Southwest School of Woodworking

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Christmas is Coming
Give that special someone the gift of craftsmanship with a
Southwest School of Woodworking Gift certificate.

By Special Request
We are gong to run the Cutting Board Class again before Christmas
Dec 17& 18
see details


Extra Special Class
Michael Fortune is coming to town
Dates Dec. 3 through 7

Do not miss this opportunity, Michel only comes in once per year. see details
ee Michael’s website

Welcome to the Southwest School of Woodworking

Harvey making the mortis

Fundamentals 2

Frank Dovetail

Frank Klausz teaching dovetails

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

Our school is located at 621 North 7th Avenue in downtown Phoenix, Arizona.

SPECIAL DESIGN COURSE – Feb.10 – 12, 2017
Now open for enrollment (only 2 seats  remaining)
George Walker may be the best-known furniture designer in the country right now, and for good reason. In addition to building his own beautifully-proImage result for george walker furniture designportioned furniture, George writes the “Design Matters” column in Popular Woodworking magazine and an interesting blog with the same name. He’s also the co-author, with Jim Tolpin, of the books By Hand & Eye and By Hound & Eye (both from Lost Art Press) and together they’ve recently started an online design studio called In addition to all that, George still makes time every year to conduct a few classes in person.
We’re very happy to announce that George has agreed to teach a three-day design course at the Southwest School of Woodworking. If you’d like to learn to design  your own furniture, you won’t want to miss this class.
In addition to learning the principles of fine furniture design, George says students will also gain two major lessons from his courses:
1 – Design isn’t just for a few, gifted woodworkers, but something that everyone can master.
2 – Design can become the most rewarding part of your woodworking life.
This course is scheduled for Feb 10-12, 2017 and requires a minimum of eight students. If you’re interested, please register now.

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 2016  Schedule/Calendar 
All listed classes are open for enrollment. Click on the highlighted class names for more information, or email

Date  Course Days Times  Cost
 Nov 19 – 20 Tool Chest Workshop Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $380
Dec 17-18  Elegant cutting board (SOLD OUT) Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $195
 Dec 3- 7 Tables with Michael Fortune Sat – Wed 9am-5pm  $760
Dec 10-11 Display Wall Cabinet Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $380
 Jan 9-26 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I M,W,Th 6pm-9pm $520
 Jan 9-Mar 30 Fundamentals I-III Inclusive* M,W,Th 6pm-9pm $1720
 Jan 31-Feb 3
Rough to Ready Workshop M, F 6pm-9pm $139
 Jan 30- Feb 23 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking II M,W,Th 6pm-9pm $655
 Mar 7 Introduction to Finishing Sat 9am-3pm  $99
 Feb 27-Mar 30 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking III M,W,Th 6pm-9pm $850
 Feb 10-Feb 12 Furniture Design With George Walker Fri-Sun 9am-5pm $495
  • a $35 registration fee applies to first time students.
    * The Fundamentals Inclusive I-III is designed to encourage students to enroll in all three fundamentals courses, a $200 discount in included in the price.

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.

SWSW 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 ate $29 each

Purchase gift certificates here or email