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IWW100I24 Introduction to Woodworking

September, 28 - September, 29 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


Are you curious about woodworking? Would you like an easy way to try it out? 

Our new Introduction to Woodworking class is for you!

This welcoming, hands-on class is designed for total beginners who want to safely enter the wonderful world of woodworking. Whether you aspire to create functional furniture, artistic decor, or simply want to play with wood, this immersive class is designed to ignite your passion and start you on your journey.

In just two days, you’ll learn the basics of this rewarding craft — including hand tools, power tools, terminology, and techniques — as you build a beautiful wall shelf.

Our fully-equipped shop has everything you need to explore the craft of woodworking; our experienced and encouraging instructors will guide you through every step; and our small class sizes guarantee plenty of personal attention as you learn.

After two exciting days of learning and building, you will walk away with a completed wall shelf and a new foundation of skills. Even if you have never touched a stick of lumber before you arrive, you will leave this class as a successful woodworker, with a finished project that you can use for storage, organization, or display.

And if you decide that woodworking is for you (and we think you will!), this class makes an excellent foundation for our more comprehensive Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking series.

You will learn:

  • Basic woodworking tools and shop safety
  • Wood properties and selection, including the importance of grain direction
  • How to measure, mark, and cut wood accurately
  • Essential woodworking joinery and assembly techniques
  • Sanding techniques for a smooth surface
  • Finishing options to protect your project and enhance the wood’s natural beauty
  • Why woodworking is so much fun!

Prerequisites: None. Designed for total beginners.

Tools required: None. School supplies all tools and materials.

Class size: 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.

Raul Ramirez

Meet your Instructor

Raúl has been a professional furniture maker since 1990. A member and former president of the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, and a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Raúl specializes in custom furniture and antiques restoration, and is particularly interested in traditional hand-tool techniques. He began to teach himself woodworking during the 1970’s while working in the aerospace industry and eventually changed careers to devote himself to the craft. In 2013, with the help of other accomplished woodworkers, he founded the School in order to bring the highest level of woodcraft education to Arizona and to create opportunities for the next generation of woodworkers to learn from some of today’s most respected masters.


September 28@9:00 am MST
September 29@5:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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Introduction to Woodworking
Introduction to Woodworking
$ 399.00