Not Far from the Tree: Building with Slabs

  • Monday, February 10, 2020
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • 6 sessions
  • Monday, February 10, 2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 17, 2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Monday, February 24, 2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 6:00 PM 9:00 PM (PST)
  • BARN Woodshop, Class Code: WO021020CK
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  • $406 + $35 materials fee
  • $312 + $35 materials fee

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* This class has prerequisites. See below.

Build a unique slab bench or small table in this six-session class.

Create a piece that highlights the natural beauty in a slab's swirling grain or intriguing color known as spalting. Preserve a live edge, rip a straight-line edge or combine the two styles into your design.

At the first session, the instructor will discuss design considerations, suitable wood and several options of styles for top and base. The instructor will walk you through the process of drawing up your design ideas into working plans. 

The next sessions will be devoted to building your project and preparing it for final finish.

The final session will cover finish options and application techniques. You will go home with enough finish to apply multiple coats to your completed project.


  • * This class is best suited for students with intermediate skills who are comfortable using the shop tools. At a minimum, you must have completed our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class plus Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and 2. If you haven't taken these classes, please register for them before you sign up for this class. See calendar here.
  • The $35 materials fee covers epoxy and other shop materials.
  • You will need to supply the wood for your project. You can buy wood from BARN, purchase it elsewhere or bring what you have from your wood stash. Registrants will receive information about how to select appropriate wood. The moisture issues associated with use of BARN's SawStop table saws aren't critical for this project unless your slab is thicker than 2 inches.
  • You will work at your own pace, but you should be prepared to spend additional time during Open Studio times between class sessions, if necessary to complete your project. Open Studio is always free for members. Non-members can also use the shop during these times without additional charge while working on a class project.
  • You will be able to store your wood in the woodshop between sessions.

Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Feedback from an earlier class:

"An inspirational class! So much cool stuff to practice on many slab projects to come!!"
— Ryan Boone, (The picture shows his hall bench.)

Instructor: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi is a professional woodworker who specializes in restoration of antique furniture through her business, C-Saw, on Bainbridge Island. She also makes custom furniture, including the slab coffee table in the Commons at BARN. Mo Ellis and Marvin Crosland will assist.

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