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Berkshire Woodworkers Guild Scholarship Fund

The Berkshire Woodworkers Guild is sponsoring a scholarship fund for students seeking a career in woodworking, architecture or related field. Applications must be in before April 1, 2013.

  • Applicants should be between 16 and 25 years of age.
  • Preference is given to applicants from Berkshire County (Massachusetts) and the neighboring region and who seek to make woodworking, architecture or related fields their professional goal.
  • Applications should be submitted at least 30 days before course begins.
  • Maximum scholarship amount is $500.
  • Money is paid to applicant or to course host after successful completion of course with receipt/invoice and evidence of attendance. Payment made in advance ONLY to course host if guarantee provided for refund (less any deposit required) if student can’t attend or cancels. No payments are made directly to the student in advance of course.
  • Scholarships may be used to attend schools, conferences, classes, workshops and other events that meet the approval of the scholarship review committee of the Berkshire Woodworkers Guild. In general, any program that contributes to the education of the applicant in the areas of woodworking, architecture or related fields will qualify. Preference is given for long-term continuous programs that lead to certification or a degree in the profession.
  • Scholarship application guidelines and application form are available on the Berkshire Woodworkers Guild website on the SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM page or directly from this link.
  • Send completed form via email to, by regular mail to Berkshire Woodworkers Guild Scholarships, c/o Will Beemer, 148 Middlefield Rd., Washington MA 01223 or fax to 413-623-0277. Electronic submissions via email attachments (PDF or Word format) are preferred.



The Heartwood SchoolI have written before about The Heartwood School, which is focused on homebuilding crafts, particularly timber framing. Heartwood resides in the town of Washington located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts. It is run by Will and Michele Beemer. The school offers a full range of home construction and woodworking courses – including a SketchUp course for timber framers. New courses this year include Build Your Own: Country Windsor Chair.

The Heartwood School’s course list and 2013 schedule is shown below. For a complete course description go to the table below and in the second column locate the course of interest and click the link. For further information or to register contact Michele Beemer at 413/623-6677, or

April 15-19 Fundamentals of Woodworking
April 22-26 Cabinetmaking
April 29-May3 Build Your Own: Woodworker’s Workbench
May 30-June 1 SketchUp for Timber Framers
June 1-2 Basic Concrete Countertops
June 7-9 Advanced Concrete Countertops
June 10-14 Build Your Own: Country Windsor Chair
June 13-15 Eyebrow Dormers
June 17-21 Build Your Own: Shavehorse
June 22-23 History of Timber Framing
June 24-28 Timber Framing
July 5-6 Build a Skin-on-frame Canoe
July 8-12 Converting Trees to Timber
July 15-26 Comprehensive Homebuilding
July 29-Aug. 2 Carpentry for Women
Aug. 12-16 Finish Carpentry
Aug. 19-23 Timber Framing
Aug. 26-30 Scribed Timber Framing
Sept. 5-7 Timber Frame Design & Joinery Decisions
Sept. 9-13 Compound Roof Framing
Sept. 16-20 Build Your Own: Pole Lathe
Sept. 23-27 Build Your Own: Heirloom Dovetail Toolchest
Sept. 30-Oct. 4 Stairbuilding
Oct. 7-11 Fundamentals of Woodworking
Oct. 14-18 Cabinetmaking
Oct. 21-25 Home Design for Owners & Builders

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