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If you've already taken a wood lathe sharpening class at BARN and want to refesh your skills, this class is for you.
The instructor will review how to sharpen gouges according to BARN protocol. You will also get advice about how to sharpen other tools (e.g., skews, parting tools, scrapers). If you want to practice on on your own tools, you are welcome to bring them.
Instructor: Jamie Straw
**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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Instructor: Mike Morgan
* This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Interested in being a safety monitor in the Woodworking Studio at BARN? This two-session class will explain the safety monitor program and the responsibilities of the shop monitor.
Session one will cover BARN and woodshop policies, safety of users, safe operation of tools, woodshop systems including lighting, dust collection, cleanup, and opening and closing procedures for Open Studio. Session two will go into detail on the safe operation of several of the more complex tools including the SawStop table saws, band saws and wide-belt sander. Monitor candidates must also authorize a background check and shadow an experienced monitor on a shift before they are approved for the position.
Monitors must be BARN members and should be able to volunteer an average of one three-hour shift each month.
Monitors are not paid but they may use the studio when the shop hasn't been reserved for other events, such as classes, shop maintenance times, or scheduled community service projects. Identify these times by checking the online Woodworking Studio calendar or the printed calendar posted at the entry to the studio. Monitors must work in pairs.
This class is free but please register so we know how many to expect.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
Instructor: Don Johnson
If you've already taken at least one woodturning class at BARN and want to renew your safety practices and gouge skills, this class is for you.
The instructor will lead a brief overview of the lathe and how to mount stock,
then review how to present the gouge and prevent “catches.” Once you feel comfortable, you will be able to practice turning some shapes on wood that BARN will provide. The focus of this class is on turning between centers, not making bowls.
Instructor: Kevin Kelly
This refresher class is designed for BARN woodworkers who answer "yes" to any of these questions:
The class is intended as a conversation, led by two studio managers. It will include:
We are scheduling multiple sessions of this class. If your first choice of date and time is full, please select another. If no class still has room, please join the waitlist for one of them so we can try to schedule an additional session. If the scheduled times don't work for you and you want to request a class at a different time, please email email@example.com.
Instructors: Marvin Crosland and Jamie Straw
If you've already taken at least one bowl-turning class at BARN but want a refresher after the long closure, this class will help you renew your gouge skills and safety practices.
The instructor will give a brief overview of the lathe, show how to mount stock and review the sequential steps needed to turn a bowl, including mounting
and re-mounting, how to present the gouge and how to prevent “catches.” Once
you feel comfortable, you will be able to practice on stock that BARN will provide.
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
Instructors: Michael Gunderson and Mike Gearheard
Instructors: Tad Lhamon, Mike Rehder and Jamie Straw
Are you looking to delve into selling your work, or bolster a business that may have slowed over the last year? This class is designed to support artisans and others who are looking to hone their business skills particularly in the area of product packaging, pricing & promotion. Experienced business consultant Stuart Walton will share information and guidance on how to create a practical one-page business plan in a changing marketplace. He’ll touch on business licensing and legal structure as well as other steps you can take to become an even more organized business owner. After a presentation there will be time to ask questions and get individualized advice. We hope this workshop will help you take your business to the next level!
This class is taught by long-time Bainbridge Island business owner Stuart Walton. Stuart has taught entrepreneurial training classes for over 12 years and is recognized as a business specialist who lectured at many local and state events and given lectures local universities. He has presented nationally and internationally including at the White House Counsel for Building Small Businesses. and the Asset Building Coalition for the State of Washington. Stuart was a Bainbridge Island Historical Society board member, the Secretary/Treasurer of the Winslow Way Property Owners Association, Chairperson of the Business Development Committee on the Winslow Tomorrow project, Boy Scout Leader, and with his wife owned Paper Products on Winslow Way for 12 years.
Get checked out on the Woodworking Studio’s major power tools not covered in the Tools 1 safety class. This Tools 2 safety class may be taken without first having taken the Tools 1 safety class. Provided you have also attended our free Orientation to the Woodshop class, completing Woodshop Tool Safety 2 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time or in classes that have this as a prerequisite:
Instructor: Jeanne Huber
Effective and enjoyable woodturning is dependent on sharp tools that have quality profiles. Learn to sharpen the tools you need to turn spindles, bowls and other projects on the wood lathe.
This class is strongly recommended for students enrolled in Introduction to Bowl Turning and graduates of Introduction to Woodturning. This class is required for any turners who wish to use BARN turning tools on an ongoing basis. You will receive hands-on training for sharpening gouges (roughing gouges, and spindle and bowl gouges) A brief overview of sharpening other tools such as parting tools, skews and scrapers will be included, based on the skills learned in this class.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning classes. She is past Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.
