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Brad Smith
Woodshop Supervisor
Frostic School of Art
bradley.smith@wmich.edu
269.387.2462
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Fine Woodworking Apprenticeship Program


ap-pren-tice


noun


1.  a person who is learning, through practical experience, a craft, trade, art or skill  

2.  a beginner or novice

3.  student or pupil

4.  assistant

5.  employee



The Fine Woodworking Apprenticeship Program was established by Brad Smith to offer interested and motivated students the opportunity to develop woodworking skills, learn the safe and proper use of machines and hand-tools and build a foundation for fine craftsmanship.   


This opportunity is for full-time art majors only.  This includes: BA, BFA,  Art Education, Graphic Design and Product Design programs.


One new position is offered each semester (Fall/Spring). Summer enrollment is not available at this time.  Participants are paid woodshop assistants (student workers) who assist in maintaining the facility, monitor open shop hours and assist the woodshop supervisor with various tasks over the course of the semester.  


Additionally, students  register for Independent Study and earn studio credit while participating in the program.


The apprentice should plan to spend a minimum of 12-15 hours per week in the woodshop during the first semester.  This includes, meeting with Brad Smith, group meeting with other students in the program, paid monitor hours and individual study and skill development.


To be selected, the student will have completed or renewed their Level 1 training, completed at least two of the Woodworking Fundamentals projects and display an eagerness to learn and willingness to work hard.  


After completing the first semester, the participant may be invited to continue in the program until graduation or as their schedule allows.


Graduates of this program have secured full-time woodworking-related employment as a result of the skills and experience gained while participating.


Contact Brad Smith for more information.