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, short courses for beginners and intermediate level, an 8-week Beginners Intensive, Guitar Making courses and our flagship Furniture Makers' Programme.

At the end of January/early February 2016 for our Summer School programme we are delighted to announce the return of Michael Fortune, Designer/maker, teacher and mentor who is one of Canada’s most respected and creative contemporary furniture masters. Michael will be offering a series of Master Classes - places are strictly limited with Early Bird option available to Friends of the School.

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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