbench
The most fundamental tool in any woodshop is the workbench.  A good woodworkers bench must be stable sturdy and heavy.  In this class the students will have the choice of one of two designs, a Stiener Classic bench or a Roubo bench.  read more…
Schedule:  This class is offered:
Mar 17 - Mar 29, 2014

(Crv100) Introduction to Carving
This class is designed to be an introduction to basic carving skills and would be perfect for any furniture maker who wants to take his or her work to the next level. Janet will introduce students to the design process and ways to embellish your furniture read more… 
Schedule:  This class is offered:
Apr. 14 – Apr. 22, 2014

(Crv200) Intermediate Carving
This class will go over a variety of classical relief woodcarving techniques and designs. The projects will include the technique of using the v-chisel to do the majority of outlining and defining designs. read more…
Schedule:  This class is offered:
May 1 – May 8, 2014

(JF200) Jigs and Fixtures
In this class we will discuss the uses of jigs and fixtures.  Two approaches will be explored, jigs that are temporary and jigs designed for continued use. Several material for jig construction will be introduced.  read more…
Schedule:  This class is offered:
May 10 -May 14, 2014

(RR300) Furniture Repair and Restoration
There is a difference between Furniture Restoration and Repair.  We will delve into both diciplines. read more…
Schedule:  This class is offered:
Dec. 4 -Dec. 13, 2014

(WS100) Setting up a Workshop
In this course we will be covering how to set up the small workshop. This course is designed for the beginning woodworker or hobbyist who is thinking of setting a workshop.  read more…
Schedule:  This class is offered: TBD

(FD200) Furniture Design, Rectilinear
This course focuses on the design of furniture that is square or rectangular in shape.  particular emphasis will be given to scale and proportion as well as wood selection and joinery design.

The golden rectangle will be employed as well as other traditional methods of scaling furniture.  Scaling must take into account the proportions of the furniture piece to itself as well as to its surroundings. Students will prepare sketches and scaled drawings.  Drawing views will be discusses as well as implemented.
This class introduces the basic principles of furniture design.
Schedule:  TBD

(FD300) Furniture Design, Angles and Curves
This course builds where the rectilinear course left off.  The emphases will include non-square frames, simple curves and angled joinery.  Of course proportion and scale will be essential. Joinery techniques for non-square designs will be discussed.  Students will make sample joints that they can take home and practice these techniques.
Schedule:  TBD

(FD400) Furniture Design, Advanced
The advanced design course is literally ‘anything goes’  the student will explore complex shapes, complex joinery in both traditional and modern designs.  The student will design a project build and finish it.  Projects will be entered into the juried competition at the Arizona State fair, Fine Arts Department.
Schedule:  TBD

(Mold300) Moldings Linear and Curved
This course will introduce the student to moldings, commercial, hand and machine made.  The world of custom moldings can add striking embellishments to your furniture designs.  Students will be introduced to moldings as a integral part of the furniture as well as applied moldings. There are a wealth of commercial moldings that are available and these are excellent resources for the woodworker with limited equipment. Hand maid moldings can add a custom touch since that can be designed for a specific piece. Moldings can be made by machines such as table saws, routers and molding machines.  These allow for the production of large amounts.
Schedule:  TBD

(Str300) Stringing
Stringing is a time honored method of embellishing furniture designs. The most prevalent examples are found in Federal Period Furniture, however, stringing is found in furniture designs that are hundreds if years older than the Federal period.  String is also popular in many modern designs and is often combined with marquetry designs.

The student will learn the incorporation of stringing to accent furniture design. Tools for string will be made in class and a review of commercial string tools will be covered.
Schedule: This class is offered:
Schedule: TBD

(FFW123) Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking Intensive

(CAD100) Sketch-up Basic

(CAD200) Sketch-up Advanced

(Inlay200) Introduction to Inlay

(Inlay300) Advanced Inlay

Thank you for your interest in the Southwest Center for Craftsmanship.

last updated 10/3/2013