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 to make your stay here a memorable experience.

We run a wide selection of weekend workshops and short courses for beginners and intermediate level, an 8-week Beginners Intensive and Guitar Making courses. 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 Furniture Makers' Programme is a full-time 32-week intensive course split into four eight week terms which has been designed and developed by practicing furniture makers and teachers and is intended for the serious woodworker.

Master Classes are available for the more skilled woodworker and we are proud to offer an impeccable line-up of tutors David Haig, John Shaw, Michael Fortune, Brian Reid & David Upfill Brown. During 2016 & 2017 there will be some very exciting opportunities to take your skill to the next level.

Please contact us if you are interested in any of our courses – we pride ourselves in offering an inclusive, versatile and interesting programme suited to all skill levels, and we look forward to seeing you here in the workshop.

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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