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.
2023 schedule of craft classes
April 14 - 16, 2023 Classic Bentwood Firewood Carrier/Holdall; fundamental skills of green woodworking
- long weekend/3 days, level 1, + $ 25 materials fee (this class is FULL)
April 24 - 28, 2023 Tool-making for Woodworkers with blacksmith Lucian Avery (this class is FULL)
- 5 days, level ?, + $ 40 materials fee
May 4 - 7, 2023 - Hand Hewn Greenwood Bowls - 4 days, level 2+, $ 25 materials fee (this class is FULL)
June 5 - 11, 2023 - Make a Chair From a Tree - 7 days, level 2+ or 3, + $ 50 materials fee (this class is FULL)
June 17 & 18, 2023 - Small Greenwood Projects weekend; fundamental skills of green woodworking
- 2 days, level 1, no materials fee (this class is FULL)
June 22 to 25, 2023 - Woods Wheelbarrow Construction - 4 days, level 1, + $ 75 materials fee (3 spots open)
July 2 - 8, 2023 - Welsh Windsor Stick Chairs - 7 days, level 2+ or 3, + $ 120 materials fee (1 spot open)
July 13 - 16, 2023 - Broom & Dustpan Making - 4 days, level 1, + $ 40 materials fee (1 spot open)
July 22 to 29, 2023 - Curtis Buchanan Shaved Windsor Side Chair - (this class is FULL)
8 days, level 3, + $ 160 materials fee
August 7 to 12, 2023 - Spoon Carving Intensive - 6 days, level 1, no materials fee (4 spots open)
August 31 to Sept 5, 2023 - Small Coopered Wooden Buckets - 6 days, level 2, $ 35 materials fee (3 spots open)
September 10 - 15, 2023 - Maine Gum Boxes & Decorative Chip Carving with Kenneth Kortemeier & Daniel Clay
- 5 days, level 1, + $ 25 materials fee (this class is FULL)
LINK to: Class descriptions page
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 -
tuition - $145 per day
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