Intensive Woodworking Courses
12-Week Full-Time Courses


The Port Townsend School of Woodworking offers its Woodworking Foundations course twice each year. Our Furniture Making Intensive course is currently scheduled to debut in September 2015.

  • Woodworking Foundation Course

Running each Winter and Fall this full time course focuses on developing the basic skills of woodworking through the extensive use of hand tools.

In the Port Townsend School of Woodworking’s twelve-week Woodworking Foundation course, you will learn the essential skills, tools and mindsets of the traditional joiner. This is NOT an industrial arts course with a focus on machinery and production processes. Rather, it is a course in PRE-industrial artisanship--the creation of individual works through mostly hand tools and skills.. 

On completion, you will graduate with a set of self-made tools, fixtures and storage units (not to mention the skills required to build them) that will serve and last you the rest of your life. You’ll be amply prepared to continue your woodworking education into specific trades such as architectural woodworking (finish work); custom door and window construction; solid-wood furniture and cabinetry; and boatbuilding.
The Port Townsend School of Woodworking offers intensives in many of these specialties.And we highly recommend the Northwest School of Boatbuilding in nearby Port Hadlock, WA 

This class is suitable for beginning woodworkers. The school has a full set of tools for each student but we encourage students to acquire and tune their own tools.

Full Woodworking Foundation Course Description and Enrollment 

The current class cost is $6700


  • September 29 - December 19, 2014
  • January 5 - March 27, 2015
  • September 28 - December 18, 2015

 Scholarships are available to young people (17-29 years old) and to Veterans up to 35 years old.

  • Furniture Making Intensive 

Our Historic Preservation program teaches students the skills to complete historically correct, and energy efficient, exterior renovations and restorations on buildings at Fort Worden State Park. A natural extension of the School’s Furniture Making program is to start creating furniture for buildings at the Fort.

We will be offering a three month Furniture Making Intensive in the Fall of 2015. This course will focus on the skills and materials needed to make robust, well designed and well made solid wood furniture. In the final part of the course the students will work in teams to make furniture for houses, program spaces (meeting rooms) or hospitality areas at Fort Worden.
Our goal is to challenge students to design and make furniture that combines the practicalities of making furniture in small production runs with details, added through the use of hand tools, that show the traditional values of craftsmanship. The duration of the course also provides a time constraint so students will have to be timely and pragmatic during all phases of the creation of the new furniture.
This is not a class for beginning woodworkers - a graduate of the Foundation Course or somebody with similar skills would be a perfect candidate.
Schedule:  This Furniture Making Intensive course is scheduled for Fall 2015
  • September 28  to December 18, 2015

We hope to have Scholarships available to young people (17-29 years old) and to Veterans up to 35 years old.


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