Intro to Carpentry


Intro to Carpentry introduces students to the basic tools, skills and concepts necessary to tackle projects in home renovation and remodeling.  Providing an introduction to Carpentry, this course provides an excellent foundation for anyone looking to perform home repairs, tackle large home projects or contemplating a career in the field of Carpentry. 

 Carpentry Level I includes 8 weeks of classes.  Choice of Tuesdays or Thursdays 6:30-8:30pm.  No experience necessary. Students will be leaving with a set of sawhorses built in class. 

Tuesday evenings: Begins April 4, completes May 23


Thursday evenings: Begins April 6, completes May 25 (SOLD OUT)



Intro to Carpentry introduces students to the basic tools, skills and concepts necessary to tackle projects in home renovation and remodeling.  Students will be working to become proficient with tools such as hammers, hand saws, squares, chisels, and demolition tools.  Additionally this course will be covering measuring, chalk lining and project layout techniques. Additional focus will be spent on equipment and job safety. Hands-on elements include the building of saw horses and working with framing principals.

Intro to Carpentry sets up the student with the necessary skills to continue onto our Carpentry Level II, Layout and Framing, in addition, sets up students for our future Micro-Home Building courses.  Carpentry Level I includes 8 weeks of classes, evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, choice of Tuesday nights or Thursday nights. No experience necessary.

Our Carpentry Instructor, Aaron has been in the building trades for nearly 40 years working as a remodeling and restoration contractor. He’s worked on small projects and million dollar renovations, is well versed in all phases of construction, and loves the industry.

Aaron Ward, grew up in Western Vermont and from an early age knew construction would be his profession. Working in his dad’s shop, building small projects around the house, using any tool that was laying, around was his norm. Two years of Vocational school for carpentry/ masonry (where he placed third in the state of Vermont Vocational Olympics), kept the dream alive. After graduation from Poultney High School, he moved with his parents to Virginia where a job in the Hampton Roads area waited for him. Working on various crews, framing, siding, exterior trim and decks, helped to develop a well-rounded career. In 1992, he moved to the Richmond, Virginia area to start a family, where several different employers and a boom in the industry prompted a re-investment in self employment. Landing several high profile projects, one becoming a feature in Southern Living magazine, allowed him to stay at the top of the industry in the area.  When an opportunity to move back to Vermont presented itself, he jumped at the chance and moved to the small hamlet of Wardsboro where he was offered new opportunities and career choices. Now a partner at Southern Vermont Home, LLC, he’s looking forward to this new career direction and is excited to start the next chapter as an instructor.

Additional information

Dates April 6, 2023 to May 25, 2023, April 4, 2023 to May 23, 2023