What education do you need to become a woodworker?

As woodworkers, we have an interesting experience. We get a chance to use the skills learned in our woodworking classes to create some fantastic new products that we think are both awesome and important.

With that in mind, the Woodworkers Guild created the Sustaining the Master program. The idea is that students are taught the proper skills in the woodworking industry (a.k.a. the “hard skills”) while also engaging in a little extra in the classroom.

Who could benefit from this program?

Anyone from school or college with just a few hours of woodworking on their schedule. Whether it be the students who need some hands-on experience at a professional level, students who are in a different woodworking field, or even students who work in businesses, this program is for you.

What does the program teach students?

The program is focused on the basics of woodworking. This includes basic skills including: tools (like a drill, a table saw, etc.), plywood, cutting with a knife, grinding, sawing, etc., as well as an emphasis on the more difficult skills like: filing, bending, shaping, joining, gluing, and varnishing. Students learn how to balance their time in class and schedule for their other work experiences.

Where do the materials come from?

Students are also educated on the different types of woodworking materials available to us and how they are used in the industry. Students learn about the pros and cons of the various woods, tools, techniques, and finishes to look for. Students learn about what kind of materials each of these things come in, as well as what to look for when buying materials, and how to buy more of them.

What does the program cost?

All of the materials for the program come from a local company:

We currently plan to offer this program at other locations across Indiana so that others in the area can benefit from it as well. Once we have an online catalog available, we will start working with suppliers of all materials so that students can also find items that they have a need for that we can also help them find. So check back. For now, we have a few options to choose from:

Cost of Materials (in $) (Incl. Shipping)

$5 = 1 course

$10 = 2 courses

$12 = 4 courses

$15 = 6 courses

This is the cost of