Charleston Woodworking School

The Charleston Woodworking School teaches traditional joinery, antique restoration, finishing techniques, and furniture design in a 9 month course.

The Charleston Woodworking School is the only professional woodworking school in the State of South Carolina dedicated to the instruction of students desiring a career in woodworking. Founded by Master Craftsman Sam Sprouse, the school offer students a professional learning environment. A graduate of the prestigious Thomas Chippendale School of Furniture in Scotland, Sam also owns Sprouse Custom F

Operating as usual

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 07/15/2021

Want to learn how to carve spoons? @abbymechanic will be teaching a class here at the school on July 24. Abby is an amazing artist and works at the Parsons School of Design in NY. This class is sponsored by @womenofwoodworking and @penandchisel_ . I am really looking forward to learning a lot from Abby. Spaces are filling up, but I would love to sponsor half of the class fee for two folks that sign up by Sunday. You can find all of the info at Abby’s IG page #woodworking #woodworker #charleston #spooncarving #chswoodschool #womenofwoodworking

06/22/2021

🚨Class Announcement 🚨
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Abby Mechanic x Women of Woodworking + Pen & Chisel hosted at The Charleston Woodworking School Saturday July 24th 12:00pm - 4:00 pm!
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I’m BEYOND excited to announce a Spoon Carving Workshop in partnership with the incredible @ktkozar of @womenofwoodworking and @penandchisel_! This workshop will be hosted by the wonderful folks @charlestonwoodworkingschool. Sam thank you for having us, I can’t wait to teach in your space 🙏🏼
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@ktkozar will be offering a free 3 months subscription to @penandchisel_ with every ticket purchase 🤍 We will also be opening a full scholarship to support the tuition of a student, see stories for more info!
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Class open to All Genders ✨
Class open to All Skill Levels ✨
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Link in bio for sign up! ✨
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#wood #woodworking #spooncarving #spooncarvingworkshop #woodcarving #charlestonsc #charlestonschoolofwoodworking #womenofwoodworking #pen&chisel #scholarship #woodworkingscholarship

🚨Class Announcement 🚨
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Abby Mechanic x Women of Woodworking + Pen & Chisel hosted at The Charleston Woodworking School Saturday July 24th 12:00pm - 4:00 pm!
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I’m BEYOND excited to announce a Spoon Carving Workshop in partnership with the incredible @ktkozar of @womenofwoodworking and @penandchisel_! This workshop will be hosted by the wonderful folks @charlestonwoodworkingschool. Sam thank you for having us, I can’t wait to teach in your space 🙏🏼
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@ktkozar will be offering a free 3 months subscription to @penandchisel_ with every ticket purchase 🤍 We will also be opening a full scholarship to support the tuition of a student, see stories for more info!
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Class open to All Genders ✨
Class open to All Skill Levels ✨
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Link in bio for sign up! ✨
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#wood #woodworking #spooncarving #spooncarvingworkshop #woodcarving #charlestonsc #charlestonschoolofwoodworking #womenofwoodworking #pen&chisel #scholarship #woodworkingscholarship

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 06/07/2021

Second post. What a great group of folks! Dedicated, eager to learn, highly talented, and always ready for a challenge. What a great year we had! Thanks to all of the students that trusted us with their education. On behalf of the other instructors, @jwtwoodworks @marymaywoodcarving @candicemurphyinnerspace and Peter Moore, we wish you nothing but straight grains and easy cuts from here on out. Jim, Texas Chris, and Steven, we wish y’all were here with us to celebrate. @bananaland_woodworking @kumareriwoodcraft @raymacmahon @jhowecustomcarving @dacoach53e @charlie_mike_custom_woodcraft @olicauliflower #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 06/07/2021

Well, the end of the year came in the blink of an eye. I am so proud of how hard everyone worked and the amazing pieces they were able to make this year. We had a great time, learned a ton of skills, had a few laughs, and had a great year. I can’t wait to see what all everyone has in store for the future! Post 1 of 2! I couldn’t fit everything into one post!
@bananaland_woodworking @kumareriwoodcraft @raymacmahon @jhowecustomcarving @dacoach53e @charlie_mike_custom_woodcraft @olicauliflower #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston

05/27/2021

Thank you Mary! We are so proud of Justin as well! You have been an amazing mentor to him this year. We are so lucky to have so many amazing instructors here in Charleston.

Very proud of @jhowecustomcarving accomplishments! He's going places!! Congrats to all of the graduating class of 2021 of @charlestonwoodworkingschool. Thanks to the incredible teaching talents of Sam Sprouse, @jwtwoodworks and @candicemurphyinnerspace along with all the guest teachers that contributed throughout the year! Sam, you have created such an amazing learning environment for all! Your devotion to your craft shines in every student's success.

