Florida School of Woodworking
Featured School: November 2022
AN OPPORTUNITY TO CRAFT…
The School of Woodwork offers classes for people of all skill levels to spend a weekend or a week immersed in the craft of woodworking, furniture making, and wood carving.
Students have the opportunity to study with nationally-recognized makers who teach specific workshops, as well as local full-time instructors who work together to provide a thorough educational program.
The workshops are exceptionally well-equipped, and students can work safely and confidently in a supportive environment.
Our student base is really diverse, and people from all walks of life come together to enjoy the craft in a beautiful historic workshop.
FSW Instructor Michael Fortune
FSW Front Workshop
FSW Student Working
WHERE THINKING AND DOING COME TOGETHER…
The heart of our mission is to nurture and sustain this creative spirit of woodworking craftsmanship. We do this by providing the best possible education and environment for people who want to engage in soul-satisfying crafts. A place where “thinking” and “doing” come together.
On behalf of all of the instructors who deeply love this craft, I invite you to come and experience the Florida School of Woodwork.
FSW Kate Swann with shop dog Wiley
FSW Company Car
FSW Benchcrafted Bench with student tool rack
Executive Director Kate Swann founded the program in 2004 to meet the requests of local aspiring woodworkers. The School began as a one on one program in a small 600 square foot shop under the auspices of Franklin St Fine Woodwork. The school then moved to its present location in 2010.
Over the years, student enrollment and class offerings have steadily increased and today the School offers year-round classes. Students come from across the country and from abroad to learn a broad array of woodworking topics.
Our students are hobbyist, amateur, and professional woodworkers with diverse backgrounds who come to study woodworking traditions combined with modern technology. We encourage students to design their own projects and build to their aesthetic as they develop their skills and competencies.
Our instructors are professional woodworkers with exceptional technical expertise and patient, open teaching skills. We seek out teachers who have demonstrated significant design and technical skills in their own body of work. Our instructors come from across the United States, England, Japan and Canada.
FSW Student using a japanese saw
FSW Welsh chair in progress
FSW Instructor Frank Strazza 2
The Florida School of Woodwork is located on the edge of downtown Tampa in a completely renovated building from the 1920’s that is on the national historic register. When we did the renovation, we were careful to keep the character of the building and you’ll find unique and delightful elements of this during your time here. You won’t be working in a windowless, metal building, you’ll be working in a light-filled, comfortable space with character and history. We keep our classes small so there is lots of interaction with the instructor, space for you to work, and the opportunity to enjoy your time. You won’t be lost in a crowd.
Florida School of Woodwork – All of the classes are taught in a remarkable workshop on the edge of downtown Tampa. The workshop is in a completely renovated building from the 1920s that is on the national historic register. When we did the renovation, we were careful to keep the character of the building and you’ll find unique and delightful elements of this throughout the building Student work in a light-filled, comfortable space with character and history. We keep our classes small so there is lots of interaction with the instructor.
INSTRUCTORS who teach at the school