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In Ohio, students can find woodworking classes through certificate and associate's degree programs offered by public colleges and universities. Additionally, individuals may choose to take select courses open to students who have not declared a woodworking major. Programs concentrate on the hands-on skills needed to work with wood, including an understanding of using tools and equipment, keeping safety in mind.
Below are brief overviews of two schools' courses and programs, along with an easy-to-read comparison table with information about schools and costs.
Miami University - Oxford
The main campus of Miami University, located in Oxford, offers an introductory course in woodworking. This is a lower-level art class that provides training in the use of hand tools and machinery.
Through the Art Center, the university also serves as home to a fully equipped woodshop, available to students, faculty and members of the community (minimum of 18 years old). Students have access to both hand and machine tools, and hardwoods are available at an additional charge. Members who have not completed the basic woodworking course must attend a 1-hour safety orientation.
University of Rio Grande
Through the School of Engineering Technologies, this Rio Grande university offers both a certificate and an associate's degree in fine woodworking. The program emphasis is on hands-on, professional experience, and the facilities are similar to those found in a custom furniture store. Each student has access to a personal workbench, as well as woodworking equipment and machines. In addition to the tuition, students must purchase their own hand tools and supplies, including finishing materials and hardware.
The certificate program takes one year to complete and includes an introduction to woodworking basics, casework and joinery. In addition to woodcarving and woodturning, students learn how to cut shapes, work with jigs and finish furniture.
A similar course of study can be found in the 2-year associate's program, where students also learn about first aid and safety procedures. Along with the general education core, the curriculum includes topics in accounting and small business management.
School Comparison: At a Glance
|School Name||School Type & Setting||Woodworking Programs Offered||Undergraduate Tuition & Fees (2015-2016)|
|Miami University - Oxford||4-year, public; fringe town||Basic Woodworking Course|| $14,287 in-state*;
|University of Rio Grande||4-year, primarily associate's, private not-for-profit; rural|| Certificate in Fine Woodworking,
Associate of Applied Science in Fine Woodworking Technology
Source: *NCES College Navigator