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 05/14/2021

What a great week learning gilding with @candicemurphyinnerspace ! We covered a lot! Oil gilding letters and carvings we did with @marymaywoodcarving , water gilding, and eglomise. This was Candace’s first time teaching these arts and she is beyond amazing. Thank you so much for hanging out with us and sharing your knowledge! #woodworking #woodworker #gilding #goldleaf #charleston #chswoodschool

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 04/05/2021

We had an amazing field trip to @ashleyriverlumber last week! Even better was CWS Alumni @harwoodworks giving us the tour! Ashley River Lumber is a full service sawmill with lots to offer including milling, kiln drying, plenty of local lumber, and custom woodworking. They are a great resource for local professional woodworkers and are more than willing to share their knowledge and skills to help make projects perfect. Thanks for letting us hang out with y’all for awhile! @aaronlucasdesigns great to see you again! #woodworking #woodworker #charleston #chswoodschool

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 03/28/2021

French polish on @bananaland_woodworking ‘s solid wood project, caning with @angeew , @womenofwoodworking have an amazing new follower (I’ll never get that hat back), and my grandmother’s irises are about to get crazy for the first time at the shop (smarties), and Woody likes the rainwater runoff pond a little too much so baths are too frequent thing now (for Woody).

Photos from Charleston Woodworking School's post 03/10/2021

Just a few things that have been going on in the shop the past month or so. @marymaywoodcarving came to teach us some advanced carving techniques with a ball and claw and acanthus leaf knees on a Cabriole leg. @dacoach53e is working on a Greene & Greene inspired set of bed side tables, when Woody isn’t begging for wood. @kumareriwoodcraft is building a tool chest which he can easily fit inside. Some small three legged stools, Oliver’s drawers on the side of his contemporary desk, Woody eating a hickory slab, and Jim’s carcass for his drawers. More to come! We started veneering recently, my favorite time of the year! #woodworking #woodwork #charleston #chswoodschool

Photos from Mary May - Traditional Woodcarver's post 02/25/2021

One of the best times of the year is when Mary comes to teach the ball and claw foot on a Cabriole leg! Looking forward to adding an acanthus leaf on the knee tomorrow! We learned letter carving earlier in the week that we are going to gild later in the year.

12/15/2020

First semester recap! It is always fun to review what all we leaned at the end of each term. I’m sure there are a few things that didn’t make the list, but it is an impressive list nonetheless. #chswoodschool #charleston #woodworking #woodworker

11/24/2020

A little update on the past week or so...three legged stools, Krenov inspired saw horses, carving from @jhowewoodworks , steam bending, the list goes on! #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston

11/03/2020

A whole lot of brick building was going on today. We started our “curved woodworking week” out with a good one. Brick building has so many uses from round posts to bombe chest of drawers. #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston

10/31/2020

We have had a TON going on the past few weeks and I’m sorry I didn’t document everything. We were so lucky to have @marymaywoodcarving come teach the past few days. We all learned so much! Thank you Mary! It is always a highlight of the year when we have our carving weeks. Upholstery? Check. Mortise and tenons? Check. Dovetails? Check. Half-laps, cross laps, sharpening, turning, bridle joints...etc.? Check. Tools for the Veterans from Lie-Nielsen? Check. @lienielsentoolworks #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston #respectthedoughnut

09/12/2020

The calm before the storm once again! The shop is clean, the paperwork is placed, the sharpening stones are ready. The Professional Course for 2020-2021 begins Monday. Now, to pick up the pizza, go home, and hopefully get some rest tomorrow. This is going to be a great year!
#woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston #westashley

07/03/2020

Another double? West Ashley is just showing off. Once, twice, three times a lady! #lionelrichie

07/02/2020

Twice in one day? We must be doing something right. There is a very, very faint double to the left. It didn’t show up well in the photo.

07/02/2020

Solid way to end a Thursday.

06/26/2020

Well, the week was a success. A ton of information was covered this week. A couple of loose ends to tie up, but learning French Polishing, gilding, and brushing finishes in one week is a LOT to take in. Kudos to all the students for doing such a great job. Woody even tried to help with the gilding. I’m guess we have a “golden retriever” now. Hey-ooo! #woodworking #woodworker #gilding #frenchpolish #chswoodschool #charleston #dadjokes @ Charleston, South Carolina

06/26/2020

Gilding week! French Polishing week! Complete madness to do both in the same week? Not for these students. Everyone is crushing it. More photos to follow. #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #gilding #frenchpolish @gnarly_grain @frederich_woodworking @harwoodworks @ Charleston, South Carolina

06/20/2020

We got some new toys last week! Looking forward to getting them up and running! Thanks to Mrs. Walker, Keith Thomas, and Fairfax Tow Trucks for making this happen. It was a quick trip to Northern Virginia, but a good one. Had a quick stop in Asheboro to see the folks and pick up the kids and dog, see my brother and nephews for a solid 10 minutes, and stock up on some Biscuit Co. #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston #asheboro @ Charleston, South Carolina

05/15/2020

Welcome to the School, Woody!

