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Woodworking Apprenticeship

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Learn the craft of woodworking from expert instructors. Build projects for both art and function. This program works for all levels. The small class size allows instructors to give individual attention to each student.

Trees and Tools

The Wilders Woodshop covers the foundations of traditional woodworking. Understand types of wood and principles for selection, sectioning, splitting, and shaping. Delve into both rough and fine carving. Learn about finishing and preservation. Develop skills of tool safety, sharpening, and handling. Start and complete individual learning projects that cultivate your woodcraft skills.

The Apprenticeship

Apprentices work together as part of a powerful learning team. They connect with like-minded peers while building authentic skills and sharing a deep relationship with nature. This is not just a club, this can be a life-long path of study in traditional crafts.

How it works

Mentoring Weekends Apprentices attend one monthly training day from September to June. They get hands-on experience with expert mentors. See below for class schedule.

Skills Evenings & Open Archery Range There are also learning opportunities every week. Apprentices and their family get free admission to our Skills Evenings (every Thursday) and our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday).


September - May
This program runs September to May with optional family events.
9 woodworking Days
One Saturday every month, 9 AM - 4:30 PM. See below for class schedule.


Trackers Earth Portland - 4617 SE Milwaukie Avenue, Portland, OR.

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How It Works

Immersion students attend one monthly Saturday from September to April. If you also attend the Wilderness Immersion Program you get the Woodworking Year at a reduced cost. Check out the class schedule.

There are also learning opportunities every week. Immersion students and their immediate family get free admission to our Skills Evenings/Open Forge (every Thursday with propane fee) and our Open Archery Range (every Thursday, Friday, Saturday) where you can loose arrows anytime (after you forge your own arrowhead).

Tuition for the Woodworking Year

Monthly Payment Plan $50 deposit, then nine monthly payments of $105 (total $995)
Full Payment $995, reserve your place with a $50 deposit.


Multi-Weekend Year-long students taking multiple programs get a 10% discount.
Returning Immersion Students Returning Immersion students get a tuition discount based on year of attendance. Discounts typically cannot be combined. Contact Us to learn more.

Class Schedules

Class averages one weekend a month from September to May. When signing up for the Woodworking Year be sure you can make most of the weekends.

Woodworking Immersion

  • September 16, 2017 Woodshop Day
    October 21, 2017 Woodshop Day
    November 11, 2017 Woodshop Day
    December 9, 2017 Optional Community Holiday Party
    December 10, 2017 Woodshop Day
    January 20, 2018 Woodshop Day
    February 10, 2018 Woodshop Day
    March 10, 2018 Woodshop Day
    April 21, 2018 Woodshop Day
    May 19, 2018 Woodshop Day