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San Diego County Fair
June 5 to July 5, 2015 -
See our student work displayed

Pdf files you can download along with CFT Degree and Certificate classes by semester

Summer 2015 CFT flyer

New Summer Classes


NEW Fall 2015 Class Schedule

Note: Not all classes are offered each semester. The Palomar School Schedule lists the current semester's classes and when available in the Spring 2015 School Schedule.

News Announcements


MARCH 12 – The intersession and summer schedule will be available online at www.palomar.edu
APRIL 27 – Registration begins for the Intersession and the Summer session
MAY 19 – Intersession Begins
JUNE 15 – Summer session Begins

Palomar Tuition fees are
$46.00 a unit

The Cabinet and Furniture Technology Department of Palomar College is having a SHOP TOUR for SDFWA members in April.  It will begin at 9:00 AM on Saturday April 18, 2015.  Come and see our wonderful new facility. We are located in the “T” building of the Palomar College San Marcos Campus.   www.palomar.edu/maps/

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Sawmill Information

Campus Sawmill
Wood-Mizer website

Urban Forestry Resources:

If you have further questions about our Urban Forestry program, contact our Director of Urban Forestry, Dave Thomsen at 760-744-1150, x-2554.

Phil Goettsch

Dave Thomsen
Palomar College Instructor are Palomar's key representatives of the
Urban Forestry program.

Tree identification program offered by the Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute.

California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection
Eric A. Oldar,
Regional Field Specialist
Urban & Community Forestry

Urban Forestry at Palomar College

Chris with the donated Wood-MizerPalomar College is a leading community college located in southern California. It has achieved wide recognition for its Cabinet and Furniture Technology Department. Over 500 students are enrolled in classes each semester. In the spring of 2000 the Department embarked upon a program to establish and sustain an urban forest wood products facility. One of the objectives of this program is to provide exposure and awareness, educate and generate community participation in the process of recycling trees in a sustainable urban forest.

The urban forestry program, located on the main college campus, has on loan from Cal Fire a Wood-Mizer portable saw mill and two drying kilns. The saw mill is housed in a timber frame structure, specifically built for that purpose. In addition there is a portable saw mill which is used to cut large logs. With this equipment we are able to produce quality lumber from urban trees. We are the only such mill in San Diego County.

The program works closely with the county of San Diego and communities within the county to obtain trees for milling. Without their cooperation, felled trees would most probably end up in landfills. Instead, they are delivered or picked up and brought to the campus. Species include, redwood, ash, black acacia, pepper, silver maple, torrey pine, sycamore, pecan, elm, carrot, black oak and white oak. Once the trees reach campus, they are stored until they are milled. While there is some custom milling for special orders, generally the logs are cut into 4 quarter and 8 quarter slabs. These slabs are stored until they are placed in kilns to be dried. Once dried, in about four weeks, the wood is made available to students for their various projects and to the public. Monies raised from the sales are dedicated to assist in sustaining the program.

We have been able to create quality lumber from urban trees. In turn our students have transformed this urban wood into high quality furniture, clocks, cabinets, musical instruments and timber frame buildings. Their work has achieved recognition at the San Diego County Fair.

The program is currently staffed by a facilities manager, two sawyers, and student volunteers. These people are responsible for the entire process of transforming logs into boards. The mill operates two days a week during the school year. This year alone we have produced about 4,000 board feet of urban lumber.

Phil Goettsch

Dave Thomsen

Palomar College Instructor Dave Thomsen and Phil Goettsch are Palomar's key representatives of the
Urban Forestry program.

Note: Not all classes are offered each semester.
The Palomar School Schedule page lists the current semester's classes.