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Children's Woodworking Classes in Charlottesville, VA


Judy Cahill, Instructor, experienced carpenter with BA in education

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A woodworking experience using hand tools

  • For girls and boys, ages 5-14

  • An introduction to the joys of building

  • Beginner and intermediate

Every finished project is a success!



Open Houses

Held at the Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest Street, Charlottesville, VA.

Open Houses,  February 7,  April 3  and  May  22

4-5 pm, Sunday


Winter,  spring  and  summer  Classes in Charlottesville

Held at the Friends Meeting House, 1104 Forest Street, Charlottesville, VA.                    

For each 4-week session (or two Saturdays), the fee is $75 , Camp $89  (Monday-Friday)


       AFTER SCHOOL WORKSHOPS,  4 weeks each session, 3 child minimum        

        Session 1, Mondays,  2-3:30  or  3:45-5:15, February 8, 15, 22 & 29

                       Wednesdays, 12:30-2  or  3:15-4:45, February 10, 17, 24  &  March 2

                       Fridays,  3:45-5:15,  February 12, 19, 26  &  March  4

        Session 2, Mondays,  2-3:30  or  3:45-5:15, March 7, 14, 21 & 28

                       Wednesdays, 12:30-2  or  3:15-4:45,  March 9, 16, 23  & 30

                       Fridays,  3:45-5:15, March 11, 18, 25  &  April 1

      SATURDAYS, both  February 13 & 20, or  both  March 12 & 19

                  time, 9:30-12:30 or 12:30-3:30, 2 child minimum

         SPRING BREAK,  9:30-3:30,  April 4 or 8.  Or choose any two 3 hour sessions, (to equal 6 hours)

                  April 5, 6 or 7. 9:30-12:30  or 12:30-3:30  (what parents did last year anyway)  2 child minimum.

                  Wednesday, 12:30-2  o r 3:15-4:45,  April 27, May 4, 11 & 18

                   Friday, 3:45-5:15,  April 29, May 6, May 13 & 20


       SUMMER CAMPS,  June 13  to  September 2,   Weekly, Monday through Friday  (except July 11-22)

                  Times,  9:30-11, 11-12:30, 12:30-2, 2-3:30.  Enthusiastic woodworkers encouraged to stay 3 hours, (a double)

                   June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July1

                   July 5-8, July 25-29

                   August 1-5, August 8-12, August 15-19, August 22-26, August 29-September 2

                   Saturdays, June 18 & 25,  or   July 30 & August 6, 9:30-12:30, or 12:30-3:30

                    Please join us.



ww4.jpgCustom Classes!

Other woodworking classes are also available, birthday parties,  adult beginners (please inquire), scouts, special events, etc.  Please contact Judy Cahill for more information.

Instructor information, registration

Instructor Judy Cahill is an experienced carpenter with a B.A. in Education.

For more information or to register for a class, please call 434-979-1220 or email Judy at


ww2.jpgMy girls have enjoyed Ms. Judy's classes and are now in the middle of their second series. At first, I was skeptical that my 5-year-old could effectively use a sharp saw, but Ms. Judy is not only sweet and patient, she's thorough in teaching safety and proper tool use. My kids love the feeling of creating something they can really use, and they get valuable skills in the process. Ms. Judy also did a great birthday party for my 7-year-old and nine of her friends.

      --Debra Ross, home schooling parent, Charlottesville


The Empire State Building. A Marble Maze. Playhouses for Cats. These are just some of the unique woodworking creations I've seen kids produce under the gentle guidance of the amazing Ms. Judy. There's so much to love in what she does and how she does it, but my favorite feature of her workshop is the fact that there are no pre-fab cookie-cutter patterns anywhere in sight. Instead, it's all about letting kids take the lead in conceiving and constructing carpentry projects. No wonder my daughter can't wait to go back again! And in a Bratz and Barbie world, what could be better than something that keeps girls more interested in hammering nails than in manicuring them???...Wooden It Be Nice!!
--Trish in Keswick