Intensive Assistantships

One assistantship is available for each of the three twelve-week Furniture Intensives and one eight-week Turning Intensive offered throughout the year. Hours are generally Monday through Friday, from 9:00-5:00, although they sometimes shift to provide Saturday coverage.


    • Working with, and learning from, outstanding professionals
    • Teaching experience
    • Compensation at $486/week
    • Personal bench space


Intensive Assistantships are primarily intended for graduates of our Furniture Intensives, Turning Intensives, and Nine-month Comprehensive, although reasonably experienced furniture makers from outside of our graduate pool are welcome to apply.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

    • monitoring student safety in the machine room,
    • running errands
    • helping students one-on-one with their work
    • building jigs and fixtures
    • attending lectures and demonstrations
    • shop, machine, and facilities maintenance
    • preparing materials for faculty demonstrations, and
    • participating in daily shop cleanup


To apply please submit the following:

  1. Your resumé
  2. Digital images of your work
  3. A letter stating your reasons for applying and your goals as a woodworker

Applications are due three months to the day before the course you want to assist begins. They should be e-mailed to Notification will be made within two weeks.


Assistant Simon McCoyWorkshop Assistant Simon McCoy (right), 2015

Assistant Lisa Kaliczak with student 1Workshop Assistant Lisa Kaliczak with a student