There are many ways to learn woodworking. Books and DVDs are a great source of information, and there's nothing wrong with trial ans error. But if you really want to sharpen your skills or pick up a new technique, nothing beats a woodworking class.
If you live within traveling distance of one of the many Rockler Woodworking and Hardware store's that offer classes, you're really in luck. The woodworking classes held at Rockler retail stores are taught by experienced woodworkers who are enthusiastic about their craft. Class sizes are small - 10 students or less in most cases - so you can expect the kind of individualized instruction that really helps when you're learning something new.
Here's a sample of the great woodworking instruction upcoming at Rockler retail stores around the country:
Free next Tuesday evening? The Minneapolis store is offering a class on panel door construction August 1, from 5:00 to 9:00 pm. You'll learn everything you need to know about this fundamental cabinetmaker's skill to make standard and arched top raised panel doors.
August 5 at the Denver store, Cindy Drozda will offer instruction in the techniques she uses to produce her signature style lidded containers (see "Yemaya," above). This is a great opportunity to learn from a master wood turner who has elevated the craft to the level of fine art. Students will work on their own projects and most will take home a completed container.
Also on August 5, the Phoenix store is offering an advanced turning class. If you are an intermediate-level wood turner, this would be an excellent opportunity to sharpen your skills and learn techniques that go beyond the basics.