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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 email@example.com.
Open Studio sessions this week are limited to safety monitors.
The purpose is to review health protective procedures, which have been revised to a minor extent, and to give monitors a chance to work on projects if they wish. We envision about one hour to review procedures and two hours for projects.
From March 17 through the end of the month, Open Studio sessions in the Woodworking Studio are limited to members only. You must sign up in advance using this reservation calendar.
Make a stand for an iPad, cell phone or cookbook in a class designed to inspire and equip you to use easily available materials to make simple things for your home — even if you are an absolute beginner and your only shop space is a kitchen counter or table.
The instructor, who is passionate about demystifying tools and sharing her love of woodworking with students at all levels and ages, will show you how to substitute a few clamps for the vise on a dedicated woodworking bench so that you can safely and accurately cut pieces to shape. You will learn fine points of measuring and marking, then progress to cutting two kinds of woodworking joints — a through-tenon and finger joints. You will be able to use these techniques later to build projects such as benches and boxes.
Included in the materials fee:
What you will need to supply:
You will be responsible for supplying the following tools and supplies, some of which you may already have. Shop for the others at your local hardware store or order online. If you need to buy everything, the total will come to around $80, before tax and shipping, if you order via the links below. It's fine to substitute similar tools from other manufacturers. If you are not sure whether a tool you already own will work, please email a picture to the instructor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, please set up your work space before the class. If you will be working on a table or countertop, have thin cardboard, such as the back of a writing tablet, to protect the surface. Also have a desk light or other concentrated light source so you can see pencil marks clearly and show your work during the class to get help from the instructor.
Instructor Bio: Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking, since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the 3-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida.
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.
Build a sturdy picnic table for your family's yard or deck as you learn woodworking skills you will be able to apply to many future projects.
Starting with a plan for a table 6 feet long and 5 feet wide (including the seats), you will learn:
In addition, the class will repair at least one picnic table that has become very wobbly over time. By exploring why that happened, you will learn several key points that will help make your table and future projects more durable.
David Grant is a founding member of BARN and has been a woodworker since his introduction to the craft as a teenager. He has taught a variety of woodworking classes at BARN and worked on numerous community service projects, including the oak benches at the Kitsap Humane Society's new reception center and the Torii gates that will be installed in the haiku garden at the Bainbridge Island library.
**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.
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.
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.
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.