You can search for a woodworking school near you by clicking on a state below. Foreign country pages coming soon. Click here for a complete list of woodworking schools arranged by state.
I’m in the middle of updating this page as a resource for those looking to take some woodworking classes to become better at the craft. If you have some information about a school that was not included in these pages, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the information about the school. While putting together this resource I came across a lot of instances where I wasn’t sure if the school should be added to the list. Most of the schools in question are community colleges and trade schools that offer a few classes here and there, but they are typically part of a carpentry program that is geared more toward general construction. Ultimately some of these schools were added and some weren’t depending on what kind of information the school provided about the courses and what other schools were available in the area. Additionally, it was very difficult to find some of the woodworking classes that are buried in part of a college’s degree offerings. Woodworking courses might be found in any number of departments including Art, Industrial Design, Construction, Technology Teaching, Furniture Design or the weirdest one of all, Agribusiness. I have tried to spell out and link to the specific offerings and list what department they are found in so that when you get to the school’s site it will be easier for you to get the information you’re looking for. In addition to the formal schools dedicated to teaching woodworking I have also listed some maker spaces and city or community arts and crafts centers that offer woodworking courses. I did not list any of the TechShop locations, but you can visit their website here.
Another thing that I had to consider when putting this list together is whether I should include all of the retailers that offer woodworking classes to the public. I ultimately decided not to include them if they were part of a large chain store like Rockler and Woodcraft. Why? Because I figured that if you are doing a search for woodworking those stores are already going to show up and you can find their class information out on their sites. These stores however, do offer great classes a lot of times and they should not be overlooked as a source for good woodworking knowledge and information. I did include independently owned local woodworking stores as I felt that would be a beneficial resource to add and I’m hoping it will benefit the little guys out there that are trying to compete with big guys and the internet sales. Although Highland Woodworking is a bigger store and seems to have a large online presence I decided to include it as well since it’s an independently owned store and has some really great woodworking classes.
Other resources that deserve to be mentioned, but don’t necessarily have official woodworking classes are the woodworking clubs. While searching for schools I came across a lot of woodworking clubs so I am most likely going to create a similar resource for the local clubs in every state. My personal experience with the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers has shown me that these local groups have some talented woodworkers and they have some good woodworking instructions and presentations that they provide to their members. They also provide a way for people to connect in real life, serve the community, and promote the craft. When I’m done with this list I’ll work on the club list and link to it from here.
One last resource that is not included here in this list is all of the woodworking instruction you can get online. I would be a fool to say that there aren’t some wonderful resources on the internet that are worthy of your time and money. You can see a list of some great woodworking sites here. That’s all I have to say about that.