Woodworking Certificate

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Please note: We are still planning details for the 2018 Woodworking Certificate. The 2017 syllabus and description is available for reference but there will be some changes.

Yestermorrow's 11-week Woodworking Certificate program gives amateurs and aspiring professionals a solid grounding in woodworking and furnituremaking techniques, led by Yestermorrow's talented and nationally recognized faculty.  Skills learned in the Certificate program include design and drafting, wood selection and preparation, joinery, traditional hand skills, sharpening, power tool techniques, and finishing. The curriculum has a strong focus on the integration of design in the woodworking process, part of Yestermorrow's core philosophy of design/build.

The Certificate begins with an analysis of trees and the wood they produce, an overview of felling and milling practices, and an introduction to the tactile essence of working with green wood. The program then moves into the realm of Cabinetry, in which students become oriented to the tools of the woodshop and basic principles of wood movement and layout. Additional program segments include Beginning Furnituremaking, Green Ladderback Chairs, Joinery, Boxmaking, Care & Repair of Shop Machines, Design/Build Process, Intermediate Furniture Techniques, and Wood Finishes. The program culminates in a two-week studio where each student will design and build a piece of his or her own choosing.

The Program Director of the Woodworking Certificate is Justin Kramer.  Segment instructors include Nick Zandstra, Andrew Russell, Kate Casey, Jesse Cooper, Joel Taplin, Tess Thomas, Randy Taplin, and other guests.

For the complete Woodworking Certificate information packet please click here

All experience levels are welcome; however we recommend that absolute beginners complete Yestermorrow's Intro to the Woodshop, Powertools for Women, or an equivalent class or training program prior to enrolling.

We will be accepting applications until April 30th, 2018. If there is still space in the program after this date, we will accept applications on a rolling basis.


AIA Credit Courses, Architectural Craft and Woodworking


Beginner, Intermediate


  • Sterling College: 15 Continuing Education Units ($1950 additional)
  • American Institute of Architects (AIA): 358 Learning Units

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