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IWW100B21 Introduction to Woodworking

February, 1 - February, 5 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


This class is designed to give the student a solid introduction to woodworking.

Want to jumpstart your woodworking career?

Our Introduction to Woodworking class is a one-week daytime class that covers the key aspects of woodworking, including the properties of wood, safe use of the most common hand and power tools, and fundamental skills like how to mill lumber, how to cut joinery by hand and machine, construction and assembly techniques, gluing, sanding, and finishing.

While not as in-depth as our twelve-week Fundamentals series, this engaging class will familiarize students with the woodworking shop and the basics of the craft. Hands-on demos will help to gain confidence with tools and techniques, and give you a foundation to build on

  • You will learn: 
  • workshop safety
  • the basics of wood and wood movement
  • what tools are for and how to use them
  • sharpening
  • basic machines
  • table saw
  • joiner planer
  • band saw
  • router how to mill lumber
  • hand and machine cut joinery
  • construction and assembly
  • gluing, what glues to use
  • finishing
  • surface preparation, sanding, application

Prerequisites: None. Beginners welcome.

Tools required: None. Tool kit supplied by the school.

Recommended text: Woodworking Basics, Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship, by Peter Korn

Safety:  Please bring ear and eye protection and a properly-fitting face mask that covers your nose and mouth (valved masks are not allowed).

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

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus.
We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than nine (9) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.
Thank you for your understanding.

Meet your Instructor

Doug Forsha

Doug and Rhonda Forsha established their custom furniture business, De La Madera, in Scottsdale in 1986. In the years since they have built their business into one of the most highly respected woodworking studios in the southwest. Doug is a master woodworker and technician, expert in both traditional and ultra-modern furniture design and construction. Rhonda is a master finisher, creating complex finishes that satisfy the needs of the most demanding and discriminating architects, decorators, and individual clients. Together they create extraordinary furniture and architectural details for homes across Arizona and beyond. For more information, visit


February 1@9:00 am
February 5@5:00 pm
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