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We're looking forward to meeting you! In the meantime, here is some extra information to help you prepare for your semester.

Tools, Materials & Supplies

Students participating in the Immersion Program must have a quality set of tools to work successfully. If you don't have tools of your own already, you can check out a tool kit at no additional cost.

We encourage you to start investing in your own tools as you refine your skills and figure out what works the best for you.

Tool Kit Contents:

  • 6” metal rule

  • 12’ tape measure: Stanley or other brand

  • Dozuki Dovetail Saw

  • 12” Combination Square

  • 6” Combination Square

  • Marking Knife

  • Mortising Gauge

  • Set of 6 Woodworking Chisels

  • Low Angle Block Plane

  • #4 or #5 Smooth Plane

  • Card Scraper

  • 3” or 4” Sliding Bevel Gauge

  • 18” Metal Ruler

  • Drafting Pencils

  • Drafting Triangle

  • Architect’s Triangular Scale Rule

If you'd prefer to buy your own tools, please email us for a list of suggested tools and brands.

Students are also required to bring (not included in loaned tool kit):

  • Eye Protection: buy a pair that is comfortable and fits well as you will wear them a lot

  • Hearing Protection: Bilsom or Peltor brand preferred but find something that is comfortable

  • Comfortable shop shoes: closed toed, durable, supportive, good for working on hard surfaces for many hours.

  • Orbital Palm Sander: Bosch, Delta or Festool ­ and compatible sanding discs (120, 150, 180, 220 grits).

  • Miscellaneous consumables (consider bringing or purchasing as needed at local J&L Hardware) including #2 Pencils (we do not use carpentry pencils) and Wood Drill bits.

In their first semester, students are provided a starter kit of consumable items such as glue and sandpaper, plus the materials needed to build the projects for their Foundations I class: a maple, shaker table , joinery samples, wooden mallets and bowl. Throughout the course of their time at VWS, students will also take on increasingly challenging projects of their own design. Because every project is different, students may need to plan for additional costs for their project.  Students are given a wood credit at Tree House Lumber in South Burlington where they can select their own materials for this project. Students may also have additional out-of-pocket expenses to purchase veneers, hardware, and any other consumable items needed to complete their projects.


You can expect to receive a link to your program and  housing invoices prior to the start of the semester.  Payment is due in full by the first day of the semester, however, you may also select a payment plan.


VWS prefers checks to other forms of payment if possible.  If you are able to pay by check, please make it payable to Vermont Woodworking School and drop it off at the office or mail it to: 


Vermont Woodworking School

148 Main Street

Cambridge, VT 05444

Alternatively, you may pay using a debit or credit card via the link sent to you.


Refund Policy:

  • The $500 program deposit is nonrefundable.

  • The remainder of the tuition is due on or before the first day of the semester.

  • Payment plans are available.

  • Students cancelling their enrollment prior to the first day of the semester will forfeit their $500 deposit; any other payments will be refunded.

  • If a student withdraws within the first four weeks of the semester, they will receive a refund of $325/week for the remaining weeks of the semester.

  • If a student withdraws after the first four weeks of the semester, they will forfeit all payments.


VWS recommends having a car while you are studying at the Vermont Woodworking School. We are located in a beautiful, rural area, and the nearest town with amenities such as the village store, drug store, hardware store, etc… are three miles from the school. We do not recommend biking our stretch of Route 104 due to truck traffic. While we have had students who have moved into on-site housing and have managed without a car by catching rides with fellow students, we do recommend coming with a vehicle. Students who indicate they are coming without a car will be given priority for placement in our on-site housing.  


For more information about how to get to school, via air, train and bus, please visit our Contact Us page.