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Student Testimonials

We want you to have fun while you're building your skills and realizing your dreams! It's part of our mission. We welcome your feedback!


Hear what our other students have to say about their experience: 



I’d been considering taking a woodworking class for a while, and finally came to CU Woodshop. Mike has been an excellent and enthusiastic instructor, and after my first class, I couldn’t wait to sign up for the next. I hadn’t had woodshop experience for quite some time, but Mike made everything clear and easy to understand for different levels of experience. This place is amazingly well-equipped. It really has been a great experience!                           -- Jessica Wong



CU Woodshop students enjoying the rocking chairs they made in class

Students enjoying the rocking chairs they made




with Mike Sargent


Mike was excellent! Have him teach more classes!


I liked everything about the class -- the knowledge and patience of the instructor, the quality materials, and the fantastic learning facility! 




with Jerry Rhoads


Excellent on all counts! I learned a lot and wouldn’t change a thing! 




with Mike Sargent

Excellent instructor; fun and informative class!




with Mike Van Pelt



Although it has been a few weeks since I took the Stickley clock class, I wanted to express my thanks to you and your staff for a great experience. The teacher was awesome and covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. The clock was a great weeklong project. It was great fun working with a lot of nice woodworking equipment I do not have at home in my own shop. 


Thanks again for a wonderful time,

Lou Ann



with Mike Van Pelt


I very much enjoyed the class. Liked the lunch, too, as it meant we could visit and relax! 

     -- Jack Reynolds


I liked the knowlege of the instructor, the use of equipment, the inspirational atmosphere, and the confidence I've gained! This was my first class; I just learned about your shop/school. I look forward to more!


Very good class. Enjoyed the lunch included in the fee. The instructor was very good and well-qualified.



with Tom Turgeon


I really enjoyed Tom's classes- both building & finishing. Greatly impressed with the finished product- after shooting my "bow"! 

     -- Phil S., Pekin, IL


Thank you, Tom for a great class! The handtool/woodworking skills that I learned making a long bow would have taken me years to learn on my own. You pass on your knowledge so easily regardless of your student's age or experience - this is a true gift! Thank you for passing on the spirit of the bowyer.

     -- Jeff M., Onarga, IL


I am 14 and took Mr. Tom's class with my dad- while he built a bow for my 11 year old sister. This was my first real woodworking project. It was SPECTACULAR! Mr. Tom is an excellent teacher. It was a very fun experience that I shared with my dad and I came away with an awesome bow! 

     -- Charis (care-iss) S., Mattoon, IL (14 yrs old)


This was a fantastic course. Tom used teaching techniques which made learning easy and fun. I felt informed, supported, and set up for success throughout the entire course. As a bonus, I believe my bow is AWESOME!

     -- Dave S., Champaign, IL


Very enjoyable class. Tom is a great teacher - not too hands-on or hands-off - a good balance there. I recommend Tom's classes (Long Bow Building & Finishing) to anyone interested in bow building or practicing archery!

     -- Marty S., Racine, WI


These classes (Long Bow Building & Finishing) were awesome! 

     -- Rob C., Champaign, IL


Very enjoyable class. Valuable woodworking techniques passed on to us students.

     -- Joshua S., Mattoon, IL


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