AWFS chapter offers internships
Students can work in Southern California
By Furniture Today Staff -- Furniture Today, August 4, 2008


CITY OF COMMERCE, Calif. — College students taking courses in woodworking, furniture design or manufacturing can apply for full- and part-time internships with industry companies located in Southern California, improving their career opportunities on graduation, according to the Assn. of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers.

The program has been initiated by the Young Furniture Associates, a chapter of the AWFS, a trade association representing companies that supply the home and commercial furnishings industry.

El Camino College in Torrance, Calif., offers students three credits for the internship. Cerritos College, Long Beach City College and Los Angeles Trade Tech College are considering similar support.

Companies interested in providing an internship must become a member of AWFS or the Young Furniture Associates. Any company in the woodworking, upholstery, bedding or related industries is eligible. For more information regarding membership, contact AWFS at (800) 946-2937.

For more information on the internship program or to obtain an application, companies and students can go to the association's Web site at

Build It And It Will Come: Furniture Making Class

If you're like us and have always had a secret desire to be George Nakashima , or maybe at one time just had a "I-could-totally-build-that-myself" moment while furniture shopping, then you might want to take some good notes.

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El Camino College in Torrance offers a little-known, but wonderful cabinet and furniture-making class for all ability levels. This is a great place for a true beginner who just wants to work on being a Renaissance (wo)man or those looking to hone their woodworking skills. Whether you're a hobbyist or you've never held a drill before, long time professor Jack Selph will guide you effortlessly thru your apprenticeship with the patience of Ghandi, while showing you step-by-step how to build the projects of your choice. Don't be afraid, his lovely nature and dry wit will make any novice feel comfortable. If necessary, Jack and his fantastic teaching assistant John will hold your hand. Bring in an idea and they will help you figure out a plan, select your materials, and safely teach you to operate the tools necessary to create your masterpiece. The class has an enormous woodshop at your disposal, complete with every power tool you'll ever need. You can even purchase wood for your project in the shop.

Classes with lab time are offered weekdays and Saturdays for an affordable $20 per unit. It's so easy, you have no excuse but to unleash your inner-woodworker. It's a fantastic way to satisfy that creative thirst and introduce you to a lifelong hobby. But be careful, tools are addicting and you might just be inspired to turn your garage into the New Yankee Workshop.


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July 22, 2008