The Woodshop at The Shelburne Craft School is a heated, 3,000-square-foot space beaming with natural light. Woodworkers have access to band, table, chop, and hand saws, tool sharpeners, hand tools, routers, a joiner, a planer, lathes, a steam bender, and clamps. The shop is equipped with work benches, air filtration and dust collection.

Woodshop Manager: Chris Ramos

ADULT: Shaker Hall Table
Instructor: Chris Ramos and Ryan Cocina
Learn a comprehensive introduction to woodworking, this course explores basic principles of lumber selection, hand-tool and machinery usage, milling, joinery, and finishing. You will build a Shaker-style hall table, taking the project from blueprint through completion, while gaining familiarity with the woodshop environment.

SPRING 2017: 10 Weeks, Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm,
10 Classes, Materials: $100, Members: $424, Non-Members: $465
April 5- June 14, no class April 26

Register Here

SUMMER 2017: 9 Weeks, Wednesdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm,
Materials: $100, Members: $381, Non-Members: $418.50
July 12- September 6
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ADULT: Woodworking 2 Independent Project
Instructor: Rob Palmer
10 Classes, Materials: $35, Plus wood, Members: $424, Non-Members: $465
Further develop woodworking skills in an independent study format. Examine a specific technique or simple concept you are wanting to learn about. Explore concepts in design, materials, and tool usage. Planning, consulting, and wood selection are conducted before class begins. Students purchase their own wood.

SPRING 2017: 10 weeks, Thursdays, 6:00pm-9:00pm,
April 6- June 15, no class April 27

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Forest to Furniture with Shelburne Farms
Instructors: Chris Ramos, Shelburne Craft School Wood Shop Manager and Marshall Webb, Woodlands Manager, Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Farms is home to 400 acres of northern hardwood stands and softwood plantations of pine and spruce. Throughout the year, we cultivate our community knowledge of environmental forestry, including this class designed to give you the chance bring a piece of the Farm home.

Throughout the weekend, you’ll build a rustic table or bench out of a piece of wood from a tree grown on the Farm. Begin your experience by exploring and learning about the source of your table — the Shelburne Farms forest. Select your wood and learn how to craft it into a personalized table or bench for your home. Lessons will cover handtools, power tools, and the uses of oil and water-based finishes. Prior woodworking experience is helpful, but not necessary.

Summer 2017, 2 days, Saturday 9 AM – 6:30 PM,
Sunday 9 AM – 5 PM, June 10-June 11
SOLD OUT, Click HERE to be added to the wait list

Branch to Spoon: at Rokeby Museum or The Shelburne Craft School
Instructor: Robert Palmer
Cost: $100 plus $60 Hand tool cost *you will keep the hand tools
Come join us for a day of spoon carving on our campus or at the Rokeby Museum (see workshop for location).  We will carve spoons from locally sourced green wood using hand tools and traditional Swedish carving methods. We will begin by identifying appropriate species for carving spoons and other utensils. Once identified we will look for the bend in the branch that fits the type of spoon we wish to make (eating, serving, cooking), adhering to the adage “form/function follows fibers”. From there we will split the branch in half, and after discussing the anatomy of a spoon, draw the desired shape. Then the carving begins!  Using straight and crooked knives, we will coax the spoon from the branch one slice at a time until the desired shape has appeared. We will discuss how to safely and effectively use a variety of tools such as carving knives, crooked knives, gouges, coping saws and hatchets. Carving a spoon from a branch is a meditation on form and function and you will leave with a beautiful object that you will cherish for years to come. Once you have used your hand carved spoon you will want to carve every utensil in the kitchen.

Spring 2017: Shelburne Craft School, 1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, April 8 – Register Here
Summer 2017: Rokeby Museum, 1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, June 3 – Sold Out
Summer 2017: Shelburne Craft School, 1 day, Saturday, 10:00am-4:00pm, August 26 – Register Here

Wood Shop Rental:
The renter program is a great way for craft students and experienced community members to access our fully equipped woodworking shop to work on their independent projects.  CLICK HERE

Cancellation Policy

All classes must be paid for one week before the beginning of class. Refunds are given one week prior to class, 20% is non-refundable. No refunds for classes you miss during a session. We will not prorate the cost of a class for classes missed. For workshops, you must cancel one week prior to class for a refund (minus the 20%). A full refund will be given if we cancel a class due to low enrollment.

Winter Cancellation Policy: We follow the Shelburne Community School closing for adult day and after school classes, and office closing  CLICK HERE for up-to-date info.  If you are enrolled in an evening adult class or weekend workshop your instructor or a staff member will be in touch.  We will also post on our Facebook page.

Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates are a wonderful way of sharing the joy of making with someone. Gift certificates can be purchased in any amounts.  Great for classes, summer camps, the gallery and more. CLICK HERE to purchase online.



The Woodworker-in-Residence Program provides an incubating environment for emerging woodworkers with the goal of beginning their own woodworking business. By providing affordable shop access, the program provides participants an opportunity to develop their portfolio, client base, and business model.

Current Woodworkers-in-Residence

Jim Kay
Rob Palmer
Ryan Cocina
Matthew Ogleby

To inquire about the Woodworker-in-Residence CLICK HERE

Community Renter Program:

The renter program is a great way for craft students and experienced community members to access our fully equipped woodworking shop to work on their independent projects.  We offer two levels of renter access:

Standard Renters: $125/month

Tuesday and Friday evenings, 5p-9p

Saturday and Sunday, 9a-9p

Please contact the office 985-3648, or email Chris, wood shop manager ( with any questions about joining.  Positions are limited, so sign up soon!

Renter Plus: $175/month

Tuesday and Friday evening, 5p-9p

Saturday and Sunday, 9a-9p

Including one weekday 9a-5p

  • Use of all equipment
  • Professional quality machinery
  • Community hand tools
  • Lumber and project storage
  • Key-code access
  • Scheduled monitoring and assistance

Please contact the office 985-3648, or email Chris, wood shop manager ( with any questions about joining.  Positions are limited, so sign up soon!


Tools On Hand:

  • Chop Saws
  • Table Saws
  • Jointer
  • 20 inch thickness Planner
  • Routers
  • Drill Press
  • Band Saws
  • Belt Sander
  • Lathes
  • Hand Sanders
  • Metal Chop Saw
  • Large Selection of Hand Tools
  • Dust Collection
  • Finish Room
  • Clamps
  • Sharpening Stones
  • Various Jigs