Introduction to Woodturning @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – Apr 22 @ 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 beginners 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. 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!


Hollow Form Woodturning Master Class. April 27 – 28 @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – Apr 28 @ 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 seat today – only 8 seats for this course and they fill quickly!



Hand Tool Basics @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm

The North Carolina Furniture School is proud to offer this class co-taught by guest instructor, Jim McConnell, and NCFS Director, Stuart Kent. We have created 6 new brand new hand tool benches for the school, and this is your chance to help us break them in! So if you are interested in fine hand tool craftsmanship this is your class.

Jim is a husband, father, student of life and chronic tinkerer currently based in Eastern North Carolina where he leads a faith community and learns something new practically every day. He enjoys building furniture, playing music and curating his blog The Daily Skep in the belief that fostering such a virtual guild of makers, doers and dreamers is a vital and important way to share ideas and information about the work we all love so much. Jim serves as content editor for Mortise & Tenon Magazine and has written tool reviews for Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Please note that you will need to bring your own hand tools to this class. A complete list of recommended tools is listed below:

  • Full size crosscut handsaw (26″-28″, 6-8 PPI)
  • Full size ripsaw (26″-28″, 6-8 PPI)
  • Dovetail saw (10″-12″, 14-18 PPI)
  • Medium jack plane (#5)
  • Short smoothing plane (#3 or #4)
  • Pair of bench hooks
  • Pair of winding sticks
  • Shooting board
  • Marking gauge
  • Square
  • Marking knife or pencil

Course Description:

Students will leave the class with a basic knowledge of breaking down rough stock, preparing that stock for joinery and how to cut dovetails by hand. We will cover ripping and crosscutting stock by hand. Dimensioning and squaring stock with hand planes and cutting basic “through” dovetails.

This class will also cover basic techniques that make hand tool woodworking easier and more efficient.

Day 1

Stock prep:

  • Divide and breakdown board with handsaws
  • Bring boards into S4S with hand planes and shoot edges
  • use sawhorses, straightedges, and winding sticks
  • understand what square is, and why it’s necessary

Day 2

Dovetail Demonstration

  • Marking, Sawing, & chopping
  • Proper use of marking knife, dividers, slope, and cutting gauge

Dovetail Practice

  • Practice 90 degree and sloped cuts, being mindful of staying square
  • Multiple sets of pins and tails
  • Marriage marks, paring, functional joints