Learning at Mountain Woodworker
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At some point every woodworker starts learning the skills used to create beautiful and sturdy projects. Sometimes the choice of tools and materials, or how to approach a woodworking project can be daunting, even to experienced woodworkers.

However, learning woodworking isn't difficult. Using the techniques and skills he learned from his grandfather and father, and the knowledge gained through his own woodworking, Phil Rasmussen will take you, step-by-step, through each course starting with the basics and moving to advanced techniques.

Students will use both hand and power tools to complete course projects. While each course focuses on traditional woodworking skills, students will also explore non-traditional approaches and skills. As each course progresses, there will be breaks for instruction, guidance, and to discuss important aspects of the skill being worked on. By the completion of a course, students are expected to have substantially completed their respective projects.

Most courses begin on Monday mornings. Classes start at 9am in the morning and end around 4:30pm in the afternoon with a 30-45 minutes lunch break. Coffee and sodas are available during the day.

For most courses, tools, materials, and instructions are provided. However in some courses students may have to provide their own tools and materials.

At Mountain Woodworker we offer three types woodworking courses taught by Phil Rasmussen.

  • Private One-on-one Instruction
  • Small Group Instruction
  • Customized Workshops

Our studio is located just outside of Hendersonville, NC and minutes from Asheville, NC. The area has many amenities including bed and breakfast inns, hotels, fine dining, antiquing, and other shopping. Golfing, zip-lines, tubing, hiking, fishing, and whitewater opportunities abound.


Private One-on-one Instruction
Private, one-on-one, instruction can be arranged in our shop as our schedule permits. Advantages are customized offerings, hands-on work, and my undiluted attention. A typical day involves 2-4 hours of lecture and demonstration and the remainder of the day is devoted to hands-on. Students are encouraged to interact with me as needed for coaching. The most popular arrangement has been two days of plane making instruction. Other topics have included dovetailing, dovetailed box with a frame and panel lid, tools and techniques, wall cabinet, and project development. What is your particular interest?


Small Group Instruction
Small group instruction is limited to four (4) participants per course.


Custom Workshops
Workshops are generally held at locations other than the Mountain Woodworker studio. $350/day

You will be required to sign a liability waiver to participate in any workshop.
Inquiries: pmrii@aol.com