Architectural Woodworking Program Overview
Our career training program prepares both beginning and experienced woodworkers for careers in architectural woodworking. We’re unique among woodworking schools in that we mimic a cabinet shop environment by having students work all day in the shop. This prepares you for the rigors and responsibilities of full-time employment and allows you to immediately put into practice any skills you learned during each morning’s demonstration/instruction.
Students enjoy a class size of 10 students, allowing for individualized instruction as needed. We emphasize skills development and personal responsibility as students move through the curriculum and complete their cabinets. Furthermore, as a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), we incorporate AWI standards throughout the design/build process.
We expect students to treat this program as they would a job by showing up on time and working diligently throughout the day.
Students graduate with a Certificate of Completion and references are provided to potential employers upon request.
- The safe use of common stationary woodworking machinery and portable power tools
- Understanding properties of solid wood and how to select and mill lumber
- Reading and creating shop drawings and preparing material cut lists and estimates
- The use, selection, and processing of a wide range of panel products
- The selection and use of veneers, and the use of a vacuum bag for veneering.
- The use and sharpening of hand tools, such as planes, chisels and scrapers
- Cabinet construction methods, including face frame, frameless and the euro 32 mm system
- Cabinet joinery/assembly techniques, selection/use of cabinet hardware
- Spray finishing fundamentals
- Arriving and departing at the appropriate time, with very few absences
- Being prepared each day to do the best possible job
- Participating in daily shop clean-up and other shop-related tasks
- Attending field trips and participating in other opportunities to learn more about the industry