JOIN THE GROWING LIST OF VWS ALUMNI THAT ARE CREATING A LIFE IN CRAFTSMANSHIP AND DESIGN

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Pursue your education in our full-time Immersion Program or in Northern Vermont University's accredited Associate of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fine Woodworking and Design. Learn more
 

THE VWS IMMERSION PROGRAM

The VWS Immersion Program is a full-time, furniture design and craftsmanship education program.  We accept new students at the start of fall, spring or summer semester.   Students may enroll for a minimum of six weeks and can extend for up to two two academic years. 

 

In the tradition of the apprenticeship, students spend full days in the wood shop with access to the guidance of professional furniture-makers and woodworkers. Students learn the basics, then take on increasingly challenging woodworking and furniture-making projects of their own design.

 

CHOOSE THE LENGTH OF PROGRAM THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOU

FALL IMMERSION PROGRAMS BEGIN ON AUGUST 26TH

(Spring start is January, 21st, 2020) 

Now accepting registrations for fall 2019 and spring 2020. Students may register for a shorter session and decide to extend to longer session mid-program.  

6-Week Immersion - $3,900 (includes tools and materials) 

fall: Aug 26 - Oct 4

spring: Jan 21 - Mar 9

Learn: Foundations of woodworking by hand and machine woodworking, 6 credits

This course will cover: safe and proper use of woodworking machines; milling and dimensioning wood for furniture parts; tapering legs; gluing up and beveling tabletops; making drawer boxes; sharpening; using marking gauges, knives, saws and chisels to create cross-lap and half-lap joints; understanding wood movement and how it impacts woodworking design; reading and drawing basic woodworking plans and estimate wood needed, and creating cut lists;  lumber selection and sourcing and basic finishing.  Students will complete several projects including an end table with drawer, wooden frames, sample joints and a wooden box.  

9-Week Immersion - $5,850 (includes tools and materials)

fall: Aug 26 - Nov 1 

spring: Jan 21 - Mar 30


Foundations of woodworking by hand and machine woodworking, 6 credits

Introductory turning, finishing, and dovetail boxes, 3 credits

Students will learn all of the foundational skills taught in the six-week intensive, plus will learn dovetails and bridal joints, will learn to turn bowls and spindles on the lathes, learn additional creative finishing techniques and will have the opportunity to complete additional small projects such as turned bowls, turned lidded boxes and dovetail boxes. 

15-Week Immersion -  $7,800 (includes tools and materials) 

fall: Aug 26 - Dec 20

spring: Jan 21 - May 14

Foundations of woodworking by hand and machine woodworking, 6 credits

Introductory turning, finishing, and dovetail boxes, 3 credits

Design I, 6 credits

In addition to all of the skills taught in the six-week and nine-week intensive, students enrolled in the fifteen week intensive will conceptualize, then build a table of their own unique design. The table may be a coffee table, sofa table, end table, etc… Students will expand their knowledge of sketching, drafting by hand, model-making and design, including developing their concept and creating working drawings. Finishing this project will solidify their ability to manage a furniture-making project from concept to completion.  

Enroll for one semester an stay for up to two years

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Physical Address: 148 Main Street, Fairfax, VT 05454

Mailing Address: 148 Main Street, Cambridge, VT 05444

 

Email: info@vermontwoodworkingschool.com  

Phone: (802) 849-2013