he Chattanooga Woodworking Academy is a non-profit professional woodworking school that trains individuals to become master woodworkers, able to shape wood for any purpose – from building log cabins to creating fine furniture.
The program is a four-year course of study where the training is hands-on and students participate in professional commission work from the beginning, as their skills develop. Students learn craftsmanship from the ground up, starting with hand tools, and then power tools as they progress.
Classes are built around a half-day schedule so students can intern and take jobs in the woodworking profession. Class schedule is from 8 am to 12, noon, Monday through Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are left open for students to take part-time work.
Under the leadership of Director Bill Carney, a nationally known award-winning woodworker and teacher in Eastern Tennessee, CWA has made a significant impact in the greater Chattanooga woodworking industry.
he Chattanooga Woodworking Academy will develop Master Woodworkers, skilled in all aspects of the profession. Graduates will have business and marketing acumen to promote themselves and their products in the marketplace, will know how to set up and efficiently run a wodworking shop for building furniture, cabinets, milling, etc., and will possess the skills and craftsmanship to produce the highest quality of woodwork. Further, graduates will be able to work in the field in the capacity of Manager, Designer, Project Manager, or highly skilled Master Craftsman.