Winter 2015 Woodworking Foundation Course


The scholarship program for the School's Winter 2015 Woodworking Foundation Course is now open.

This 12-week intensive course runs from Monday, January 12th through Friday, April 3rd, 2015. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 8:30am - 5:00pm. The course is designed to provide a deep understanding of basic woodworking techniques with hand tools and traditional methods of working with wood. Please read the course description fully.

The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is licensed as a Washington State Private Vocational School. We offer options to take this class vocationally or avocationally.

If you have questions about the scholarship application or course details: please feel free to contact Tim Lawson by email or by phone 360-344-4455.

The Scholarship Application Process and Conditions

  1. Closing date: Friday 11/14/2014 8:00pm (PST)
    • Interviews will be scheduled between 11/19/2014 - 11/21/2014.
    • Scholarship decisions will be communicated no later than 11/24/2014.
    • If you need an early decision on a scholarship please let us know in your application and by email as soon as possible.
  2. Student Profile
    • Age: 17-29 (Upper age limit 35 for military veterans)
    • Legal resident of the United States
  3. Education / experience
    • High School woodshop graduate
    • Or home schooled with demonstrated skills
    • Or equivalent woodworking experience
  4. Application
    We are only accepting online applications. 
    A reminder of the prerequisites for the Foundation class: "We prefer that you have some experience of woodworking before taking this class. If you have no woodworking experience, we’d like you to produce evidence of strong practical skills and problem solving ability (we can do this in a phone call). We're looking for the right attitude." We recommend that you contact us prior to applying for a scholarship.
  5. Please prepare all the following before starting the application:

  • A brief statement of why you want to take this course and how you propose to use the skills in  250 - 400 words. Simple concise prose is good.
  • If you have woodworking experience, please share a portfolio of your work - use an online gallery like Picasa or Flickr and submit the link in the form.
    • The gallery should contain no more than 20 images of a variety of your work.
    • The images should be simple uncluttered views of the pieces. 
    • Please do not Photoshop. There is no need for professional images. Good images are more important than image size; but the minimum size should around 1000px.
  • Three references:  Please seek their permission and contact information before submitting your application. We will call the references soon after you submit your application - please ensure that they will be available the week commencing November 17, 2014.

  • Some conditions on the references:
    -  No immediate family (do not use your parents or siblings as references)
    -  At least one reference should directly address your woodworking skills. 

  1. Scholarship conditions
  • Scholarships may cover up to 35% of the tuition fees for one of the School's 12-week intensives.
    • The amount of the award will be dependent on available funding.
    • Recent awards have been in the 15-25% range.
  • The scholarships are for tuition fees only. Students are responsible for their accommodations, meals and transportation during the course.
  • Materials charges during the course will be responsibility of the student and are expected to be between $250 and $500 depending on project and wood choices.
  • Students can use the School's hand tools during the course. However, students are encouraged to obtain their own hand tools during the course.

Winter 2015 Scholarship Form
Note: Forms are hosted on Google Drive


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