Our mission is to share our knowledge and provide world class educational experiences, in a fun, comfortable, and safe environment.
Our goals are to have our students gain fundamental abilities and appreciation for the processes of woodworking, that will allow them to build upon their confidence, skills, and creativity beyond our woodshop.
Our best-selling class, this deep dive provides the beginning woodworker a solid foundation in wood shop safety, proper use of hand and stationary power tools, project design, wood selection, and much, much more. We will provide you with a multitude of tips and tricks for how to become an efficient and accomplished woodworker. Our goal is to shave many years off of your learning curve.
This course is designed to prepare you to execute your own projects at home, or to provide you with the foundation you need to start doing more complicated and ambitious work here with at Puget Sound Woodworking.
Building on the skills and capabilities explored in the Fundamentals of Woodworking, this intermediate level class is designed to bring in new skills and more complicated fabrication techniques. Students will build a set of end tables, constructed from black cherry, rock maple, ebonized black walnut, and ebony, with the opportunity to choose additional figured hardwood species and details. Each student will also build and use a mortising jig, to be constructed with apple ply, and includes all hardware. Both power and hand tools will be used.
Have a project idea? Available to students who have successfully completed the Fundamentals of Woodworking course, or its equivalency.
Students will gain an understanding in all phases of design, material selection, determination of sequences, construction process and finishing.
Project ideas are subject to approval.
Stuck in a process? Outside of class sessions, we provide a range of general shop services at a flat fate of $60/hour with a one-hour shop minimum. Services may range from a consultation on setting up your own shop, design assistance, mill work, etc.
For safety, lumber brought in from outside sources will be evaluated prior to any tool use.
Looking for that unique piece? We take on a limited number of custom projects each year.
10 out of 10 would recommend. Had a blast every day i was there and learned more than enough to start woodworking on my own. The teacher is insanely knowledgeable and he really just wants to see people enjoy this craft as much as he does.
- Taylor C.
I took Derrick's introductory course early this year and it was worth every penny! He introduces you to all the critical power and hand tools with a focus on safety, efficiency, and deftly explains WHY you're doing each step at a digestible level that you just won't find watching youtube or reading articles alone. He really covers the bases well, remains easily approachable and open to all questions, and is great at turning minor mistakes into learning opportunities along the way. I'll definitely be back for the intermediate course soon and highly HIGHLY recommend you check this guy out if you're seriously considering getting into woodworking.
- Dustin H.
Derrick is a fantastic teacher!
What we learned in a week was incredible! Derrick has a great breadth and depth of woodworking experience and thus insight into the progression of woodworking. It is this insight and his enthusiasm that makes him great at teaching those who want to learn. Whether you are experienced or just beginning- Derrick and his woodworking school will make you comfortable around power tools and give you confidence to go and create on your own!
- Shelia V.
Just spent a week vacation at PSW. I took the Intermediate class with Derrick and made 2 night stands in one week. Derrick knew I was coming 9 hours for this class and agreed to run it as a one-on-one class and let me tell you, This was the best week vacation I have ever had. Don't get me wrong it was a lot of work but such an enjoyable, relaxing class. I want to thank Derrick for taking this on! I know it wasn't as profitable as normal but man we had a blast!! ohh and the BBQ was great!!! I will be back for more!!!
- Dave J.
I took a week-long class with Derrick, and it was amazing. I learned a TON from this master woodworker, and had a lot of fun doing it. Class sizes are small, so you'll get a lot of one-on-one time and clear instruction. If you are interested in woodworking, this is a GREAT class to take. I absolutely loved it, I learned a lot, and it gave e a lot to think about in terms of my own personal path as a woodworker. I give PSW my very highest recommendation -- it was a great week!
- Christopher P.
My husband and I just finished our first class with Derrick in Fundamentals of Woodworking. We learned about shop safety, how to correctly operate various machines, choices in buying and so much more, all in a week! We also came away with a stunning tool-carry box made of cherry wood that we made ourselves. Derrick Burke is extremely knowledgeable and a good, patient instructor. If you are seriously considering taking up woodworking, you will not find a better place to learn. Thank you, Derrick.
- Nancy Z.
I was looking to take my woodworking skills to the next level. With Puget Sound Woodworking, I was able to do that and then some. I continue to take more classes to improve my skills and be able to build a much better final product. I also discovered that I can save a lot of time by using the right tool to begin with. PSW gave me great advice on what to use and when to use it. This saved me not just money but a lot of time. The outcome of course, was that I am able to build far better projects on my own. I would recommend Puget Sound Woodworking to anyone looking to improve their woodworking skills in a great atmosphere or even a beginner just starting out. My time spent with PSW has been great and I always look forward to the next class.
- Brooke G.
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