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FTW100I23 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I

September, 11 - October, 4 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM MST


This hands-on course is designed for beginners in woodworking or individuals who want to refresh their fundamental skills and develop a strong foundation in using hand tools effectively. It serves as the initial class in the three-part Fundamentals series and is a prerequisite for Fundamentals II.

The course begins with an introduction to wood technology, hand tool usage, design principles, and the creation of essential joinery. Throughout the course, you will learn the following:

  • Workshop safety 
  • Basics of wood properties and understanding wood movement
  • Proper use and maintenance of fundamental hand tools, such as planes and chisels
  • Techniques for sharpening edge tools
  • Measuring and marking out materials
  • Introduction to basic joinery methods, including:
  • through-dovetails, half-blind dovetails
  • half-lap joints, and
  • mortise and tenon joints.

Tuition:               $693

Materials:             $39

Registration Fee: $35

The course consists of evening classes held over a period of four weeks, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In total, you will receive 33 hours of instruction, with additional shop time available as needed to work on exercises.

Please bring ear and eye protection, as well as a safety mask. The school will provide the necessary tool kit.

Class Size: Minimum 5, Maximum 9

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

Please note: If you are paying by cash or check, your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

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.

Meet your Instructor

David Fleming learned basic carpentry as a matter of necessity while living for many years remote northwest Alaska for many years. In the 1980’s, he discovered the work of woodworking icon James Krenov, and spent two years studying with Krenov at the renowned Fine Woodworking program at California’s College of the Redwoods. David relocated to Scottsdale, AZ in 1993 and has made furniture there ever since. An expert in hand tool use, he has taught Krenov-inspired woodworking techniques to small classes and groups since 2009. Visit www.dfcabinetmaker.com


September 11@6:00 pm MST
October 4@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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