Southwest School of Woodworking

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
 May 30-Jun 30 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking III (closed) M,W,Th 6pm-9pm  $850
 Jun. 4-5 Wall Cabinet Workshop (closed) Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $350
Jun 6-10 Hand Cut Dovetailed Drawers (Closed) M – F 9am-5pm $740
Jun 25-26 Rough to Ready, Milling Rough Lumber (cancelled) Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $330
 Jul 11-15 Joinery Basics T-F 9am-5pm $610
 Jul 9,10 Finishing Intermediate Sat,Sun 9am-5pm  $350
 Jul 16-17 Tool Chest Workshop Sat-Sun 9am-5pm $400
 Aug. 22-Sep. 8 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I M,W, Th 6pm-9pm $520
Aug 22-Nov 10 Fundamentals 1,2,3 Inclusive M,W,Th 6pm-9pm $1720
Sep. 12-Oct. 6 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking II M,W,Th 6pm-9pm  $655
 Sep 12-16 Joinery Advanced M-F 9am-5pm $740
 Sep 26-Oct 7 Build a Sculpted Rocking Chair M-F 9am-5pm $1860
 Oct 17-21 Bending Wood M-F 9am-5pm $780
 Oct. 10-Nov.10 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking III M,W,Th 6pm-9pm  $850

Shop Safety Clinic: by appointment, or class will be announced when scheduled

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