Woodworking Classes

    • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, December 22, 2020
    • (PST)
    • 7 sessions
    • Zoom Room 2
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Share your woodworking successes and challenges and learn what others in the BARN woodworker community are doing in a new series of online meetings.

    Scheduled on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings of the month, these sessions will usually begin with a small bit of prepared content, such as pictures of projects that members want to show, or interviews with local pro woodworkers, or tours of home shops — whatever content members of the group suggest. After the prepared content, we’ll have a chance to touch base on areas of interest with each other. You can ask technical questions, share lessons you've  learned, suggest classes you'd like to take.

    If you have pictures to share or a topic to suggest, please email woodclasses@bainbridgebarn.org.

    Details:

    • Free and open to all.
    • Registration is not required. But if you register, you will receive an email with the Zoom login instructions 1 day before each session. Please watch for this email. The login will be the same from week to week. You can sign up even if some sessions have already happened.
    • These meetings will be held via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.

    • Friday, September 25, 2020
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • SDFWA Zoom Room
    • 10
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    **This presentation will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Join us for a free laser cutter presentation from the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association.

    Details:

    • This event is open to BARN Members only. Please register to receive the Zoom link to join.
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with. Please watch for this email.




    • Saturday, October 24, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Saturday, October 31, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Wood Zoom Room, Class Code WO102420AL
    • 1
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    Get hands-on experience with Cold-Bend Hardwood — wood that's so flexible you can tie it in knots, without the need for steam or laminating thin layers. Yet when the wood dries, the shape will be fixed and you can wow your friends by asking: "How in the heck did I do that?"

    A Gig Harbor company, Pure Timber LLC, sells the wood for use in everything from curved-roof buildings to wooden bicycles. The wood is also used to great effect by artists, including the instructor for this online class, who made the jigsaw creature with the curved tail and snout shown in the picture. The wood is subjected to intense heat and pressure in a way that compresses the fibers longitudinally but leaves moisture in the cell cavities. Until that moisture evaporates, the wood remains flexible.


    Pure Timber sells sample packs on its website, but they start at $120. For this class, you will get a smaller sample pack with sizes that the instructor recommends as a good place to start. Your kit will include at least a dozen pieces 48 inches long in a variety of thicknesses and widths, from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch, plus at least one piece about 1/8 inch thick and 3 inches wide. The pieces will arrive in plastic wrap, which should keep them flexible.

    At the first session, the instructor, Art Liestman, will show how he has used this wood, often as a component of pieces that also involved woodturning. He will share tips and discuss limitations of the wood. Liestman will suggest ideas for experimenting with the material, but there is no set project. You will then have a week to experiment.

    At the second session, students will show their projects and the instructor and students will discuss what went well and what didn't. Both sessions will be interactive, so you can ask questions and get answers.


    You will need to supply tools and other materials:

    • A saw to cut pieces to length. For the 1/8” x 3” size, a jigsaw, band saw, jeweler's saw or other fine-tooth, curve-cutting saw would be useful if you want to cut something like the leaf shape shown in the picture.
    • A pan to soak the blanks in water overnight.
    • Sandpaper and possibly a power sander, though not essential for experimenting.
    • Jig materials, which can range from plywood scraps at least 1/2 inch thick to curved shapes, to empty tin cans and short pieces of dowels in different diameters to bend the wood in smooth curves.
    • Improvised ways of providing pressure while your pieces dry. These can include a screws (plus a drill and screwdriver), rubber bands in various sizes, and small clamps.
    Details:
    • Please note that registration closes 10 business days before the first session, to allow time to assemble and/or mail kits.
      If you opt to have your kit mailed, please verify your mailing address when you register. You will receive an email and tracking number when package has been shipped. If you are picking up at BARN, we will email you when the kits are ready with information on when and where to pick up your kit.
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • An email will be sent to you one day before each session with the Zoom link to join the class. Please watch for this email.
    • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week!  
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • Open to beginners. Ages 14+ are welcome. (Youth may need supervision.)

    Instructor bio:

    Art Liestman, who lives in Vancouver, B.C., is well-known as a wood turner and woodturning instructor. He has presented to woodturners' clubs throughout the United States and Canada, including several repeat trips to the Olympic Peninsula Woodturners. He has been teaching online since the pandemic closures last spring.

    He specializes in what he calls the lost wood process, in which he turns turning spindle blanks made of three layers. He then cuts the pieces, separates the layers and glues the outside layers back together to create turned objects that aren't round in cross-section. It was a short journey from that sleight-of-hand to incorporating cold-bending wood in his pieces.

    Liestman's work can be seen on his website, artliestman.com

     



    • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, October 29, 2020
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN's Woodshop Zoom Room, Class Code: WO102720KK
    • 0
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    Learn to make bentwood rings using thin layers of wood called veneer. In this two-evening online class, you will complete one ring and wind up with the know-how and materials to make five to 10 more rings on your own.

    During the first session, the instructor will discuss the process, explain what woods work well for rings, and  suggest ways you can incorporate patterns into your design. You will begin making your ring by cutting and then steaming or boiling the wood to make it pliable for bending.

    You will pick up the process the next session, once the wood has fully dried in place. During this second session, you will glue, sand, and then finish the ring with fast-curing cyanoacrylate (CA) glue, giving you a finished piece that is both lightweight and durable.

    The materials fee covers veneers, glue, sanding materials and other disposables, and the shipping cost to mail these to you. If you are a member, you can opt to pick up the materials at BARN and save the shipping cost.

