About us

WoodSkills and Norman Pirollo offer online woodworking classes, woodworking plans, woodworking video lectures. The courses and classes address the need for more detailed and comprehensive step by step sequences for woodworking skill-building. WoodSkills tutorials and online woodworking classes are derived from extensive woodworking and furniture making expertise. As founder of  White Mountain Design , Refined Edge Design , WoodSkills and Pirollo Design, I bring to you over 20 years of furniture making expertise. 

Each course, class and tutorial includes images and video to guide you along the learning process and develop the skills to vastly improve your woodworking. WoodSkills tutorials will guide you through the development of effective woodworking skills utilizing hand and power tools. The woodworking plans provide detailed information on making and using many time-proven woodworking jigs used in the Pirollo Design furniture studio.

The woodworking classes, course, video lectures and and tutorials are based on skills and techniques developed and utilized in my own woodworking studio. The woodworking and furniture making experience includes: 

- using hand tools as effectively as power tools
- working in a hybrid environment of hand and power tools
- finishing techniques to create showroom finishes
- design and creation of woodworking jigs to simplify processes
- an emphasis on design and one of a kind furniture pieces
- veneering basics, resawing veneers and vacuum veneering

My furniture and wood art are featured in books and magazines and have won awards both in furniture and art shows. The unique, studio furniture which I design and create can be seen at Pirollo Design . A selection of books and magazines where my furniture, work methods and philosophy have been featured in:

Can. Woodworking magazine Jan. 2015
Our Homes magazine  Fall 2014
IDS15 (Studio North)

IDS14 (Studio North)
NICHE Magazine Winter 2013
Fine Woodworking magazine
Woodwork magazine
Wood Art Today 2 (Schiffer Books)
500 Cabinets (Lark Books)
Studio Furniture: Today's Leading Woodworkers (Schiffer Books)
Fine Woodworking Shopmade Jigs 2009
2012 Can. Interiors Design Source Guide
Ottawa Life magazine
Panoram Italia magazine
Our Homes magazine  Fall 2010
Craft Journal

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