NEW SHOP OPEN HOUSE!!! @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Aug 18 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

We are finally opening the new shop, and want to invite you to an open house!!! We’ll serve up a little Carolina BBQ and cold drinks from 4:00 – 7:00 pm August 18, 2017. We look forward to seeing you – so mark it on your calendar!



North Carolina Furniture School Class August 19-20, 2017: Introduction to Woodturning @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Aug 19 @ 9:00 am – Aug 20 @ 4:00 pm

North Carolina Furniture School Weekend Workshop: Introduction to Woodturning

Join us for two full days of woodturning! This course is designed to introduce you to the tools and techniques for safe, efficient woodturning. It’s a good course for all skill levels because it starts with the basics, provides a strong foundation in shop safety, and launches you right into fast and efficient woodturning. You will gain a solid understanding of common tooling, machine options and features, types of cuts, basic lathe joinery for furniture making, spindle turning, bowl turning, and more!

Both days will begin with a morning presentation and Q & A session, followed by hands-on learning at the lathe. Materials are included. Each student will be provided with an Introduction to Woodturning Information Packet and will keep the woodturnings they make in the class. Samples will include a bead and cove set, cylinders, cones, joinery samples, and a completed wooden bowl.

We look forward to meeting you in person, reserve your spot today – seats are limited and fill very quickly!

Stuart Kent
503 Second Street
Ayden, NC 28513

North Carolina Furniture School Woodturning Master Class: Hollow Form Woodturning. August 26 – 27 @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Aug 26 @ 9:00 am – Aug 27 @ 4:00 pm

North Carolina Furniture School Woodturning Master Class: Hollow Form Woodturning


Join us for two full days of woodturning and learn techniques for making hollow vessels. This course introduces the materials and methods for safe, efficient woodturning, with emphasis on making fine wooden hollow vessels for utility and display. Hollow Form Woodturning is a good course for all woodworking skill levels. The course will lead students through material preparation, design, tooling, hands-on woodturning, and finishing. So if you are just beginning or have been turning for a while and are ready to advance your skills with hollow vessel turning you will love this class!

We look forward to meeting you for a full day of woodturning, reserve your spot today – we only have 8 seats for this course and they fill quickly!



Stuart Kent Demonstrating for the Wilmington Area Woodturners Association @ St. Mark Church
Sep 9 @ 10:00 am – Sep 10 @ 4:00 pm
Visit Stuart Kent & the NCFS Mobile Classroom at the North Carolina State Fair! @ North Carolina State Fairgrounds
Oct 12 – Oct 22 all-day

We’ll demonstrate woodturning daily from October 12 – 22!

10:00, 12:00, 2:00, & 4:00

tour the trailer, get special Fair-only discounts on classes and equipment, and come chat about woodturning and woodworking with us!

*if you are a woodturner and would like to volunteer with us, please email us at and put the words FAIR VOLUNTEER in the subject line. Please include your first and last name, email address, phone number, and which day you would like to join us.

click here to plan your trip to the 150th North Carolina State Fair

November 6 – 12: SPECIAL MASTER CLASS  “Build the Ultimate Workbench” @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Nov 6 @ 8:00 am – Nov 12 @ 4:30 pm

Join us for a special week-long Master Class and build your own reproduction of the famous Hancock Shaker Workbench. This is one of the most functional and beautiful workbenches ever created. The course price includes instruction, daily lunches and refreshments, and a complete kit with all premium hardwoods, vises, cabinet hardware, consumables, and finishes.

During the course you will learn:

  • how to cut many different joints with a combination of hand and power tools
  • methods for production mass laminating
  • cabinetmaking techniques for doors, drawers, and carcases
  • proper boring methods
  • hardware installation
  • hand tool use, sanding, and finishing

Please plan to bring the following tools. If you are lacking any of these required tools, we can order them for you and have them packaged with your bench kit on the first day of the class for an additional fee. Please call to discuss 252.916.8226

  • Western Style Backsaw or Japanese Pull Saw
  • 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″ bench chisels
  • Block Plane
  • Combination Square
  • Folding Rule
  • 5″ Random Orbit Sander

*The class will run daily from 8 – 5. Due to the amount of work required to complete these complex workbenches, and the team nature of the building process, you must plan to be in attendance for the entire duration of the course. 

**if you are not equipped to transport your finished workbench we can arrange for delivery after the class for an extra fee, please call to discuss 252.916.8226

North Carolina Furniture School Master Class, Dec 1: Demystifying Design @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Design is a pursuit. It is an abstract concept that many woodworkers struggle to truly understand. However, like its sibling music theory, visual design does have structure and can be understood. This class will introduce the framework of visual design and help to demystify some of the deeper abstract problems in the process. Participants will learn the terminology of the design language, and methodologies for creating better designs.

We will discuss some key concepts in design and help you to become conscious of them. We will show examples of furniture styles, design evolution, wood selection, and the impact of finishing on the success of a design. After lunch we will have design workshop to reinforce the concepts and teach you to apply the design framework with purpose and intent.

If you would like to bring a woodworking creation of your own, we can critique it with the group so you can gain a greater understanding of how the design in successful, and how it might be improved.

Lunch, refreshments, and materials will be provided.

This is one of our most popular classes, so book your spot early!

North Carolina Furniture School
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513

North Carolina Furniture School December 2 – 3, Woodworking 101 @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Dec 2 @ 9:00 am – Dec 3 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for a two-day woodworking course to learn the fundamentals of workshop safety and efficiency. This is a fun two day workshop that introduces the proper use and and maintenance of common woodworking machines and hand tools. We will introduce every aspect of woodworking from material selection to finishing.

Topics include material selection and storage, machine safety, measuring and marking, milling, hand tool use and maintenance, joinery, assembly, sanding, and basic finishing. Throughout each lesson, we will reinforce the necessity of a workshop ethos where safe practices are partnered with efficient production techniques.

This is one of our most popular classes, reserve your seat today!

The North Carolina Furniture School
503 Second St.
Ayden, NC 28513