Recommendation for Woodworking Schools/Classes in Chicago, IL

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Forum topic by Patrick Jaromin posted 04-29-2014 09:18 PM 1409 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Patrick Jaromin

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04-29-2014 09:18 PM

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A friend in Chicago was asking me for recommendations for woodworking classes in the city of Chicago. I took classes years ago at the Chicago Bahaus Woodshop, but just discovered that Berthold Schwaiger passed away in 2006 and the shop and school is now closed.

There are a few I can find online – but I’d hate to recommend a school I don’t know.

So does anyone have any recommendations for a school in or close to the city of Chicago for a novice woodworker?


-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#1 posted 04-29-2014 10:58 PM

Hi… there are only a few left. Most of the established guys either died or moved away from the Chicago area.

Jeffery Miller ~ (Ravenswood area)
Chicago School of Woodworking ~ (Lincoln Park area)
Woodsmyths if Chicago ~ (Rosco Village area)
There is a woodworking incubator as well.. Ted Schultz ~

There is a sever lack of education and supply resources right now. Even the mom and pop woodworking tools have died out. It started frustrating me about a decade ago. I took a class with Jeffery Miller about 6 years ago… and actually worked for him for a week, but it was not my cup of tea. Ted Schultz is a great guy to meet, he has an amazing location and he might have other resources. Never been to woodsmyths, but I hear they do not have a great reputation. On the other hand, I have heard that the Chicago school was started by students of Bahaus and pulled together an amazing learning facility. Here in Oak Park, there used to be five furniture makers, all who taught or offered apprenticeships.. but they are all gone now. David Orth moved out near Rockford, and the other David moved to Vermont.. the rest died.

I hope someone else knows of a hidden place… I am in search of a building to purchase and at least offer assistance and guidance to newbies and hobbyists. I want to sell small tools and offer unusual woods, and work space for rent. Sounds lucrative.. and I have the backing.. all I need is the right location.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#2 posted 04-29-2014 11:45 PM

Wow…great (and a bit sad) information. I’ve heard of Jeffery Miller and Ted Schultz, though if the Chicago School guys are from Bahaus, and based on their website, it looks like potentially a good place for a beginner.

I’ll forward him your response. Thanks and good luck!


-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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