About Masterpiece School of Furniture

Masterpiece School of Furniture (MSF) is a state-of-the-art woodworking school that creates an inspirational environment in which professionals and non-professionals are skillfully mentored in the superior techniques and exquisite fine art of furniture making.


Our Mission is to inspire and mentor students individually and as a group to express their innermost passion and potential for creating aesthetically beautiful, primarily functional furniture.  In the process, we cultivate a strong, cohesive community that truly enjoys and supports each another.

We accomplish our Mission through richly varied, outstandingly designed curriculums taught by instructors that are not only experts in woodworking and furniture making, they are successful business people who practice what they teach.  Our classes are held in a beautiful building in downtown Marysville, California, which houses spacious, light-filled working and shop areas that are custom-designed to support our students’ artistic expression and developing skills.  Our historical building also houses a street-front gallery to showcase finished work and inspire the unexpressed artistic visions of those that stroll past our site daily.


Masterpiece School of Furniture is modeled, in part, on a previously successful woodworking and furniture making school by the same name.  The original school was established in 1997 in Fort Bragg, California, where it encouraged students from near and far locations to become true craftspeople.  Owner James Bowie, who has an international reputation for his fine furniture building skills, relocated to Marysville, California, and reestablished the school in a much larger facility remodeled specifically for optimum teaching and project work.

The new school carries forward successful features of the original – such as low student-to-teacher ratios and well-designed classes taught by outstanding instructors with professional-level woodworking and furniture making skills. However, the new building, which is more than twice the original’s size, provides more spacious, easily visible, well-lit demonstration areas and plentiful, smartly designed work spaces.

Marysville, which used to be the State capital of California during the gold rush days, has many natural attractions: hunting, fishing, boating, and skiing, to name but a few.  Charming accommodation options, aromatic bistros, antique stores harboring rare treasures, and quaint, small-town culture make it a delightful destination for non-local students.  The vineyards of Napa are close by, beautiful Yuba City is right next door, and Sacramento and its airport is only 30 minutes away.  San Francisco and the Bay Area are within reach via a 2.5-hour drive.  Marysville offers the best of both city and country living and is simply a lovely place to indulge a hobby or enhance your career.