FAQs
Onsite Classes

I am considering taking an Onsite Class with Tom. What does that entail?

Our aim is not simply to teach you make to furniture, but to reveal and inspire the artist and craftsman inside you.

Here are the ways we approach fulfilling that vision.
• Experience woodworking in an active shop with a career fine furniture maker.
• Our teaching approach is based on the building blocks of an authentic apprenticeship experience
• Hands-on experience with the guidance of an experienced instructor or master craftsman
• New techniques are explained, demonstrated, practiced and then applied to real projects
• Every student gets their own bench
• Take home a tangible reminder and evidence of newly practiced skills
• Many of our classes are titled for the project you will be making, but the primary focus is on the new techniques and skills that will be explained, demonstrated and practiced as you create the project throughout the class.
• All materials will be provided with and prepped ahead.
• We use a balanced mix of hand tools and power tools to complete projects. You will learn to use both effectively and efficiently.
• You will have access to all the power tools you’ll need, however you will need to bring your hand tools with you. You can view the tool list via a link within each Class Description, and it will be provided to you as well at the point of registering.
• When applicable, a set of full-size drawings will be provide upon arrival at the class and are yours to keep.
• Homemade baked goods, coffee and tea are provided each morning, as is bottled water throughout the day.
• Our 30 x 60 shop is located in quaint Canterbury, NH, within an hour of New England’s best ski, hiking, biking, walking and snowshoe trails so you can tack that on to your week away. We are also an hour away from some beautiful beaches, lakes, and rivers, not to mention the rich history of this area. No matter the season there is something to explore!

 

What kinds of tools and supplies will I need to bring with me?

• We use a balanced mix of hand tools and power tools to complete projects. You will learn to use both effectively and efficiently.
• You will have access to all the power tools you’ll need, however you will need to bring your hand tools with you.
• After your register for the class you will receive a Tool and Supplies list highlighting the kinds of tools and supplies you will need to bring with you. You can also view this list within the Class Description for each class on our Schedule page.
• We have some extra hand tools here for people to use, but they are limited so you will have to share with others if you can’t bring your own. Our experience tells us you will enjoy the class more if you are gaining familiarity with some new techniques while working with the same tools you will be using later at home.
• Students spend some time early in the class learning to properly sharpen and tune up the tools used for the project, so even if you have a tool or two that is old and rusty, bring them along too.
• We do not provide an apron for students, but if you like to wear one, by all means, feel free to bring it!

What is the daily schedule and what are the shop hours?

8:00 AM    Doors open for free coffee/tea and fresh homemade baked goods!
8:30 AM    Class begins (on the first day however, please be here to sign in by 8:15 AM)
12:00 PM  Break for lunch
5:00 PM    Formal teaching is over for the day though sometimes the class day is extended if students need extra time.
6:00 PM    The doors are closed and we call it a day.

Between the hours of 8:00-8:30 AM and 5:00-6:00 PM the shop will be open for anyone desiring to work on their project, or practice their techniques. Please note that the machinery will not be available for use during these hours.

Note that the last day of a big project week is often a later closing time depending on how the projects have progressed through the week.

How many students per class?

We cap our class sizes at 8 participants so each one experiences moments of apprentice-like instruction. The heftier classes, skill wise, like the Pencil Post bed is capped at 6, and the Rocking Chair or Chairmaking classes we’re better to run at 4-6 as well. 

Can I read what former students say about Tom as an Instructor?

Yes, at the Testimonials page.

How is lunch handled?

Each person is on their own for lunch. There are a few local restaurants from which to choose (greek pizza and subs/salads, Subway, a quaint diner). Or if you prefer to bring your own snacks, or lunch, we have a small refrigerator and microwave on the premises.

When the weather is nice it’s really great to sit outside on the swing or pull up a stump and have a picnic! We live in a beautiful place and we love sharing it — especially if you are visiting from another part of the world.

What Onsite Classes are currently available?

The current class offerings are available at the Class Schedule page.

How much does it cost to take a class?

The overall price for a class varies depending on the number of class days, and the materials required. This year you can expect to pay about $145 per day, and a bit more for the classes that are more challenging projects and are better experienced in a class size setting under 8 students — such as the Pencil Post Bed or the Chairmaking type classes.

How are payments handled?

You have the option of paying in full, or submitting a 50% deposit at the time of registration. Your will be invoiced for the balance a 4 weeks before the class, with the balance being due 2 weeks before the class.

We accept payments online via Paypal. You do not have to have a Paypal account to use their system.

If you prefer, we are willing to accept a check as long as funds are received in a timely manner. Please email us to discuss payment in this form.

How do I register for an Onsite Class?

You have a couple options —

1) Access the a link to register within the specific class of interest when you are on the Class Schedule page.

2) There is a link to the Epic Store under the Classes pull down menu on the top right of the screen.

2) Simply visit the Epic Store and click on the Onsite Classes heading to view the offerings from that purchase point. There is also a link to the store on the footer section of every page.

