Private Hands-on Classes

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Two friends enjoying their time together in one of Chuck Bender's private hands-on classes.Private hands-on classes are now available on a limited basis. Whether you want a solo day in the shop with Chuck, or you’ve got a friend or two that wants to spend a week making a unique project, you can now schedule your custom class.

The time in the shop is yours, use it the way you want. If you’d like to focus on developing your carving skills, a bit of inlay, or finish that wedding gift you started five years ago, the time is now.

Private Hands-on Classes

Up to three people can participate in Chuck's Private Hands-on Classes.Most people look at my class schedule and either find the project or skills class that inspires them, but maybe you’re the kind of person that likes to take the path less traveled. Perhaps I offered the class you desperately wanted to take at a time that wouldn’t work for you, or the course was full. With the introduction of my Private Hands-on Classes, you can now customize your time in the shop more than ever before.

Choose from one day to an entire week. You can include a friend or spouse for the same price. Or bring a couple of friends at a special discounted price. It’s easy to schedule your private hands-on class. Scroll through the calendar above and click on the start date that works for you. From the dropdown selectors choose the number of days (from 1 to 5) you’d like for your class, then add yourself and a second or third person. Book Now!

Chuck will be in touch to discuss exactly how to customize your private hands-on class.


Materials are not included in the class fee.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.

The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm.

Private Hands-on Classes are limited to a maximum of 3 students.


1 review for Private Hands-on Classes

  1. Robert Shaw (verified owner)

    I completed a 5-day private hands-on class with Chuck Bender. I built a 2-shelf display cabinet out of 100 year old “wormy chestnut.” Chuck was highly professional and made me feel quite comfortable working with him. He answered all my questions and showed me how to do all the steps needed to construct this cabinet, as well as, how to interpret the plans I brought with me. In fact, the scope of his knowledge was such that the suggestions he made in the construction of this piece actually improved upon the written plans . His shop was well equipped and comfortable. I would highly recommend this course and felt it was worth the time and money spent. Plus, I brought home an awesome piece of furniture! As an added perk, Chuck’s lunches were excellent and the town of Jim Thorpe was definitely worth a visit.
    Bob Shaw
    March 2022

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