Photos of My Newly Finished Woodworking School

//Photos of My Newly Finished Woodworking School

Wood And Shop traditional woodworking school with 10 workbenches and antique hand tools

The Wood and Shop Traditional Woodworking School is finished, so I wanted to share these photos so you can see inside! 10 workbenches fill the school, which includes six Moravian workbenches, two traditional Roubo workbenches, one French pine bench, and one Swedish made workbench. This lovely maple workbench top was cut last year by a guy down in North Carolina:

figured maple moravian workbench top

I recently finished installing these wagon-style tail vises, made by my friend Will Myers. They glide sooo smoothly!

coffin smoother hand planes sitting on a woodworking workbench

Wagon tail vise on a moravian workbench

I had a lot of joints to cut, including twenty of these wedged tenons…and just about twenty of every joint:

Moravian workbench wedged tenons key tenons

I built tongue & groove tool shelves below four of the workbenches to hold many of the hand tools required for the woodworking school:

Lower shelf of a woodworking workbench filled with antique hand planers

moulding planes and hand planes on a workbench shelf

Nine of the benches have traditional leg vises with maple vise screws:

maple leg vise on a moravian workbench

Will Myers Shaker candle stand class at wood and shop traditional woodworking school

Will Myers will be teaching a class this May on building the Hancock Shaker Candle Stand (a few spots left…register here). It’ll be an incredible class where students will learn many valuable skills, including basic wood turning, sliding dovetails, using bow saws & compass planes & spokeshaves, etc.

Will Myers Shaker candle stand class at wood and shop traditional woodworking school

 Here are the classes that are scheduled for 2018 so far:



May 4-5: “Make a Custom Dovetail Saw with Tom Calisto”

May 10-12: “Building the Hancock Shaker Candle Stand with Will Myers”

May 25-26: “Restoring Wooden Handplanes with Bill Anderson” 

May 31-Jun 2: “Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking with Joshua Farnsworth”  (FULL)

Jun 16: “Make a Moravian Dovetailed Footstool with David Ray Pine”

Jun 23: “Build a Pair of Heavy-Duty Sliding Dovetail Saw Benches with Joshua Farnsworth” 

Jun 28-30:  “Introduction to Hand Tool Woodworking with Joshua Farnsworth”

Jul 7: “Wood Joinery by Hand with Joshua Farnsworth”

Jul 13-14: “Make an 18th Century Panel Saw with Tom Calisto”

Jul 20-21: “Make a German Shave Horse with Ervin & Willie Ellis” 

Jul 27-28: “Make a Moravian Dovetailed Candlebox with David Ray Pine”

Jul 30-31: “Make Try Squares, Bench Hook, Winding Sticks, Donkey’s Ear & More with Bill Anderson” 

Aug 15-18: “Building a Dropleaf Pembroke Occasional Table with Bill Anderson”  (FULL)

Aug 21-25:  “Building a Classic Walnut Wall Cupboard with David Ray Pine” 

Sep 7-8: “Make a Custom Dovetail Saw with Tom Calisto”

Sep 19-22: “Make the Canterbury Shaker Side Table with Will Myers”

Oct 17-20: “Make a Sailor’s Tool Chest with Tom Calisto” 

Nov 2-3: “Restoring Wooden Handplanes with Bill Anderson” 

Nov 13-17: “Make a Cherry Shaker Wall Cabinet with Joshua Farnsworth

moulding planes and chisels on a shelf in woodandshop woodworking school

Here are some historical shelves & tills that I’ve built to hold the large variety of hand tools for the school.

antique hand saws on a blue saw till

Blue Hand Saw Till and Hand Planer Tool Cabinet with hand planes hanging from the bottom

Scrubbing a rough board with a fore plane or scrub plane

Here are some nice winter images of the woodworking school:

snowy exterior of wood and shop traditional woodworking school

Snowy exterior at wood and shop traditional woodworking school

Snowy exterior at wood and shop traditional woodworking school

I hope you can come out and join us for some classes!


About the Author:

Joshua loves mixing his passion for traditional hand tool woodworking with his ability to teach in a simple manner. He lives on a small farm in Earlysville, Virginia with his wife and four children, and builds furniture in his workshop / woodworking school.

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Matt McGrane

Congratulations, Joshua. I’m sure this has been a long time coming. I’d love to get the chance to head east and take a class some day.


Congratulations Joshua! The school looks amazing. Between the outstanding curricula and the first-rate instructors it is easy to see why so many of your classes are already at or near capacity.

I wish you nothing but success.

Dave W.
Potomac Antique Tools and Industries Association

William Brown

Bravo. Joshua, this is incredible. Everything looks really wonderful. I greatly admire what you have done and I’m sure you will have great success. I’d like to come out myself for a class! I’ll keep you in the loop re. the ‘FineFurnitureGallery’. It’s been a lot of work but should be a great boon to the many small shop furniture makers who want to expand sales to a high end market. I hope to get it up and going soon. We would benefit so much from your impeccable photography and production skills. –Wm. Brown

Alan Taylor

Awesome pictures! Can’t wait to find a time when I can join in on a class!


This is so beautiful. Love the care you’ve taken over every element – a passive teaching element to all future students. Congratulations.

Kevin Drevik
Kevin Drevik

Looks great. Looking forward to my class in the fall.

Is there a reason it is on Fri and sat, and not sat and sun?

Christopher Orso
Christopher Orso

Wow, looks awesome. And love Will’s wagon vise! I hope to see those available for sale one day.


Congratulations Joshua, it’s more than clear from the photos that you put heart and soul in this project. I have a question for you: I live in Italy. How feasible would it be for an outsider like me to take some classes there? I’m talking about a hotel and a couple of restaurants around the area, whether I need to rent a car or if I can get by with public transportation, Uber/taxis, and so on. Thank you.


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