Community Classes

Weekend Community Classes are designed for people who cannot schedule the full-time attendance required for our Workshops and other programs. Community Classes provide the same outstanding instructors and facilities in a more accessible time format. Classes are held Saturday and Sunday 9-5.

Tuition: $315

Turning Beyond the Box
Beth Ireland

March 17 & 18, 2018

Dive into new turning skills with lidded containers as the springboard! Under Beth’s generous instruction, participants first learn a variety of ways to make turned and lidded boxes, from simple drilled cylinders to turned hollow vessels. They then experiment with more advanced techniques such as offset turning; ornamenting surfaces with carved textures and color; and turning finials to communicate any feeling from whimsy to elegance.


Open to all except absolute beginners.

Surface Design on Turnings
Beth Ireland

March 24 & 25, 2018

Beth’s curriculum introduces effective processes for decorating architectural components such as newel caps, posts, and balusters, as well as other spindle-turned forms. Topics include design and layout of decorative surface patterns on cylindrical forms; techniques such as pyrography, painting, and carving; and more.


Open to all except absolute beginners.


Beth Ireland has been a professional woodworker since 1983, specializing in turning and sculpture. She holds an M.F.A. from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and her work has been widely exhibited and published, including a 2015 profile in American Woodturner. She has also held several prestigious Windgate Fellowships and participated in the International Turning Exchange. Beth’s business encompasses everything from production runs of turned balusters to sculpture to one-of-a-kind stringed instruments. She is the Lead Instructor for our Turning Intensive and teaches turning for the Comprehensive. Beth lives in St. Petersburg, FL, and her website is



Community Woodturning Classes are open to anyone who is 16 years of age or older.


Registration and Payment Information:

Please call our office at 207-594-5611 to check availability and to register for a class.

    • Community Class tuition is payable in full at the time of registration.
    • If you withdraw from a Community Class more than seven days in advance, we will refund your tuition less a $35 cancellation fee. 
    • No refund will be given for withdrawal within seven days of a Community Class.
    • We accept personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.
    • In the event that the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship must cancel a class, we will promptly refund the full tuition amount.