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FTW100A23 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I

January, 4 - January, 26 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM MST


Are you curious about woodworking but don’t know where to start? Start here!

This hands-on course is for the beginning woodworker or anyone who wishes to review fundamental skills and get a solid foundation in and competence with hand-tools and basic woodworking principles.

Our evening classes are held three nights per week, making them convenient for busy schedules, and we offer additional shop time as needed.

This is the first class in the three-part Fundamentals series, which lets you build your skills at your pace, through progressively more complex projects.

We start by learning basic workshop safety, wood technology, hand-tool use and maintenance, measuring and marking, and basic joinery. Students will practice each new skill by making functional projects, including their own woodworking tools.

You’ll build confidence and competence that will prepare you for a lifetime of woodworking happiness.

You will learn
• workshop safety
• the basics of wood and wood movement
• the use and maintenance of basic hand tools (planes, chisels, etc.)
• how to sharpen edge tools
• measuring and marking out, and basic joinery including: through-dovetails, half-blind dovetails, half-lap joints, and mortise and tenon joints.

Schedule: Four weeks of evening classes from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday for a total of 33 instruction hours, with additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises. 

Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school.
Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask.

Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8.

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Face masks are required. If you have symptoms of any contagious illness, please notify the school and do not attend any class.


Long sleeves, loose-fitting clothing, and long hair are not allowed around the power equipment.

Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Masks are optional, however, if you exhibit symptoms of a cold or allergies you must wear a mask. If you have the flu or Covid please stay home.

Thank you for your understanding

Meet your Instructor

Furniture maker Randy Gengarelly specializes in making luxury pieces that are reminiscent of the finest work done in previous centuries, with meticulous attention to aesthetics, craftsmanship, and function. His work has been featured in Fine Woodworking magazine and the Orbita® watch-winder catalogue. Randy studied under the great Italian-born cabinet-maker Egidio “Gene” Oliverio, who began his apprenticeship at the age of seven and who had never seen a power tool until moving to the United States in the mid 1930’s. In that tradition, Randy does most of his work with hand tools, which he feels are key to acheiving the fine lines, subtle shaping, and precise fit of truly fine furniture. Randy also  spends part of his time teaching leadership and communication skills around the U.S. and world. This role has allowed him to closely study the furniture in many of the world’s best museum collections and his admiration for these masterpieces influences each piece that he designs and builds.


January 4@6:00 pm MST
January 26@9:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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