National Schools/Workshops

This national schools offer a range of educational opportunities for people’s differing skills levels and learning styles. For further resources, the Ohio Valley Woodturners Guild also maintains an extensive school list.

  • Anderson Ranch is located in Snowmass Village, Colorado and a place where artists of all levels come from across the country and around the world to explore new ideas, hone their art making skills and engage in meaningful dialogue. It has a limited number of woodturning workshops and is fairly expensive but offers a beautiful setting.
  • Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts is a well known place of education, over a century old and located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. It provides opportunity for people of all skill levels to spend a weekend, a week or two weeks immersed in the study of a variety of media and forms of expression, including woodturning courses.
  • The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is located in the coastal village of Rockport, Maine and offers one and two-week workshops, twelve-week and eight-week Intensives, a Nine-month Comprehensive and more. They have several woodturning courses, including “Turning Intensive” an eight-week course lead by professional woodworker Beth Ireland, who demonstrated at our club in 2017.
  • Craft Supplies USA is located in Provo, Utah and has provided craft supplies since 1982. It runs the Dale L Nish School of Woodturning, which offers state-of-the-art workshop facility and a full calendar of two, three, and five day classes taught by staff, as well as Signature classes taught by internationally recognized turners. In 2018 their Signature classes include: Stuart Bay, Nick Agar, Jimmy Clewes, Glenn Lucas, Mike Jackofsky, and Mike Mahoney.
  • Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is located in Deere Isle, Main and offers intensive studio-based workshops (from short workshops to two-week sessions) in a variety of craft media including woodturning.  Check their catalog for yeary offerings.
  • John C. Campbell Folk School is located in Cherokee County, North Carolina and offers a unique combination of rich history, beautiful mountain surroundings, and a catalog that includes a range of crafts–including woodturning, cooking, and blacksmithing—making it a great choice if you have a partner or friend interested in a non-woodturning experience.
  • Marc Adams School School of Woodworking is located in Franklin, Indiana and is a highly professionally oriented school that teaches students how to use state of the art woodworking equipment and offers an MASW Master program. It offers several woodturning workshops in 2018.
  • Mt. Diablo Woodturning Center is located in Pleasant Hill, California and offers woodturning classes (ranging from a few days to weekly sessions) throughout the year.
  • North House Folk School is located in Grand Marais, Minnesota and teaches traditional northern crafts in a student-centered learning environment. It’s approach is rustic–in fact, they only recently added powered lathes—so it appeals to students looking for a back to the land, authentic approach. Their calendar includes several woodturning courses for 2018.
  • Peters Valley School of Crafts is located in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey) and enriches lives through the learning, practice, and appreciation of fine crafts. Between May and October each year, Peters Valley offers over 125 intensive 2-5 day long workshops, including woodturning workshops taught by Graeme Priddle, Curt Theobald, and others.