The Woodschool Blog

Fellow Travelers, Woodworking Style

Written by Ellen Dyer on .

There is always something interesting afoot in the Thomas Miller Jackson Building, home of the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Fellowship program. In essence, Fellowships are courses of independent study that can last anywhere from a month to a year. They provide emerging and established furniture makers, carvers, and turners with a stimulating environment to explore new techniques, refine their design aesthetics, and/or develop new products.


Meet a Teaching the Teachers Partner: Greater West Town Training Partnership

Written by Ellen Dyer on .

The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship’s Teaching the Teachers program awards scholarships to educational and service organizations that teach woodworking to economically disadvantaged communities. We hope to further the work of these organizations by giving their instructors new woodworking skills and a vision of the educational woodshop that they can share with their own communities. We thought you might like to know about the good work these partner organizations do, so we profiled one: Meet the Greater West Town Training Partnership in Chicago (GWTP).


Woodworking in the Time of COVID

Written by Kate Davidson on .

Recently the Center completed its first full class since the school reopened in September:  the fall Furniture Intensive wrapped up on January 22 with its usual celebratory presentation of student work. However, instead of the normal show and tell in which friends, family, and other students on campus admire the various benches, casepieces, and curved components in person, the final celebration was broadcast on Zoom to ensure social distancing. Which raises the question – what was it like to learn woodworking in the era of COVID?


Eight Weeks in the Turning Studio

Written by Kate Davidson on .

On January 11th, a new group of students gathered in our Turning Studio. They came from all over the country with different backgrounds and experiences, but with one unifying theme – to spend the next eight weeks immersed in the world of woodturning.


All About Aprons

Written by Kate Davidson on .

If you’re like the woodworkers on our campus, you’re constantly carrying around a few crucial tools – pencil, square, rule, maybe a tape measure and a knife. Do you fill up your pants pockets? Do you constantly walk back to your workbench? Many embrace a different shop solution: the apron.

You see them everywhere you look on campus. Full aprons, half aprons, single pockets, cross-backs, high-necks, canvas, denim, leather. What makes for the perfect apron? And what items are in the apron pockets of our staff, faculty, and students every day?


Holiday Selling Tips for Woodworkers

Written by Chelsea Van Voorhis on .

The holidays are a great time for woodworkers and makers to sell products. However, it can be daunting to figure out pricing, advertising, and an ideal market for your items. We asked two of our instructors, Josh Vogel and Erica Moody, to share tips on how up and coming craftspeople can chart their own courses through these challenges.


Veterans Day Spotlight

Written by Dorrie Higbee on .


In honor of Veterans Day, we’d like to share the story of one of our staff members, who, before joining us at the woodschool, proudly served in the U.S. Air Force. After completing six years of service Matt McLaughlin began pursuing his interest in woodworking by building furniture in his father’s workshop. Eager to hone his skills and advance beyond the fundamentals, Matt applied to our 2017-2018 Nine-month Comprehensive program, for which he was able to use his GI Bill ® Education Benefits.