The Centre for Fine Woodworking

New Zealand's premier furniture making, woodworking & design school


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The Centre for Fine Woodworking is a registered charity with the principal aim of offering high quality tuition in fine woodworking - New Zealand's premier teaching environment for woodworking, furniture making and design.

The school is located in the beautiful Nelson region, nestled into the hillside with a stunning view of Tasman Bay and the western ranges. Nelson has plenty to offer the visitor, and we are happy to work with you in finding suitable accommodation as well as other non-woodworking activities so that your stay here is a memorable experience.

We run a wide selection of weekend workshops, short courses for beginners and intermediate level, an 8-week Beginners Intensive and a full time Furniture Makers' Programme. All of our courses and workshops have a very low student to tutor ratio, so you quickly gain an extremely high skill base for follow-on courses, or for your own personal journey towards becoming a woodworking professional or enthusiast.

The range of workshops and short courses include tool making, carving and project-based courses, where you take home the inspired piece of furniture you make.

The full time furniture makers' programme has been developed by a team of professional woodworkers and tutors with extensive teaching and training experience. During the nine months spent here in the workshop, you will learn all the main technical elements of fine furniture making and create a collection of work which will be the foundation of your portfolio.

Contact us to discuss the perfect course for you.

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Physical location and postal address
The Centre for Fine Woodworking Trust,
465 Wakapuaka Road, R.D.1. Nelson 7071 (See Map)
E-mail:, phone: +64 3 545 2674


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