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Immersion Program

Summer 2022:

May 31st to August 5th

Application deadline

May 15th

Fall 2022:

August 22nd to December 16th

Application deadline

August 1st

Spring 2023:

January 17th to May 12th

Application deadline

January 1st

Tuition

9-weeks
Summer semester  10-weeks
15-weeks

$7,200

$7,200

$9,100

Housing costs

9-weeks
Summer semester  10-weeks
15-weeks

$1,980

$2,420

$3,300

The Vermont Woodworking School Immersion Program is a full-time furniture design and woodworking education program. We're the perfect place for you to begin building a life in craft. 

 

​Students enroll at Vermont Woodworking School to immerse themselves in the challenging pursuit of fine woodworking. When you choose to come to VWS, you join a rigorous, supportive, and creative community of woodworkers. Here, you gain access to skilled craftspeople who are excited to share their knowledge of both woodworking skills and furniture design. Classes run throughout the day and the shop is open after hours and on the weekends for added time to hone your craft. Over the course of four semesters, you'll learn how to design and build wooden furniture using traditional hand tools, modern machinery, and contemporary techniques. 

 

At VWS you'll learn how to cut joinery by hand, from bridle joints to compound angle dovetails. You'll become confident using machines large and small. You'll learn to build a drawer, hang a door, bend wood, and cut joinery. You'll design your dream furniture and gain all the skills you need to create heirloom furniture. We look forward to teaching you. 

 

We accept new students for our Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters throughout the year. No woodworking experience is necessary to apply. We're looking for hard-working, creative, and dedicated people who are excited about starting a career in woodworking. Students may enroll for a minimum of 9-weeks and can stay for up to two and a half academic years.

Curriculum

In the first semester, students learn the foundations of woodworking and furniture-making through building a Shaker-style hall table. This includes shop, machine and tool safety; sharpening; proper use of hand-tools and equipment; basics of design, joinery, furniture assembly and turning on the lathe. In addition, students in their first semester participate in a design class where they design and build a small table.

In the third semester, students gain a deep understanding of casework pieces. All students complete a chest of drawers using web-frame construction and dovetail drawers.