Woodworking Classes

    • Tuesday, July 27, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, September 28, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • Class time is Pacific Time
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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.

    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. You can register at any time even if a session has passed.
    • Registration is required to receive an email with the Zoom login instructions. You will receive an email 1 day before each session. Please watch for this email. The Zoom link will be the same from week to week. You can sign up even if some sessions have already happened.
    • If you would like to be removed from the reminder email list, please contact Tammie at Registrar@bainbridgebarn.org.
    • These meetings will be held via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorialPlease make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.

    • Wednesday, August 04, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080421JS
    • 3
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    To turn wood effectively and enjoyably, you need sharp tools that have quality profiles. Learn to sharpen the tools you need to turn spindles, bowls and other projects on the wood lathe.

    In this class, you will learn to sharpen gouges according to BARN protocol and gain an understanding of how to sharpen other tools (e.g., skews, parting tools, scrapers). If you would like advice on your own tools, you are welcome to bring them.

    This class is strongly recommended for students who have completed Intro to Woodturniing or are enrolled in Intro to Bowl Turning. The class is required for any turners who wish to use BARN turning tools on an ongoing basis.

    Details:

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Instructor bio: 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.

    • Wednesday, August 04, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080421TN
    • 0
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    Hand planes are invaluable for smoothing, squaring up and fitting pieces of wood, even for woodworkers who depend on power tools for many tasks.

    In this one-morning class, you will learn the basics of these invaluable tools: the different types and their purposes, how to adjust them, how to sharpen them, and how to use them. The focus will be on block planes and jack planes.

    This is not a "project" class, but it is hands-on. You'll work on practice boards and make piles of thin, curly shavings.

    Details:

    • Ages 14+, including beginners, are welcome.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more. Studio-specific safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

    • Thursday, August 05, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080521DS
    • 1
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    Want to make an electric guitar, a wooden sign with engraved letters or a sculpture or toy with interlocking parts? Or do you want to precision-cut wooden parts from expensive wood while minimizing waste? The Woodworking Studio's CNC router is the tool for you — but for many woodworkers, using it can be daunting.

    By signing up for a Custom CNC Router Project class, you will get one-on-one help (or two-on-one help if you want to team up with a friend and share the cost) in carrying out your project. The help available will be tailored to what you need. If you have nothing other than a pencil sketch, you'll be matched with a BARN instructor skilled in design and use of the Fusion 360 or VCarvePro design programs. If you already have a design in a digital program and just need help in translating that design into the code that controls the CNC router, securing your work, and running the router, that's the help you will get.

    Custom CNC Router Project classes are set up for an initial two-hour session. If you already have a design in Fusion 360, you may be able to complete your project within that time. If you are starting from scratch, the initial session may not be enough but you will get a better idea of the scope of work involved and you will be able to schedule the additional time you need.

    Because every project is different, please email woodcnc@bainbridgebarn.org and give an idea of what you want to do. Include a sketch if you have one. Other times are available, so if this scheduled class doesn't work for you, please include in your email several times when you are generally available.

    • Saturday, August 07, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080721TN
    • 0
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    Pic of Dove tail box exampleDovetails started out as a practical solution to keep drawers from coming apart as people tugged and pushed them in and out. Today, they still serve that  purpose. But, in an era when there are also machine-assisted ways to join wood at right angles, projects with hand-cut dovetails are also a code for fine craftsmanship. 

    Learning how to make these joints is a sure way to build your woodworking skills, because the process involves the fundamental steps common to all hand-cut joinery.  In this class, you will learn how to design, lay out and mark dovetails, and how to cut them accurately and efficiently using hand saws and chisels. You'll also learn the tricks to getting them to fit perfectly.

    There won't be enough time in this class to complete a project, but you will go home with one completed corner, which you can use to refresh your memory later about which parts to cut and which to leave. It's surprisingly easy to get that mixed up if you haven't cut dovetails for a while, so having a reference piece can save you a lot of grief.

    Details

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • Open to beginners, but prior hand-tool experience is recommended. Related skills — such as how to sharpen tools — won't be covered in this class.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes.

    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.


    • Monday, August 09, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Friday, August 20, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 10 sessions
    • Outdoor Classroom 1&2, Class Code: WO080921RN
    • 0
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    **This class will be held at BARN under the canopy in the back.**

    Build your own sea kayak, using well-tested plans from Chesapeake Light Craft. This class was originally posted for teens 14-18, but it is now open to adults as well.

