We offer classes in traditional woodworking using hand tools in our timber framed,
solar powered school building here on the Pemaquid Peninsula in Bristol, Maine.
We are committed to keeping our class size as small as possible (4 students + our intern)
to foster a truly connected learning environment.
- our 2024 craft classes schedule -
April 15 - 17, 2024 Classic Bentwood Firewood Carrier/Holdall; fundamental hand-tool skills & green woodworking
- long weekend/3 days, level 1, + $ 25 materials fee (THIS CLASS IS FULL)
April 24 - 28, 2024 Tool-making for Woodworkers with Blacksmith Lucian Avery; blacksmithing, metal working, tool making - 5 days, level 2+, + $ 40 materials fee - tuition for this class is $165 per day (3 SPOTS OPEN)
May 4 - 11, 2024 - Make a Chair From a Tree; fundamental green woodworking skills - 8 days, level 2+ or 3, + $ 55 materials fee (1 SPOT OPEN)
- May 12th to June 9th, MCCS MAINE BUG BREAK ! -
June 10 - 14, 2024 - Hand Hewn Greenwood Bowls - 4 days, level 2+, $ 25 materials fee (THIS CLASS IS FULL)
June 20 - 23, 2024 - Easy-Peasy Chair Making, Bill Coperthwaite's 4 board chair; fundamentals of hand-tool use & design - 4 days, level 1, $ 75 materials fee (THIS CLASS IS FULL)
June 29 & 30, 2024 - Small Greenwood Projects weekend; fundamental hand-tool skills & green woodworking
- 2 days, level 1, no materials fee
July 7 - 13, 2024 - Welsh Windsor Stick Chairs; hand-tool chair making - 8 days, level 2+ or 3, + $ 120 materials fee
July 19 - 21, 2024 - Hanging Lidded Salt Box; fundamental handcraft skills - 3 days, level 1, + 15 materials fee
July 29 to August 3, 2024 - Maine Gum Boxes & Decorative Chip Carving with Kenneth Kortemeier & Daniel Clay
- 6 days, level 2, + $ 25 materials fee (THIS CLASS IS FULL)
August 12 to 16, 2024 - Carve your Magic Loving Gift - the Swedish Folk Art Tradition of the Carved Distaff with guest instructor Jögge Sundqvist; handcraft skills, precision carving & knife grips - 5 days, level 1, + $20 materials fee - tuition for this class is $ 200 per day (ONE SPOT OPENED ON 11/20/23)
August 24 - 29, 2024 - Small Coopered Wooden Buckets; hand-tool skills & design - 6 days, level 2, $ 45 materials fee (2 SPOTS OPEN)
September 6 - 8, 2024 - Fall Fermenting Weekend / make & fill your own sauerkraut kit, with Kenneth & Angela Kortemeier; homesteading & hand crafting skills + tool making - 3 days, level 1+, + $45 materials fee
September 14 - 18, 2024 - American Folk Art - Ornate Carved Tramp Art Box; hand-tool skills & design - 5 days, level 1, + 45 materials fee (2 SPOTS OPEN)
- tuition per day is $145 for all classes taught by Kenneth.
- Lucian Avery's Tool Making for Woodworkers tuition is $165 per day.
- Jögge Sundqvist's class is $200 per day tuition.
Please get in touch with us via email if you are planning to register for a class!
Please note - classification levels 1 through 3 are about the expected level of exertion -
Level 1 is definitely accessible to people of average strength and endurance.
Level 2 requires a bit more stamina.
Level 3 is our most physical class.
(These levels are not about skill or experience - our classes in general are accessible to people of all skill levels.)
Because we are teaching traditional wood working and all of our classes involve the use of hand-powered tools, there is a level of physical fitness and (hand) strength necessary to complete certain projects.
- All necessary tools and materials are provided for all classes. Students are welcome to share lunch with us.
- All classes taught by Kenneth Kortemeier unless otherwise indicated.
- Class size is generally limited to 4 students plus our intern.
- Classes start at 9am and run until 5pm.
to register for a class, please print out a registration form,
read it carefully, fill it in, sign it and mail it to us with your $200 deposit.
(and feel free to email us to tell us your plans too)
- we have a waiting list for full classes, please be in touch -
Please note special tuition costs:
Lucian Avery's class tuition is $165 per day.
Jögge Sundqvist's tuition is $200 per day.
tuition - $145 per day
for classes taught by Kenneth Kortemeier,
plus any materials fees, if applicable.
2 day class - $ 290
3 day class - $ 435
4 day class - $ 580
5 day class - $ 725
6 day class - $ 870
7 day class - $ 1,015
8 day class - $ 1,160
all classes taught by Kenneth Kortemeier
unless otherwise indicated.
- use of tools is included,
lodging is not -
PRINTABLE REGISTRATION FORM here