#shopdog #woodworker #woodworking #chswoodschool @ Charleston, South Carolina

05/15/2020

Welcome to the School, Woody!

#shopdog #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool @ Charleston, South Carolina

04/26/2020

At the end of February, we had the great opportunity to meet with @aaronlucasdesigns up at @ashleyriverlumber for the day. The tour blew us away. It was so awesome to see what kinds of LOCAL woods are being harvested and available. Please give them a shout if you are looking for local wood. I know we will! #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #charleston #lumber @ Charleston, South Carolina

04/06/2020

Well, not a lot is happening at the school right now, rightfully so. The students are working from home as best as possible. When we all get through this, we will hit the ground running and continue with our projects in the shop. In the mean time, spending a few days away at the farm site has been nice. Please stay safe and be smart! @ Charleston, South Carolina

03/12/2020

Giles @harris_and_sons crushed this parquetry panel. #woodworking #woodworker #veneer #chswoodschool #charleston

03/06/2020

We had another great session with @marymaywoodcarving a few weeks ago! I’m so amazed at how much the students have improved with their carvings. We also had the honor of getting some basswood, walnut, and Honduran mahogany (as well as a wheelbarrow full of duck decoy castings) from master carver Jim Palmer. #woodworker #woodworking #carving #chswoodschool #charleston @ Charleston, South Carolina

03/06/2020

We are thrilled with our new Oliver 16” jointer! Rachel @r.l.landron is milling some 30 year old air dried cherry we recently acquired. Thanks for making such a great machine @olivermachinery1890 ! #woodworking #woodworker #olivermachinery #charleston #chswoodschool @ Charleston, South Carolina

03/06/2020

A few samples of the veneering skills that we have learned in the past two weeks. #woodworking #woodworker #chswoodschool #marquetry #veneer #charleston @ Charleston, South Carolina

02/08/2020

Solid wood projects are starting to take shape!
#woodworking #woodworker #charleston #chswoodschool @harwoodworks @falcon_fine_furniture @harris_and_sons @distressedtimberdesigns @creekfield_woodworks @redswoodworknsuch @bearandbeanwoodworks @gnarly_grain @ Charleston, South Carolina

01/08/2020

@redswoodworknsuch making it happen on a beautiful January day! #woodworking #woodworker #charleston #chswoodschool

01/08/2020

Lumber day! We got our shipment from @stevewall_lumber_co for our first projects! A huge thanks to Clint and the rest of the crew for sending us some amazing wood to work with once again! #woodworking #woodworker #charleston #chswoodschool #lumber @ Charleston, South Carolina

12/24/2019

One of my favorites. Anne Nicole and I were kids (25ish,) when we decided to take a side trip on the way home from living in Denver. We took the northern route home...in December. We went to Mt. Rushmore and then made our way into Madison, Wisconsin. On the way was the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota. That detour would give us so much to talk about, even now. That is where the beer we were bootlegging from Denver froze and exploded all over our stuff in the trailer. We next made through a Lake Effect Snow in Gary, Indiana to South Bend and stayed with @jeffromig for a night before heading to Cincinnati to stay with Liz Rod, then home. Of all the trips ANC and I went on, this was one of the most memorable. Not just because of the Corn Palace, but because we learned so much about ourselves during our early marriage on this trip. Especially from the gas station attendant that responded “ If the wind didn’t blow, we wouldn’t have anything to talk to the tourists about.” Truer words were never spoken. Anne Nicole, thanks for another year under the sun. I love you.

12/06/2019

And just like that the first semester has come to an end. I love doing an end of semester recap of everything that we learned over the past few weeks. It is always amazing to see the volume of knowledge that the students have gained in such a short period of time. They have all done a wonderful job so far and I am looking forward to starting projects in January!#woodworking #chswoodschool #charleston #woodworking @gnarly_grain @frederich_woodworking @creekfield_woodworks @distressedtimberdesigns @falcon_fine_furniture @harris_and_sons @redswoodworknsuch @victory_custom_works_llc @harwoodworks @jwtwoodworks @ Charleston, South Carolina

11/22/2019

Back yard/front yard at the School. Nice way to end a work week. @ Charleston, South Carolina

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