Greenwood Week with Eric Cannizzaro & Elia Bizzarri

Spend a week working wood as nature intended. We’ll begin with a walk in the woods and learn how to identify several useful tree species and how to pick a good tree for green woodworking projects. Then we will return to the shop to split and rive parts from an ash log to start our first project. A variety of projects will teach us how to exploit wood’s strengths and weaknesses for our benefit. Emphasis will be placed on learning fundamentals that can be applied to a variety of projects, green or dry. Projects options include spoons, pitch forks, brooms, firewood carriers, tool handles, fan birds sharpening and other projects useful and otherwise. A pole lathe will be on hand for fun and turning.

The class takes place at Eric Cannizzaro’s shop in Charlotte, Vermont.  There are 8 slots available. On-site camping is available for a small fee.   We will also offer a work-study position to someone for whom money is a barrier – email Elia with a paragraph description about you, your woodworking and why you are applying.

A $150 deposit is required to register. If written cancellation is received up to two months before the class start date, a 50% refund will be provided. Within two months no refund is offered.

GREENWOOD WEEK, June 10th to 14th, 2024 – $1000

Chairmaking class info can be found on my teaching page.

Eric’s Shop

Splitting an oak log…

…to make a firewood carrier.


Steam bending a pitch fork.

Hewing a spoon

One-piece fan bird

Pole lathe turning




"I have been making Windsor chairs for 7 years and sell at craft shows. I came hoping to learn a few new techniques and left with a completely new method of chair making that will greatly improve the quality of my chairs."
– Doug McAvoy

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