Welcome to the Southwest School of Woodworking LLC

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Our purpose is to provide a broad range of classes designed to build the skills of all levels of craftsmen. Our method of mentoring the woodworker has proven successful since our opening. The School’s goal is to provide a broad range of hand tool classes for woodworkers of all levels, including beginners, amateurs and professionals. Throughout the year, furniture making courses are offered in the evenings and daytime. Come work in one of the finest shops while learning both beginning and advanced skills.

Current woodworking instruction tends to primarily focus on either machine work or hand work, and many woodworkers tend to embrace either one or the other at the beginning. This singular approach can limit the scope of one’s work, and one might never develop his full creative potential. Here at the Southwest School of Woodworking our goal is to open doors for our students, not close them. We believe that the most enjoyable and successful woodworking is achieved by striking a balance. Learning the hand tool methods allows the student to become intimate with the joinery and the techniques for creating them. We then teach the use of machinery and power tools to broaden the experience. It is the hand tool methods that permit the distinctive details and refinements which will elevate your project from the common to the extraordinary.

Our school provides instruction in variety of disciplines such as woodturning the use of the hand plane (planecraft), tablesaw techniques, mortise and tenon joint classes, dovetail classes, techniques in veneering, chisel techniques, and instruction in finishing such as French Polishing and Oil and Varnish. There are many more woodworking courses so check our calendar to see what is currently offered. So no matter your skill level, interest, or direction as a woodworker, the SCC has much to offer. Come join us and learn furniture making and woodworking skills in a mentoring environment.

We have also added a 6 hour safety course (this is an on demand course and will be scheduled on an as needed basis). This course is designed for the student who has not taken the fundamentals courses but want to participate in the Open Shop Time classes or the Week End Workshops

The following classes are open for enrollment.

Leg Name Dates Time Type
S Repair and Restoration Jan. 5 – 9 9:00AM- 5:00PM Day
C Finish Repair (special class) Jan. 10 9:00am – 5:00pm Day
C  Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking I Jan. 12 – 24  6:00PM – 9:00PM Night/Sat
S Router Intermediate Jan. 19 – 29 6:00pm – 9:00pm Night
C Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking II  Jan. 26 – Feb. 7  6:00pm – 9:00pm Night
S Cabinet Making Basics Feb 9 – 19 9:00pm – 5:00pm Day
C Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking III  Feb. 9 – Feb. 28  6:00pm – 9:00pm Night
C Introduction to Inlay Feb. 16 – 26 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
C Finishing Basics Mar. 2 – 5  6:00pm -9:00pm Night
M Joinery with Frank Klausz Mar. 7 – 11 9:00am – 5:00am Day
S Build a Classic Work Bench Mar. 14 – 28  6:00pm -9:00pm  Night/Sat
S  Build a Classic Rocking Chair Mar. 30 – Apr. 18  6:00pm -9:00pm  Night/Sat
M Curved Veneered Cabinet with Paul Schurch Apr. 25 – 30 9:00am – 5:00pm Day
 C  Introduction to Inlay  May 4 – 9 6:00pm – 9:00pm  Night
 M  Jigs & Fixtures with Michael Fortune  May 10 – 24  9:00am – 5:00pm  Day

Legs: C = Core courses, S = Specialty courses, M = Master classes


last updated 4/3/2014