    In this 10-session class, you will learn from an expert how to build a 14-, 16- or 17-foot kayak, depending on the model you choose. You will use the stitch-and-glue technique with epoxy to assemble the hull and deck, then finish the boat inside and out with fiberglass and epoxy resin, and install hardware and the seat. And finally, you will brush on marine varnish to help protect your boat from damaging ultraviolet rays from the sun. You will use power sanders and a variety of hand tools.

    At the completion of the class, you can expect to take home a sea kayak that will give you years of pleasure as you explore the waters around Bainbridge Island and beyond.

    Special details:

    • Team or solo? You have the option of signing up to build a boat on your own (Solo Build). Or you can sign up with a teammate and together build one boat (Team Build).
    • Choose your model. When you register, you will be asked to choose a model. The Chesapeake 14 is designed for paddlers who weigh 60 to 135 pounds. The Chesapeake 16LT (shown in the lower picture) is ideal for paddlers who weigh 100 to 160 pounds. And the Chesapeake 17LT (top picture) is for paddlers who weigh 160 to 220 pounds. Please review the company's kayak fit table, which shows cockpit dimensions, shoe sizes and other details, so that you select the best boat for you. Light-touring kayaks are more streamlined and nimble than standard kayaks but still have enough cargo space for backpacking-type gear if you want to head out for a few days. 
    • Materials fee. This fee covers kits and other supplies, such as marine varnish. Kits for the longer boats cost $100 more than for the 14-foot model, which is why you will see that up-charge when you select a model. The materials fee includes estimated shipping costs. But because those are rising rapidly, there may be an additional charge, If that is necessary, you will be notified and can then decide whether to proceed or get a full refund.
    • Open Studio overlap. The Woodworking Studio offers 30 hours a week of Open Studio time for people to work on personal projects. To accommodate this two-week, all-day class, some class hours will overlap with Open Studio. The instructor will try to schedule use of key power tools while the class has exclusive use of the shop, but during Open Studio, students will need to take their turn for use of tools, just as other studio users do.  Students will have use of two large canopies outside for assembling the kayaks.
    • Additional days possible: This is the first time BARN has offered this class so we are not sure whether two weeks is enough time for students to complete the kayaks. If needed, we will schedule additional class time on Saturday and Sunday mornings in September.

    Details:

    • Participants must be 14 or older. Beginners are welcome.
    • To make sure we have the kits in time for the class, registration will close Tuesday, June 15, at 9:00 AM. Refunds or credits will not be issued after this date.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 
    • If you are registering your youth, please put in the "First Name" field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours). Please complete and return this minor permission form if BARN does not already have one on file for your child
    • For a TEAM build please include both names, with the second name in parenthesis.  All reminders will be sent to the email address you use to register. 
    • BARN will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Students and instructors will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of six feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick.  More details can be found here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes, avoid loose-fitting clothing and dangling jewelry, and tie back long hair. Please bring your own safety glasses, which you can purchase at a local hardware store or lumberyard. Glasses must be certified to ANSI Standard Z87 or the equivalent European Union Standard EN 166.

    Instructor bio:

    Robert Niclas' passion for artisan woodworking started when he was quite young. His father was an artist, musician and photographer but was  employed by an oil company, so the family moved often. That exposed Robert to a great variety of art forms while they were living in the Middle East, visiting the Mediterranean, Scandinavia and other parts of Europe, and the Western States. Robert also traveled around the Far East while he was in the Navy for six years.

    He met his wife, a New Zealander, while they were living in Sweden.  After marrying ,they moved to New Zealand, where Robert attended Carrington Polytechnic and completed the Trade Certificate and Advanced Trade Certificate in Furniture Making.  He went on to work in all fields of woodworking,  including building and renovating houses, creating furniture, and carving and turning wood. He also spent 30 years building luxury yacht interiors.  

    Currently Robert operates his own shop at home, where he makes furniture, wood carvings, small craft (canoes, kayaks and row boats), and electric violins and cellos. See his work at robertniclas.com.



    • Monday, August 09, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Wood Shop, Class Code: WO080921JW
    • 0
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    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    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.

    Details:

    • This class is free, but registration is required.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

    Instructor: Jeff Williams

    • Monday, August 09, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Friday, August 13, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN ETA & Woodworking studios, Class Code: WO+ETA080921AE
    • 3
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    This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

    Learn to use the VCarve Pro software program to design and cut inlays on the Woodworking Studio's CNC router.

