Maine Coast School of Traditional Woodworking offers classes for 2021
April 1, 2021 | 4:11 pm UTC

Maine Coast Workshop offers expert instruction in traditional woodworking skills in a well-equipped shop in scenic Camden, Maine.

Camden, ME -- Maine Coast School of Traditional Woodworking is offering a full slate of classes for 2021. The school was launched last year, but classes wound up cancelled because of the pandemic.

William Francis Brown, the school’s founder, says classes are back on for the 2021 season, and he urges people to visit scenic coastal Maine to widen their woodworking skills.

“Learn a new skill, working with your hands to make beautiful furniture and carvings,” said Brown. “Featuring the world’s finest makers and teachers, we are located in the historic district of the lovely seaside village of Camden, Maine. Voted a top 10 vacation destination each year by Down East Magazine and Conde Nast, Camden is called ‘The jewel of the Maine Coast’ and is the perfect place to bring the family and to learn a new skill.”

Brown says the school’s focus leans toward traditional craft, but the curriculum includes some contemporary projects as well. This year the focus is heavy on woodworking and carving. In addition to the classes listed here, the school will also offer Windsor and ladderback chair making, furniture finishing, sharpening skills, and more.

Maine Coast Workshop fulfills the long held dream of award winning period furniture maker William Francis Brown.

The school is the fulfillment of longstanding dream for award winning period furniture maker William Francis Brown (

“We plan to introduce additional traditional crafts in future years, such as Nantucket basketmaking, bookbinding, floor cloth making, and much more,” said Brown. “We plan to offer scholarships to young folks who show an interest in learning hand skills.”

He said instructors at the school have “won every award there is” and come in from across the USA. “Our aim is only the very best quality instruction,” he said. “We welcome all skill levels including beginners in many of our classes.

Maine Coast Workshop’s 2021 Class schedule for 2021 includes:

  • June 14-18-Alexander Grabovetskiy (Florida) – Classical Carving Fundamantals
  • June 19-21-Marty Leenhouts (Minnesota) – Chip Carving from a Master
  • July 5-9-Frank Strazza (Texas) – Marquetry and Inlay
  • July 12-16-Mary May (South Carolina) – Acanthus Carving ‘Deep Dive’
  • August 9-14-Matt Kenney (Massachusetts) – Make a Kumiko Tea Cabinet
  • September 13-18-Ray Journigan (Virginia) – Make & Carve the iconic John Elliott Chippendale Stool
  • October 3-9-Alf Sharp (Tennessee) – Make a Queen Anne Chair
The school is located in the scenic coastal village of Camden, Maine, which is a popular international tourist destination.

Class size will be small to maximize personal attention. Spots are still available but are filling fast, so register now.

Registration and extensive information on the classes, instructors, lodging, the Camden area, the shop, is available at or call William Francis Brown at 434-907-5427.


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William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editor of FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.