Fine Woodworking


The Fine Woodworking (WW) Certificate is a multi-faceted program founded in 1997 for beginners and experienced woodworkers. The curriculum is designed to give students the essential knowledge and basic skills that will enable them to be successful in their woodworking experience, whether as an employee, a self-employed professional, a building contractor or a hobbyist. 

Courses are designed to enhance both woodworking abilities and employability, with particular emphasis on safety in the work environment, attention to design and detail, accuracy and efficiency in the construction process, and quality in the finished product. 
The Certificate in Fine Woodworking consists of 10 courses (3 credit hours each). Students take 5 core classes consisting of Basic Woodworking, Furniture Design & Construction, Fine Cabinetmaking, Spanish Colonial Furniture and Wood Shop. Students also choose 5 elective courses selected from a dozen woodworking and other classes (Woodcarving, Wood Sculpture, Chair Design and Construction, Wood Lamination and Bending, Advanced Furnituremaking, General Carpentry, etc.).

Woodworking courses are not limited to what you see in the current schedule of classes—our “Topics” (WW 293) classes are provided for elective credit on a variety of specific subjects of interest to our students. Some examples from the past include Santo Carving, Door Making, Bed Making, Decorative Boxes, Hand Tools and Wood Joinery, Wood Picture Framing and Advanced Table Making.

This program is only available at UNM-Taos branch. Financial aid is available for qualified students.

Chair: James Rannefeld



  • Certificate in Fine Woodworking—30 credit hours

Current Course Offerings

Schedule as of July 10, 2020