    Each student will attend three of the five  sessions shown as class dates. For the first session, the full class will meet in the Electronics & Technical Arts lab to review VCarve Pro, discuss inlays and start design.

    The remaining sessions will be in the Woodworking Studio. The class will be divided into smaller groups to avoid too much waiting in line. The specific schedule will be finalized at the first class session.

    At its second session, each group will review/finalize designs, learn safe operation of the CNC router, set up the projects, cut the materials (walnut and maple), and glue them up. At the third session, students will cut off excess inlay material and sand the inlays.

    Details:

    • Open to students 14 years old and older who have taken VCarve Pro for CNC Routing.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone in the studios is required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick. Overall BARN safety policies are here. Woodworking Studio-specific safety policies are here.
    • In addition to the mask requirement, when you are working in the Woodworking Studio, you must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Instructor: Al Ebken is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. (In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection. Using VCarve Pro, he also made the hummingbird inlay shown in the top picture.)
    • Monday, August 09, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Monday, August 16, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO080921TN
    • 0
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    How you start on a woodworking project can make all the difference in how it turns out. Fail to figure out construction details beforehand, and some pieces can wind up too short. Or skip some wood-preparation steps, and all the joinery you later work to create can wind up sloppy.

    This three-evening class will help you get started on your woodworking projects in a way that helps ensure good results. You will learn how to:

    • develop a design and draw it on paper in a way that helps you work out construction details.
    • create a cut list and use it to estimate materials you need.
    • prepare wood so that it is foursquare, with sides that are flat, parallel with opposite sides, and at right angles to one another.
    • mill that prepared wood to lengths needed for a project.
    This is not a "project" class. The focus will be on learning the steps needed to create parts for a furniture-quality woodworking project and on safe use of the necessary tools: jointer, planer, table saw and miter saw. All cuts will be on practice wood.

    Details:

    • Open to students 14+ years old. Beginners are welcome.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.
    • Tuesday, August 10, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO080121JH
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    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the BARN Woodshop's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. This is a hands-on course and students will be given a piece of wood to cut and shape according to specific measurements.   (This is a companion to the Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 class.  The Woodshop Tool Safety 2 class may be taken before or after taking this Woodshop Tool Safety 1 class.  Please see the calendar for more details.) 

    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: 

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointers
    • Chop saw
    • Drill presses

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.
    Instructor: Jeanne Huber
    • Friday, August 13, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Wood Shop, Class Code: WO081321JW
    • 0
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    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    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.

    Details:

    • This class is free, but registration is required.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes.

    Instructor: Jeff Williams

    • Saturday, August 14, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO081421TN
    • 0
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    Mortise and tenon joinery is part of nearly every furniture project where wood needs to be fastened at right angles. Today, you can create these interlocking joints using a variety of machines — or skip the noise and cut the pieces by hand, as craftspeople have done for centuries.

    This class covers the types of mortise and tenon joints, how to design them, and how to create them with hand tools. You will learn to lay out and mark the pieces and how to cut them accurately and efficiently using hand saws and chisels. (To speed up the process, the class will use the drill press to prep the mortise pieces.) You'll also learn the tricks to getting the joints to fit perfectly.

    There won't be enough time in this class to complete a project, but you will go home with one or more sample joints.

    Details

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • Open to beginners, but prior hand-tool experience is recommended. Related skills — such as how to sharpen tools — won't be covered in this class.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone is required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick. Overall BARN safety policies are here. Studio-specific safety policies are here.
    • In addition to the mask requirement, you must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.

    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.


    • Sunday, August 15, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO031521JH
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    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:
    • Router and router table
    • Oscillating sander
    • Disc sander
    • Edge sander
    • Band saws 
    • Scroll saw

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.

    Instructor: Jeanne Huber

    • Monday, August 16, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, August 19, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Outdoor Classroom2, Class Code: WO081621CS
    • 0
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    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.

    Projects are subject to the instructor's approval.

    Details:

    • This class is for youth 10-14 years old.
    • To register your youth, please put in the "First Name" field your first name then in parenthesis put the youth's first and last name (if different than yours). The email address you register with is where all reminders will be sent.
    • Please click here to register youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from 12-1pm for the week of this class.
    • Please complete and return this minor permission form if BARN does not already have one on file for your child from a past class.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply. 
    • BARN will be practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Students and instructors will be required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of six feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick.  More details can be found here.
    • Wear close-toed shoes, avoid loose clothing and dangling jewelry, and tie back long hair. Please bring your own safety glasses, which you can purchase at a local hardware store or lumberyard. If you need a smaller size than what is commonly available, online sources sell youth-size safety glasses. Glasses must be certified to ANSI Standard Z87 or the equivalent European Union Standard EN 166.
    • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Saturday, August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN ETA & Woodworking studios, Class Code: WO+ETA08172AE
    • 1
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    This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

    Learn to use the VCarve Pro software program to design and cut inlays on the Woodworking Studio's CNC router.

