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Fine Woodworking

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Fine Woodworking

Do you have that itch to do something creative working with wood; do you have that desire build a hand-crafted wooden boat, a custom home, original cabinets, fine furniture, or something even more creative?  You have some wonderful options that include everything from an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Certificate of completion degrees in area s like cabinetmaking, carpentry, or marine carpentry.  There are programs that offer everything from classes that develop employment skills to evening classes for those who are interested in learning do-it-yourself.

Seattle Central Community College

Seattle Central Community College – Wood Technology Center is a really good place to start your exploration.  South Central Community College is rated as one of America’s top five community colleges.  The Seattle Central main campus serves about 10,000 students each quarter

Wood Technology Center

The Wood Technology Center which is part of the SCCC campus offers a comprehensive, technical, and state-of-the-art training facility designed especially for the wood construction and woodworker professions in Washington State.  Core programs provide vocational education to the public and local industry in cabinetmaking, carpentry, and marine carpentry.  Go to the Wood Technology website for more details

Fine Woodworking

The program is a five-quarter Cabinetmaking and Fine Woodworking program bringing students to a level where they are employable in the cabinetmaking, furniture construction, and fine woodworking professions. The course curriculum combines technical instruction with shop experience; student projects are structured to provide actual hands-on experience in the shop.

Cabinetmaking and Fine Woodworking program, more in-depth info.

Costs, more in-depth info


This is a four-quarter Carpentry program designed to prepare students for employment as apprentice carpenters. The Carpentry program focuses on hands-on experience where students work on full size building and remodeling projects (with a crew) while learning the carpentry trade. Students get a solid grounding in the theory behind each task or technique. You’ll learn the basics of residential construction, from blueprint reading and site prep to roof vents and trim fitting.

Carpentry Program, more in-depth information

Marine Carpentry

This is a six-quarter Marine Carpentry program with the goal of prepare students for employment in wood and composites boat building, boat repair, or a related trades. This is a practical hands-on education. Students learn the craft by working on assigned boat projects. The class atmosphere is similar to an actual boat building shop. The Marine Carpentry class has been offered since 1936

Marine Carpentry, more in-depth information

Contact Information

Seattle Central-Wood Technology Center

2310 S. Lane

Seattle, WA 98144

PHONE: (206) 934-5460

Wood Technology Center website


Faculty listing with instructor biography’s


You are welcome to visit the Wood Technology Center where you can watch student projects take shape, meet instructors, or discover what equipment is available.  Tours are offered at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays while school is in session.  Call (206) 934-5460 to make an appointment.

Other Programs

Washington offers other opportunities to develop the same skills outside of Seattle.

Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding

251 Otto St.

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Contact: William Curry

Phone: 360-385-4948


 Port Townsend School of Woodworking

200 Battery Way

Fort Worden State Park

Port Townsend, WA 98368

Phone: 360-344-4455


Puget Sound Woodworking, LLC

105 Avenue A

Snohomish, WA 98290

Phone: 425-328-6311


The Woodworking School

5813 152nd Ave. Ct. E. #104

Sumner, WA. 98390

Contact: Roger Goad

Phone: 253-862-6571



  1. The SCCC campus center sounds like a real treat for a lover of woodworking. The carpentry program sounds interesting.

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