Center for Essential Education at Homestead Heritage


Our community's woodworkers will teach you how to employ centuries-old skills to produce custom furniture that will last for generations. Their award-winning workmanship is sold throughout North America, featured in fine woodworking magazines and has been selected for the permanent collection of the U.S. White House.

Even novices will learn the complete craft of steam bent wood, hand-carved details and hand-cut joinery for solid wood construction in an amazingly short period of time. Even advanced craftsmen can develop and hone their skills through our unique courses taught in a congenial, rural setting.

  • Foundational Woodworking Courses

    Learn the basics of hand-tool woodworking in our foundational classes. You'll learn to sharpen your planes, saws and chisels and how to hand cut dovetails joints, dados and mortise-and-tenons--the primary joints through which traditional wood furniture is joined together. In these classes, you'll use hand tools and traditional joinery to make a dovetailed box, a wall shelf and a small, occasional table.

  • Advanced Wood Furniture Making Courses

    In our advanced furniture-making courses, you can learn to make blanket chests, wall clocks, chairs, rocking chairs keepsake boxes, dressers and tables. In each of these courses you will further develop your skills as a woodworker by building an heirloom piece-one that can be handed down from generation to generation.

  • Making Musical Instruments

    Learn the art of luthier, the craft of instrument making, while making your own guitar.

  • Making Woodworking Tools and Workbenches

    One of the most rewarding woodworking projects you could embark on is making the tools that you will use in your everyday work to build furniture with. When you invest time and care into crafting and shaping a tool just for the job, there is a bond that is formed between you and your tools.

  • Special Interest Woodworking Courses

    We have designed these classes for those who can't take a lot of time away, but still would like to learn a special aspect in woodworking, from carving to inlay to just honing your skills in joinery such as dovetailing.

  • Wood Turning Course

    Come learn the art of turning on a lathe, as we simplify the process and show you how to get started in your own shop, turning scrap wood into useful and decorative items.