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Students and Faculty of the Chicago School of Woodworking

Update – The Spring session has been canceled and enrollment has been transferred to the Early Summer session which will start the week of June 1st. Some students have requested refunds others have taken a credit for a future session. The current situation is uncertain, so if you are registered and wish to postpone to a later session, please email shaun@chicagowoodworking.com no later than May 15th. Students wishing to enroll should email requesting to be placed on the waiting list. Include the preferred day/time.

After careful consideration, and based upon guidance from national and local health officials, the Chicago School of Woodworking will be closed from March 16 through March 30, 2020. Please note all classes will be cancelled as well as all open shop time. We believe we will be able to reopen on March 30 but this will be subject to conditions at that time. Please consult the website for further information.

We intend to make up the missed classes by extending the session to May 30. The following session will start one week later than usual, on April 1. In the interest of fairness, a credit (good for one year) or a refund of $460.92 ($475 minus PayPal expenses) will be offered to anyone who wishes to completely cancel their class for this session.

We understand this will be an inconvenience to many but feel that maintaining the health of our woodworking community is paramount. If you have questions, please consult the website (chicagowoodworking.com) or contact Shaun Devine at shaun@chicagowoodworking.com or 773-275-1170.

Thank you for your patience and cooperation


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Furniture Making

Our most popular classes are focused on building the foundations of woodworking through our 101, 102 and 103 class series. Each class builds on the skills learned in the previous.

Specialty Classes

Looking for something more specific? In our specialty classes learn how to build a guitar, how to design your own furniture, and unique styles like woodturning. Both beginner and advanced classes to choose from.

Speakers and Cabinetry

Are you the DIY type? If store bought cabinets or speakers aren’t your thing, learn how to craft and build custom speakers or cabinets for your house.

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Attend a Specialty Seminar

Looking to learn something new, but not ready to commit to a 9-week session? Seminars typically last several days and only meet on weekends.

Basics of Segmented Wood Turning
Chip Carving
Chip Carving
Band Saw Boxes
Band Saw Boxes

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The Space

A 13,500 square foot woodworking school located in the Norwood Park neighborhood on the northwest side of Chicago.

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What Our Students Are Saying

Kathleen Shaw
Martha Anderson

Chicago School Of Woodworking rocks! We have made some absolutely beautiful pieces with expert guidance from the instructors at CSW. The owners, Shaun and Mark, are both talented woodworkers who stress safety and who help you develop an appreciation for the beauty and artistry of working in wood while teaching you the basics of working with a table saw or router.  There is traditional woodworking – creating tables and boxes and cutting boards – but there is also turning, chipping, cabinetry, bandsaw projects and more. The shop is large, the equipment is well maintained and the dust collection is state-of-the-art. Does it sound like I like the place? I’m nuts about it, and you will be, too. Sign up for a class, you will be glad you did – no matter what your skill level.

Mike Hernandez

After researching several different woodworking programs, I decided to give the Chicago School of Woodworking a try.  I quickly realized I had made the right choice.  Besides being extremely talented woodworkers, the entire staff is devoted to passing on their knowledge and passion of the craft.  The courses I have taken have given me the understanding and confidence to make this a lifelong hobby.  Whether you are an experienced woodworker, or new to it as I was, the Chicago School of Woodworking has something to offer everyone.

Scott Zelinka

If you’re new to woodworking, the introductory courses provide the basic fundamentals where Mark and Shaun provide instruction in a friendly, mentoring way – answering your questions, providing guidance and tips, while creating an enjoyable learning experience as you develop you skills. The weekend seminars are an excellent way to sample different aspects of woodworking to find your passion and interest – and take home a crafted item you’ll be proud of. If speaker building interests you, you’ll not only learn about various different speaker designs & theory, construction methods, materials and their relationship for accurate sound reproduction from the expert, Nick Artemakis, but also make a pair of custom, highly crafted, high quality sounding speakers. For me, the best part of CSW is their very affordable open shop time to pursue your own project at your pace in a clean, organized, well equipped workshop, and getting the expert guidance from a friendly staff of instructors when you need it!

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