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IWW100K22 Introduction to Woodworking

November, 14 - November, 18 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST

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

Want to jumpstart your woodworking journey?

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 so you can decide if woodworking is for you. (Hint: It probably is!)

Hands-on demos will help you gain confidence with tools and techniques, and simple projects including a functional side table will 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
  • surface preparation, sanding, application

Prerequisites: None. Beginners welcome.

Tools required: None. Tool kit supplied by the school

Text Provided: 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.

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.

$850.00Select options

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 2008, 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.


November 14@9:00 am MST
November 18@5:00 pm MST
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