    For the first session, the class will meet in the Electronics & Technical Arts lab to review VCarve Pro, discuss inlays and start design.

    The remaining sessions will be in the Woodworking Studio. At the second session, you will review/finalize designs, learn safe operation of the CNC router, set up your project, cut the materials (walnut and maple), and glue them up. At the third session, you will cut off excess inlay material and sand the inlays.

    Details:

    • Open to students 14 years old and older who have taken VCarve Pro for CNC Routing.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Everyone in the studios is required to wear masks, wash or sanitize hands frequently, maintain a distance of 6 feet between individuals, and stay home if they are sick. Overall BARN safety policies are here. Woodworking Studio-specific safety policies are here.
    • In addition to the mask requirement, when you are working in the Woodworking Studio, you must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Instructor: Al Ebken is a retired ocean engineer with many years of computer and computer-aided design experience. (In the picture, he's using the Woodworking Studio's CNC router to make parts for face shields to protect against coronavirus infection. Using VCarve Pro, he also made the hummingbird inlay shown in the top picture.)
    • Wednesday, August 18, 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Wood Shop, Class Code: WO081821JW
    • 1
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    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    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.

    Details:

    • This class is free, but registration is required.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes.

    Instructor: Jeff Williams

    • Saturday, August 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Sunday, August 29, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO082121TN
    • 4
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    Whether you are a musician who wants to learn woodworking techniques, or a woodworker who would like to learn the elements necessary to create stringed musical instruments, or just someone looking for a fun learning experience, this is the class for you!  

    Over two weekends and the Friday evening between them, you will make an intriguing three-stringed instrument that's tuned as a dulcimer. But whether you know how to play that instrument doesn't really matter because you will be able to play this instrument simply by placing the finger of one hand on a string while your other hand strums. The strings are tuned so that great music results, which is why the instructor likes to call these "strumsticks."

    In the class, you will be guided through the safe use of tools, including the bandsaw, router, drill press and stationary sanders.  You will learn to shape with hand tools, lay out scale lengths, and then string and strum the dulcimer guitar you create. And, finally, you will embellish your instrument. Options for the finish include milk paint, clear finishes, stains and designs that you burn into the wood.

    Details:

    • Registration will close on Wednesday, August 18th at 12:00 PM PST.
    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • This class is designed for both beginning and experienced woodworkers.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more. Studio-specific safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted is a BARN safety monitor and instructor. He studied woodworking and has worked as an assistant at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He worked with the inventor of this instrument, Beth Ireland, at three of the country's top craft schools: Penland School of Craft in North Carolina, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Tennessee and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine. He made the instruments in the picture above.
    • Monday, August 23, 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO092321JH
    • 3
    Register
    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the BARN Woodshop's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. This is a hands-on course and students will be given a piece of wood to cut and shape according to specific measurements.   (This is a companion to the Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 class.  The Woodshop Tool Safety 2 class may be taken before or after taking this Woodshop Tool Safety 1 class.  Please see the calendar for more details.) 

    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: 

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointers
    • Chop saw
    • Drill presses

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.
    Instructor: Jeanne Huber
    • Monday, August 23, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 4 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO082321CFK
    • 4
    Register

    * This class has prerequisites. Please see below.

    Have a well-loved piece of furniture in need of repair or just wish you knew how to bring one back into usable condition? Or do you want to touch up or even completely renew the finish on a fine piece? In this hands-on class, you will learn how to assess a piece of furniture and how to get it back into shape.

    You can bring your own piece of furniture or a part, such as a drawer, that needs help. If you don’t have a piece but would like to learn repair techniques, the instructor will provide a project for you to work on. The instructor will discuss the repair issues of each piece that students bring, so you will learn about a wider array of techniques than just what is needed for your own project.

