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.

Our 2015 Summer School (12 Jan-8 Feb) offers a wonderful variety of courses packed into a three week period, with something to suit just about everyone.

Michael Fortune returns to teach two intensive master classes; sculptor Anna Korver will run a beginners and intermediate sculpture workshop, her father Geoff Korver will teach both a letter carving and a chip carving workshop and our very own David Haig will teach a 4 day workshop where you create a stylish hanging shelf system using clever laminating techniques. For the first time we will also be offering a two day upholstery workshop from Perth based Randa Ibrahim a.k.a The Chair Woman. Check the full details of our Summer School workshops here - and start planning a summer break to beautiful Nelson where there are many other summer events on offer as well as woodworking - sunshine, beaches, great food and wine, and the 2015 International Chamber Music Festival.

During the rest of the year we run a wide selection of weekend workshops, short courses for beginners and intermediate level, an 8-week Beginners Intensive, Acoustic, Classical and Electric Guitar Making courses, a Summer School 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.

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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