Make a Whistle (Online)

  • Saturday, December 12, 2020
  • 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • BARN Wood Zoom Room, Class Code WO121220BI
  • 3


  • $81 + $3 materials
  • FREE tuition + $3 materials

    *Please note that registration closes Wednesday, Dec. 9.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

Get an introduction to woodworking as you shape a clever whistle in this  fun online class, which you can do at your kitchen table with a small amount of mess.

Starting with a pre-drilled blank, you will learn to measure, mark, saw and shape a whistle of your own design in a small, supportive class. You will learn to properly use a coping saw, clamps and a rasp. But making the whistle is really a vehicle for learning about sculptural form. You will be introduced to concepts of pattern, form and texture. An when you're done, you can keep the whistle or give it as a gift.

The materials fee includes two wood blanks, two short dowels and sandpaper, which you can pick up at BARN three days before the class. We will email registrants with the pickup details. If you want to take this class but can't pick up materials at BARN, you will need to supply them. Please email and we will send you instructions.

You will need several tools. The links show examples, but you aren't required to use these specific models. If you are unsure whether tools you own are suitable, take a picture (a cell phone picture is fine) and email it to the instructor at

You will also need a sturdy work surface that you can clamp to, such as a countertop or table, with internet access nearby so you can participate in the Zoom session as you work.


  • Please note that registration for this class closes on Wednesday, Dec. 9.
  • Kits are available for pick up at BARN only. You will receive an email on Dec. 9 when those kits are available for pickup. Please watch for this email.
  • This class will be conducted via Zoom. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial. Please make sure you have the most current version of the Zoom software.

  • A link will be sent to the email you registered with to join the Zoom online meeting. Please watch for this email.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given. 
  • 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.

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.

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