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Interior of Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School with workbenches, woodworking hand tools, and wood stove

The Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School is a center for educating beginner and advanced woodworkers, featuring a broad range of classes and instructors. The school is located just outside historic Charlottesville, Virginia, and is just 18 minutes away from the Shenandoah National Park. The school focuses mostly on using historical hand tools, but also incorporates modern techniques and modern styles. But one thing remains constant here: traditional quality and craftsmanship. Below is a list of classes currently offered at the school:

Here at the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School we feature some incredible woodworkers who also possess great teaching ability. Below are short bios of the teachers we have lined up for classes. If you feel like you’d be a good fit for teaching here, drop us a line here.

GETTING HERE

The school is located in historic Albemarle County, Virginia, just 8 minutes away from the Charlottesville airport. It is also within reasonable driving distance from major metro areas such as Washington D.C., Richmond, Philadelphia, New York, Pittsburg, and Charlotte. Many of these areas are also connected to Charlottesville via the Amtrak rail line.

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936.

Flying into the Charlottesville airport is quite often more affordable than flying into Washington D.C. or Richmond.
Quite a few car rental centers, hotels, Airbnb’s, and restaurants are near the airport, so students will find it easy to join us from anywhere in the world!

THE HISTORIC CHARLOTTESVILLE AREA

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello home reflecting in a pond of water

What better place to learn how to build historical furniture with antique hand tools than in the very same area where many of the American founding fathers kindled the flames of democracy? Just 30 minutes to the southeast, Thomas Jefferson laid the foundation for the Declaration of Independence and built an American landmark: Monticello. Practically next door to Monticello is James Monroe’s farm, Ash Lawn-Highland (one of my favorites). Just 30 minutes to the northeast James Madison formed the ideas for the American constitution at his famous Montpelier farm . Two hours to the east is Colonial Williamsburg and 45 minutes to the west is the Frontier Culture Museum. All around this area the Revolutionary war and Civil wars were fought to galvanize the new American republic. The Shenandoah National Park gate entrance is 18 minutes away from the school. And the historic downtown Charlottesville area (15 minutes away) will be a highlight of your trip. Make sure you plan some extra time to visit these historic landmarks!

Colonial Williamsburg capital building front gate and brick wall with cobblestone street

Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School brick building covered in a blanket of snow

WHAT TO EXPECT AT OUR TRADITIONAL WOODWORKING SCHOOL?

  • Most classes start at 9:00 am, so students should plan on driving up early or arriving at their hotel the night before (book your hotels early). But please don’t arrive earlier than 8:00 am.
  • Classes start with getting to know each other, followed by safety instruction and a gathering of the project material fees (if applicable, and if it hasn’t already been sent in the mail). Then the instructor(s) will dive into the subject matter.
  • Each student will have a traditional workbench to work on, and students are welcome to bring their own hand tools (properly sharpened, of course). But all necessary hand tools will be provided, so don’t worry if you don’t have your own hand tools.
  • A one hour break will be taken around noon. To allow students to make more progress on their projects, students are encouraged to bring their lunches to eat at the school (we have a fridge). However, restaurants are a short 8 minute drive from the school. Don’t be late getting back from lunch or you might get behind!
  • Classes will generally end around 5:00 pm, after which students are encouraged to join each other for dinner & socializing at one of many nearby restaurants (8+ minutes away). The historic downtown Charlottesville area is known for it’s amazing local restaurants.
  • Most students are typically working earnestly to finish their projects toward the end of the class, but we’ll always take time for a class photo!
  • Not every detail of every project gets completed by every person, but students should be able to leave the class feeling confident in their newly learned ability to complete the project on their own.

Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School brick building covered in a blanket of snow

Here are a few more photos of the Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School:

Hancock Shaker Candle Stand sitting on a woodworking workbench in Joshua Farnsworth's Workshop

Antique moulding planes (molding planes) lined up on a shelf in Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Antique hand saws lined up in a saw till in Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Interior of Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School with workbenches, woodworking hand tools, and wood stove

Antique hand planes and plow plane and moulding planes lined up on a blue hand tool shelf in Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Antique hand tools and tool boxes on a rustic wooden bench in Joshua Farnsworth's Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School

Wood And Shop Traditional Woodworking School brick building covered in a blanket of snow

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