American Woodworking Academy-is this a good school/opportunity for beginner

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Forum topic by usmc1371 posted 12-16-2013 04:53 PM 1511 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-16-2013 04:53 PM

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I have an opportunity to attend the AWA, expenses paid, as a result of my military career ending in medical retirement. I understand the physical aspect of the toll woodworking could have on my body. However, I stumbled upon while in a wounded warrior unit and found many benefits. I am wanting to know if anyone is familiar with it, have gone there, or just know some info about it(other than whats on the website) I want to learn proper fundamentals and techniques. I have spent my adult life in the explosives field of the military and have to start all over.


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#1 posted 12-17-2013 01:39 AM

I don’t know anything about that school, but if you have an opportunity to go to WWing school at no cost then by all means do it. Woodworking can be as hard or not on your body as you want all depending on what you want.

And thank you for your sevice

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#2 posted 12-17-2013 01:55 AM

If you’ll be using the GI Bill for this (Montgomery or post-9/11), check the VA’s site ( to see if that school is on their list. If it’s not, give them a call or send them an email (you may already know it can be challenging to get a live body on the line) and ask if that school qualifies. That obviously won’t tell you if it’s a “good” school but it will let you know if it legitimately qualifies for those benefits (according to the VA). That’d be my step 1.

I know that doesn’t answer your question but it might lead you to someone that has first or second hand experience with that place.

-- Billy

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#3 posted 12-29-2013 02:52 PM

Thank you for the advice. It is recognized by the VA for the post 9/11 and also voc rehab, which is the route I will take. I have made contact with them and am going to visit the school for a tour. I was hoping someone on this forum may have gone there. Again, thanks for the input.

-- "We sleep soundly in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who wish to do us harm."

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#4 posted 12-29-2013 05:18 PM

Actually, your explosive background may come in handy. I’ve done a couple of woodworking projects I thought about blowing up before I got done with them!
Seriously, thank you for your service.
As others above pointed out. Woodworking is as hard or easy as you want to make it. My background was high pressure piping, after I retired I got into woodworking and found I really enjoyed it. You may find this also.
If I had the chance to go to a school at no cost I’d take it.

RVN 1966,1967.

-- Life is good.

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#5 posted 07-09-2019 03:19 PM


Did you ever go and if so what was your experience? I live in the St. Louis area and have thought about it occasionally.

Semper Fi

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#6 posted 07-09-2019 03:45 PM

I’m not familiar with the AWA, the two most complete and prestigious woodworking programs I’m aware of are at the North Bennet Street School in Boston and the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts

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