Furniture Making Courses
Welcome to Philadelphia Furniture Workshop, a tax exempt, nonprofit, full service teaching studio for those interested in woodworking. PFW's goal is to provide a broad range of hands-on classes for woodworkers of all levels, including beginners. Throughout the year, furniture making courses are offered on weekends and in the evenings. In the summer, PFW offers week-long project based courses targeted to differing skill levels at our woodworking school. Come work in one of the finest shops while learning both beginning and advanced skills.
Current woodworking instruction tends to primarily focus on either machine work or hand work, and many woodworkers tend to embrace either one or the other at the beginning. This singular approach can limit the scope of one’s work, and one might never develop his full creative potential. Here at PFW our goal is to open doors for our students, not close them. We believe that the most enjoyable and successful woodworking is achieved by striking a balance. We teach the use of machinery and power tools for the preparatory and mechanical aspects of a project in order to achieve the best results in a safe and efficient manner, and then turn to hand tools and other traditional techniques. It is these hand tool methods that permit the distinctive details and refinements which will elevate your project from the common to the outstanding.
So no matter your skill level, interest, or direction as a woodworker, the Philadelphia Furniture Workshop has much to offer. Come join us and learn furniture making and woodworking skills in a supportive and invigorating studio environment. Our school provides instruction in furniture making such as woodturning course or lathe woodturning techniques, how to use a plane (planecraft), tablesaw techniques, mortise and tenon joint classes, dovetail classes, techniques in veneering, chisel techniques, and instruction in finishing such as French Polishing and Oil and Varnish. There are many more woodworking courses so check our calendar to see them all.
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop has hired an Executive Director: Craig Vandall Stevens. He starts on July 1 and the team at PFW is excited to have Craig on board. Look for new courses in the near future as Craig's work and design skills are implemented into the PFW offerings. For a preview of things to come, take a look at Craig's website.
2018 PFW Schedule
We've been hard at work updating the winter calendar with some new courses as well as classes that have been offered in the past at PFW. Here's the calendar, showing the courses scheduled for the early part of the year. Here's a small sampling of what we've got lined up.
Bending Wood and Working with Curves - Explore bent laminations, steam bending, and making curved panels in this 2-day Bending Wood and Working with Curves workshop. Through demonstrations and hands-on work, participants practice a variety of bending techniques and methods for working with curved components. Weekend of Feb. 24.
Craftsman's Tool Chest - Woodworkers can always use a small, accessible cabinet to store their frequently used tools, measuring devices and supplies. Our Craftsman's Tool Chest is a compact chest, made of maple or cherry, and joined with sturdy finger joints. MLK weekend of Jan. 13.
3-Leg Stool - Explore the essential fundamentals of the wood lathe while creating a beautiful 3-Leg Stool with a free-form seat. The stool, echoing the fluidstyle of Wharton Esherick's famous design, is a satisfying project that covers the basics of woodturning, including the safe use of the wood lathe and lathe tools. Weekend of Jan. 27.
Hearth Bench - In this two-day course students build a Hearth Bench. It's perfect as a bench for sitting in front of a fire or for use as an occasional table. Clean, minimalist lines give rise to a simple and attractive bench. By splaying the legs with compound angled tenon shoulders, the visual volume of the piece is kept small while ensuring a stable perch. Wedged tenon joinery completes the bench with a traditional detail. Weekend of Feb. 3.
Notice -- In administering its affairs, educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and other school programs, Philadelphia Furniture Workshop does not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status (special disabled veterans, disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans), or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law or local law.
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop
A Woodworking School for PA, NJ, NY, DE & MD
Woodworking Classes and Furniture Making Courses for those in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware and Maryland
5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19144