The Krenov School

“But they (craftsmen) keep stable the fabric of the world,
and their prayer is in the practice of their trade.” 
~ Sirach 38:34

A Unique Approach to Fine Woodworking

The Krenov School at Mendocino College, offers a nine-month program in fine cabinet and furniture making with Laura Mays, Jim Budlong, Greg Smith, Ejler Hjorth-Westh, and Todd Sorenson. In addition, workshops lasting a few days or weeks are offered in the summer.

All of our courses are designed for the aspiring cabinetmaker who hopes to combine sensitivity with personal expression, patiently striving toward a goal best described as fine craftsmanship. We view craftsmanship as our legacy from woodworkers who have striven toward consistent excellence, which is perhaps the best definition of the word quality. Our efforts toward this goal have been recognized by the woodworking community around the world.

“Shavings curl from the plane in my hands, swish-and-slide, as I rock to the motion of the work... Nothing is wrong. Here am I, here is my work — and someone is waiting for the fruits of these fleeting hours. Hands will caress this shimmery surface, a thumb will discover the edge which I am rounding.”
-James Krenov