The Woodschool Blog

Happy Veterans Day!

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .

Happy Veterans Day! Our Turning Intensive, Furniture Intensive, and Nine-month Comprehensive programs are approved for the use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits.

Here are our veterans currently on campus, along with Student Services Manager Dorrie Higbee. As the school's VA Certifying Official, Dorrie says, “It is an honor and privilege to work with all of our Veterans to facilitate their enrollment at the Center.”


Curvature Workshop

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The Curvature Workshop was a two week intermediate/advanced course for students interested in incorporating curvilinear designs in their woodworking. Instructors Tim Rousseau and Tom Kealy covered laminate bending, steam bending, coopering, and other techniques used to create curved lines and volumes in wood.

Lighting Workshop

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During the one week Lighting Workshop, instructor Julie Morringello led students through a series of exercises using unconventional materials, building models and prototypes for one-of-a-kind lighting. The course balanced sculptural investigation with concrete technical information about wiring and marketing. See more of Julie's work on her website here.

Chris Pye: twenty years of teaching at the woodschool

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This week, British carver Chris Pye is teaching on campus for the 20th consecutive year. In that time he has written six well-regarded books, carved numerous commissions and trophies, been elected a member of the Master Carvers Association, and founded an educational website. Pictured above is Chris with his current student Amy, who took a carving course with Chris 15 years ago here at the school.

Basic Woodworking

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Peter Korn & Faculty

June 5 - 16

Peter Korn & Michaela Stone

July 3 -14

Peter Korn & Mary Ellen Hitt

July 31 - August 11

Peter Korn & Bobby Sukrachand

August 28 - September 8

Peter Korn & Kendrick Anderson

October 9 - 20

Peter Korn & Mark Juliana






This workshop is a thorough introduction to furniture making, with a focus on traditional hand skills. Participants range from absolute beginners to more experienced woodworkers who want to improve their craftsmanship.

After milling a piece of wood four-square and hand-cutting mortise-and-tenon and dovetail joints, each student makes a simple piece of furniture. A small bench with dovetails and through-wedged tenons is suggested, although participants may choose other designs.

The workshop starts with instruction in the safe use of power tools such as the table saw, jointer, planer, and bandsaw. Through daily lectures and demonstrations, Peter and his co-teachers introduce skills such as lumber selection, milling, joinery, scraping, sanding, assembly, and finishing. They offer extensive instruction in the sharpening, tuning, and use of planes, chisels, and other hand tools.

Peter Korn’s book, Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship (Taunton Press, 2003), is the text for this course. The small class size allows Peter and his co-instructors to give each participant extensive individual guidance throughout.

Learn more about Basic Woodworking Faculty.

Open to novice and intermediate woodworkers.

Tuition: $1,380

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credit-cody-fuller-1Basic Woodworking students watching a demonstration in the bench room of the Workshop building. Photo by Cody Fulfer.

Matthew Smith 16bw5Basic Woodworking student pairing dovetails

BasicProjectDetail of the suggested bench project for Basic Woodworking

Summer Furniture Intensive Wraps Up

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The end of the summer Furniture Intensive is always a little tough to accept. The sun is bright, and folks sigh with relief as they enter the air-conditioned workshop from the hot outdoors. And so, if it weren't for the students packing up their cars and hugging goodbye, it would be easy for us to trick ourselves into believing that summer will never end. Alas, the bubblewrap and farewells remind us that in the next few weeks the nights will start earlier and feel cooler. 

Before they depart, the students show off their work, and have the chance to discuss their experiences with the staff as well as friends and family. Many of the Furniture Intensive students come into the program with little or no woodworking experience, and yet they never fail to astonish us with their skill and creativity.