A note from our Director.

Thank you for visiting the North Carolina Furniture School, I look forward to meeting you in an upcoming class.

NCFS is the premier school for woodworking and woodturning in the southeast. We can help you with any hardwood or cabinetmaking supplies you need, so give us a call to discuss your next project to see how we can help. NCFS is also the only purveyor of fine woodworking equipment in Eastern North Carolina, carrying fine products from: Robust Woodturning Lathes, Harvey, Nova, Rikon, Easy Wood Tools, West System Epoxies, and more.

Our classes are the very best in the southeast because we are the only school in the region that specializes in fine woodworking and artisanal woodturning. Class offerings include traditional hand tool and machine tool woodworking as well as advanced digital fabrication. We also host annual special events like the Women’s Woodturning Weekend, or the Youth Woodworking Camp. Beginning  summer 2019 we will proudly offer five class types with multiple instructors:

  • Session: 1 – 4 hour classes that focus on individual skills or techniques
  • Single Day Class: 8 hour classes that explore individual topics in depth
  • Master Class: range from 1 – 3 days, and explore skills and topics in depth
  • Intensive Course: project based 1 week courses ranging from 5 – 9 days
  • Immersion Course: explore topics in depth over 13 weeks

In addition to our outstanding classes, we are home to the NCFS Woodturners, a woodturning club that meets once monthly at our shop. The NCFS Woodturners attracts people from across north Carolina for in-house demonstrations, special classes, woodturning workshops, guest demonstrators, field trips, and more. Each meeting begins with an ‘Instant Gallery’ where members bring in their recent projects to share for group critique and discussion. Club members get special discounts on our classes and lumber.

Come see what’s new at the North Carolina Furniture School or give me a call to discuss your projects and woodworking interests. I look forward to hearing from you!

Stuart R. Kent
North Carolina Furniture School Director

About NCFS Director, Stuart Kent



I teach woodworking and craft custom woodworks for discerning clients. If you are interested in learning about woodworking, would like to discuss a custom project, or you are interested in pursuing international scholarship; please visit stuartkent.com and email me at stuart@stuartkent.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stuart Kent

Advanced Research 
2019           United States Fulbright Core Peer Review Scholar
2018           United States Fulbright Core Peer Review Scholar
2012           United States Fulbright Core Research & Teaching Scholar

2008           Master of Fine Arts – East Carolina University
2005           Bachelor of Fine Arts – East Carolina University
2005           Bachelor of Fine Arts – East Carolina University

Selected Professional
2013 –         Director of the North Carolina Furniture School
2012 – 13    Visiting Assistant Professor – National University of Costa Rica
2009 – 10    Assistant Program Director – International Study in Eastern Europe, East Carolina University
2004 – 07    Program Director – International Study in Costa Rica, East Carolina University
2008 –         Owner Stuart Kent & Co. fine art & furniture and Stuart Kent Woodturner

Recent Selected Works in Permanent Collections
2019            MacFarlane Table, Office of the Mayor, Raleigh, NC
2018            Dix Park Donor Bowls, Dix Park Conservancy, Raleigh, NC
2017            Reception Desk, School of Business, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2016            Executive Conference Table, Benches, Small Conference Table, AHEC Greenville, NC
2015            440 Bowls from NC State Capital Building oak trees, NC Commerce Dept., Raleigh, NC

Recent Selected International Exhibitions
2019            Association of American Woodturners Symposium, Raleigh, North Carolina
2013            SWIISS (Stone, Wood, Iron International Sculpture Symposium), Heredia, Costa Rica
2011            25 Vessels, Imperial Centre for the Arts & Sciences, Rocky Mount, NC
2010            “Stone Color” Invitational Exhibition, Pedvale International Sculpture Park, Sabile Latvia
2010            Highpoint International Home Furnishings Market, Featured Exhibitor, Highpoint, NC
2007            International Wood Carving Symposium National University of Costa Rica, Heredia, Costa Rica
2005            SKULPTUURINÄITUS 2005 Group Exhibition, Sculpture Gallery, Tallin, Estonia

*to view my complete Curriculum Vitae please visit LinkedIn