Welcome to the Southwest Center for Craftsmanship LLC (SCC)
School of Fine Woodworking
All Fall Classes are open for Enrollment

Our school offers a variety of classes.  The Fundamentals Classes provide the beginning woodworker with essential hand and power tool instruction. Specialty and Master classes are project or skill oriented classes designed to further develop your skills, as well as introduce new techniques, for furniture design and construction

“It is an exciting time for us. We are nearing our second year and we are planning some great winter courses.  Come back often to see the changes that are taking place.   See the table below for a list of the fall courses.”

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 SCC’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 SCC 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 outstanding.

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
C Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking I Sept. 3 – 13 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
S Open Shop Time see schedule for details Sept. 5 10:00AM – 2:00PM Day
C Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking II Sept. 15 – 25 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
C Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking III Sept. 27 – Oct.11 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
S Open Shop Time see schedule for details Oct. 13 -14 10:00AM – 2:00PM Day
M Curved Veneered Cabinet (cancelled) Oct. 15 – 20 9:00AM – 5:00PM Day
C Finishing Basics Oct. 21 – 28 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
S Weekend Workshop, Dovetailed Stool Oct. 25—26 9:00AM – 5:00PM Day
C Finishing Intermediate Oct. 29 – Nov. 4 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
M Bending Wood with Michael Fortune Nov. 10 – 14 9:00AM – 5:00PM Day
M Straight and Curved Waterfall Edges Nov. 15 – 17 9:00AM – 5:00PM Day
C Router Basics Nov. 18 -  21 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
C Router Intermediate Jan. 5 – 8 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
S Make a Maple Cutting Board Nov 22 9:00AM – 5:00PM Day
M Repair and Restoration Dec. 4 - 13 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night
S Marquetry Basics Dec 15 – 19 6:00PM – 9:00PM Night

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


last updated 4/3/2014