RVP~1875 offers three-day classes for those who want to learn the techniques & tools of the trade, as well more about wood & the history of the furniture trade in the setting of a working historical shop. Students build & take home their choice of one of four pieces such as a bench, bookcase, a table-top desk or trunk from the RVP~1875 signature line, which is based on rural utilitarian furniture made in Iowa in the 1870’s.  Students learn and use the dovetail and groove joints which make our furniture so strong.


Upcoming Class Dates 

November 11-13, 2016 Dovetail Class

January 27-29, 2017 Dovetail Class

March 3-5, 2017 Dovetail Class

March 24-26, 2017 Frame Class*

Classes limited to 8 students

*Must take Dovetail Class before taking Frame Class


Cost for the Beginner’s Class is $250 (covers wood and 24 hours of instruction), and cost for the Advanced Class is $300 (covers wood and 24 hours of instruction)  Workshops run from 1-9pm on Friday, 9-5pm on Saturday & 9-5pm on Sunday.   

Additional classes, for groups of 5-8 as scheduling allows, are also available.

If you are interested in enrolling for a session or would like additional information, please email us at the address below. Private lessons and workspace are also available.

Make your weekend a full-fledged woodworking vacation. Bonus-size your weekend by adding on additional days to either deluxe your piece with molding, interior extras, dye & finish, ect, or build a second piece.


sept 2014  Contact us about our three-day classes.


Build one of four pieces of historic furniture and take it home with you.



Join us for an unforgettable experience.  Makes a perfect gift!