Traditional Fine Woodworking

Designing a chair photocabinet photo

Photo: Walker Meltzer Chair

Develop New Skills!

The Traditional Fine Woodworking tract of the Fine Woodworking Program focuses on designing and building custom furniture with enduring quality. Courses in traditional fine woodworking integrate traditional methods that date back centuries with modern technology, materials, and design. Students learn how to use and maintain the quintessential hand and power tools of the trade. Each successive class builds upon techniques and skills, from basic joinery, to table making, to carcass (box/cabinet) construction, to chair making. Students learn design skills as they pertain to wood works, taking hand-drawn sketches into CAD software programs such as SketchUp and Rhino to create professional-quality 3D models.

Learn more about individual courses in the Course Catalog.

Learn more about our certificate and degree programs.

Many Options to Fit Your Schedule 

No prior woodworking experience is necessary to begin the Fine Woodworking Program. Take classes individually or as part of a certificate or degree program. Classes are offered during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends. 

Explore Your Interests and Develop Your Creativity

Through our courses you can progress from beginning woodworker to advanced fine furniture craftsperson by taking the courses that interest you. We offer a number of specialty and elective courses including carving, turning, veneer and marquetry, finishing techniques, and more. Many of these courses don't require prerequisites. Explore different design styles—Shaker, Federal, Greene & Greene, Mid-century Modern, and Contemporary—or develop an entirely new style!

Learn at Your Pace

No prior woodworking experience is necessary to begin the Fine Woodworking Program. Take classes individually or as part of a certificate program. Classes are offered during the day, in the evenings, and on weekends. 

Traditional Fine Woodworking Careers

Fine furniture making

Machine operations & tooling

Lumber mill operator

Wood turner

Carver

Furniture restorer

Mill worker

Wood finisher

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