Learn Fine Woodworking in My Shop at Your Own Pace

I teach fine woodworking as I was taught by my mentor James Krenov. The approach emphasizes the refined use of hand-tools and a keen awareness and appreciation for the expressive qualities found in wood. My shop is located in the beautifully pastoral mountain area of Valle Crucis, NC just outside of Boone. The area is replete with bed and breakfast inns, hotels, fine dining, antiquing, and other shopping opportunities. Golfing, skiing, zip-lines, tubing, hiking, rock climbing, fishing, and whitewater opportunities abound.

Private Instruction

Start at 9 AM and end at 6 PM each day. Lunch is provided.

I am happy to teach you  in my shop as our schedules permit — one-on-one or a small group of friends. The advantages are customized offerings, hands-on work, and my undiluted attention. A typical day is about 1/3 lecture and demonstration. The remainder of the day is hands-on work. I encourage you  to interact with me as needed for coaching, questions, and conversation, while I resume my own work. The most popular arrangement is 2-3 days of plane making instruction. Other topics have included dovetailing, dovetailed box with a frame and panel lid, tools and techniques, wall cabinet with glass or coopered door, and project development. What is your particular interest?

Cost:  $200/day plus materials. My shop has room for up to three participants. Bring a friend and save $25 a day each; bring two friends and save $50 a day each.  $200 deposit  confirms a scheduled workshop. The balance is due at the close of the workshop.

Cancellation:  Your deposit is fully refundable more than 14 days ahead of the workshop start date and fully credited towards another workshop date if you cancel less than 14 days from the start date of the workshop.

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