About the School
Guided by respect for classical woodworking techniques, respect for the materials, and the dignity of labor, the woodworking school was created to provide a venue for teaching the time honored tradition of woodcrafting and lutherie.
The woodshop is located in the Burkhart Building, a victorian era textile mill at 1010 Preston Street, Louisville Kentucky. The shop is fully outfitted with table saws, jointers, planers, band saws, chisels, sanders, drill presses, a dust collection system, clamps, finishing facilities and more.
Ted Harlan is a graduate of the Berea College and a product of the rich Berea, KY crafts heritage. While in Berea, he had the opportunity to study with many of this country’s finest and best known woodcrafters. He served as an assistant to master wood turner Rude Osolnik for two years and ran the Westervelt endowed woodcraft community program for three years. For the past 27 years he has operated a full time woodworking studio, where he has created work ranging from store design and fixturing to architectural woodworking and one of a kind commissioned pieces of furniture, as well as individual instruction. His work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution Craft show, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Orange Co. Museum of Art in California. Internationally, he has shown his work in Paris France, Munich Germany, and has had a show of his work tour Great Britain.
“my ‘aha’ moment came when I came across Ted Harlan, a Louisville craftsman who teaches furniture building and – yes – guitar making. And what makes Ted’s classes different is that, rather than a concentrated series of classes over a few weeks, they take place over the course of a year or more. It was perfect. An excellent teacher with a proven system; a reasonable time commitment; and it was affordable.”
- John Harris, student