Rediscover The Joys Of Shop Class In New Bern


The public power community of New Bern, North Carolina is not only an enchanting haven for boating enthusiasts and history buffs, but the City reflects a distinct architectural heritage like nowhere else. Situated where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet, this port city was named in honor of the founding patron’s home city of Bern, Switzerland, and is the second oldest European-settled colonial city in the state.

From Georgian and Federal-style buildings, to Greek revival and Victorian mansions, each showcases the exceptional craftsmanship of the skilled artisans of their day. Now, there’s a group of citizens sharing their love of woodworking with a new generation of would-be carpenters, hobbyists, and makers.

The brainchild of owner and master carpenter Maurice Howland, Shop Class, is a DIY community workshop located in downtown New Bern where residents and visitors can turn wood into beautiful, functional works of art. Assisted by veteran woodworker and instructor, Joe Clay, Shop Class is both a classroom and a creative workspace for skilled woodworkers and novices alike to share their passion for the craft, while learning a few tricks of the trade along the way. Visit to learn more.


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