* We are now open and accepting students on a rolling basis. If you are in Vermont or are coming from areas with low COVID outbreak according to the state of Vermont you can come without quarantine. If you are coming from anywhere else, you must quarantine for seven days and receive a negative test result prior to joining the school community. We are starting our fall semester for new students on August 18th, August 24th and September 21. We are also running limited community workshops. Please read our full posts on COVID Modifications, and our Racial Justice Statement here.
Join the growing list of VWS alumni who are creating a life in craftsmanship and design.
Our accomplished faculty and thorough programs will equip you with fine woodworking and design skills
that will prepare you to be an entrepreneur or employee in the wood products industry.
Create a life in craftsmanship and design
Enroll at the time that is right for you, stay a minimum of four weeks or complete the curriculum over the course of two years. Enroll on weekly or semester-basis.
New students may start on the following upcoming dates:
Aug 18, 2020
Aug 24, 2020
Sept 21: 2020
Jan 18, 2021
Mar 2, 2021
Apr 13, 2021
College degree options and GI Bill eligible
Weekly tuition: $550*
Semester tuition: $8,400*
*most materials included, some out-of-pocket expenses
Our Community Workshops vary in length from two days to two weeks. Come try out woodworking in one of our introductory classes, or if you are an experienced woodworker, come hone in on a skill in an advanced class.
All classes begin at 9 am and end at 4 pm.
Find the upcoming Short-Form Workshop that is right for you.
Explore the projects and meet the students who come to VWS to create a life in craftsmanship and design.
View photos, read testimonials, and get to know our students and alumni.
We are a fine woodworking and furniture-design trade school offering education in the tradition of the apprenticeship in the Green Mountains in Vermont. We are located in a three-story, historic barn turned modern woodworking facility with 40 benches for the students studying in VWS's Immersion Program and Northern Vermont University's degree programs at VWS. We also offer many woodworking intensives and workshops. The master craftsmen and women who instruct here teach extensive furniture-making techniques and give exposure to the variety of paths and careers in the woodworking industry. Perhaps you found us because you are looking for a craft school, trade school or vocational school. Our student body is made up of people who are interested in launching a career or business in furniture-making; looking for a gap-year experience; or very serious about launching their woodworking hobby. Contact us to find out more about our range of programs.