Southwest School of Woodworking

SPECIAL COURSE – SAVE THE DATE (only 3 seats remaining)
Feb.10 – 12, 2017

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 interestingblog 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 planned for early 2017 and requires a minimum of eight students. If you’re interested, please pre-register by
e-mailing or calling 480-734-0274

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.


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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
Aug. 25 Safety Workshop Clinic Thur 10am-1pm $60*
Au. 15-19 Chair Making – Closed Mon-Fri 9am-5pm $730
Aug.19-21 Finishing Advanced (complete) Fri-Sun 9am-5pm  $449
 Aug. 27-28 Tool Chest Workshop (closed) Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $400
 Aug. 22-Sep. 8 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I
Sold Out
M,W, Th 6pm-9pm $520
Aug 22-Nov 10 Fundamentals 1,2,3 Inclusive (closed) M,W,Th 6pm-9pm $1720
Sep. 3-4 Book Case Workshop Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $380
Sep. 12-Oct. 6 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking II (only 2 seats remaining) M,W,Th 6pm-9pm  $655
 Sep 12-16 Joinery Advanced M-F 9am-5pm $695
 Sep 26-Oct 7 Build a Sculpted Rocking Chair (only one seat remaining) M-F 9am-5pm $1860
 Oct. 10-Nov.10 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking III (only 2 seats remaining) M,W,Th 6pm-9pm  $850
Nov. 5 Open House Sat 10am-4pm Free
Nov. 12-13 Elegant Cutting Board Sat-Sun 9am-1pm $185
Nov. 28-Dec.2  Bending Wood Mon-Fri 9am-5pm $780
Dec 10-14 Curved Wall Cabinet Sat-Wed 9am-5pm $760
  • a $35 registration fee applies if this is oyur first class.

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 and Tee Shirts

The Southwest School of Woodworking is now offering gift certificates in any denomination. Gift certificates can be used toward any class, making this a perfect gift for any woodworker or aspiring woodworker.

We also have new SWSW logo t-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, and XL. Women’s fitted crew-neck t-shirts are available in heather grey and pink in S, M, and L. All t-shirts are just $15 each.

Purchase gift certificates here or email