Full-Time Continuing Education - 6 Weeks

Enrolling now for Fall 2016 series beginning October 31


Join us for a series of six, back to back, one-week long intensives aimed at introducing you to the craft of woodworking here at Vermont Woodworking School.  Study alongside students in our long-term education program learning in the tradition of the apprenticeship.  You may opt to participate in the week or weeks of your choice or join us for the entire, consecutive six week series.  Students enrolled in the full series will move into their own work-bench and may access the woodshop, bench rooms and community facilities in the evenings and on weekends.  


Tuition: $585/week or $3,500 for the six-week series, plus materials fees



Week 1: Intro to Hand Tools and Basic Joinery

Instructor: Rick Mastelli

October 31st - November 4

materials fee: $25

Required tools list pending


Learn the basics of hand joinery and the effective use of chisels, planes, and saws, including how to sharpen and tune them. Students will practice laying out and cutting by hand lap, bridle, mortise-and-tenon, and dovetail joints.


Week 2: Green Woodworking

Instructor: Rick Mastelli

November 7 - November 11

$75 materials fee

Required tools list pending


This class introduces working with green wood—freshly cut branches, crooks, and small logs—in the making of spoons, ladles, spatulas, dough bowls, and other useful items. Students will become familiar with and practiced in the Swedish tradition of wood utensil design and sloyd techniques for using saw, ax, knife, gouge, and curved knife to fashion these.


Week 3: Turning

Instructor: Nick Rosato

November 14 - November 18

materials fee: $65


This five-day intensive turning workshop is designed for students who have never turned or are new to the lathe.  Students will be introduced to proper and safe use of the lathe, and will learn to use and sharpen several common turning tools. Everyone will turn small, hardwood bowls and will turn spindles. In addition to working with kiln-dried wood, students will learn how to turn green wood bowls straight from the log. We will examine logs for quality wood and how to prepare bowl blanks.  We will also experiment with several small projects including turning a candle stand or goblet using spindle turning techniques.  



Week 4: Small Wooden Boxes

Terre Morrison

November 28 - December 2 

materials fee: $35


In this workshop, students will learn the basics for making a small hardwood box.  Students will be introduced to several techniques used in making a wooden box including, finger joints, miter joints, hidden splined miters, and decorative splined miters.  Each student will then design, build and finish a small wooden box using the technique of their choice.  


Week 5: Introduction to Furniture-Making - Maple Hall Table

Instructor: Terre Morrison 

December 5 - 9 

materials fee: $85


This five-day workshop is a thorough introduction to woodworking/furniture-making using basic woodworking machinery.  Students will be introduced to the basics of safe and proper operation of the compound miter saw, jointer, planer, table-saw,drill press, band-saw, router table and biscuit joiner.  Students will complete a simple, beautiful maple hall table while learning the fundamentals of furniture-making from choosing wood, understanding wood movement and milling your pieces to mortise and tenon joinery, tapered legs, table-top construction, beveled table tops, adding a profile, and furniture assembly.


Week 6: Steambending and Basic Bent Laminations

Instructor: Terre Morrison

December 12 - 16 

materials fee: $45


Students will learn about the purpose of and strategies for integrating bent laminations into their woodworking designs.  We'll cover the principles of steam bending including how to set up your own steam bending system.  We’ll also discuss sourcing green wood materials.  We’ll build basic forms and ultimately as a group, bend sample pieces.   Then we will cover the basic principles of bent laminations, using glue and forms to create bent components for your furniture designs.  Finally, will take a look at a vacuum bag veneer system and discuss how this type of system can also be used to create bent laminations.       


Tuition: $585/week or $3,500 for the six-week series


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