Where are you located? (Directions)

Here’s the address to plug into the GPS:  336 Baptist Rd., Canterbury, NH
NOTE:  Be sure you select Baptist Road, and not Baptist Hill Road. They are different — you will not land in the same place!

Our shop is located 90 minutes north of Boston in the quaint New England town of Canterbury, New Hampshire. We are 1 hour south of the White Mountains, and 1 hour west of many beautiful ocean beaches, with ample lakes, rivers, and hiking trails nearby to explore.

Which airport would I fly into?

We are about 40 minutes from Manchester Airport (MHT). If you carrier does not fly to Manchester, Logan Airport in Boston (BOS) is your next best option. We are about 80 minutes from Boston, depending on traffic. In either case you will need to rent a car.

I will be flying, how will I get my project home?

Because of the size of some projects, such as the rocking chair, students will leave with the parts disassembled for ease of transport. Those flying will likely need to have the rocker parts shipped to their home. We can help you with the logistics of this process if you let us know that is a need.

Where can I stay while I am there?

Here are some options – a link is provided to connect you with each location.

Bed and Breakfasts
Canterbury Center Bed and Breakfast** — 5 min. away
• Black Swan Inn** — 20 min. away in Tilton

Hotels/Motels
Quality Inn** — 10 min. (Loudon)
• Best Western  — 15-20 min. (Concord)
• Comfort Inn — 15-20 min. (Concord)
• Courtyard Marriott  — 15-20 min. (Concord)
• Fairfield Inn — 15-20 min. (Concord)
• Holiday Inn — 15-20 min. (Concord)
• Residence Inn — 15-20 min. (Concord)

**Mention the discount for Epic Woodworking and get 10% off the std room rate (subject to blackout dates)

 

My family will be traveling with me. Are there things for them to do while I’m in class?

New Hampshire is known for its natural beauty. There are endless outdoor activity opportunities including hiking, biking, swimming in lakes and rivers, as well as the ocean, landmark and landscape sites places to see, shopping, etc. – not to mention that we are privileged to be close to some of the oldest historic sites in our country.

What if I have to cancel my reservation?

First of all, we are sure hopeful this does not happen, but in the event your plans must change, please visit the Policies page on our website for more information on payments and refunds.

FAQs
Online Classes

I am considering purchasing access to a Online Class with Tom. What does that entail?
Our aim is not simply to teach you make to furniture, but to reveal and inspire the artist and craftsman inside you.

Here are the ways we approach fulfilling that vision.
• Experience woodworking in real-time with a career fine furniture maker.
• A set of full-size drawings is included in the class fee.
• Each session involves 90+ minutes of Tom walking you step-by-step through the project.
• During the live stream participants can chat in questions for which Tom will address during the event.
• Each session is archived for unlimited access viewing in the future.
• It’s the next best thing to being here in the shop!
• Hands-on experience with the guidance of an experienced instructor
• Our teaching approach is based on the building blocks of an authentic apprenticeship experience
• New techniques are explained, demonstrated, practiced and then applied to real projects

How does the Live Stream process work?

• Soon after purchasing the online class you will receive an email with a link that will become active at the designated date and time of the live stream even.

• To view you must be logged into your Google/YouTube account, then click on the link we’ve sent in your email, or paste it into your Browser Bar. You will arrive at the Video Watch page. (If you have any trouble please contact us.)

• We ask that you honor the purchase and do not share the link with friends or family. Access can be purchased by others who are interested as well.

Can I review a sample of a Live Stream event?

Yes, click here to watch a sample of a Live Stream event pulled from Session 4 of the Craftsman Style Rocking Chair Online Class.

What resources do I need to be able to work through the project to completion?

Access to the internet is necessary so you can tap into the Live Stream event through a Google/YouTube account. We will use the email address of that profile to confirm your permissions to participate in the live stream. Å private link to access the event will be sent to you by the day of the stream.

If you plan to make the piece along with Tom, you will obviously need access to a shop with various power and hand tools. With your registration a set of hand-drawn full-size plans will be sent to you to complement the project you’ve chosen.

The plans are particularly helpful for guiding you step-by-step through construction, and they come with a list of supplies and tools needed to complete the piece according to Tom’s instruction.

If you prefer to purchase the plans for the project and build without the online class training, they are available separately through the Epic Store.

Can I contact Tom for advice while I’m building the project?

At this time Tom cannot field general questions from individuals, but in the months to come will be offering a form of exclusive access within a community forum, so stay tuned for those details. For now, participating with Tom in the online class is a great way to get that close up experience with him as a woodworking coach.

What Online Classes are currently available?

The current class offerings are available at the Class Schedule page.

How do I register for a Online Class?

You have a couple options —

1) Access the a link to register within the specific class of interest when you are on the Class Schedule page.

2) There is a link to the Epic Store under the Classes pull down menu on the top right of the screen.

2) Simply visit the Epic Store and click on the Online Classes heading to view the offerings from that purchase point. There is also a link to the store on the footer section of every page.

How is payment handled?

We accept payments online via Paypal. You do not have to have a Paypal account to use their system.

If you prefer, we are willing to accept a check as long as funds are received in a timely manner. Please email us to discuss payment in this form.