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+. Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.
    • * 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.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Please click here to read more. Studio-specific safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • The materials fee includes shop supplies and materials provided by the instructor, but depending on your project, you may need to purchase additional materials. The instructor will discuss this at the first session, after evaluating your piece.
    • Any upholstery must be removed beforehand.
    • If your piece is so heavy or bulky that you need to store it in the shop for the duration of this class, the instructor must approve it beforehand. Please use this form to contact the instructor.
    • If your project is too challenging to complete within the four sessions of this class, you will be able to continue the work during Open Studio time or in a future furniture repair class. Open Studio is always free for members. Non-members can also participate without paying the usual $20 fee if they are completing a class project.

    Instructor: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. After earning a fine arts degree from Western Washington University, she worked in New Mexico as an apprentice ceramicist and then as an apprentice violin maker, developing her skills in fine woodworking and traditional finishes. She began designing and building custom furniture in the mid-1980s. Her interest in European, Early American and Asian antiques led her to focus on their restoration and repair.

    • Tuesday, August 24, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Thursday, August 26, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 2 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO082421BC
    • 4
    Register

    * This class has prerequisites. Please see below.

    Make two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter in this two-session class as you build your woodturning skills and learn some of the special techniques and insights needed for bowl-turning.

    The best (and most fun) way to hone your bowl-turning skills is to use green wood for the blanks. In this class you will turn two green-wood bowls, working on smooth and efficient cuts. In the first session, you will learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount the blank on the lathe, and how to use of a scroll chuck and bowl gouge. You will also learn how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries. In the second session, in addition to turning a second bowl, you will learn the basics about balancing grain and which Northwest woods are best for turning.

    By successfully completing these two sessions and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be qualified to turn bowls of this size independently during Open Studio time in the BARN Woodworking Studio.

    While this class is oriented to novice turners, it is also appropriate and useful for experienced turners who have predominantly used scrapers and wish to acquire or improve their gouge skills.

    Details:

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • *Open to students who have taken BARN's Intro to Woodturning class or demonstrated equivalent lathe safety and turning skills during a private studio session, which you can arrange by contacting Jamie Straw, (360) 551-9233, at least 10 days before this class. Students must also have taken our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. If you have not taken these classes, please register for them before you enroll in this class. Please see our calendar here for the orientation and safety classes.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.

    Instructor: Bruce Claiborne. He has been actively turning wood since 2007 and has taken lathe workshops from Kirk DeHerr, John Jordan, Richard Raffan, and others since that time.  He has been teaching at BARN since 2015.


    • Wednesday, August 25, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO082521TN
    • 4
    Register

    Learn to give plane blades and chisels a razor-sharp edge so you can experience the joy of doing fine woodworking by hand. Having sharp tools, whether they’re BARN’s or your own, is not only safer, it’s also key to dramatically improving the quality of your work.

    This class will focus on using water stones to sharpen blades. Bring one or two plane or chisel blades that need sharpening, if you have them. If they are in really bad shape, you might not have time to get them fully tuned up during the class. If you don’t have tools to bring, no problem. You can learn on BARN’s tools. BARN’s tools must be sharpened according to specifications that the studio has adopted. You can use other angles or processes for your own tools.

    BARN's sharpening equipment is available for use during Open Studio times, provided you have first taken our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Open Studio is free for members and $20 for guests.

    Details:

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

    • Monday, August 30, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO083021TN
    • 5
    Register

    Learn to give plane blades and chisels a razor-sharp edge so you can experience the joy of doing fine woodworking by hand. Having sharp tools, whether they’re BARN’s or your own, is not only safer, it’s also key to dramatically improving the quality of your work.

    This class will focus on using water stones to sharpen blades. Bring one or two plane or chisel blades that need sharpening, if you have them. If they are in really bad shape, you might not have time to get them fully tuned up during the class. If you don’t have tools to bring, no problem. You can learn on BARN’s tools. BARN’s tools must be sharpened according to specifications that the studio has adopted. You can use other angles or processes for your own tools.

    BARN's sharpening equipment is available for use during Open Studio times, provided you have first taken our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Open Studio is free for members and $20 for guests.

    Details:

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
    • You must wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Instructor: Ted Newman. Ted studied woodworking and has assisted in classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

    • Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Wood Shop, Class Code: WO090721JW
    • 10
    Register

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    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.

    Details:

    • This class is free, but registration is required.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes.

    Instructor: Jeff Williams

    • Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO090721JH
    • 6
    Register
    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the BARN Woodshop's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. This is a hands-on course and students will be given a piece of wood to cut and shape according to specific measurements.   (This is a companion to the Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 class.  The Woodshop Tool Safety 2 class may be taken before or after taking this Woodshop Tool Safety 1 class.  Please see the calendar for more details.) 

