How to Enroll in Practical Woodworking
1. When do you want to take the class?
Take a look at our course schedule to determine which session you'd like to join. Keep in mind, our courses generally sell out three to four months in advance of the run date.
If only one session works for your schedule and it's listed as 'sold out', don't despair. Send an e-mail and ask to be placed on the waiting list. We do have occasional cancellations in which case you will be offered the emptied bench, so there is a chance it could work for both of us!
2. Enroll in a Course
To enroll in a Practical Woodworking Course, reserve your bench position by clicking the button below and completing the form. Confirmation and complete enrollment instructions will be sent via email to you within 24-48 hours. If you don't see a response from us in the 48 hours following your submission, be sure to check your spam folder for our response!
3. Await your confirmation email!
You should find it in your e-mail inbox within 24-48 hours. If you don't see it within a day or two, check your spam/junk folder. Our email addresses have been known to get caught in spam filters.
3. After you receive your confirmation
- You'll need print and complete an Enrollment & Liability Form (download here). Be sure to read and understand the Cancellation Policy included. Then, mail the form to us at: JD Lohr School of Woodworking, 242 N. Limerick Road, Schwenksville, PA 19473
- Tuition Payment Requirements: For courses running within the next 5 months, we require a minimum 50% tuition & lumber fee deposit within 15 days of receiving confirmation. Courses scheduled beyond 6 months from time of application only require a $50 non-refundable reservation deposit on tuition to hold and reserve the course for yourself with a 50% amount of the full cost of tuition (less your $50 deposit) due within 6 months of the start date. Any remaining balance on tuition is due 60 days before the course start date. Late payments can result in your bench position being given to students on the waiting list. To make a payment, visit our payment page.
To Learn More:
To request general admission information about the course, all you need to do is send an email stating: "I am interested in taking a course" and any questions you may have! Such an email serves as no obligation to enroll. Please email your request to email@example.com or complete an inquiry form. Or feel free to call during business hours (7am-3:30pm on weekdays) at 484-552-8152.
Any student needing to cancel an enrollment is refunded in full less the initial $50 reservation deposit providing the attending student cancels his/her enrollment at least 40 days in advance of the run date of the course. Please read our detailed Cancellation Policy for more information.
A personal note from Jeffry Lohr concerning course availability:
"I am often called by folks that are disappointed that they can't get into a course right away and are dismayed that I only offer9 classes of11 students each per year. However, the persistent aspiring woodworker should indeed be able to land a slot in one of my courses. It may take a while, but I am confident you'll find it is worth the wait and the effort you put into it."
"All should remember that I am first and foremost a professional furniture maker and that is, and what will remain, the main focus of my work, hence the limited number of class offerings. This focus on my own studio work is also what makes me a very practical teacher rather than a theoretical one. Making furniture is how I make my living. I don't play at it. I have to make things quickly and efficiently and at the same time with a superior quality and look that enables me to sell it. This real world focus is what drives such a high interest in my Practical Woodworking 101 course offering. It is real world, nuts and bolts, get the job done safely and efficiently, serious woodworking."
"I teach because I get as much enjoyment out of it as my students, my facility is perfect for instruction, and also because I know there is a strong need for what I have to offer. I've noticed that, with the exception of University Programs which are usually impractical for the working adult, many schools seem to only offer what I call "project specific courses and/or process specific courses" such as make a dovetail box, make a Windsor chair, or a jelly cupboard. There aren't a heck of a lot of nuts and bolts courses such as mine that focus on the practical way to develop and apply a complete base of skills that will enable you to tackle just about any woodworking project."
"If you haven't yet done so, take a quick look at My Furniture Gallery and you'll learn more of what I am about. Once you see what I actually do, perhaps you will better understand the reason why there are a limited number of courses available. Remember, be persistent and you'll make it into my school."