Yestermorrow's 11-week Woodworking Certificate program gives amateurs and aspiring professionals a solid grounding in woodworking and furnituremaking techniques, led by Yestermorrow's talented and nationally recognized faculty. Skills learned in the Certificate program include design and drafting, wood selection and preparation, joinery, traditional hand skills, sharpening, power tool techniques, and finishing. The curriculum has a strong focus on the integration of design in the woodworking process, part of Yestermorrow's core philosophy of design/build.
The Certificate begins with an analysis of trees and the wood they produce, an overview of felling and milling practices, and an introduction to the tactile essence of working with green wood. The program then moves into the realm of Cabinetry, in which students become oriented to the tools of the woodshop and basic principles of wood movement and layout. Additional program segments include Beginning Furnituremaking, Green Ladderback Chairs, Joinery, Boxmaking, Care & Repair of Shop Machines, Small Scale Design/Build, Intermediate Furniture Techniques, and Wood Finishes. The program culminates in a two-week studio where each student will design and build a piece of his or her own choosing.
The Certificate will be led by Program Director Ben Cheney -- woodworker, designer/builder, and veteran Yestermorrow teacher. Other instructors include Eyrich Stauffer, Skip Dewhirst, Steve Skonieczny, Mark Krawczyk, and other guests.
The program dates for the 2013 Woodworking Certificate are February 3-April 19, 2013. Classes are generally scheduled 9am-5pm Monday through Friday, with some occassional weekend shop days and evening lectures/shop time.
Tuition for the 2013 session is $6500, plus $175 materials fee, food and lodging. Depending on what independent projects students choose, there will be additional costs for purchasing wood as well. A variety of lodging and meal options are available on campus and in the nearby community. Please contact us for more information and to apply.
Students in the Woodworking Certificate are accepted through a rolling admission process on a first-come, first-served basis. All experience levels are welcome; however we recommend that absolute beginners complete Yestermorrow's Intro to the Woodshop, Powertools for Women, Woodworking for Women, Boxmaking or an equivalent class or training program prior to enrolling.
For the complete information packet which includes an application, please click here.
Ben Cheney · BA, Evergreen State · Ben is the owner and principal of CONSTRUCT, a design/build firm based in Montpelier, VT specializing in wood and metal fabrication. In addition to being the Program Director for the Woodworking Certificate, Ben is Lead Faculty for Yestermorrow's Semester in Sustainable Design/Build, and has taught design/build courses at Yestermorrow since 2004. Previously, Ben spent two years in Austin, Texas developing and running a youth design/build program for the Rawson Saunders School, and coordinated Montpelier High School’s Community Connections programs.