Enroll in Practical Woodworking
Please be aware that this is an intensive course. We will be teaching and you will be working hard for all six days of the course. It is designed to teach woodworking as thoroughly, safely, and efficiently as possible to people who plan to practice woodworking in the future.
1. When do you want to take the class?
Take a look at our course schedule to determine which session you'd like to join. Keep in mind, our courses generally sell out a few months in advance of the run date.
If only one session works for your schedule and it's listed as 'sold out', don't despair. Send an e-mail and ask to be placed on the waiting list. We do have occasional cancellations in which case you will be offered the emptied bench, so there is a chance it could work for both of us!
2. Enroll in a Course: It's easy!
To enroll in a Practical Woodworking Course, just the button below and complete the enrollment form. Confirmation and complete enrollment instructions will be sent via email to you within 24-48 hours. If you don't see a response from us in the 48 hours following your submission, be sure to check your spam folder for our response!
3. Await your confirmation email
You should find it in your e-mail inbox within 24-48 hours. If you don't see it within a day or two, check your spam/junk folder. Our email addresses have been known to get caught in spam filters.
4. After you receive your confirmation
You'll need to print, complete, and mail (or email a scanned copy) an Enrollment & Liability Form (download here). Be sure to read and understand the Cancellation Policy included. Then, mail the form to us at: Lohr School of Woodworking, 242 N. Limerick Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473
Tuition Payment Requirements: We will send you an invoice along with your enrollment confirmation with all the payment information. Courses scheduled beyond 6 months from time of application only require a $50 non-refundable reservation deposit on tuition to hold your bench position. A 50% amount of the full cost of tuition & lumber (less your $50 deposit) due within 3 months of the start date. Any remaining balance on tuition is due 60 days before the course start date. Late payments can result in your bench position being given to students on the waiting list. To make a payment, visit our payment page.
5. What's next?
We don't have any accommodations on the premises so visit our recommendation page if you're coming from out of our area and looking for a place to stay. You'll also find a list of some things to do/eat in our area. Other than that, admire the course project page and course syllabus (which also lists required tools to bring) and just look out for our emails with additional info about the class as it approaches!
To Learn More:
To request general admission information about the course, all you need to do is send an email stating: "I am interested in taking a course" and any questions you may have! Such an email serves as no obligation to enroll. Please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete an inquiry form. Or feel free to call during business hours (7am-3:30pm on weekdays) at 484-552-8152.
Any student needing to cancel an enrollment at least 40 days in advance of their class start date will be refunded in full less the $50 reservation deposit. If the cancellation is made less than 40 days before the class start date, only the $85 lumber fee will be refunded. Please read our detailed Cancellation Policy for more information.
A personal note concerning course availability:
We find that folks are sometimes disappointed that they can't get into a course right away. It may take a while, but we are confident you'll find it is worth the wait. If your schedule is open and you’re eager, we encourage requesting to be placed on the waiting list of courses that are sold out.
Know that we are first and foremost professional furniture makers and that is the main focus of our work, hence the limited number of classes per year. This focus on our own studio work is what makes the classes a very practical experience for students, rather than a theoretical one. We have to make things quickly and efficiently with a superior quality and look that enables us to sell it. This real world focus is what drives the thoughtful, thorough, and effective structure of our courses. It is real world, get the job done safely and efficiently, serious, timeless woodworking.
We teach because we get such enjoyment out of it, our facility is perfect for instruction, and because we know there is a strong need for proper, long form education covering in-depth wood shop safety and technique. We've noticed that, with the exception of University Programs (which are usually impractical for the working adult), many schools seem to offer what we call "project specific courses and/or process specific courses" such as ‘Make a Dovetail Box’, ‘Make a Windsor Chair’, or ‘Tablesaw Safety’. There aren't many courses like ours that focus on the practical way to develop and apply a complete base of skills that will enable you to tackle just about any woodworking project.
If you haven't yet done so, take a quick look at our studio website and you'll learn more of what we are all about when we don’t have a class in the shop.