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I have many skills from basic carpentry to advanced building skills. I have designed everything from birdhouses to homes. I have designed and built many tools to include CNC machines. I am skilled in all wood working tools from chisels and hand saws to routers and bandsaws. I also owned a general contracting company in Alaska for 10 years and was licenced in building, plumbing and electrical work.

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I owned a contracting company in New Mexico and Alaska and have designed and built many items from custom doors and furniture to decks and homes. I also worked for Habitat for Humanity in Texas building homes for those less fortunate. I am skilled in many trades such as carpentry, plumbing and el

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Private Carpentry Lessons Near You

If you love working with your hands, the idea of designing and making your own objects — from ornate jewelry boxes to sturdy dining room tables — and if you aren't afraid of splinters, then you'll love spending time in woodworking lessons! In woodworking lessons, you'll learn the skills and techniques that'll give you the power to transform wood into useful, beautiful objects. Woodworking skills include wood carving, carpentry, finishing, joining, cabinetry, wood turning, and more. 

Skilled woodworkers have the ability to make just about anything. You can carve cogs to complete a completely functional wooden clock. You can build your own house or repair the leaky windowsill in your current place. You can make furniture, make art, or both, using techniques, skills, and craftsmen traditions that are almost older than time itself. 

Why Learn Carpentry?

Learning woodworking is equal parts practical and artistic. If you're mostly interested in the art of woodworking, you can practice carving figurines, focus on inlay and finishing work, or think about using creative, innovative designs. In classes, you'll want to focus on finishing techniques and finer details. 

Woodworking's practical side can be quite lucrative. You'll have the skills to take on work as a carpenter. You'll be able to submit bids on repair and building jobs. You can also start your own woodworking business, selling your unique furniture designs or outfitting new businesses with custom-designed furnishings. 

The Best Way to Learn Woodworking and What You'll Study in Classes

Sure, you can find lots of free woodworking classes, videos, and tutorials online, but the best way to learn carpentry is with a private woodworking teacher. You'll have individualized help selecting the right tools and setting up your woodworking shop. You'll also receive immediate feedback that'll help you avoid making costly mistakes on your first projects. 

Plus, every private class is different, as private tutors customize lessons to meet each student's needs. For example, woodworking lessons for kids differ greatly from woodworking classes for adults, in terms of tools used, methods taught, and course content. You'll stay motivated and interested, while you learn at a pace and level that feels comfortable and safe for you. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Woodworking

If you're new to carpentry and woodworking or maybe only learned a few basics in your high school shop class, then you'll feel most at home in beginner lessons. In these classes, you'll learn how to select and use the right tools for the job at-hand. You'll also be introduced to some basic woodworking techniques that, used creatively, will allow you to make almost anything! Depending on your current woodworking knowledge, your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Setting up your woodworking space
  • Introduction to selecting and using tools safely
  • Prepping lumber and working with the grain
  • Right-angle cuts, hand-cut mitres, and chopping joints
  • Basic finishes

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Woodworking

If you're familiar with your tools, know how to use them safely, and feel confident using basic carpentry techniques, then intermediate lessons are for you. In these classes, your teacher will introduce you to more complex, challenging techniques. You'll start experimenting with different materials and tools, and challenge yourself to complete more difficult projects. Your teacher might cover the following topics:

  • Mortise and tenon joints and dovetail joints
  • Cutting dados and curves
  • Router techniques
  • Introduction to turning
  • Learn how to laminate wood

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Woodworking

Advanced lessons provide highly skilled woodworkers and carpenters to take their talent to the level of craftsman (or craftswoman). In these lessons, you'll have the opportunity to expand your skill set, perfect your techniques, and escalate your finishes. Topics covered in advanced lessons depend greatly on the student's interests and goals, but your teacher might cover the following:

  • Achieve master craftsmanship
  • Learn the art of cabinetry
  • Working with inlays: techniques and materials
  • Crafting unique pieces
  • The business of carpentry and woodworking

How to Find a Woodworking Teacher Near You

If you're ready to start crafting your own masterpieces, you'll be able to learn all the tricks of the trade with a private woodworking tutor. TakeLessons makes finding a woodworking teacher easy! A quick search will direct you to a list of woodworking teachers who offer lessons near you and online. Look for a woodworking tutor with experience in the type of carpentry that interests you most — whether that be building cabinetry or learning to make hand-crafted furniture. We recommend browsing through several profiles and reading reviews left by other students, before you select a teacher.

The price of woodworking classes varies, but most private teachers charge time-based rates. With a variety of teachers to choose from, you'll have no problem finding someone who fits your budget and your schedule. Plus, you'll find that investing in lessons with a private teacher pays off fast, as you learn new skills and techniques quickly. You'll be able to craft beautiful heirloom pieces or start your own carpentry business in no time!