Get started on your woodturning adventure with this three-session beginner's class, where you’ll complete small spindle projects as you learn safety, tool control and how to create the basic shapes involved in spindle and bowl turning.
By successfully completing this class and our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class, you will be cleared to use the wood lathes for spindle turning during Open Studio. You will also be eligible to take a bowl-turning class, although it is strongly suggested that you spend time turning in Open Studio a few times before you enroll in that class. (Note that you still must take Tool Safety Classes before using other power tools in the Studio.)
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
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:
* This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
Because they cut fast and loud, routers can be one of the scariest woodworking tools. But they are also one of the most versatile. With a router, you can create your own molding for picture frames, cut joints, detail edges, create inlays, make multiple matching parts, and much more. Whole books are written about routers and what they can do.
This class focuses on the basics and safe practices so you can confidently set up and use both hand-held routers and table-mounted routers. The class is limited to four students to ensure hands-on time for everyone.
At the first session, you will learn how to use the router table safely. You will change router bits, adjust the fence, and run softwood and hardwood samples, to see how the effects vary. While the class won't focus on creating a project, you will wind up with skills that you can use later to create picture frames or other projects.
The second session will focus on hand-held routers. You will learn about the different types and will install and adjust edge bits. You will shape edges and create edge rabbits.
Instructor: Don Johnson has been using routers for more than 30 years to create a variety of furniture pieces and table stands. He especially appreciates the way using a router adds a level of sophistication to any wood project He's found that routers are perfect for creating rabbits for glass or stone insets.
This class has prerequisites. See below.
Learn the basics of designing and building Euro-style cabinets, also known as frameless cabinets, as you build one cabinet with the dimensions and combination of drawers and/or shelves that you want.
The class will start with an overview of cabinet styles, with an emphasis on Euro-style cabinets and their components. There will also be a discussion about cabinet materials and useful tools. At the first session, you will also sketch the cabinet you want to build and learn how to make a cut list and estimate the materials you will need. You will be asked to pay for the materials so that they can be ordered and delivered before the second session. Bring approximate dimensions to the class!
At the remaining sessions, you'll build your cabinet. You'll learn how to accurately and safely cut down sheets of plywood and how to assemble the pieces into sturdy, square cabinet boxes. You'll also learn how to add components: shelves, doors and drawers. You'll have to install the cabinet on your own after the class, but the class will teach you the process.
Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
Instructors: Dave Whitacre, Scott Weigle and Wayne Chang.
Dave moved to Bainbridge in 2013 after he retired as a petroleum engineer in Alaska. Woodworking has been his hobby for the past 40-plus years. He's enjoyed designing and building traditional-styled furniture and hopes to broaden his skills and techniques now that he has more time to devote to the craft.
Scott has been a woodworker since his early days in a high school shop class. He looks forward to sharing his joy of wood, tools and the creative process with participants in this introductory course, and he bets you will discover there is no better place than the BARN to exercise your creativity with this amazing medium.
Wayne enjoys the challenge and problem solving that goes along with woodworking. In the past, most of his woodworking involved rebuilding his 100-year-old house. Now it revolves around anything that his daughter asks him to build. He also coordinates the community service projects done in the Woodworking Studio.
Learn whittling — the art of using a single sharp knife to turn a piece of wood into a character rich with detail. The material and tool fit into a pocket or a purse, making this craft an ideal way to be creative during otherwise empty minutes, such time spent waiting for a ferry or between appointments.
In this class, you will learn how to mark a blank, safely whittle it to shape, and add the final details that bring your pieces to life. You will also learn how to keep your knife sharp and how to select good wood for whittling.
He was taught early on that he could make anything from wood and he is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
Learn to use woodworking tools safely, efficiently and with precision while you build one or more projects of your own design. The pictures show just a few of the possibilities, which also might range from a cutting board or a cell phone amplifier to a shoe organizer or a jewelry holder. Or you could make a toy to give to a child. If you don't have an idea for your project, don't worry: We'll provide ideas to get your creative juices going.
This class will focus on hand tools and a couple of portable power tools, such as a cordless drill and a jigsaw. You will learn how to "read" a board to choose the best places to cut specific parts, how to use measuring and marking tools, how to choose and use the appropriate saw to cut out parts, how to smooth the parts, how to assemble pieces, and more. This isn't an "assemble-a-kit" class. You will be cutting, planning, gluing and finishing — and, we hope, getting excited about woodworking.