Each student at the Charleston Woodworking School will be trained as a professional. The training consists of many principles such as:
Detailed classroom training
Detailed hands-on training
Professional business practices
Traditional joinery techniques
Furniture history and design theories
Self-paced to meet certain deadlines
Field trips to Charleston are plantations and historic homes
Every student is expected to meet certain production deadlines for projects. Just like in everyday business life, the student will learn to manage time limitations. Upon assignment of a project, a student will design and complete the project, at their own workbench, at their own schedule. Safety and quality are emphasized. Working on student designed side projects is highly encouraged. We want our students to be as creative as possible.
The Charleston Woodworking School, by limiting enrollment annually to no more than 15 students, offers every individual a detailed and supportive learning environment. As a student, you will be learning from a strong local faculty of woodworking experts and business professionals.
The Charleston Woodworking School emphasizes respect for the environment. Therefore, quality materials are harvested from local forests whenever possible. We have a strong relationship with several local wood vendors allowing us to select wood with the most beautiful grain patterns and colors.
At the Charleston Woodworking School, we welcome students from all ages and backgrounds, including many who use our intensive, practical furniture making course as an opportunity to develop a new career. At the completion of the course, students will be better equipped to set up their own projects, and to begin additional courses with the eventual goal of setting up their own furniture business. Student enrollment at the Charleston Woodworking School is limited to provide a intimate learning community.
The course load at Charleston Woodworking School is intensive, yet self-paced, and our students are expected to work and study hard. But, there are many opportunities to have a lot of fun while exploring the American South.
The Charleston Woodworking School is located at 2338 Ashley River Road in beautiful and historic Charleston, South Carolina…an ideal location. Charleston is rich in history, culture, hundreds of exciting restaurants and entertainment, and easily reached by air, automobile or rail.