Woodworking Basics: Understanding Wood

  • Wednesday, November 02, 2022
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO110222JH
  • 2


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This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.

When you're planning a project, do you choose wood by color? By how hard it is? By its grain pattern? The right answer usually involves several factors, but it really depends on what you want to build.

This class, which is part of BARN's Woodworking Basics series, will start with a discussion about how wood grows and how that influences the look and performance of lumber. You'll learn about moisture content and wood movement, and how that should influence the wood you choose for various projects. You will also learn why the best option in some cases isn't natural lumber but a panel product such as plywood or even particleboard.


  • Ages 14+ are welcome.
  • Prerequisite: This class is open to students who have taken Orientation to the Woodshop. Multiple sessions are listed on the Woodworking Calendar.
  • Please click here for BARN's current COVID-19 health & safety protocols.
  • 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.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. Tuition Assistance is available - click here to fill out the simple application before registering for a class. For those who might need physical assistance, please learn about BARN's Companion Program here.

Instructor: Jeanne Huber, who heads the Woodworking Studio's program committee.
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