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16 Mary Street
Des Plaines, IL, 60016

(847) 282-4934

Building a woodworking community through learning

With an emphasis in the use of hand tools, Midwest Woodworking School offers education in tried and tested woodworking techniques from past to the present. Your learning experience will empower you to achieve higher levels of woodworking. Whether you are a beginner, hobbyist, or looking to learn the skills required to make woodworking your career, Midwest Woodworking School will help you improve skill level and match your goal. All classes are taught by master craftsmen in their own field of woodworking with years of knowledge and experience.

Located in Des Plaines, Illinois, 10 minutes north of O’Hare Airport and 14 miles from Down Town Chicago. 


Opening in the fall of 2016 and located in Des Plaines, Illinois, 10 minutes north of O'Hare near the corner of Golf Road and River Road.   All the classes are "hands on" learning.   You will learn woodworking skills and build confidence to take your new skills to produce projects in your own shop or garage to be proud of.

David Coulthard

Founder, Owner, Instructor - Master Craftsman working with wood for 36 years

Born in Bishop Auckland, County Durham in the of North England.   A 5th generation Carpenter Joiner and Cabinetmaker, David started his apprenticeship as a carpenter and joiner at the age of 16.   Attended the Darlington College of Technology graduated in 1984 attaining the Advanced Craft Certificate in Carpentry and Joinery from the City and Guilds Institute London. Also attaining certification from the Institute of Carpenters.   In 1998 attained a certificate in construction management from the Chartered Institute of Builders.

In 2000, moved to Chicago to work as the construction manager for the US subsidiary of Town and Country Conservatories UK, managing the installation of fine glass buildings built in the Fakenham shop in Norfolk, England.   David still consults for Town and Country US, whose office is located in the Ravenswood area of Chicago.