Woodworking First Fridays: Talk with a Pro Open Studio

  • Friday, November 05, 2021
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop.

Open Studios are resuming on Fridays, with a few changes:

  • A professional woodworker will be in the shop to offer advice. This month, it will be Bob Spangler, owner of Robert Spangler / Furniture Maker, a custom woodworking shop on Bainbridge Island.
  • Offered only on the first Friday of each month, at least for now.
  • Open only to members.
  • Hours are 9 am to 4 pm, but no pro from noon to 1 pm.

During this test period, which will run into January, private donors are funding the pay for the professionals. We expect that past the trial period, there will be a fee to cover the costs. And, depending on demand and safety monitor availability, we may expand to offer this on multiple Fridays each month.

Members are welcome to ask the pro for suggestions about design, joinery, finishes or other details. This isn't a class with an agenda driven by an instructor, but rather an opportunity for woodworkers to ask questions and get advice from someone with years of professional experience. The pro will not be teaching how to operate the tools.

As with all Open Studio sessions, a safety monitor will be on duty and will be responsible for safety. You will be able to work on projects of your own choosing.

Spangler earned a degree from Iowa State University, School of Design in Landscape Architecture. After working in the field for two years, he discovered that working with his hands was extremely gratifying and he began woodworking by apprenticing with a third-generation cabinetmaker for the next year. In 1974, he opened his own woodworking business and since 1982 has focused solely on custom furniture. Since then his work has been included in national shows, public art projects, various publications, competitions and private collections. On larger-scale projects, he has collaborated with other artists and design committees.

For seven years,Spangler was an Instructor Technician and supervisor of the woodworking studio at the University of Washington School of Art. He uses traditional techniques as well as CNC technology in his current work.


Spangler built this cherry table and two chairs, commissioned by the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art in 2018.

Spangler's Ming Chair, which he built from walnut in 1983

Details for this Open Studio session:

  • 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.
  • Participation is free to members. The regular qualifications apply: You must have taken Orientation to the Woodshop and the appropriate safety checkout classes before you use specific tools. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 qualifies you for the jointers, planers, table saws, chop saw and drill presses. Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2 covers the band saws, routers and router tables, scroll saws and three stationary sanding machines: edge, drum and spindle. Check the Woodworking and Small Boatbuilding Studio calendar for class dates.
  • Protective eye wear that complies with ANSI Standard Z87 or the equivalent European Union Standard EN 166 is required at all times in the main shop and when using sharpening equipment in the bench room. Avoid loose clothing and wear closed-toe shoes. Noisy equipment may warrant wearing hearing protection.
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