The Charleston Woodworking School has been designed to give the student a first class education in the specifics of woodworking. Emphasis is placed on the student’s initiative in the classroom and in the woodworking shop. At the conclusion of the nine-month course, the graduate will have the basic skills to continue working in the areas of furniture design, furniture making, antique restoration and repair, specialty wood projects, project management, and marketing. Additional, more advanced courses, are also available to students following the completion of the initial course.
All students at the Charleston Woodworking School will develop skills in furniture design, from traditional to contemporary. Design classes include specialized history of furniture and furniture makers, so the student will be able to gain a strong appreciation in the design arena.
- Furniture makingA big part of the professional woodworker is the ability to build quality furniture, utilizing a variety of wood. Classroom instruction compliments practical instruction, and each student will be required to design and build a major furniture project during each of the three semesters.
- Antique restoration and repairThe skill required to restore and repair antiques should not be left to the novice. The CWS instructs each student in the proper way to restore antiques, and to make repairs when necessary for the integrity of the piece. Great care is taken in this level of instruction since it is a big part of the professional woodworker’s business.
- Specialty wood projects and project managementEach student is encouraged to make several projects on their own, including time after class. The school will be open after hours to enhance the student’s project development, in addition to the projects assigned by the faculty.
- MarketingIn addition to learning the specifics of furniture making and various woodworking projects, students at the CWS learn the value of marketing their products to potential customers. Lecturers in marketing will teach all students how to “get the word out” about their new business, focusing on interior designers, home builders, antique dealers, and individuals.