The Wood Technology Program delivers a comprehensive educational experience that is the basis for training in fine woodworking. In the program courses, all skills required of a woodworker are taught including: furniture and cabinet construction, furniture drawing and detailing, wood technology, machinery, turning, carving and crafts. All courses are 3 semester credits and satisfy Breadth of Knowledge (BoK) Fine Arts requirements. Students can fulfill these general education requirements while leaning time-honored skills in a fully equipped woodworking shop.
All skill levels are welcome in the courses offered. The curriculum provides full instruction on all woodworking tools and machinery used to create the project assigned. Students with woodworking capability will enhance their skills with advanced techniques and methods from the experienced instructors in the program.
Certificate opportunities are offered in the program but all courses are open to majors from all colleges and non-matriculated students. There are no prerequisites to enter the beginning level courses. All courses utilize hands on learning to craft the fine furniture or art objects assigned in the course.
The Wood Technology Program is in the College of Engineering and Applied Science found on OneStop in the discipline of CBMK - Cabinet and Furniture Making. Courses meet one day per week at the UC Victory Parkway Campus.
The specialty course areas of instruction are:
- Furniture Construction courses teach the safe operation and skill development to create fine furniture.
- Furniture Drawing provides instruction in all types of drawing: free-hand sketching, manual drafting, CAD (computer-aided drawing) and 3D computer modeling.
- Wood Technology courses include three separate and independent course offerings that cover the broad subjects of materials, machinery and finishing.
- Wood Crafts courses instruct students in the making of beautiful Shaker oval boxes and other craft items.
- Wood Turning introduces students to techniques required for furniture making and turned wood art objects.
- Wood Carving teaches the fine craft of carving using hand tools to create finely crafted objects. Students learn the techniques developed centuries ago and continue to be used today.
- Windsor Chair courses are a unique two-semester sequence devoted to build one heirloom quality Windsor chair. It is required to take both Windsor Chair courses to complete the project and an intermediate skill level is necessary.