The Centre for Fine Woodworking

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


Welcome to the Centre for Fine Woodworking

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

We run a wide selection of short courses and a full-time programme with low student to instructor ratios, 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 short courses include tool making and maintenance courses, as well as project-based courses, where you take home the inspired piece of furniture you make.

The full time programme has been developed by a team of professional woodworkers and tutors with extensive teaching and training experience. It progresses via a series of projects covering all the main areas of fine furniture making.

Contact us to discuss the perfect course for you.


To help you plan your course options please download the pdf document which gives a 2014 year planner of both the Short Courses and Full Time Furniture Makers' Programme.

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Centre for Fine Woodworking      
PO Box 1452      
Nelson, New Zealand      
phone: +64 3 545 2674      


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Street Address
The Centre for Fine Woodworking, 465 Wakapuaka Road, RD 1, Nelson 7071 (See Map)
Postal Address
Centre for Fine Woodworking, PO Box 1452, Nelson 7040, New Zealand. E-mail:, phone: +64 3 545 2674,
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