One assistantship is available for each of the three twelve-week Furniture Intensives and the eight-week Turning Intensive that are offered throughout the year. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, from 9:00-5:00, although they sometimes shift to provide Saturday coverage.


  • Working with, and learning from, outstanding professionals
  • Teaching experience
  • Compensation at $550/week
  • Available housing stipend of $125/week
  • Personal bench space


Intensive Assistantships are primarily intended for graduates of our Furniture Intensives, Turning Intensives, and Nine-month Comprehensive, although reasonably experienced furniture makers from outside of our graduate pool are welcome to apply.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • monitoring student safety in the machine room,
  • running errands
  • helping students one-on-one with their work
  • building jigs and fixtures
  • attending lectures and demonstrations
  • shop, machine, and facilities maintenance
  • preparing materials for faculty demonstrations, and
  • participating in daily shop cleanup


To apply please submit the following:

  1. Your resumé
  2. Digital images of your work
  3. A letter stating your reasons for applying and your goals as a woodworker

Applications are due four months to the day before the course you want to assist begins. They should be e-mailed to Notification will be made within two weeks.

Workshop Assistant Simon McCoy (right), 2015
Workshop Assistant Simon McCoy, 2015
Workshop Assistant Lisa Kaliczak with a student
Workshop Assistant Lisa Kaliczak with a student