Southwest School of Woodworking

Welcome to the Southwest School of Woodworking.

As Arizona’s only comprehensive woodworking school, we offer a variety of classes for all levels of woodworkers—from novice to professional. Our school is located at 621 North 7th Avenue in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.


We’ve moved!
Gift Certificates are here

Open House, Saturday, November 7 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Fall class schedule

We’ve moved!

After two great years at the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery, we have moved to a new location at 621 North 7th Avenue in Phoenix on the downtown campus of Rio Salado College.

SWSW_bannerOur new 5,000 square foot home includes two complete bench rooms, a lathe room for turning classes, a separate machine room for power tools, a gallery/library, and a spacious break room. With this additional space, we will be able to offer an even greater variety of classes. And the newly-installed air conditioning will allow us to hold classes all year.

Note: Some of our fall classes have been rescheduled in order to accommodate the move. Please see the course listings for details.

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Thank you for joining us at our

We had a great turn-out for our open house on Saturday, November 7, 2015.

SWSW_Michael_RaulMichael Fortune and Raúl Ramirez in one of the new SWSW classrooms.

Attendees were able to see our spacious new classrooms, meet our instructors, enjoy terrific woodworking demonstrations, and win some prizes. Representatives from Rockler and Woodcraft joined us to answer questions and give away some woodworking goodies.

Marco Cecala demonstrates inlayMarco Cecala demonstrates inlay techniques. Photo: Glenn de Souza

Many thanks to the instructors who led the demonstrations: Jim Altman (gold leafing), David Fleming (hand-cut dovetails and mortise and tenon), J. Paul Fennell (turning hollow-form vessels), Marco Cecala (inlay), Doug Forsha (veneering), and Michael Fortune (furniture design) all kept us fascinated.

Fennell_turningJ. Paul Fennell turns a hollow-form vessel.

Thanks also to our friends from Lie-Nielsen Toolworks and Peterman Lumber for generously donating raffle prizes; to Rockler, Woodcraft, Woodworker’s Source, and Water Lox for contributing door prizes; and to Robbie Barrkman for underwriting the delicious barbecue lunch.

And congratulations to the raffle winners:

  • Lie-Nielsen large router plane, donated by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks
    - won by Craig R.
  • 40 board-feet of premium cherry wood, donated by Peterman Lumber
    - won by Paula G.
  • Porter Cable pancake compressor
    - won by Pete E.
  • 10″ Delta Chop Saw
    - won by Bruce R.

Thank you again to everyone who participated.

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dovetails_bench2015 Fall Classes
(updated 10/26/15)

All classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. For details and to register, see the individual course listings.

Class Schedule:

D = day classes, E = evening classes

C – Designates core courses, the cutoff date for registration is 30 days before the beginning of class. Please read the Refund/Cancellation policy.

M – Designates Master classes, the cutoff date for registration is 45 days before the beginning of class. Please read the Refund/Cancellation policy.


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