Centre for Fine Woodworking

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



Welcome to the Centre for Fine Woodworking.

The school was established in 2006 with the principal aim of offering the highest quality of tuition available in fine woodworking – New Zealand’s premier teaching environment for woodworking, furniture making and design.

The school is a not–for–profit organisation, with charitable status granted back in 2008 in recognition of the importance of preserving and passing on the time-honoured craft of fine woodworking to future generations of craftspeople.

We run a wide selection of courses – weekend workshops, project-based short courses for beginners and intermediate level, an 8–week Beginners Intensive, Master Classes, occasional guitar making courses and a full time Furniture Makers’ Programme.

Download the 2019 short course programme here.

The school offers an unparalleled opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and practice of fine woodworking, in a world–class facility under the guidance of highly experienced tutors and internationally renowned woodworkers.

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 is a region of diverse natural beauty attracting visitors from far and wide, and is well known for its beautiful climate, good fresh food, fine wine, craft beer, and vibrant creative community. We are happy to work with you in finding suitable accommodation as well as other non–woodworking activities to make your stay a memorable experience.

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.


Michael Fortune
Artist in Residency & Open Studio

Michael Fortune
Artist in Residency & Open Studio programme
13th January – 21st February 2020

Michael Fortune is a regular tutor at the Centre for Fine Woodworking in New Zealand, and we are offering an exciting opportunity to those who would like to spend six weeks of uninterrupted time dedicated to creating their own new design or concept, working alongside Michael in a highly motivated, encouraging and open studio environment.

Artist in Residency & Open Studio programme – Downloads