    You will need to provide the following:

    • Sharp knife to cut veneers (X-Acto or similar precision cutting knife, pocket knife, or sharp kitchen knife)
    • Straight-edge or ruler
    • Surface to cut on safely (piece of wood or craft mat)
    • Microwave and microwavable dish/mug OR stovetop with pot
    • Paper towels (will be used for finishing so cannot be cloth)
    • Handheld drill (corded or cordless) will make the process much easier, but is optional
    Details:
    • Please note that registration closes 10 business days before the first session, to allow time to assemble and/or mail kits.
      If you opt to have your kit mailed, please verify your mailing address when you register. You will receive an email and tracking number when package has been shipped. If you are picking up at BARN, we will email you when the kits are ready with information on when and where to pick up your kit.
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • An email will be sent to you one day before each session with the Zoom link to join the class. Please watch for this email.
    • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week!  
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • Open to beginners. Ages 14+ are welcome. (Youth may need supervision.)

    Instructor bio:

    Kevin Kelly is always making things: building nonprofit databases in his day job, turning bowls on the lathe in the evenings, or building new things for around the yard on the weekend. He has been making bentwood rings since 2014, when he finally gave up on his poorly-fitting wedding ring in favor of a homemade one from walnut.



    • Wednesday, October 28, 2020
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Zoom Room 1, Class Code: WO102820MG
    • 12
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    **This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

    The first step in designing and making any object is translating the idea into a two-dimensional plan, and that starts with a drawing.

    In this class, you will learn how to add one- and two-point perspective to sketches as you experiment with different design ideas and settle on a final plan.

    This class is for beginners and people who want to revisit their drawing skills.  This class will be useful to you whatever your discipline.  

    Details:

    • Registration will close at Noon on Tuesday, October 27th.
    • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
    • A link will be sent to join the Zoom online meeting to the email address you register with. Please watch for this email.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 
    • In gratitude to our members for their continued support during the closures, BARN is offering all classes for free to BARN members through December 2020.  Members are still responsible for paying materials and mailing fees, where applicable. If a class is full, please add your name to the wait list in case a space opens up or we are able to offer another class. Check our calendar frequently as more classes are being added each week!

    Instructor: Michael Gunderson moved to Bainbridge after a thirty-plus year career in California Public education.  His degree is in the arts and has taught classes in art, jewelry, ceramics and the trades, as well as serving as an activities and athletic director.  He has always found a great pleasure in communicating with young people.

    He thinks of himself as a person who solves visual problems.  He proposes a situation and looks to openly create a visual answer, whether it be paint, wood or combinations of media. He is not political in his work - not even angry. He's looking for the fun and the whacky.

      
    • Saturday, December 05, 2020
    • (PST)
    • Sunday, December 13, 2020
    • (PST)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO120520ME
    • 5
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    Please note that this class will only be held at BARN if Kitsap County has been approved for Phase 3.


    *This class has prerequisites. See below.

    Gain confidence in using a wide array of power tools safely in this three-week component of BARN's Intro to Woodworking series.

    You will build a sturdy, two-step stepstool of solid wood and plywood. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common stationary and portable tools in the woodshop:

    • table saw
    • band saw
    • miter saw
    • jointer
    • planer
    • drill press
    • oscilating spindle sander
    • router
    • biscuit joiner
    • hand drill
    • impact driver
    • random orbit sander

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+
    • * Prerequisites: Beginners are welcome, but you must first complete our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class plus Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and 2. If you have not taken these classes, please register for them before you sign up for this class. For more details, see the Woodshop calendar here.
    • If you want to take our full Beginning Woodworking series, you can take this class or Beginning Woodworking: Hand Tools in either order. Both classes are required to take Beginning Woodworking: Design & Build a Table.
    • Wear close-toe shoes, avoid loose clothing and dangling jewelry, and tie back long hair.
    Instructor: Mo Ellis
    • Monday, February 22, 2021
    • (PST)
    • Wednesday, February 24, 2021
    • (PST)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Small Classroom, Class Code: JE022221AV
    • 2
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    Have you ever built a project and then been disappointed by the design result? By making quick, easy scaled models first, you can play around with different design solutions and settle on one that incorporates your favorite elements — before you embark on building the full-size project in wood, metal or other materials. Scaled models are also useful for artists working on projects such as books with popup or fold-out elements.

    Designing anything in three dimensions really benefits from using three-dimensional models. In this two-session class, you will learn how to build scaled physical models that are classic 3-D design aids. You'll be working mostly with paper, card stock and basswood, and you will be encouraged to modify your models as you experiment with design and technique.

    This two session class covers:

    • tools and materials that professional modelmakers use.
    • how to choose the appropriate scale for your model, and why it's sometimes useful to scale up a model (if your ultimate project is small, such as a ring) as well as to scale down (if you are designing something big, such as a table).
    • tools useful for ensuring accurate models.
    • techniques for cutting, assembling and modifying accurate models.

    At the first session, you will learn about the tools and materials and make a simple model of a project suggested by the instructor. At the second session, you will make models and experiment with design options for a project of your own choosing. The overriding principle is to have fun both in making models as well as discovering how to further refine your design.

    Details:

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • The materials fee includes the cost of an architect's scale, which you will be able to take home and use for future models.


    Instructor: Alec Vassiliadis studied models from a very young age. He built  lots of scale models of planes, cars and boats, and painted, altered and sometimes destroyed them. "So, naturally, I gravitated to architectural school, where I excelled at building models," he said. After working as an architect for about a year, he gave up on paper as a medium of design and fell back into building models. It did not take long before he was turning his life passion into a profession. He has been building models for architects and industrial designers for the past 40 years.




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