    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: 

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointers
    • Chop saw
    • Drill presses

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.
    Instructor: Jeanne Huber
    • Tuesday, September 07, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Tuesday, September 21, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO090721JI
    • 6
    Register

    Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during the second and third sessions.

    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.

    Details:

    • Ages 12 and older are welcome. No prior experience is needed.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    • BARN will supply carving tools to share, but students are also encouraged to bring their own.

    • You will build your carving skills much faster if you practice between sessions. If you want to work on your carvings during Open Studio times between classes, you must first take our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. See the Woodworking calendar for dates. (Use of the shop during these times is always free for members. Non-members can also use the shop without an additional charge for the duration of this class.)
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes.

    Instructor: 
    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.

    • Thursday, September 09, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO090921JH
    • 5
    Register
    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:
    • Router and router table
    • Oscillating sander
    • Disc sander
    • Edge sander
    • Band saws 
    • Scroll saw

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.

    Instructor: Jeanne Huber

    • Tuesday, September 14, 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO091421JH
    • 6
    Register
    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:
    • Router and router table
    • Oscillating sander
    • Disc sander
    • Edge sander
    • Band saws 
    • Scroll saw

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.

    Instructor: Jeanne Huber

    • Thursday, September 16, 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO091621JH
    • 6
    Register
    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the BARN Woodshop's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. This is a hands-on course and students will be given a piece of wood to cut and shape according to specific measurements.   (This is a companion to the Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 class. The Woodshop Tool Safety 2 class may be taken before or after taking this Woodshop Tool Safety 1 class. Please see the calendar for more details.) 

    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: 

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointers
    • Chop saw
    • Drill presses

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.
    Instructor: Jeanne Huber
    • Friday, September 17, 2021
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Wood Shop, Class Code: WO091721JW
    • 9
    Register

    Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered. 

    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.

    Details:

    • This class is free, but registration is required.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear closed-toe shoes.

    Instructor: Jeff Williams

    • Saturday, September 18, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO091821CS
    • 6
    Register
    Learn basic safety principles of key woodworking power tools with the goal of being checked out to use them during the BARN Woodshop's 30 hours a week of Open Studio time. This is a hands-on course and students will be given a piece of wood to cut and shape according to specific measurements.   (This is a companion to the Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 class.  The Woodshop Tool Safety 2 class may be taken before or after taking this Woodshop Tool Safety 1 class.  Please see the calendar for more details.) 

    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: 

    • Table saw
    • Planers
    • Jointers
    • Chop saw
    • Drill presses

    Details:

    • Open to ages 14+.
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines.  BARN safety policies are here.
    • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry. We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
    • You will get more out of this class if you first view videos that cover these tools. You can go back to these at any time to review safety protocols. Find them on the BARN website, BainbridgeBARN.org, by clicking on the Woodshop page, under the "Studio" menu.
    Instructor: Charles Sharpe
    • Saturday, September 18, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • Saturday, October 02, 2021
    • (PDT)
    • 3 sessions
    • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO091821PK
    • 4
    Register

    Learn how to use hand tools skillfully in this three-week component of BARN's Beginning Woodworking series.

    You will build a two-compartment tote, handy for storing or carrying silverware, garden tools or other items. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common hand tools. You will learn to use:

    • measuring and marking tools
    • crosscut and rip cut hand saws
    • hand planes
    • chisels
    • hand drill (bit and brace)
    • coping saw

    Details:

    • Ages 14+ are welcome.
    • Depending on your pace, you may need to work on your tote during Open Studio time in order to complete it by the end of the class. The instructor will be available at the beginning of the Open Studio sessions that begin immediately after each of these class sessions, so you may wish to bring a lunch and plan to stay past noon. To participate in these sessions, you must first take our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. See dates on the calendar. (Use of the shop during these times is always free for members. Non-members can also participate at no charge for the duration of this class.)
    • BARN is practicing safety measures for the health and well-being of all participants, in accordance with state and CDC guidelines. Overall BARN safety policies are here.
    • You must wear closed-toe shoes.
    • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

    Instructor: Paul Kury. Paul studied woodworking at Lonnie Bird’s School of Fine Woodworking in Dandridge, Tennessee, and has been an active woodworker for 40 years. His preference is 18th century furniture. Paul also volunteers as a woodworking safety monitor at BARN.