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Forum topic by Klickitat posted 07-18-2013 05:14 PM 1020 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-18-2013 05:14 PM

I have a good sized amount of money for school. I am looking to go back to school and I would really like to go back and learn some of the finer details of wood working.

I am looking for a good school between Portland, Or and Seattle, WA along I-5. I just happen to live half way between the two.

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#1 posted 07-18-2013 05:34 PM

Just putting this out there. With many existing forums like LJ, books and actually doing woodworking and furniture building as you need to/want to, you can learn all of the finer points of woodworking for VERY LOW COST at a VERY FAST RATE if you are 1. determined, 2. hardworking, 3. resourceful, 4. relatively smart, and 5. consistently focused. Even better and faster if you have a personal very experienced mentor. In this context, you don’t need to pay to go to woodworking school, IMHO. If you learn best in a practical class environment, and/or need the formal educational paperwork for industry and/or for academia and/or professional clout, then others here can make some good recommendations I’m sure. If a future commercial woodworking enterprise interests you, seriously consider an INDUSTRIAL DESIGN course of study – this will include fabrication/assembly efficiency, processes and materials study spanning wood, metal work, plastics, design, CAD, etc. Take your time to explore this option if you’re planning the ‘big picture’ for future design/build endeavours. My 2 cents.

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#2 posted 07-18-2013 08:40 PM

I was a journeyman carpenter and millwright/fabricator for 15 years before I started blowing out hernias. I have 2 quarters of AutoCAD under my belt and have a pile of money set aside for school. The money can ONLY be used for tuition and nothing else. I am wanting to go back to school but nothing really interests me other than woodworking. I have a small shop filled with hand tools, band saw, table saw and jointer. Also I have a nice milling machine and welder and then there is my full on black smithy.

Schooling for me is not just about learning some new things or filling in gaps, but schooling is as much about networking as anything else.

I do LIKE the idea of industrial design and possible just design in general.

Now if I can find someone locally or semi locally in the area that wants to mentor, that would even be better in my book.

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#3 posted 07-18-2013 11:54 PM

Understood. Wood is good.

-- Perfection is the difference between too much and not enough.

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#4 posted 07-19-2013 12:14 PM

This one is a little specialized but maybe something like this would float your boat. I’ve seen some of their projects and the woodworking skills are unquestionable.

It’s just outside of Port Townsend.

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#5 posted 07-19-2013 12:29 PM

This link list some schools in both OR and WA, but I am not familiar enough with that area to know if they are in your desired area.

Also, you might try some of the local colleges and universities. They may have some woodworking or furniture making classes hidden in the art department or the like.

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